About Us | Club History

Established in 1910, the Altadena Town & Country Club is nestled in the quaint city of Altadena, California. The historic clubhouse sprawls over 27,000 square feet and is set against the natural backdrop of the San Gabriel Mountains, adding to the luxurious private club ambiance.

As a member of the Altadena Town & Country Club, you will experience gourmet dining, social and family-friendly events, and tennis, pool, and fitness-related activities. The Club takes pride in accommodating the entire family and offers kid-oriented activities including summer camp, year-round swimming and tennis, Kids Klub, Teen Room, as well as seasonal, themed, family-centric events.

Members enjoy a wonderful dining experience in the Club’s Players Lounge and casual dining in the summer at Splash Café. Club members also relish in unique wine dinners, beer clubs, and elevated dinners throughout the year.

The Club is also available to the public for special events. The Altadena Town & Country Club is a beautiful venue for weddings, parties, meetings, and community events. ATCC has three elegant rooms that offer incredible views of the San Gabriel Mountains and the Club’s amenities. In addition, the Club provides two outdoor venues that are ideal for ceremonies and special events. ATCC’s catering menus offer a variety of items from appetizers and hors d’oeuvres to entrées and desserts for any type of event.

History


The Altadena Country Club, as it was originally known, was established in 1910 and had its grand opening on December 28, 1911. With its 18-hole golf course and two tennis courts, membership grew to 147 by 1915. The Clubhouse expanded its footprint in 1916 and added a 25-foot long x 8-foot deep swimming pool.

By 1917, WWI had taken its toll and membership dropped by 50%, nearly resulting in its closure. By 1920, a group of members took over the struggling Club and changed the name to Pasadena Golf Club. Trying to keep with the growing interest in golf, the course was rebuilt with state-of-the-art grass tees, greens, and fairways. The course was noted for having the largest tees and greens on the Pacific Coast, along with a “traveling sprinkler.”

A thriving Club by 1927, another series of renovations took place which added additional square footage for ballrooms, dining, and balconies to the existing clubhouse. The Club would continue to grow and prosper until the crash of the stock market in 1929. By 1932, the Club was gasping for air and entered into a trusteeship, with foreclosure looming. It was renamed the Altadena Golf Club and became a public facility, a pay for play course, and rented out its clubhouse for parties and events.

Golf greats Gene Sarazen and Walter Hagen competed in the 1932 PGA Open here, and Hollywood celebrities such as Al Jolson, Humphrey Bogart, and Clark Gable were known to have shot a few rounds. The start of WWII created another financial struggle for the course and by 1944, the property was purchased by Westmont College. Unable to secure the proper zoning change, Westmont College moved to the Santa Barbara area, and in 1946, sold 60 acres to the County of Los Angeles for what would become the existing 9-hole Altadena Golf Course. The eastside of the course, which stretched to Allen Avenue, was sold to a developer, and a group of members led by Rollin Dixon purchased the remaining clubhouse, pool, and tennis courts (approximately 5 ½ acres of property) for $50,000.

1946 saw the birth of a new club, the Altadena Town and Country Club, which has remained to this day. While Club members continued to use the adjacent golf course, tennis became the sport of choice. Many notable professionals played at ATCC, including Maureen Connolly (the first woman to win the Grand Slam), Pancho Gonzalez, Stan Smith, and Billie Jean King.

Swimming also gained significance for the Club as ATCC joined and competed in the Sunkist League from 1960 until the early 90’s when it transferred to the Crest League, where it currently competes. Club member, Joel Thomas, went on to win Gold at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics in the 400 yard freestyle relay.

The Club has and will continue to thrive and plays an important role in the community, hosting many parties and galas and supporting the efforts of many schools and non-profits in the area.

Altadena Town & Country Club, 2290 Country Club Drive Altadena, CA 91001
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