About Sycuan Golf Resort: Your California Vacation Destination
Plan Your Next California Vacation with Sycuan Golf Resort
Today, when you look down into the Dehesa Valley from the top of “Allen’s Grade” where, in 1955, Cecil Hollingsworth first saw the enchanting panorama—massive green expanse, dramatically set off by enormous trees, striking rock formations and rocky, brush covered hills. These are the “Singing Hills” that thousands and thousands of golfers have seen as they played the three courses that fan out across the valley.
Cecil knew he and his partners had to have this property which they would transform into a golf resort and, eventually, a California vacation destination. Today Oak Glen, Pine Glen and Willow Glen comprise one of the largest and most successful golfing facilities west of the Mississippi. Cecil’s partnered with Gomer Sims, Babe Horrell and Robert Price, who also operated a golf facility two hours away in Los Angeles (Alondra Park).
Construction began and on January 26, 1956 the “East” course (now Oak Glen) was opened followed in October 1961 by the “West” course, a par 3 layout (now Pine Glen) along with the first 20 rooms of the lodge. Six years later the sound of earth moving equipment was heard once again. It was the start of Willow Glen, the third course Cecil was to design. Willow Glen opened in 1967.
In the winter of 1979-80 the golf courses, which are seated in a river valley were washed away by, 200-foot wide flood waters. An astonishing 40 acres of land was completely lost. 40 of the 54 holes were affected, and the old golf shop building was washed away into the river. Amazingly, you’d never know there had been a flood as the courses (and a new Resort Golf Shop) were completely remodeled and rebuilt with the help of architect Ted Robinson and Golf Course Superintendent Dave Fleming.
There are but a few resort settings which offer such unspoiled natural beauty and diverse wildlife including ducks, woodpeckers, red tail hawks and great blue herons. This incredible inland valley offers unequalled peace and quiet. Even though we’re just outside of San Diego it feels as if you are away in the country.
Seldom has there been a facility with a more loving history than is found here, all because of the families that made it possible. Jerry Hollingsworth and Steve Horrell carried on the dream and vision of their fathers along with the club’s generations of fun loving Members and thousands of dedicated employees.
One of those employees, Tom Addis III became President of the PGA of America. This is the highest position attainable by any club professional in the United States. Tom lived in the large two story original ranch house which was built in 1875, and is still here today.
Now known as Sycuan Golf Resort, the California vacation property was purchased and is currently owned by the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation. Tribal Chairman, Daniel J. Tucker, and the other members of the Sycuan Tribe are proud to carry on the traditions of the families that brought lodging, golf and tennis to the valley. Their commitment to excellence is recognized in the investments made to improve the property each year
It is also interesting to note that the three golf courses have hosted:
- 1956 San Diego Open
- The United States Junior Amateur Championship – 1973 and 1979
- San Diego State Lady Aztec Tournament with notable winners such as Julie (Simpson) Inkster
- Two Women’s Intercollegiate National Championships
- Junior World Championships since 1989
And have received awards including:
- NGCOA National Golf Course of the Year – 1998 Willow Glen
- Golf Digest – Best Places to Play
- Sign On San Diego Best Golf Course – 7 consecutive years