Structure Type: built works - recreation areas and structures - country clubs

Designers: Tantau, Clarence, Sr., Architect (firm); Clarence Augustus Tantau Sr. (architect)

Dates: constructed 1925-1926

2 stories

3000 Club Road
Pebble Beach, CA 93953

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Samuel Finley Brown Morse (1885-1969), nephew of Samuel F.B. Morse (1791-1872), had a grand vision for his company's development of the Monterey Peninsula; he systematically upgraded existing recreational facilities, and built many more in the Pebble Beach area. He built tennis courts, horseback riding trails, driving circuits and, most significantly, golf courses. The Monterey Peninsula Country Club, opened in 07/1926, was another recreational amenity designed to attract the affluent from across the US. The Monterey Peninsula Country Club web site listed the resources built at the club's opening: "...The Club properties comprised over four hundred acres of land, two golf courses, tennis courts and a half mile white sand beach with a bathhouse. The huge Spanish-style clubhouse was designed by Clarence Tantau, architect of the third Hotel Del Monte and many Pebble Beach mansions. All of the land along the fairways and through the area was subdivided into lots of a quarter-acre to two or three acres. Near the clubhouse was the 'Old Swimmin' Hole,' a quarry site transformed into an attractive miniature lake with a sand beach and a sand bottom." (See "Club History,", Accessed 09/01/2011.) Clarence Tantau, Sr., (1884-1943), architect of the Monterey Peninsula Club House, established himself as the leading designer in the Pebble Beach area in the 1920s. He co-designed, with Lewis P. Hobart (1873-1954), the Del Monte Hotel #3 and favored subdued and restrained versions of the Spanish Colonial and "Early California" Styles for his country houses.

Tel: 831.373.1556 (2011);

PCAD id: 16868