Carmel Magazine

Spring-Summer 2019

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Corral de Tierra Countr y Club Celebrates 60 Year s B Y B R E T T W I L B U R C orral de Tierra Country Club is celebrat- ing 60 years as a member-owned, non- profit private club with special events designed to get people aware of its golf program, gor- geous setting in the Santa Lucia foothills and many amenities. "We have the horrible moniker of being the best club that nobody knows about," jokes General Manager Michael Oprish. "We aren't going to celebrate 60 years silently. We are very proud of the course, and we know we are up against Pebble Beach being 100 this year, but in our own right, it's a pretty great achievement." Besides the 18-hole, par-72 championship golf course, the club has tennis, swimming, fit- ness and the largest ballroom on the Highway 68 corridor, where fundraising events for non- profits are regularly held. "There is a lot of giving back to the local community," says Director of Member Services Heather Ferreira. Executive Chef Bill Bennett makes use of local produce, seafood and ranches to create fresh, inspired dishes, and Oprish says that PGA Head Golf Professional Scott Ferreira has "a serious focus on instruction and developing youth golfers." "We were founded by the industry kings and queens of the produce world and this thriving club has turned into a multi-generational expe- rience where we now have the kids and some- times the grandkids here," Oprish says. "Traditions run really deep." For more information, call 831/484-1112 or go to SHORTCUTS GOLF The golf professional team at Corral de Tierra Country Club includes John Crater, Head Pro Scott Ferreira, Gary Bashford and Jon Rhoades. 96 C A R M E L M A G A Z I N E • S P R I N G / S U M M E R 2 0 1 9 Photo: Kelli Uldall

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