Posted on April 27, 2022
Expansion of Moraga Country Club facilities begins under new General Manager
David Coy (left) and Eric Jacobsen with new petanque and pickleball courts under construction Photo Vera Kochan

Just over a year ago, the Moraga County Club, located at 1600 St. Andrews Drive, received the green light from the planning commission for its request for a facility expansion. The new plans include a 6,600 square foot fitness center, a new 4,300 square foot Courtside Grille, a sports field with three bocce courts and six pickleball courts, additional parking and improved landscaping.

The MCC was originally developed in 1974 and is more than willing to keep pace by adding modern facilities for its members. The new parking lot at the corner of Moraga Way and St. Andrews Drive is already complete.

“We strive to make this a family club,” said David Coy, Communications and Membership Manager. “The new facilities will allow us to hold more events that will be open to the public.” The MCC will continue its popular “Walking the Course Mondays” which are open to all from 7:00 a.m. until sunset (the golf course is closed to golfers on Mondays).

An expanded pool deck, 10 remaining tennis courts as well as the new pickleball and pétanque courts are expected to hold tournaments allowing non-members. At these times, all attendees can use the new Courtside Grid, which will lead from the pool deck to the adjacent sports fields and occupy two levels. The main deck will feature a bar, dining area and galley with a wraparound outdoor deck. This casual full-service restaurant will also offer take-out options.

The single storey fitness club building will contain a weight/fitness room, a workout studio offering yoga/spin/Pilates classes, a children’s activity room, washrooms and a reception area with an administrative office. The expected completion date for the entire expansion is between January and March 2023.

Coy expects city favorites such as the annual Thanksgiving Day turkey trotting and golf tournaments to continue. He noted that the MCC Homeowners Association recently achieved Firewise community status and in doing so removed enough undergrowth that “equals the weight of the Statue of Liberty.”

On March 30, new CEO/COO Eric Jacobsen took over the reins of MCC. “I’m coming on board at such a good time,” he said. “It’s a place of fun and enjoyment. We want to make sure our members are happy. The board is fantastic and our whole team is phenomenal. I’ve walked into a great place.”

Jacobsen grew up with golf in his veins. Originally involved in the restaurant business, he received his big break from a representative at San Francisco’s Presidio Golf Course when he professionally handled a situational snafu. Prior to MCC, Jacobsen, a Pleasanton resident, ran the Citrus Club at La Quinta Resort. “It has the same footprint when it comes to amenities.”

For more information about MCC or membership, contact: David Coy (925) 631-1902 or email [email protected]