DeLaveaga Golf Course, owned and operated by the City of Santa Cruz, offers championship caliber golf with spectacular views of the Monterey Bay and consistently ranks as one of the top public facilities in Northern California. The course is a very enjoyable and challenging 6,110 yard Par 70, where you’ll often be required to consider the risk of pulling out driver versus a fairway wood, or at times a long iron for course management. DeLaveaga hosts the annual Santa Cruz City Amateur.
Half A Century & Still Counting
Jose Vicente de Laveaga, a successful businessman and landowner, gifted his hacienda and land on the outskirts of Santa Cruz to the city in the late 1800s. His dream was for this prime property to one day be a public park and recreational area. Over the years, these hills have housed a zoo, a Boy Scout camp and an animal shelter.
Where de Laveaga had enjoyed horseback riding, picnicking, orchards and gardens, a 1960 master plan finally fulfilled his dream for an expansive park, a golf course, ball fields and a fishing lake.
In 1968, course architect Bert Stamps was hired to design the 18-hole course which winds its way through the forested hillsides and canyons. Gary Loustalot was named the first head professional, a role his son Tim now fills. Lance, Elsworth and Jon Bei, local bar owners and restaurateurs, were brought in to run the restaurant and bar. George Vomvolakis joined their partnership soon after.
Over the years, Gary Loustalot’s children all took part in the business and Jon Bei’s daughter, Marcie, became a partner with her father in the restaurant after culinary school. In 2001, Tim and Jamie Loustalot took over the golf business after Gary retired. In 2016, Tim and Jamie took ownership of the restaurant and Marcie Bei is now the head Chef.
Since its opening, over 3,000,000 rounds of golf have been played here. DeLaveaga continues to host fundraising tournaments for area nonprofits in addition to the annual Santa Cruz City Amateur, and the course is home to several local middle and high school golf teams.
Come out and enjoy a round of golf or just play around at DeLaveaga!