Originally opening as a nine hole course, Lone Tree was built on open hillsides adjacent to Mount Diablo State Park and was defined by the grassy hills the course was set upon. Nine more holes were constructed in the early 1950's and through the years various trees were added which gave the course the definition it now knows. In 1990 the decision was made to redo the majority of green complexes to sand based greens, and the task was successfully undertaken. The current greens on holes #12 and 15 are not only from the original construction, but are the two smallest greens on the course requiring golfers to have sharp accuracy.
A little known history tid-bit.....
Back in the early days of Lone Tree there was a superb golfer by the name of Elmer Clites. The Antioch City Championship is named after Elmer and this tournament is a Northern California Golf Association Point event. Top amateurs come to play in this event each year from Monterey, Southern California, Sacramento and throughout the Bay Area. Local lore has it that Elmer would play with one of the greatest professional golfers of the era, Ben Hogan, when he was in Northern California. A testimony to Elmer's skill as a player comes from the comment that Mr. Hogan frequently made; "If I had Elmer's wedge and short game I would have certainly won several more majors".
Did you know?
-2010 Americas's Cup Junior Team Member Jonathan De Los Reyes (pictured below) practices out of Lone Tree Golf Course and can be seen regularly on the putting green "in the office" putting for hours on end to the small putting hole.
-USGA Mid-Amateur Champion Terry Foreman practices and plays at Lone Tree and holds the competitive course record of 62.
-Two-time Northern California Senior Golfer of the year, Dr. Mark Miller, grew up playing Lone Tree and is also currently serving on the Board of Directors overseeing the course.
-Two young ladies from Lone Tree's First Tee program, Victoria Leon and
Loren Condor were selected and participated in the First Tee's National Leadership Academies and the First Tee Open of Monterey, a Senior PGA Tour event. At the golf tournament they were able to play with PGA Senior Tour members David Peoples and Jim Colbert.
-Over 350 kids participate annually in Lone Tree's First Tee program and join over 1500 kids that participate in our chapter, which includes Boundary Oaks and Diablo Creek.