SUNRISE SKY – Coral clouds frame the early-morning golf course at Rancho Bernardo Inn. (Photo by Chris Hayman)

Photos spotlight uniqueness of RBI course

The home course of the Rancho Bernardo Inn Women’s Golf Club offers a special ambience beyond its beautiful landscape and challenging play. The Gallery pages that follow — RBI Chef’s Garden and Bridges at RBI — reveal a behind-the-scenes look at the uniqueness of RBI.

The Rancho Bernardo Golf Course opened for play in 1963, shortly after the community of Rancho Bernardo was annexed by the San Diego City Council in 1962. The 18-hole championship course, situated in the rolling hills of North San Diego County, was designed by acclaimed landscape architect William Bell, who also designed the courses at Torrey Pines and La Jolla Country Club.

Over the years, RBI has hosted several professional golf tournaments, including the PGA San Diego Open in 1964 and the LPGA Honda Civic Classic in 1978 (Sallie Little, winner), 1979 (Joanne Carner, winner) and 1980 (Joanne Carner, winner).