El Macero is a unique residential community comprised of 408 residences and lots, located just outside the city limits of Davis, California. It is known for its wide streets, mature trees and scenic golf course views and is home to the El Macero Country Club, the crown jewel of the neighborhood. With the exception of the country club and its facilities, there are no other commercial properties within our neighborhood's boundaries. In addition to being popular with golfers, it is also a favorite of walkers, runners, and cyclists who appreciate our community's quiet and serene surroundings where they can exercise in a protected residential setting.
El Macero offers the best of many worlds. Its location in the unincorporated area of Yolo County means that while we have easy access to the city of Davis, building permit fees and some service fees are substantially lower in El Macero than for property located in the city. The city/county dividing line is a street's width - the west side of Mace Blvd., versus the east side. El Macero is within the boundaries of the Davis Joint Unified School District. Pioneer Elementary School is approximately two miles from our neighborhood, and our local secondary schools, Harper Junior High and Davis High School, are located north of Interstate 80. Many of our students ride their bikes to and from school and Unitrans provides convenient bus service for our secondary students. El Macero is convenient to retail shopping and services within a mile: a terrific Nugget Market that some Davis neighborhoods would envy, dry cleaners, hair salon, veterinarian, mail and copy services, restaurants, coffee shop, Tuesday Morning, pharmacy, and gas stations.
In the late 1950's, Bruce Mace, owner of Mace Ranch and Dixon Meat Packing Company, purchased a 400 acre land parcel from the Montgomery family. The Montgomerys had traveled west from Missouri during the Gold Rush and, in 1851, had settled in a rich wilderness area, now known as El Macero and Willowbank. By 1951, Mr. Mace had sold the packing plant and was contemplating his next project. Urged by his accountant to retire, Mr. Mace, then 71 years old, replied, "I'm not a quitter." Another prominent rancher in the area, John Lillard, suggested to Mr. Mace and his two sons, Herb and Freland, that they should take note of the growing interest in golf course-planned developments. At the time, few developments of this kind had been built, but the Maces found models for this plan in the Thunderbird and Indian Wells developments in the Palm Springs area. The Maces decided they would call their development El Macero, taken from the English and Spanish word for mace or 'club wielder'.
Robert Baldock, a well-known Fresno golf course designer, was hired to create the El Macero links; the Joseph Spink Engineering firm in Sacramento was the construction supervisor. Mace Ranch crews sculpted 180 acres of agricultural land into greens, tees and fairways set around four lakes. The expansive clubhouse, Olympic-size swimming pool and two tennis courts were completed in less than a year. By the spring of 1961, the golf course was completed, the clubhouse opened, and the first 175 lots were offered for sale.
Over a period of thirty years, most of the 408 lots within El Macero were built out. In 1970, The Oaks, a planned-unit development, was built on a five and a half acre parcel between the sixth and eighteenth fairways of El Macero Country Club. The Oaks, comprising 37 residences and a common area, is not part of the El Macero Homeowners' Association. Local developer, Lou Montfort, and his then partner, Bill Harris, completed the development in 1974.
El Macero is conveniently located to Interstate 80 and is 3.4 miles from downtown Davis and 4.2 miles from the University of California Davis campus. South of the community is rural farm land, Putah Creek and the 320-acre Grasslands Regional Park. To the east of El Macero is agricultural land and the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area which comprises almost 16,000 acres of wetlands, native grasslands, and riparian forests, and is home to two hundred species of birds.
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