Blackhawk is an unincorporated area adjacent to Danville in the East Bay. Situated at the foot of beautiful Mt. Diablo, Blackhawk was named for a famous Irish racehorse once owned by one of the area’s founders. In 1975, the land that is known as Blackhawk was sold to developer Ken Behring who planned and created a housing development consisting of 2200 homes on over 2000 acres, additionally donating over 2000 acres of open space to Mt. Diablo State Park.
Blackhawk is divided into six individual gated communities scattered along Blackhawk Rd, connected by a 3-mile long jogging trail.
Hidden Oak consists of 206 homes and in 1978 was the first Blackhawk community to be completed. Most homes are half an acre. Oakridge, consists of medium sized homes ranging from 2000 to 3000 square feet, though a few large estates reside on the top of a private court. Saddleback, the second community completed, is home to some of the most lavish homes in the entire Blackhawk development, most lots being no less than five acres in size. Silver Oak, is an upscale condo complex. Silver Maple, is designed around one of the main Blackhawk Country Club's golf holes, though no roads connect it to the rest of the main Blackhawk Country Club. It consists of medium sized homes.
Blackhawk Country Club provides an exclusive private membership opportunity for the most discerning golfers. In the middle of Country Club West is the 6,904 yard (6,313 m) Lakeside golf course, designed by Bruce Devlin and Robert Von Hagge. The Lakeside course annually hosts the Longs Drugs Challenge, an event on the LPGA Tour. The newer 6,700 yard (6,126 m) Falls golf course, designed by Ted Robinson, winds through Country Club East. Blackhawk's Tennis Club includes 20 tennis courts, a clubhouse, and a pro shop. The Blackhawk Swim Club includes a competition-sized pool, a spa, and dressing rooms and offers instructional programs. The 25 acre (100,000 m²) Sports and Recreation Center includes basketball courts, outdoor volleyball courts, a children's play park, Olympic-sized pool, sports fields, and an amphitheater.
The beautiful Blackhawk Plaza, with its numerous ponds and waterfalls, offers fine dining and shopping and is home to the Blackhawk Museum.
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