The Course at Wente Vineyards

5040 Arroyo Rd,

Livermore, California 94550

  • Office

    +1 (925) 456 2300
  • Pro shop

    +1 (925) 456 2477
  • Golf pro

    Steve Ficovich (Head Professional)

About the course

  • The Course:

    18 holes. Tree-lined & open parkland. Hilly - several slopes to climb.

  • Surroundings:

    Rural countryside and vineyards

  • Designer:

    Greg Norman

SSS or slope






How to get there:

28 miles NE of San Jose

From I-580 heading east towards Livermore and Stockton, exit at Portola Avenue (just before Livermore) and head south on Portola Ave. After approx o.5 miles at fourth traffic light, turn right into North L Street. Follow North L Street, which becomes South L Street and then Arroyo Road. Follow Arroyo Road for approximately 3.5 miles to Wente Vineyards main gate.

The Course at Wente Vineyards

4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.

Est. 1998

The Course at Wente Vineyards: gloriously natural scenery and Greg Norman's course design work combine at Wente Vineyards to create possibly the most enjoyable "shark attack" you will ever experience. If "Great Whites" are not your thing, then the views alone will steer you round this memorable layout.

This wonderfully scenic and at times dramatically challenging golf course plays through the vines, rolling hills and grasslands of the beautiful Livermore Valley. From your first tee shot, a nerve-jangling downhiller to a tight fairway, you will be tested and challenged, as well as dazzled and enthralled by the sheer spectacle and beauty of this layout. With many dramatic elevation changes and some long green-to-tee distances, it's no surprise that most players opt for a golf cart (although walking is permitted).

The early tree-lined holes, quickly give way to more open terrain, where vineyards and deep grass lie in wait for anything hit too seriously offline. The constant ups and downs of the front-nine are followed by a steep climb into a scenic "hidden" valley to start the back-nine. The panoramic views from the 10th, 11th and 12th holes are fabulous.

A plunging and dog-legging par-4 13th brings you back down to the main valley floor, for a flatter, but no less demanding closing stretch. With a long par-5 and then three long par-4s to finish, water hazards (almost for the first time), put in some telling appearances. Ponds and small ditches flank the fairways on these last few holes, with a good-sized pond threatening your approach shot to the final green.

List of courses: Around San Francisco


Who can play and when?

Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends.

Must book in advance.

Green fees

Visitor fee, 18-holes: Mon-Thur $69-$140; Fri-Sun $79-$170. Golf cart included. Dynamic pricing applies; see Wente's online booking sheet.

Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details, discounts, packages, etc. [Last updated: 2020].

Other information

Non-metal spike facility. Walking permitted

Practice facilities


Did you know?

Not only is Wente Vineyards home to a fabulous golf course. From 1883, when C.H. Wente planted 48 acres of vines, the award-winning Wente Vineyards wines have been the toast of the Livermore Valley. Today the Wente family cultivates 26 varieties of wine on more than 3,000 acres. These fine wines can be sampled at Wente Vineyards acclaimed restaurant or during a visit to the Wente concert season.

The Wente Vineyards golf course plays host to a regular PGA Nationwide Tour event - the Livermore Valley Wine Country Championship.

Published ranking

California: 60th best course in California (Golf Digest, 2023/24).


  • Lafayette Park Hotel & Spa5-star

    3287 Mount Diablo Boulevard, Lafayette, CA 94549

    +1 (925) 283 3700

    Visit website

    Although located 30 miles from Wente Vineyards, the Lafayette Park Hotel & Spa has paired with Wente Vineyards to provide special golfing Stay & Play packages. The Lafayette Park provides the only Five Star Diamond experience in the East Bay. The hotel's plush accommodations, French chateau architecture and world-class service are matched by its award winning restaurants and spa. Located close to Walnut Creek and the I-680 / Hwy 24 interchange.

    • Golf at this hotel:


    • Golf within 5 miles:


    • Golf within 20 miles:

      Metropolitan; The Bridges; Wente Vineyards (30 miles)

  • Courtyard by Marriott

    2929 Consitution Drive, Livermore, CA 94551

    +1 (925) 243 1010

    Visit website

    In the heart of Livermore Valley historic wine country, the newly renovated Courtyard by Marriott is located just outside the town of Livermore. There are many golf courses nearby. Poppy Ridge, designed by Rees Jones, and The Course at Wente Vineyards, designed by Greg Norman, are two favourites.

    • Golf at this hotel:


    • Golf within 5 miles:

      Wente Vineyards (6 miles)

    • Golf within 20 miles:

      Poppy Ridge; Callippe Preserve; The Bridges; Deer Ridge (22 miles); Shadow Lakes (23 miles); Roddy Ranch (25 miles)

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