1901 East Valley Rd,
Santa Barbara, California 93108
Office+1 (805) 969 2215
Pro shop+1 (805) 969 2215
Fax+1 (805) 969 6174
Golf proLisa Price (Head Professional)
18 holes. Tree-lined & open parkland. Undulating terrain - a few slopes to climb.
Original design by Dr Alister MacKenzie & Robert Hunter (1929); modifications by Tom Doak (2018).
6 miles E of downtown Santa Barbara.
The Valley Club of Montecito: this private golf club is home to one of California's finest golf courses ... many would say an excellent example of Alister MacKenzie's less dramatic and understated designs. However, there's nothing undramatic about the layout's impressive mountain backdrop. And there's nothing understated about the size and quantity of the course's ever-threatening bunkering.
MacKenzie's out-and-back design occupies a charmingly peaceful environment, complemented by a stunning backdrop provided by the Santa Ynes Mountains. The design is elegant, but also deceptively testing. Your full repertoire of shots will be called on to score well. On many occasions a high-flighted approach is required to clear the greenside bunkers; only that will bring you safely onto the fast, true and subtly sloping putting surfaces.
Predominantly flanked by woodland (rather than the multi-million dollar mansions of the adjoining Birnam Wood Golf Club), The Valley Club retains a pleasantly natural feel throughout.
Limited access: this is a private course generally playable only by members and their invited guests.
Private club; guests may only play if hosted by a member.
Non-metal spike facility. Walking permitted at all times. Golf carts available to rent.
Directly to the north of The Valley Club is the also private Birnam Wood Golf Club, a par-70, 6000-yard layout designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. Many of Birnam Wood's fairways are flanked by opulently large real estate ... unlike those of The Valley Club.
2019/20 Golf Digest rating: 86th best course in the USA and 11th best in California.
LPGA Tour Championship: the CME Group Tour Championship brings the curtain down on the LPGA Tour’s 2020 season at Tiburón Golf Club in Florida (Dec 17-20).
Race to Dubai: the European Tour’s season-long Order of Merit comes to its conclusion in the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai (Dec 10-13).
Peter Alliss: accomplished player, Ryder Cup star, course designer, writer, humourist and commentator, this legend of the game will be greatly missed by his legions of followers … golfers and armchair golf enthusiasts alike.
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