Had the honor and privilege of playing Valencia CC for the first time riding the blues with Nick, Pedro and Matt. Nothing like playing a former PGA tour course with 4 buddies. We had Temps close to 100 degrees with about a 10 mph breeze. Pop was 4 hrs 30 minutes taking our time.
Driving range was all grass and elevated. Separate chipping/ bunker area and a beautiful putting green just outside of the proshop. Nice friendly staff I encountered in the proshop and snack bar. Complimentary ballmarks a nice touch. There putting green was comparable to the greens on the course which is always great.
The layout is very fun and challenging. If you like to hit a power fade off the tee you will love this place. Other than number 2 which is a dogleg left most holes bend left to right. Most green complexes are raised some where you are hitting up to them. Most green complexes have enough potato chip swales to keep a player very honest with their putting stroke. Water comes into play on 3 of the par 3s and provides a beautiful backdrop. Both par 5 finishing holes 9 and 18 are fun. The front nine is tighter than the back nine but most fairways had enough room if you could navigate around the mature trees.
The greens were probably rolling around a 10.5 on the stimp and if you were short sided on chips you could get an extra 5-8 feet of roll out on chips. Hardly any ballmarks and putting pure as gold. Start your putt online and you were making it. Rating the greens a 9/10.
Fairways lush, padded and in great shape. Perfect combination of great padding for irons and nice rollout for lower trajectory drives. Rated 8.5/10.
Tees level, lush and in great shape. Rated 9/10
Was not in any of the bunkers but they looked to be all raked and in good shape.
Rough was mainly lush with some dry spots due to the extreme heat. Mainly mowed down but could still be thick in spots. Rated 8/10
I would highly recommend this private CC if you get the chance to play it. Overall Rating should be close to a 9.» Close