Charles Schwab Challenge

Colonial Country Club



The Valley Club of Montecito

Santa Barbara, CA Private

Overview

The Valley Club is routed like an hourglass, with a wide variety of holes, including the third (hard against a barranca), the downright mountainous 10th, the gorgeous canyon-carry 14th and broad, serpentine 15th. Fairways are generous, but the slant of greens demand certain angles of approach. The restored MacKenzie bunkers resemble jigsaw pieces that, observed architect Jim Urbina, seem to fit one another, left and right. An added bonus is its location, in perhaps the best golfing weather in the nation. But the surrounding dry hills are subject to erosion, and The Valley Club was severely damaged by mudslides in 2018, necessitating an intensive project to reclaim its grand golf holes.

About

Holes 18
Length 6610
Slope 133
Facility Type Private
Year Opened 1929
Designer Alister MacKenzie & Robert Hunter/(R) Renaissance Golf Design

Awards

100 Greatest
Best Courses in Every State

Ranking history:

100 Greatest: Ranked from 1995-2002, 2005-'08 and since 2015.
2023-'24 ranking: 76th.
Previous ranking:
78th
Highest ranking:
No. 59, 2001-'02.

Second 100 Greatest: Ranked 112th, 2013-'14.

Best in State: Ranked inside the top 10, 1995-2005, 2015-'18 and 2021-'22. Ranked 11th, 2019-'20. Ranked 12th, 2011-'14. Ranked inside the top 15, 1987-'89, 2007-'10.
2023-'24 ranking: 10th.
Previous ranking: 9th.

Panelists

Ratings from our panel of 1,900 course-ranking panelists

4.6

100 GREATEST/BEST IN STATE SCORES

Shot Options
7.5371
Character
8.0152
Challenge
7.3057
Layout Variety
7.6244
Fun
7.7902
Aesthetics
7.841
Conditioning
7.959

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