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The Valley Club of Montecito

Santa Barbara, CA Private

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83 Reviews

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 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 6603
Slope 133
Facility Type Private
Designer Alister MacKenzie/Robert Hunter/(R) Renaissance Golf Design

Awards

100 Greatest
100 Greatest the Second 100
Best Courses in Every State

100 Greatest: Ranked from 1995-2002, 2005-'08, 2015-'22. Highest ranking: No. 59, 2001-'02. 2021-'22 ranking: No. 78.

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

Best in State: Ranked ninth, 2017-'18, 2021-'22. Ranked 10th, 2015-'16. Ranked inside the top 10, 1995-2005. Ranked 11th, 2019-'20. Ranked 12th, 2011-'14. Ranked inside the top 15, 1987-'89, 2007-'10.

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

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100 GREATEST/BEST IN STATE SCORES

Shot Options
7.54
Character
8.16
Challenge
7.28
Layout Variety
7.68
Fun
7.82
Aesthetics
7.85
Conditioning
7.93