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.
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.