By accomplishing his goal to create a rare, pure “core golf” experience, legendary course architect Robert Trent Jones, Jr. ranks CordeValle as one of the best golf course designs of his career.
“The location had so many great possibilities that it was difficult to decide which to choose. CordeValle is one of those pure 'core golf' experiences. It is perhaps my finest golf course creation.”
This comes from someone who has won worldwide acclaim for his designs at locations such as The Links at Spanish Bay (Pebble Beach, California), The Four Seasons Resort in Nevis (West Indies), The Raven Golf Club at Sabino Springs (Tucson, Arizona), Chambers Bay (Tacoma, WA), The Prince Golf Course (Princeville, Kauai) and the redesign of Poppy Hills (Pebble Beach, CA).
Cradled by the inland slopes of the Santa Cruz Mountains, the golf course at CordeValle is protected, verdant, and intimate. The natural topography of the 260 acres that flow through the valley made it a perfect candidate for Jones’ innovative use of the landscape. The result is a seamless blend of natural and man-made obstacles, from meandering creeks to sand bunkers, sycamore trees to strategically placed tees.
Now chairman of Robert Trent Jones II Golf Course Architects, the world’s pre-eminent golf course architecture firm, Jones has designed over 245 golf courses in more than 40 countries on six continents during the past four decades.
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