Reflecting the belief that championship golf courses should be built for both amateur golfers as well as professional-level tournaments, CordeValle offers an impressive variety of play. What can be a serious challenge from the back tees can become fun and friendly from the forward sets of tees.
1st Hole - 425 Yards, Par 4
Take aim at the left side fairway bunker off the tee. Cutting the dogleg does not pay. Your shot into the green should favor the left, avoiding the right side hazard.
2nd Hole - 243 Yards, Par 3
Favor the left side of the green on this short, picturesque par three. Pin placement and wind conditions will determine your choice of club. Be aware of the right side hazard.
3rd Hole - 573 Yards, Par 5
This long par 5 is a three shot hole for all players. A long tee shot down left side of the fairway is a great start. The second shot is ideally played down the right side of the fairway to avoid the meandering creek. Your shot iron must carry to the front edge of the green to avoid trouble.
4th Hole - 407 Yards, Par 4
Take dead aim at the left side fairway bunker. Long hitters would be wise to lay up with a fairway wood off the tee. Plenty of room on the right side of the green allows for a safe second shot.
5th Hole - 497 Yards, Par 4
This very tough par 4 dogleg right is the number 1 handicap hole. A long drive favoring the left side sets up the approach. A well-struck second shot can reach the green in regulation. Smartest play is to the left side of the green, as everything greenside runs left to right. Be mindful of the depression in the center of the green.
6th Hole - 540 Yards, Par 5
Take aim at the right edge of the second bunker and fire away. Long hitters can get home in two. Note the crossing stream, which finds its way up the left side of the green. A mid iron second shot down the left side of the fairway is a smart play, and will leave you a short iron into this receptive green.
7th Hole - 215 Yards, Par 3
Depending on the wind, this downhill par three usually plays one or two clubs shorter. Club selection is very important, as you don't want to over this green.
8th Hole - 325 Yards, Par 4
A long iron or fairway wood to the left-center of the fairway is your best bet. Play your second shot off the "backboard" as this green slopes decidedly from back to front.
9th Hole - 425 Yards, Par 4
This double fairway requires a decision on the tee. Left is the smarter and safer play. Those who want to gamble for the shorter approach shot from the better angle should aim at the tree on the right and give it a mighty rip.
10th Hole - 422 Yards, Par 4
This wide fairway allows long hitters to swing away. Safe play for the second shot is to the left edge of the green as everything on the left side green slides to the right.
11th Hole - 427 Yards, Par 4
This narrow fairway requires an accurate drive toward the left fairway bunker. The optimum placement for the tee shot is left center of the fairway. Beware of the front right bunkers as the green is very approachable from left side.
12th Hole - 212 Yards, Par 3
Don't be misled by the yardage. This downhill par three plays one to two clubs shorter, depending on the wind. Choosing the right club is essential, as you don't want to miss the green short to long. Play your shot to the right side of the green to take advantage of the slope.
13th Hole - 446 Yards, Par 4
A well-placed drive in the fairway is important on this medium length par four. Avoid the grass bunker on the right side of the landing area. An uphill approach shot calls for careful club selection, as the front left greenside bunker is a menace. Take advantage of the opening in front of the green.
14th Hole - 454 Yards, Par 4
This dogleg left par four rewards accuracy much more than distance. The fairway curls to the left of the fairway bunker. Longer hitters should lay up with about a 220-230 yard shot to stay short of the fairway bunker. Choose enough club to carry second shot onto the front of green.
15th Hole - 480 Yards, Par 5
This reachable par 5 will yield birdies if you think your way through it. A right to left shot off the tee is strongly favored. Select plenty of club if you feel like getting home in two. Best approach is to the right side of green, staying clear of large front bunkers.
16th Hole - 116 Yards, Par 3
This short hole is tightly guarded with a cluster of greenside bunkers. A narrow right side opening requires an accurate tee shot. Be sure to check wind conditions when selecting your club.
17th Hole - 450 Yards, Par 4
This long par four is set up perfectly for a left to right tee shot. Play safe down the left side just right of the fairway bunker. Avoid the hazard running along the right side of this hole. This tiered green is very approachable from the left, as everything near the green drifts to the right.
18th Hole - 530 Yards, Par 5
Long hitters should be aware of the crossing creek. Find the fairway long off the tee and you can get home in two. The safe play for your second shot is down the right side, staying away from the pond. Long hitters may reach the green in two, but be sure to approach green from right side, as everything slides to the left.