With three classic 9 hole layouts that can be played in different 18 hole rotations, Valley Oaks Golf Course provides great golf at a great value. Set amongst age-old native oak, eucalyptus, and tall pine trees, the three nines meander through a gorgeous setting and provide a great test of golf for players of all abilities. The two original nines, the Valley and the Oaks, are traditional in their design, while the newest nine, the Lakes, is a more modern links style layout.
The Valley Course is defined by a classic narrow, tree-lined layout. All of the putting surfaces slope gently towards the fairways and have strategically placed bunkers guarding the hole locations. Hole number 4 is a classic par 4, measuring 398 yards from the back tee. Water demands a straight tee shot, coming into play at 230 yards both right and left, and again on your approach shot to the most sloping green on the course. The toughest hole may be the 7th, a 200 yard par 3. The tee shot must avoid the bunkers right and left, and be played to the correct distance as the 45-foot long green can leave quite a challenge to shots either long or short of the pin. Number 8 is a devilish 400 yard par 4 that doglegs to the left. With a tree lined fairway and OB right, you must hit a good drive in order to reach the green safely. The Valley Course is a delight to play, and with its tree lined fairways, a true test of accuracy and placement.
The Oaks Course boasts more generous fairways and a neat routing. The 4th hole is a fun, risk-reward par 5 measuring just over 500 yards. With a high right to left shot off the tee, the longer player is forced to make the decision to either lay up or challenge the green in two. With a creek guarding the front of the green and valley oak trees surrounding it, this green can be an elusive target. The Oaks' signature hole is the 8th, a 210 yard par 3 that is played between tall oaks on the right and a lake left. The green slopes gently right to left and back to front, and is guarded on all sides by bunkers. A par on the 8th is well deserved.
The Lakes Course, opened in 1996, offers players a different and enjoyable change of pace. With their humps and bumps, the fairways and greens have lots of character and make the approaches and shots around the green much more challenging. A ball hungry lake comes into play, especially on the signature 6th, the par 3 7th, and the par 5 9th. The par 4 6th hole requires a right to left flighted drive to avoid the bunker on the left side of the landing area. A short iron approach is all that is left, provided you reach the fairway safely. The 7th hole is a 169 yard par 3 with a forced carry over water that normally yields its fair share of double bogeys. Finally, the 9th hole is a fun, 3 shot par 5 that again requires you to safely avoid the lake that aptly guards par.
All in all, the three nine hole courses that make up Valley Oaks provide a stern test while at the same time are enjoyed by golfers of all levels. The conditions are always top notch, and during the winter months the course is over-seeded with annual rye grass on the tees and approaches. Valley Oaks also offers a first class practice facility with PGA instruction and custom club fitting.