An hour south of San Francisco’s legendary Olympic Club, site of the 2012 U.S. Open Championship, the 45 luxurious accommodations at Cordevalle, a Rosewood Resort will be in high demand during the week of the tournament (June 14-17).
Favored retreats of Silicon Valley titans, the 4-star-rated accommodations include spacious guest rooms, villa suites, bungalows and multi-bedroom homes, all with stunning valley views, private patios and elegant fittings.
Fairways roll like ocean waves across a Shangri-la of an isolated valley, which is inhabited by massive, mossy oaks and ghostly stands of 50-foot-tall sycamores. Willows weep over seemingly endless, rocky creeks running across and along the entire length of some holes, while herons and egrets hide in reedy wetlands. Canyon drop-offs and 58 semi-flashed bunkers add to the fun.
A knee-knocker at 76.3/146 from the championship tees, the track is resort-guest-playable from the forward tees (with the help of the forecaddies). At the end of 2011, the greens received an unusually vigorous aeration, with the result that the undulating, tiered greens are now in a state of utter perfection.
At the far end of the valley, vineyards spread in rampant rows down from Clos LaChance winery, a popular spot for apres-golf touring and tasting.
Cordevalle's golf course turns up on the “best-of” lists, from Golfweek’s “America’s Best Resort Golf Courses” to Golf Magazine’s “Top 100 Courses You Can Play”, and it earned Gold ratings from Golf Magazine and Condé Nast Traveler.
And not only that! Awaiting guests at the end of their rounds are two restaurants, an outdoor café, a fitness venue, a pool with a view, hiking trails, and Sense, A Rosewood Spa.
The crowning glory of CordeValle, the 7,360 yard, Robert Trent Jones Jr.-designed golf course is the home of the PGA TOUR Frys.com Open, and has hosted 3 U.S. Open Qualifying tournaments and the PGA Cup.
Founder/editor of BestGolfResortsofTheWorld.com, Karen Misuraca is a travel and golf writer from the California Wine Country. She blogs golf travel here and writes about culture and eco-travel at DeepCultureTravel.com. Check out Karen's new iPhone app, California Coast North.