The Course At Wente Vineyards
I played on Easter and there was no one on the course! 3:15 for the round
It was Easter and I think the rain scared everyone away. Ben got me started at 9:30 as a single and I never caught up with the group ahead of me. A great day on a great course.
April 3, 2013
Great course, great conditions
Very tough course, definitely need to play here a few times before you start learning the greens and hitting better approach shots & shots around the green. Not much to complain about though. I just can't give it a Value because it's still kinda expensive. It's hard for me to say any course is worth $75. We got it for $50 I think. Good news is that you get free range balls (which is nice) and the range is gorgeous. Definitely a tough tough course to play in the wind!!
Around the greens, rough, fringe and especially the sand traps were absolutely perfect.
Beautiful facilities and a very nice drive out there.
April 1, 2013
Good wine, amazing golf!
Wente is amazing. With spectacular views and a very well kept course, it's impossible not to enjoy yourself. If you're slicing or hooking your shots, your ball will be OB, wine tasting, in a hurry. It's a challenging course but it's fair. I'll most certainly be back!
March 18, 2013
Wente is tucked into the hills with vineyards lining the fairways. It's a beautiful course, nice changes of elevation, extremely well maintained, and overall a terrific experience. This is a course you would take out-of-town friends to when you want to show off Bay Area golf.
Only downside was pace of play on a weekend afternoon. Round took about 5 hours, but they were hosting a tournament / large group. Also looked like there were some rather slow hacks.. not sure if that's typical or not.
March 18, 2013
Jaw dropping beauty
This course challenges all aspects of your game. Elevated tee shots provide tremendous views. A must play in the Bay area.
March 17, 2013
Wente is a wonderful course. Great views, from tee to green the course is in wonderful shape. And the bunkers, WOW amazing sand.
I could imagine if you play on a windy day Wente would play extremely difficult.
For the price, Wente is a wonderful deal.
March 16, 2013
Lots of elavation changes
Long ride up to the practice range so allow extra time when you get there. For all the hills it seemed like only a few holes played uphill. Lots of well groomed bunkers around greens. We liked the speed of the greens which weren't lightning fast. Very big difference from front to back tees. It's a "must play" bay area course.
March 5, 2013
Spectacular elevation changes, but very slow play
Wente Vineyards is a very beautiful course with many of its holes on hill tops or sides. The course is very challenging, but fair. The big problem was pace of play. We played on a Weds and it took at or over 5 hours to play. We never saw a marshal during the round so we waited on every single shot. The problem was not even related to too many players. The two groups in front of us had the annoying habit of before every getting on the green, all four of them would walk up onto the green, look around, and then go back to their balls in the fairways. Alas no marshall could be found and we did not have our cell phones. Also their grill was very good but overpriced as a hamburger was $15.00.
March 3, 2013
Great layout, boutique-style front mixed with longer finesse holes on the back.
Second time playing here, the amenities are second to none, staff is great...an outstanding venue for group tournaments. Had a great time, not the best scoring round....more swing lube may be required. Leave your $5 golf balls at home.
February 28, 2013
My tee time was 11:45, so we got at site around 10:00.
We hit couple dozen of ball at driving range and stop over wine tasting room before start.
Greens need to maintain, but USD65- is great value anyway.
February 24, 2013
The course at Wente
very friendly team, with free driving range it maybe the best course in the east bay, the visual is outstanding , the view at the base of Del Valle on #3 and a valley view at the top of #10, wow..
February 24, 2013
Excellent challenging course
All but the sand traps were EXCELLENT. Sand was just tossed in & not packed(layered) Stepped in to one & the sand buried my foot. Like quick sand ONLY it was LOOSE sand
February 23, 2013
A must play
This course is a must play! Wonderful staff and great greens
February 18, 2013
Easy to play while each hole has its challenges
Wente is a great course to play for both beginning and experienced golfers. Beautiful views and well-maintained all around.
February 17, 2013
Wente Vineyard is a First Class course in all ways.
Wente is "FIRST CLASS" for the Bay Area! The staff is very attentive from the bag greeters, pro shop staff, marshalls and finally the 19th hole staff - all were friendly while being professional. The course is in top condition. The greens are fast and roll true to the read. Gorgeous views are to be had from all holes. I only wish I lived closer to Wente in order to play it more often.
February 10, 2013
Wente in early February
Have heard a lot about this course but never had the opportunity to play there until yesterday. Everything I had heard proved to be true: not the longest course (even from the blues) but the layout and topography make it very challenging. It is a fairly tight course but has some fantastic elevation changes, notably on some downhill par 3s. The course is in great condition: fairways groomed, bunkers perfectly sanded and I thought the greens were among some of the best I had played on: smooth rolls, well cared for and FAIR. Heard the summer makes it better when the vines have grown in.
February 7, 2013
Great course on all levels. Only issue I had was the golfnow reservation was NOT in the system even though I had prepaid. Luckily there was a foursome that cancelled and we were able to get out at our time.
February 4, 2013
Surprisely, course is in good shape during winter wet season. Bunkers has new sand and they are soft, made a few mistakes from the bunkers. But over all, they have great wine and I have seen new patches of grass they had improved. I will definitely play the course again.
February 4, 2013
Wente is worth EVERY penny
We loved every second of our round at Wente. I've wanted to play this course for years but for a golf nut like me, it's kind of pricey. My goal is to get in the most golf, at the best courses for the best rate available. Without the deal on GolfNow, I may still be waiting and that would be a mistake. This course is worth every penny even at the advertised rate. The course was in excellent condition even though it had rained several times in the days prior to my round. The putting surface was immaculate. I like to say that I am the best putter I know and when I pay green fees, I feel like those fees should be directly proportional to the quality of the greens. This is not always the case, but at Wente, rest assured you will be putting on professional quality greens. I dropped a 30 footer and two putts from outside of 15 ft. Every putt I missed was my fault. :-) I've played almost every course in the bay area and Wente is in my top 5. I can't stop thinking about it. Going back soon.
January 29, 2013
Wente is always one of the top bay area courses. Challenging with outstanding views
Great Driving Range with awesome views. Restaurant has great food. Nice putting greens. Course is in great shape and greens well kept. Marshals very friendly and informative. Chose the twilight time and got on 50 minutes early with no one behind us it was like having the course to ourselves.
January 27, 2013
The course has all you can ask for - Great practice facilities, well maintained course, challenging holes and a friendly staff!
This is the 2nd time I've played Wente and once again I loved it. The course has some well placed tee's which lead right into very well maintained fairways. A nice touch Wente does is put yard markers on all of the sprinkler caps throughout the course. They use a very soft sand in the traps, they can really catch you by surprise is your not used to hitting that type of sand but it looks great. Over all we had a great time a plan to play again soon!
January 21, 2013
I was excited to have the opportunity in playing this course, but it turns out to be a big disappointment. The course appears to be not draining too well. Although we received some rain lately and it is difficult to provide good drainage for mountain course but this course is worse than most. It took over 5 hours to play and we have to give up the last 3 holes due to darkness and cold.
January 13, 2013
Challenging course in a great setting
There was a frost delay which made for a longer day than usual. Even so, once on the course, the greens were fast and consistent and the course, largely, drained well from the previous night's rain and hail. If you have a tendency to miss fairways, particularly, a slicer, this will be a real challenge as most holes are unforgiving in that regard...
January 13, 2013
not happy on your part
Not sure why they had my tee time with u guys at 1240 when my reservation tee time was at 1140. Wasnt too happy cause on the 17 & 18 holes I was playing in the dark. I would not of booked this at 1240 cause I knew I wouldnt get all 18 in.
January 13, 2013
I like it, I like it a lot
This is just a fun track. Tight in spots but all in all there is a lot of room to have an all out good time. I loved the greens as much as the views. The staff was awesome.
January 7, 2013
One Of The Best
I love everything about this course. So much so, that I feel redundant writing about it because everything is great. Everyone should experience it for themselves. Conditions were perfect even after there had been a lot of rain. The layout is second to none. Each hole has character and an interesting design. Also, each hole provides a serious challenge, but serious reward for playing well. Not to mention some unbelievable views thanks to the natural surroundings and insane elevation changes. It was a cold and cloudy day, but Wente Vineyards made me feel like it was a warm summer day. This course is definitely in my top 5 of courses I've played in my life.
January 7, 2013
Course was fantastic
Beautiful views and fun to play. Sand traps are new. Greens fast even on wet day
December 19, 2012
A very good mix between fair and challenging holes in a wounderful area.
December 18, 2012
Challenging and great views
Had the first frost delay of the year. Only an hour wait. Staff very friendly and grill is reasonably priced. When the delay was lifted the use a shotgun for all the early tee times instead of backing everyone up on the first tee. This works great.
December 16, 2012
Great layout. Beautiful course.
Enjoyed a beautiful day on challenging course. We played in the morning and had the green's crew follow us for last 8 holes walking up to greens, leaving machinery running and fixing ball and spike marks as we tried to finish up. We spoke to crews and staffers that came by but no action changed. For $115 pp, money will be better spent elsewhere.
December 15, 2012