Chardonnay Golf Club
Played this course for the first time while on vacation. The scenary and the views are beautiful. I booked as a single and was scheduled to be paired up with a twosome. When I arrived, the staff told me I could go ahead as a single if I was ready. There was a mini shotgun outing that went off the back nine so the course was pretty empty and I played in about 3 hours, taking my time and hitting a few shots on each hole. The greens had been aerated but the aeration holes were very small and didn't have too much of an effect on putting. The sand traps were a little firm and wet, but playable. The course is pretty wide open off the tee on the par 4's and 5's. Almost of of the par 3's are hit from elevated tee and a few are very tight off the tee and depending on the pin position, you sometimes are forced to hit over trees to attack the pin, a little quirky, but all beautiful holes. Playing from the back tees, I wish that the signature 8th hole was played from an elevated tee like many of the other tees are- it gives the golfer a greater appreciated for the uniqueness of the hole (the photo taken was from the white tees) The majority of the greens are very deep and narrow, so make sure you know what pin number location you are playing to. Overall, it's an interesting course layout with 6 Par 3s, 4s, and 5s and one that I would play again in the future.
June 4, 2015
I forgot how much I like this course! The course was in great condition. Better than I remember from the last time that I played it...maybe 5 years ago. My only criticism is that many of the pins didn't match the pin sheet on the cart. I was inconsistent with my driver and played several shots to blind pins due to undulations in the fairways and surrounding the greens. I miss-clubbed several times because pins weren't where they were supposed to be. I was putting down tiers in the greens much of the day. All flags are back and white, so you can't judge placement by the red, white, blue flags that other courses use. My rangefinder also had trouble seeing the pins since there is no reflective material on them. All of these are simple fixes that would add to the enjoyment of the players if corrected.
May 16, 2015
We loved this beautiful challenging vineyard course. Only fault was that the pace of play was a little slow.
May 8, 2015
Full Of Fair Play
Course is in good condition. Make sure to play to the front of the green. Putt up hill when possible. Greens were firm and fast so you need high approach shots.
Fairways will run so make sure to use 3 wood when required. Find out you landing spots and lay up on par 5's.
May 3, 2015
First Time Challenge
First time playing Chardonnay, and I will definitely say that this will NOT be my last time. I had an incredibly fun day at this course and it started from the moment I stepped foot on the complex grounds. Can honestly say that I have never met a more friendly staff, whether it be the cart attendant that greeted me when I got there and filled me in on where to go and all that stuff, to the pro shop employees, and all the way down to the beverage cart lady Michelle who was so sweet and accommodating. The only complaint I might have is the amount of golf balls you pay for when using the driving range. That bucket I got had MAYBE 30 balls in it total, and with a course that challenging and narrow, I know I would have benefited from having that extra practice on the range.
Golf course was in good condition, not great, but good. There were some random patches on several holes that were weeded out and a bit dead, but luckily, most of that was in the rough. Sand traps weren't great either as they were a little hard and hard to hit solid shots with, but understandably so with it being so windy in that area. Other than that, I loved the course. The par 5's played a little shorter than they looked, as I was able to reach the green in 2 shots on all but one of them.
Last words: Hole 8 is both a golfers dream AND nightmare, balled into one. Distance is tricky due to change in elevation and winds that vary both directionally and velocity wise at the tee boxes and the greens. Throw in a green that has FIVE (yes I said five, I counted them all) different levels to it, which is also long enough for one of those small Napa cessnas to land on, and you've got the potential to lose some golf balls AND your sanity.
All in all, Chardonnay will be receiving my repeat business in the future, no doubt about it. These guys know what they are doing and they do it so well as best as I can tell. Can't wait to come back!!
May 2, 2015
Into the vines
My only comment is that the course needs to make it clear to all golfers how to play golf shots into the adjacent vineyards. Not many golfers read the scorecards for such information. Maybe colored stakes or a reminder by the starter. Pro Shop attendant needs to get that chip off his shoulder. Not very friendly nor professional.
April 20, 2015
Very Nice Course in Wine Country
Loved the course. Beautiful vistas and keeping the ball in the fairways is a challenage with the vine fields very close. Paths were a little rough and could use a little work on the cracks in the concrete. Well layed out and plays longer than it looks. Greens were very challenging because they were protected by sand traps & they had lots of tiers. Signing between holes was great too.
April 5, 2015
Course was in pretty good shape except punched greens. Bunkers not great. Course seems a lot harder than the rating. Only snack bar open on 10th hole. On a Saturday???
April 5, 2015