Chardonnay Golf Club
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
BRING YOUR BEST PUTTER!!
Slick greens? Yep....if you are use to three putting, you'll feel right at home. This course is a fun one, so don't get your nickers in a twist, if it has you for lunch. Wonderful mountain vistas, seem to ease my pain after
three double bogeys in a row. However, the course showed some love on the back nine, and yield a 37, which made the 42 on the front, totally forgetful. Double Magnum tees please, I'll be back soon. Great deal from Golfnow, made it all worthwhile
March 9, 2015