Oak Valley Golf Club
I have played here several times but this is by far the worst condition I've ever seen it in. Many holes have been reduced to par 3's or short par 4's. It is nearly all cart path only which in June/July in the south is NOT GOOD. There is a notice posted at the clubhouse which says there was a "winter kill", but the attendant didn't bother to say anything about the terrible conditions, and you can't tell as you drive in because the first two holes look fine. Unfortunately they are the best holes on the course. The only good thing is that because it is in such bad shape, it isn't very crowded, you can play fast and get the heck out of there.
July 1, 2015
Ranger needs to learn his job
The one positive is that the greens are in great shape. They are the best out of any courses I've played so far this year. I'm from the area and have played Oak Valley around 20-25 times. The fairways are burnt and non existent, but that's not the issue I dealt with today. Because the fairways are in such bad shape, there are 4 holes on the front nine that are cart path only. We adhere to those rules out of respect for the course even though it does result in slower play. We had a 4-some that teed off at 750 am. After finishing the sixth hole we were approached by a ranger who said we weren't keeping up with pace of play and needed to pick it up. The only problem with his pace of play comment was there was a 2-some in front of us and we weren't far off their pace despite playing with 2 more people in our group. We told him that we were on pace to finish the front nine in 2 hours with carts on path for half the holes, and he said he was responding to a complaint and we needed to play faster. We thought the group behind us was complaining because they were chatting with the ranger after he spoke with us, and they were attempting to play at as brisk a pace as possible. We let the group behind us pass while we were on the green of the 8th hole. While waiting for them to putt, we asked if they were the ones who complained to the ranger. One guy in the group finally responded that they did complain because we weren't keeping up with pace of play, and he also felt it necessary to tell us they weren't even playing all that fast because their best player already had 3 double bogeys so far. I'm not sure why he felt necessary to provide that information but he did. We ended up waiting around 10-15 minutes on the 9th and 10th tee boxes before they got about a half a hole ahead. Despite keeping the cart on the path for about a third of the total holes, getting haggled by the ranger and then dealing with the group as they played through, we finished our round in exactly 4 hours and 1 minute which is completely acceptable especially considering the circumstances. The group that we let pass, despite all their complaints, finished the round about 7 minutes ahead of our group. Dealing with the group was very frustrating, but the ranger should have understood that we were playing at an acceptable time and handled the situation better instead of continuing to insinuate that we were in the wrong. the haggling was completely unnecessary. I will stick with Tanglewood and don't plan on playing Oak Valley in the future.
May 30, 2015
The greens were ok, but slow and the fairways have some sort of issue with disease. I usually love this course, but this was the worst that I had seen it.
May 28, 2015
Disappointed in Condtions
My wife and I played on May 19. I've played this course numerous times before but for the first time in several years. As usual, we were made to feel welcome in the clubhouse.
But the fairways were predominantly brown, seemingly burned out. The greens were terrific as usual.
I've played in the past with conditions pristine even in the hot months of July so to see it in this condition well into May was very disappointing. I gave it an Average rating because I know what this course can be when in shape...an excellent golf course.
May 23, 2015
Course sets up for any player.
Use your rangefinder or course markings. Each hole could bring trouble.
March 28, 2015
Was passing through area and stopped in for a quick 18. Had played once before and again greeted and welcomed in the clubhouse. A very enjoyable course to play with nice bunkers. A good mix of holes. Maintenance was prepping for spring. .
March 20, 2015
Course is beautiful. It is in a housing development. The houses do not detract from the golf course. Our threesome never came close to endangering a house. The houses are well off the course. The course has a number of memorable outstanding holes.
February 17, 2015
Worth every penny! I'm definitely putting it into my rotation. I got paired with two 10 yr. members and they couldn't have been anymore friendly. The only thing I need to say about the course is its an Arnold Palmer.
February 5, 2015