San Francisco Area Offers Great Adventure:
by Scott A. Sumner
NW Ontario Golfing News
It is nice to know you can leave your Eastern city late in the day and arrive in San Francisco in time to check into your downtown hotel and see the spectacular sights of this world class city. In my case I entered my hotel destination PARC 55 into my GPS and was in my 32 floor suite in about 40 minutes. The Parc 55 is a 1100 room totally renovated tower hotel adjacent to Union Square in downtown SF. A special treat in this hotel was the wrap around windows which showed off the glitzy skyline of the city. It was also fun to have the concierge floor room with breakfast hors doerves and deserts each day for their guests. The Parc 55 would be my base of operations while attending the early days of the Presidents Golf event.
My next destination was another spectacular property, Corde Valle - A Rosewood Resort, a world class golf resort some 1 hour and 40 minute drive towards San Jose into the famed Silicon Valley of Northern California. Corde Valle really is a 5 star property that totally caters to their special clientele. The property has only 45 cottages and bungalows that are great luxury complete with hardwood
floors, fireplaces, huge bathrooms with large tubs and showers as well as outdoor private sitting areas with beautiful views of the championship Robert Trent Jones Golf Course.
" Corde Valle is a very, very unique resort with 45 very nice rooms. At the peak season they go for $695 per night," said Nick Bailey, Head Professional at Corde Valle Golf Club. Our memberships are from the Menlo Park area, SF and Napa. We also have members in
Chicago and New York and even Switzerland but we see the majority of people from SF or LA. It is under 2 hours from SF and 4 from Santa Barbara. We have a membership of 500 who have full access to everything. You have to be a member or stay here to play Corde Valle.
We keep the tee times at 15 minutes so you always feel like you have the course to yourself. The green fee ranges and can be for $295 per person if you stay , play and have breakfast . That was a smoking deal. They range usually from $500 to 700 per person."
" Corde Valle is a Robert Tent Jones Jr design. He has designed over 100 courses now and still considers this one of his favourites which is cool. He comes out here quite often. UCLA has a college event here each year where we have the top teams in the country. The course holds up well," said Bailey. " We are ranked number 2 in California for resorts right behind Pebble.We don't have a ocean but are a unique property with our level of service and the quiet where you can let the time fly. It is pretty phenomenal setting. There are no homes on the course except for our owner. The winery is out there. The nicest part is you never seen anyone else out there. We do about 20,000 rounds. Pebble does about 80,000 and a typical country club is 35,000 to 40,000. We do about 4000 resort rounds and the rest are from our members. To join Corde Valle is ball park around $200,000."" I like that it is a fun course and there is not a bad hole. It has 18 good holes.Depending on the way the wind is blowing you have a
different golf course every day. It is very challenging as there are a lot of bunkers and the rough is tough. It has ranked 66th in the USA by Golf Digest in terms of the top 100 courses you can play. It has quite a few awards including number 11 in the country as far as resorts go," said Bailey. " Tom Gray our superindendant keeps the course in great shape. We have a caddie program and that is one of our special things that separates us. You can play golf the way it is
designed to play with your own personal tour guide for 4 hours."" Dr Hasso Plattner is the owner of the Corde valle Resort. He is originally from Germany and a founder of SAP who lives in S Africa much of the year. He owns Fan Court in South Africa which is a top 100 course in the world. We have seen Ernie Els here quite a lot as well as others like David Leadbedder." said Bailey.
My second resort on this trip was the Rosewood Sand Hill, a sister facility to Corde Valle. Rosewood Sand Hill is located on the Stanford University campus and is in fact owned by the university. It is less than 1 year old and really a tremendous place to stay. Being located in the heart of Silicon Valley home to many high tech firms like Apple located some 10 miles away in Cupertino, they have made their luxurious cottages quite high tech. You can control your
room lights on the screen of the flat screen TV. You press a button near your door to have no disturbance. There a re side reading lights on the king bed. The bathroom is really nice with glassed in large shower and separate soaking tub. The ventilation system is exceptionally quiet. You really have a great place to stay here. I also really liked the new Spa and gym area. The equipment was brand new state of the art. Slip in your I Touch and select music on the
screen. When in the area be sure to visit the Mother Ship store of Apple at One Infinite Way in Cupertino which is a 10 minute drive away!