Unlike The Club at Cordillera’s other two 18-hole layouts, which only open for four months of the year, the Valley course enjoys an extended season because of its relatively lower height above sea level.
In The American Private Golf Club Guide, author Daniel Wexler writes: “on a property climbing steadily northward into the foothills, the majority of holes are routed east to west across the slope, including virtually the entire front nine.
The back nine includes a pair of interesting short holes (the 147-yard 10th and 328-yard 16th), the 253-yard 14th (played to a small green angled behind sand) and a pair of strong closing par fours, the 471-yard 17th and 430-yard 18th.”
The range of golf options when at Cordillera is clearly present. The Valley Course includes the usual Tom Fazio "look" dimensions. The course is appropriately routed so you have enough diversity but the strategic implications are fairly banal.
Turf conditions are ideal and the overall sense of being in the great outdoors is enhanced by the panorama when playing. Clearly, not every Fazio layout needs to be Victoria National, Wade Hampton, Estancia, Galloway National, Martis Camp, Gozzer Ranch, et al. The Valley is your prototypical member's course. Although the layout tops out over 7,000 yards but when factoring into the gains from the altitude it's clearly neither a back breaker nor one to implant a lasting memory. In baseball term -- the Valley is nothing more than a single -- and far from the home run capability Fazio has shown elsewhere.
M. James Ward