Membership at the Club at Viniterra has a range of tee options to choose from...even more so than the average forward-thinking club. Of the four par threes at this Rees Jones / Greg Muirhead collaboration, the fewest number of tee boxes come at No. 12, which has a mere seven. No. 16 features 10, ranging from 164 yards to 84 in total distance; it’s possible that the strategy is to give the maintenance staff as much breathing room as the players!
If “breathing room” isn’t your thing, Viniterra can be lengthened to a staggering distance...nearly 7,800 yards from the unofficial back tees (the less masochistic scratch golfer can try the “official” backs tees, just 7,450 yards, instead). The length offered on some of these holes, and the fact that you can’t see any other holes during a majority of your round, speaks to the amount of property set aside for this very private (yet open to the public) playing experience.
If you choose to tackle a tee box that beats up your handicap, you can kick back at the clubhouse and enjoy a drink from the area’s famous wineries, which the club’s title is a tip-of-the-cap to.
Viniterra is a Rees Jones quality course. It rolls along a scenic landscape with a great variety of holes. The playing field has many gentle hills and valleys. The first is a good par 5 with some width to the fairway and some fairway bunkers to keep you honest. The 2nd is the #1 cap hole with good length dogleg right and a well guarded green. 3 is a dogleg left par 4. 4 is a good risk reward par 5. It's a dogleg right with a small pond at the corner which one could carry to go for in 2 but requires a good carry depending on tee box played from 250 white to 300 blue. 5 is a straight away par 4 with good length and bunkers in the fairway demanding accuracy as well as greenside bunkers all around the green. 6 is the first par 3 with the V shaped tee boxes which offer more challenge to the back tee players and a more forgiving angle for the more forward player. 7 is a par 4 with the fairway bunker on the wide side vs the short side on every hole prior. 8 is a duplicate of 6 just 2 clubs shorter. 9 is a scenic par 4 with a pond in front of the tee and isn't in play unless you don't elevate your tee shot. 10 is a straight away par 4 with a bunker in play in the fairway requiring you to decide left or right. As the greenside bunkers are right a left tee ball is your best bet. 11 is a big dogleg left with bunkers on the inside corner and all around the green 12 is the longest par 3 with bunkers encircling much of the green. 13 is a long straight par 4. 14 is much like 13 just a little shorter. Both holes have strategic fairway bunkers and greenside as well. 15 is the longest hole and mostly straight. 16 is the shortest par 3 and has the V shaped tees which offer two different angles depending on the day. 17 is a straight away par 4 and the 18th a nice par 5 with good length and bunkers in the fairway and near the green demanding accuracy and an aerial approach. The green complexes are varied and have some mild slopes and terraces. Overall Viniterra is a nice public course with good conditioning, a fair playing field which will offer you a good day of golf.