California/Santa Barbara/
Valley Club Of Montecito
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Valley Club Of Montecito

1901 Valley Rd, Santa Barbara,California,93108
Type: Private
No. Holes: 18
Detailed description

Valley Club Of Montecito, is a Private, 18 hole golf course located in Santa Barbara, California.

Valley Club Of Montecito first opened for play in 1929 The course was designed by Alister MacKenzie.

This exclusive club / course features a natural setting with a creek running through.

One of the defining characteristics of The Valley Club are the signature MacKenzie greens. In addition to the subtle breaks and the mountain/ocean effect, the greens are also small.

The other key feature of The Valley Club are the MacKenzie-designed bunkers, which he works into the course with his 'camouflage' effect very skillfully. Many are optical illusions. Often, what looks to be a greenside bunker is actually set back from the green.

Its recergent popularity can be traced to a restoration by Tom Doak, who with colleague Jim Urbina brought back the look and strategic aspects of MacKenzie's distinctive bunkering, reintroduced closely mown chipping areas and restored subtleties within the greens.