I get excited when I have the opportunity to play new golf courses in Los Angeles. It ‘s infrequent and therefore fun — it’s a new golf experience to savor.
This opportunity I was afforded to play Via Verde Country Club in lovely San Dimas. San Dimas is a cozy town in the Southeast end of LA County. It’s a sleepy town with decent mix of old and new residential with a great home-town vibe about it.
Let me first preface everything I am going to write about Via Verde. They are currently overseeding so current conditions are not peak.
As Via Verde describes themselves:
Via Verde Country Club was conceived by Vinell Pauley and designed by Bill Bell in the late 1960’s. The Course was designed and built among the rolling Via Verde Hills and was open for play in the spring of 1970. Today Via Verde Retains a strong membership and is well respected among private courses in Southern California.
In a word, I was disappointed. I was expecting country club conditions but I was instead greeted with sanded greens that did not hold their line. The fairways were a little shaggy and the rough was thick and punishing. Personally I liken this to a high-end municipal but even that is suspect.
Don’t get me wrong I really enjoyed the layout. Fairways were narrow and required precise tee shots. In defense of the course that layout was fun. I had to use a variety of clubs off the tee and every ounce of course knowledge is key here; especially which way is downhill since the course winds its way through every dip and valley around the hill the club house sits upon.
I just didn’t care for the conditions we had to play. For the money, it wasn’t worth it and unfortunately I may not have another chance to play here again until invited back again.
So that is it. I could rake into the golf course but at present it’s not their fault. Personally given their reputation I would enjoy another opportunity to play the course when conditions are at their best and they have actual tee boxes you could hit from.
Would I play here again? Yes, BUT only if conditions are at their best. There has to be some kind of value here and until conditions improve — they should — I wouldn’t want to dish out the money and play this course.
Here are some photos from my little excursion. Enjoy.
Also check out my golf course review on Greenskeeper.org. Click HERE.