Par Excellence

Written by Jenn Thornton | Photos Courtesy of Rosewood Cordevalle

Nestled in the rolling foothills of northern California’s voluptuous Santa Cruz Mountains, less than an hour from the Monterey Peninsula in San Martin, Rosewood CordeValle offers a memorable intermezzo up north. Enveloped in nature and steeped in conveniences, the rambling luxury resort offers everything from a private spa to restaurants to its very own winery. The showpiece of the place, however, is its championship golf course, a Robert Trent Jones Jr. design that has nabbed a number of honors, including hosting duties for this summer’s 2016 U.S. Women’s Open—a hole in one for CordeValle and all attendees.

But even this coveted nod pales in comparison to the peaceful cradle of CordeValle—something notably eluding neighboring San Jose. Although a world away in tone from the bustling Bay Area behemoth, CordeValle does offer LA weekenders access to one of the city’s premier benefits—San Jose International Airport. But the constant stir of San Jose makes CordeValle all the more calming, with its surging meadowlands, trickling creeks and treeline hillsides underscoring a pleasant and purifying isolation.

Faced with choice accommodations—think 45 elegant rooms in roomy bungalows, generous fairway homes and out-of-the-way villas—selecting where to rest your head isn’t easy, although the resting itself certainly is, with each king-bedded room featuring, among other niceties, goose-down comforters, Frette linens, original art, a fireplace and tons of tech. All options include gorging on beautiful golf-course views. With these perks, staying the course is almost as good as playing it—almost.

Stretching 7,360 yards, the golf course at CordeValle is a bona fide jaw-dropper, boasting 360-degree views in every direction, as clear as the eye can see. Credit the course’s no. 44 ranking on Golf Digest’s “America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses” to its vaunted golf architect, as well as its immaculate greens and outstretched fairways that glisten amid maturing oak trees and spidery sycamores. But not all is for show; CordeValle’s elite course poses its fair share of challenges, many sure to stymie the field at the 2016 U.S. Women’s Open, July 4-10. This major endorsement is just one part of the tournament-level golf experience at CordeValle, which also touts  a golf shop bigger than most homes, PGA-member instruction and a professional caddy program.

Although golf is CordeValle’s crown jewel, Sense, A Rosewood Spa, is no slouch, with a Turkish steam room and Vichy shower and enough rubdowns to ease tension wherever it might exist. Along with a pool and fitness center is a network of trails that lead guests to different spots in the surrounding hills, including the occasional chaise, either for a breather or to take in the whole rejuvenating scene, which avails Clos LaChance Winery and an 85-acre vineyard. A tasting and tour here makes for an intoxicating prospect, but no more so than sampling prime vintage at one of CordeValle’s culinary outposts: Il Vigneto for fresh, contemporary American cuisine; Lion’s Peak Grill for casual continental eats and cocktails until sunset; and One Iron Bar for specialty sips and a vast martini menu, plus wines and international spirits.

Whether it’s stay, play or sip, Rosewood CordeValle—and its many indulgences—is calling.

Hit List

Link into the newest golf offerings at Rosewood CordeValle

3-, 6-, AND 9-HOLE LOOPS

By introducing these three new loops, the championship course reinterprets the short game. Includes club rentals and a sleeve of golf balls.
$50, $100 and $150, respectively; 18-hole green fee is $325.


At hour-long instructional hour “Sips and Tips,” golfers learn the fundamentals from the resort’s golf pro while relishing signature cocktails and honing their swing on the range. If desired, after the session participants can play the links or opt for a wine tasting at Clos LaChance. Offered Saturdays at noon; $25 per person (minimum of five participants)


CordeValle’s new couple’s golf program offers a 9-hole outing for two. As he completes the back nine, she luxuriates in a 90-minute treatment at Sense Spa. They reconvene for lunch at One Iron Bar, overlooking the course and the Santa Cruz Mountains. Pricing varies.


Titleist Performance Institute certified trainer Shawna Elliott, a Pebble Beach Resorts and Bandon Dunes Golf Resort alum, leads alternative training classes and creates personalized programs to achieve high-performance golf results. TRX suspension training; guided hikes to CordeValle’s outdoor yoga decks to increase strength, mobility and flexibility; and other training aids are featured. Pricing varies

1 CordeValle Club Drive
San Martin, CA 95046

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