Course Review: Valley Country Club – May 17, 2021
On Monday, I got to play Valley Country Club in Warwick as part of a charity tournament to benefit the Marfan Foundation.
I had not been to Valley to play in a few years, and certainly not since rumors started running rampant over the last year or so.
I was interested to see what the place looked like.
The fairways were tough, just about every one of them was in rough condition. More dirt than grass in a lot areas and where there was grass, it was patchy.
Valley acknowledged this issue last summer in a letter to membership.
“As you know, the drought this summer has been quite damaging to our fairways, as we were forced to preserve the little water we had for our tees and greens. Despite other rumors, the fairway condition is not due to negligence, incompetence, or lack of funds. It is simply due to a lack of water because our wells had run dry and the ponds are not connected to city water,” wrote the Shareholders.
In that same letter, they added, “We have been and are currently working with Kent County Water to solve this problem and we are committed to do whatever is necessary to get the course back to pristine condition for the 2021 season.”
Needless to say, being in the fairway was not necessarily a benefit on this day.
Hopefully, the club is able to work through their water issues and get things back in decent shape soon.
Despite the rough conditions of the fairways, there were positives about the course.
The tee boxes were in great shape, plenty of grass and plenty of space to tee the ball up where you wanted to.
We played the white tees for this particular tournament so I didn’t necessarily walk all the way to the tips, but from the looks of them, they way back tees were also in great shape.
The other great thing that Valley has going for it is the greens were pristine.
All of them.
The rolled nicely, the breaks held true and they were challenging, which is exactly what you want to happen.
There are a few double-greens, kind of like you see in the British Open.
I managed to hit to the wrong flag every single time.
Thankfully, it was a scramble and I did not have to putt from 150 feet.
Greens and tees – perfect.
A few bonus points for Valley.
The GPS systems in every cart were really cool.
They automatically gave the yardage, you could do a flyover of the hole in case you didn’t know where you were going, and they could even play music if you want.
The food for both lunch and dinner was great.
Valley’s restaurant is now open to the public.