The best players in women’s golf are in one of the mellowest regions of the U.S. for the 2016 U.S. Women’s Open. With the national championship – and a spot in the Olympics – at stake, CordeValle will be the home of high drama and cool heads in the Northern California hills.
The 2016 U.S. Women’s Open is women’s golf’s final qualifying event for the 2016 Olympic Games. The top 15 players in the Rolex World Golf Rankings will be automatically named to represent their country at the Games, with a limit of four players per country. Outside the top 15, players will earn eligibility based upon their world ranking, up to two players per country (see below for Olympic hopefuls).
WHAT’S IN A NAME? The name CordeValle is derived from the Spanish phrase “el corazón del valle,” or “heart of the valley.” Located in San Martin, the full-service resort and spa is in the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains, it is 30 minutes southeast of San Jose and 45 minutes northeast of Pebble Beach.
KEEPING UP WITH THE JONESES: The course, designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr., opened in 1999. The course sits on 270 gently rolling acres and incorporates natural elevation changes, streams and wooded areas. CordeValle previously hosted the 2013 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur, won by Ellen Port, the second of back-to-back victories for the six-time USGA champion. It will play at approximately 6,784 yards (subject to daily course setup), to a par of 36-36—72.
GRAPE EXPECTATIONS: The ideal grape-growing conditions of Northern California allow the 85-acre vineyard property to produce a variety of white, red and estate wines. The Clos La Chance Winery is next to the sixth hole at CordeValle. The tasting room is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. PDT. Grapes are hand-picked for the wine-making process. Tours of other estate wineries within a 20-mile radius are available for guests.