Course at Wente Vineyards, The

4.4944000000 4.5 stars from 5 (180)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 7181 yards
  • Slope: 142
  • Rating: 75.3
  • Layout

  • 5050 Arroyo Rd, Livermore, California 94550, Alameda County
  • (925) 456-2475
  • (925) 456-2490
  • www.wentevineyards.com
Write a review

Year built: 1998
Architect(s): Greg Norman (1998)
Type: Public
Greens: Rye Grass
Fairways: Rye Grass
Golf Season: Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes - included in green fees
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes

Policies

Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Collared shirts with slacks or walking shorts are required; no denim.
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Amex, Discover Welcomed

Tees | Layout

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 72 7181 yards 75.3 142
Gold 72 6840 yards 73.9 139
Blue/Blue White 72 6266 yards 71.2 128
Blue/Blue White (W) 72 6266 yards 69.8 127
White 72 5637 yards 68.7 124
White (W) 72 5637 yards 73.5 129
Red (W) 72 4866 yards 69.4 120

Accolades

Rating Snapshot

Average Rating 4.5 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.6 stars from 5
Value: 4.1 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.5 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.5 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.6 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.3 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 180 Reviews
5 stars:
113
4 stars:
49
3 stars:
13
2 stars:
4
1 stars:
1

recommend this course

168 out of 177 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is worth the drive convenient to the city in the 'burbs   Great for advanced golfers wildlife/ scenic views a weekend splurge   Challenges include elevation changes bunkers forced carries   Great for drinks patio dining 19th hole scenic views  

loading...
loading...

Reviewer Photos

Reviews


Overall Rating
Recommended
Handicap
Age
Type of Golfer
Gender

"Handled the weather"


donndobkin's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/18/2017
First time playing Used cart Wet weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Outstanding course conditions given how much rain we have had. Excellent staff, attractive course with lots of variety and challenges. Will return when it's warmer out.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"maintained beautifully"


DLGEE's avatar
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  25+

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/23/2016
First time playing Used cart Cold weather

Reviewed on

The Course is close to my home, but I've never taken advantage of it.

Easily one of the best maintained greens I've ever played.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



vikram111's avatar
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a year
Handicap:  Don't know

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/14/2016
First time playing Walked Perfect weather

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Beautiful views"


Johnse's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/06/2016
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Stunning views from this course especially on the 10th tee box. Fairways and greens where in excellent shape.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Excellent course!"


u000006818784's avatar
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a month

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/14/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Friendly course, good pace, challenging, and great service.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"WOW"


u000004620727's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/20/2016
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

We have a group that travels regularly to golf. None of us had played the course before but had heard good things about it. We could not have been more rewarded for the drive than the course at wente vineyards. From the immaculate practice area, to the professional staff the first impression was excellent. The course was pristine, the tee boxes were well manicured, the fairways were tightly mowed and green. The greens were firm but receptive, fast and true. The course has everything you could want in a round of golf. Elevation changes,risk reward and some of the best views around.

If you haven't played it I recommend you book your time now and go enjoy some of the best value golf around. We are already planning a return trip


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Nice course, great staff, but overpriced for the quality."


jvjones's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/11/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great Staff, carts are like driving your couch around, and a fun layout. I enjoyed this track but I feel like it's way overpriced for the quality/value. You can pay less than $100 on a weekend at 10 other courses in the area that are all just as nice.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Terrible Conditions"


robbiez88's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/31/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Average weather

Reviewed on

I played this golf course a couple of days ago and they never bothered to mention that they dumped a ton of sand on the greens and that the greens were unplayable !!!! I understand what top dressing is but they dumped a ton of sand and just left it on the course, it was like rolling the ball in a sand trap. I believe that if the course is unplayable, then they should at least advise the players. I drove over 2 hours and it was too late in the day to cancel the round and drive somewhere else.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"Big pleasant surprise"


u00000592444's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/22/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Loved it. Unique setting, beautiful views, fast, but true greens, tough, but fair layout. Good twilight rate and pace of play. During a week where I played Pasatiempo, Pebble Beach, and Harding Park, this place held it's own, in it's own way. Enjoyed it so much I may play it again today!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great course"


amoon705's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/12/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Friendly staff, great layout, and beautifully groomed. Would definitely recommend everyone try Wente if in the Bay Area


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Awesome time"


u000003396732's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/04/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Wente golf course is wonderful. The layout is great. Greens roll true. Great views. Red tail Hawks everywhere. We saw a eagle too!!! Everyone needs to play wente. First class place.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Outstanding beauty and challenge!"


Enjoyorgohome's avatar
Top 1000 Contributor
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/19/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 9 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great layout and course conditions. Entertained a client and he was equally impressed.

Pace of play a bit slow due to challenging course and tough wind! Scenery is absolutely fantastic with the vineyards and elevation changes. Plenty of wildlife running around and flying overhead.

Put this course on your list!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Slow play and marshall patrol not enforcing slow play"


jediplay's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/16/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Generally, Wente marshall patrol is present but nowadays they are more concerned about patrolling in/out of fairway than enforcing the pace of play. Over 5 hours and 40 minutes to complete a round of golf on Saturday. That shouldn't be for the course charging over $120 for the green fee. We waited on every tee shots and approach shots except for the first hole.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"great"


pslee's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/13/2016
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

very great and nice golf course


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Always impressive"


Sdix14's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/11/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Wente always offers a challenging, scenic round that will leave you wanting to play another round. Got a great deal for the afternoon twilight rate and enjoyed a well paced 4 1/2 hour round. I always play here when I can get the good rate.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Need to work on pace of play"


kspink's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/26/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

We stopped after 12 holes due to the extremely slow pace of play. The group in front lost balls on almost every hole and spent way too long looking for the lost balls. No signs of a marshal anywhere.

Too many other great courses in the area. While I love the layout of the course, for the price I think I will be looking elsewhere.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"Best to Play"


Shawn7794546's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/09/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

It was great course for us to play even there were nice maintenance and lay out. Thanks!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Great course and layout"


cmerce1986's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  0-4

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/29/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Really enjoyed the layout and the course was in pretty good shape. The course is designed around the surrounding mountains and provide some great views and elevation changes. I used a Hot Deal and it was well worth the price. The normal rates are a bit steep but I don't think you'll be disappointed. The course is fairly open off the tee but there are definitely some challenging holes and tee shots, especially with the wind blowing. If you hit it off the rough about 10 yards or so most holes have either vineyards or tall grass that the staff warns you not to enter because of rattlesnakes.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great except for a few holes"


AbeFroman2's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/15/2016
Previously played Used cart Excellent weather

Reviewed on

I would love this course except holes 12-14 are just bad golf holes. The front 9 is spectacular and the finishing holes are 3 of the hardest holes in NorCal. The food at the cafe and restaurant are very good.

I have played this course about 10 times now. In general every hole seems to play longer than I think. If I take an extra club on most shots I end up scoring way better. The scenery through the vineyards makes this a very unique and memorable round.

But I just can't get over 12-14. 12 is an absurd par 5. An uphill drive that's nearly always into a very strong headwind leaves you with a completely blind second shot through a gap in the hills. With no yardage book, you have to guess at the proper line but the prevailing wind and slope of the fairway usually punish anything but a perfect shot. 13 is an over-gimmicky downhill par 4. If you want to carry the vineyard with a 280 blast, you can drive the green which means way too many people wait on the tee box slowing the pace of play way down. The smart shot into the fat part of the fairway usually results in a very uneven lie into an undulating green. This is easily my least favorite hole on the course. 14 is a very boring par 3 that is so out of place with the other very good 3's on the course.

Its a good course overall but the 3 bad holes in a row knock it way down my list.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"Aeration & no cart on path?"


Jensen4928367's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/19/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

All greens were still recovering from aeration and all 18 holes were cart-path only. None of these info were disclosed when booking the tee time -- green fee was not discounted at these conditions which is completely unfair to golfers! I took a Tuesday off from work drove 60 miles from home to Wente but ended up a trashy day of golf. It was a completely dissatisfied experience - not recommended.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course



    Marketing Tools for Golf Course Operators

    • Add a Golf Advisor Rating Badge to Your Website. Get Widget
    • Get a feed with the latest reviews for this course Feed