Indian Valley Golf Club

4.0165000000 4.0 stars from 5 (121)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6374 yards
  • Slope: 123
  • Rating: 69.0
  • Layout

  • 3035 Novato Blvd, Novato, California 94947
  • (415) 897-1118
  • (415) 892-3934
  • www.indianvalleygolfclub.com
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Year built: 1958
Architect(s): Robert Nyberg (1958)
Type: Public
Golf Season: Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Pull-carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Amex Welcomed

Tees | Layout

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Blue 72 6374 yards 69.0 123
White 72 5931 yards 67.7 121
Red (W) 72 5281 yards 69.4 120

Rating Snapshot

Average Rating 4.0 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.8 stars from 5
Value: 4.0 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.1 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 3.7 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.4 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 3.6 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 121 Reviews
5 stars:
36
4 stars:
64
3 stars:
13
2 stars:
3
1 stars:
5

recommend this course

110 out of 121 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is worth the drive in the 'burbs   Great for wildlife/ scenic views locals advanced golfers   Challenges include elevation changes narrow fairways bunkers   Great for drinks watching the game  

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"Indian Valley"


coopwayne's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  Don't know

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/11/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Considering the amount of rain we have had lately, the course was in pretty good condition. Some of the greens had been aerated and sanded recently. A group right in front of us was quite slow. We skipped a hole to get around them. They never offered to let us play through. The marshall should have spoken to them.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Best public course in Sonoma-Marin area"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/13/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I have a private club membership 30 miles away but when our course is closed, I.V. is the easily the next best. With a brilliant design cut into the hills, every hole has a distinct layout. Drainage is excellent, course maintenance is very good.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Golf Elevator?"


scmaota's avatar
Top 1000 Contributor
Age:  45-54
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/04/2017
Previously played Walked Wet weather

Reviewed on

Still the best and only trak with a free elevator ride, just when you need it, after the par3 13th hole. That's about the time when your legs are saying, we could use a quick rest, and there it is after the par 3, a rather large green elevator that provides a great view of the lake as it climbs up the last stretch of great finishing holes. dont get me wrong the front portion has some steep climbs but well worth the hike after you hit 250+ drives downhill. that day I hit the cart path on the 9th and was 10yrds from the green and made bird. great day, was wet but well worth the walk. And the hotdeal price $18 plus subtract $10 off from golfnow. cant beat that anywhere, except for the hotdeal one time i got from Yocha Dehe $35 w/cart. great golf in norcal i must say.


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


"New Year's Eve at IV"


thecgclan's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/31/2016
Previously played Used cart Cold weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course was in better shape than most with the weather we've had.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



mocohuh's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once every three months

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/29/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


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


"Indian Valley"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/02/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Fun course good fun! Great conditions for December...enjoyed putting on smooth greens. A little damp but that is normal for this time of year. If I had one wish it would be rebuild some of the tee boxes so the are not too undulating and make them consistent.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Looks exellent"


u000007920995's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once every three months

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/15/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Every Time I play golf here, I am really satisfied with surrounding scenery and good lay-out ,fast green and more.l'd been played 4 times here with the different group. They were so good,gentle friendly. I was very impressed this golf course. God bless America!!!


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Great day on the Links"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/19/2016
Previously played Walked Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Haven't played Indian for a while. I found the course to be in excellent condition. So nice to play a public course in such good shape.

Hats off to the ground crew.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Worth the drive. Fun and scenic."


u000003835256's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/29/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Was a bit windy, which liked for addl. challenge. Greens in nice shape. Have become more fond of this course the past couple years. Plays harder than the slope rating..... especially for the better players and longer hitters because for them it becomes target golf and trouble on a lot of holes. Also lots of elevation changes and blind shots, so course knowlledge important. Would recommend to any skill level. Peaceful, scenic with lots of wildlife. Worth the drive if looking to get away from hustle & bustle.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Indian Valley"


wil1mer's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/15/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Well maintained course, challenging. Need a cart for sure. Nice bar though restaurant closed at 3pm. Course is 40 miles south of Santa Rosa my home over congsted hwy 101. Lousy driving range, a real joke. Very scenic but pricey.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Could have been a five star review......"


jeffbutler55's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/31/2016
Previously played Walked Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I haven't played this course in a few years. I like the layout and thought it would be fun to walk the course. How many courses have an elevator to get you to the next hole?? Windy day (white caps on adjacent Stafford Lake) made it a little tougher, but overall good day. My only complaint was they were letting out groups of five (5). We had two five-somes in front of us. Usually when this happens it's the 'locals'. I was just a visitor.


I recommend this course


"Closest to nature"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/18/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Beautiful quiet shortish course, that may be surprisingly hard to score on! Stunning views above Stafford Lake, Novato. Hope they offer Golfnow more often, as it's rather more pricey, and you need a cart for back nine especially!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Fun course"


dcw88's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/31/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great fun course. A little on the shorter side if you're a long hitter. Reached the 360 yard Par 4 10th on the fly.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Had fun!"


u000007964432's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once every three months

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/30/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Lots of elevation changes which I like and very scenic views.


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


"First time player"


Sfhorn's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/18/2016
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great course with interesting views, each one presented its unique challenges. The fairways were in great shape. A few greens and tee boxes had minor issues that did not distract from play. The gentleman at the pro shop could improve on his customer s revive skills, he was not friendly at all. We were paired up with a gentleman who brought along his brother who recently had a stroke. Part of his therapy is to get out and move a bit. The Pro Shop charged for his use of the golf cart which was being used anyway. I live and play many of the central Florida courses where the golf cart is included in the Golf Now posted rate. Being told that I would have to pay an additional $30.00 for the cart caught me by surprise as I didn't see the small print shaded note when making the reservation. I would suggest that Golf Now make it so you have to acknowledge that you understand this the same as you do with the cancellation policies. It would also help if they would post the golf cart rate.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Interesting Course With A Funicular"


ssdepetris's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/13/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Yes, walking golfers take a funicular (incline railroad) up the side of a steep hill to the tee after playing #13. The course among the beautiful forested Marin County hills has a lot of interesting and challenging holes. With the many interesting holes combined with the good condition of the course, Indian Valley is a great value.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"This course has great pictures layout"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/04/2016
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This course has a lot of blind shots. The fairway was well kept and green are in great condition but slow. I would play this course again if there is a good deal.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good


I recommend this course


"Great golf!"


phyllis3157894's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/17/2016
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course in beautiful shape, well layed out. Very slow play. Never have encountered such an unfriendly staff. Totally made us feel like we didn't belong there. From golf shop checkin to grill.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Great day"


Carl1551314's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/02/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Always a nice day at Indian Valley. This day, no different.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Fun Layout, Great Value"


LongN's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/10/2016
Previously played Walked Played 18 holes Fair weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Played here with a foursome. The weather was pretty gloomy, so the course was slower than usual. The course was in pretty good condition considering it rained the day before. It ended up being a really fun track to play. The course felt really spacious, so we almost felt like we were by ourselves. There were plenty of elevation changes, but it was a pretty easy walk. Overall, this was a really good experience. I would definitely come back.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



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