Spring Valley Golf Course

3.7143000000 3.7 stars from 5 (133)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 70
  • Length: 6143 yards
  • Slope: 116
  • Rating: 68.9
  • Layout

  • 3441 E Calaveras Blvd, Milpitas, California 95035, Santa Clara County
  • (408) 262-1722
  • (408) 262-3260
  • www.springvalleygolfcourse.com
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Year built: 1956
Architect(s): Ray Anderson
Type: Public
Greens: Bermuda grass
Fairways: Bermuda grass
Golf Season: Year Round

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

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

Policies

Metal spikes allowed: Yes
Credit cards accepted: None

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Blue 70 6143 yards 68.9 116
Combo 70 6041 yards 68.4 115
White 70 5875 yards 67.5 113
White (W) 72 5875 yards 72.7 123
Red (W) 72 5465 yards 70.0 119
Silver 70 5346 yards 65.1 109
Silver (W) 72 5346 yards 69.9 117
Combo (W) 72 5294 yards 69.4 116

Rating Snapshot

Average Rating 3.7 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.8 stars from 5
Value: 3.6 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.2 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.0 stars from 5
Course Layout: 3.9 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 3.5 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 133 Reviews
5 stars:
18
4 stars:
73
3 stars:
32
2 stars:
6
1 stars:
4

recommend this course

115 out of 132 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is convenient to the city worth the drive in the 'burbs   Great for locals wildlife/ scenic views walkers   Challenges include water hazards elevation changes undulating greens   Great for drinks watching the game brunch  

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Reviews


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"Nice and Quiet"


froghair291's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/20/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

First time here. Course and green conditions were really good. Well maintained. Hillside golf so there are changing elevations and the greens were tough on me as they had plenty of undulation and slopes. Lots of three putts. Definitely would take lots of rounds to master where to land and play those greens.

There is virtually no cell phone signal in this canyon so your golf apps won't work . Which as a first time golfer there made it hard to read course and there is no yardage markers except for the standard 150 and 100 yd.

Morning rates are pretty high but good value in the later afternoon times


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Nice Playable Course"


u499990354's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/20/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This is a decent course. Conditions were good. greens are really in great shape. It's fairly short and not very difficult as there are no real hazards to deal with. But it's enjoyable for average golfers and a good value for the price. Pretty decent facility overall. Definitely would go back.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I recommend this course


"Great value and location"


kspink's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/03/2017
Previously played Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Excellent value. For being near Silicon Valley you feel like you are away from it all on this course. Fairly easy course with few water hazards, sand traps, and short length.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I recommend this course



matthew5494408's avatar
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/09/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Must fix Pace of Play"


DougPaloAlto's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  15-19

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/01/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Ok, the course is pretty nice and friendly staff, BUT IT TOOK US 3 HOURS TO PLAY TO FRONT NINE!!! AND THE MARSHAL WAS THERE RIDING AROUND BUT DIDN'T FIX IT!!!

No one wants to play 5.5 hr rounds (which was the final result). This course has got to manage pace of play. We will not be going back.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"Awesome course"


u343430906's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/25/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Truly a great course with challenging greens due to mountain settings.Course was a bit soggy but understandable due to recent rains.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



festivefriction's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  Don't know

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/09/2017
Used cart Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Closed Holes Yet No Discount"


dmcintyr2000's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  20-24

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/09/2017
Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Spring Valley Golf Course is in my rotation of South Bay courses to play. Due to the rains, Calavaras Rd was closed and detoured to Old Calavaras Rd to get to the course. No problem at all but good to know. At the course, hole 2 was closed and we "teed off" from the 150 yd market on hole 3. I think the course should have offered some discount as we basically played a 16.5 hole round of golf vs the normal 18 holes.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Good"


Donny3490003's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a year

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/08/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Yes it's good but it's muddy and three holes I want to downhill but is good for us this Monday


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Handicap Golfer"


Joel8016465's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/24/2017
Previously played

Reviewed on

I wrote on February 25th about a bad experience I had. After posting my reveiw I receveved a phone call from Jeff Rockwood the General Manager he was very nice and took the time to hear my story. All said and done he is working with his staff to make sure handicap golfers will be taken care of. I want to thank Jeff is a stand up guy, and I am looking forward to playing there in the spring


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I recommend this course



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

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/12/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Good condition"


u00000795037's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  15-19

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/11/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Played from the blue tees.... Nice long challenging par 3's


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Good course"


ML31's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  25+

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/04/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Only played here a few times but seem to play well when I do. Decent course in decent shape. Only played because I got an extra 25% discount which brought the "hot deal" down to a level I'm willing to pay. Brief interaction with the staff was good. I got there early and was let out early as there was space available.

One thing I have questioned... Hole #2 is a par 3 and there are two of them. Supposedly they alternate between them for which one they use. They are right in line with each other and I often wonder why they don't link them together to make a long 4 or short 5 out of it. The course is currently a par 70 and making it a 71 or 72 would be a little better I should think.

I would recommend the course if you can get it at the right price as it plays a little on the happy side of easy and is in good shape.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I recommend this course


Commented on 10/14/2016

It was a par 4 years ago. You could not tell if the group ahead of you was gone. Most second shots were an extreme downhill lie, and it slowed the pace to a crawl.


"Keeps You Coming Back"


Mark4737443's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  0-4

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/05/2016
Previously played Walked Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

One of the best recommendations for a golf course is the number of first timers at a course who when the round is done INSIST they are coming back. I've been playing Spring Valley for years and I hear people say this all the time. You see this comment in many of the other reviews too.

Here are some of the reasons I hear from others over and over that resonate with me.

o The variety of the holes on the course hold your interest and add to the fun of playing here

o The Superintendent and staff do a great job maintaining the course

o The owners continue to invest in course improvements

o The greens are challenging on both approach shots and putting, some have significant illusions

o The staff are friendly and accommodating

o While a mountain course, it's still very walk-able

o It also drains really well, which makes it a go to course during the rainy season

o The amenities are surprisingly good for a course in this price range (from the clubhouse that is a popular venue for weddings and has entrees like cheese burger and french dip that people rave about to the on course snack shack that you pass three times)

o O yeah, the course is a good value

The negatives?

o The driving range is up the side of a mountain, which is a little funky

o Some of the greens have so many undulations that at certain times of the year they have to put the pins in places they shouldn't to give the high traffic parts of the greens a chance to recover

o It's gotten popular, which has impacted pace of play, especially on the weekends

o There are two #2 holes, #2b is off the side of a mountain and a lot more fun, but isn't open nearly enough for most player's satisfaction


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Love playing this course"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/04/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I love playing this course. With wide fairways and not much rough, it's very forgiving. Water is a significant hazard on three of the holes. Fortunately, I played those well. Greens were in excellent condition and didn't present too much break. I have had two of my four best rounds at Spring Valley.

The only drawback is that it seems a little pricey on weekends. I got a good deal through Golf Now for my round on Thursday. I'm retired so now I can play on weekdays, with cheaper rates and usually faster play.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I recommend this course


"Great tune up course to rebuild confidence"


justinpyle's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/30/2016
Previously played Walked Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

What a great all around course. It's a bit on the easier side with only a 70 slope rating but it's such a blast to play. I like to use this course as a tune-up course to play before a tournament. Largely because it's fun, there are a lot of very nice layouts, and it's still very challenging. I carry a 13 handicap and usually break 80 which puts me in a great state of mind for more challenging courses like Cinnabar hills.

Definitely recommend it... oh and the French Toast is amazing!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I recommend this course


"Longest round ever played"


u000004394450's avatar
Top 250 Contributor
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/16/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

Wow were to start,our tee time was 9:07 we tee'd off at almost 10:00.Every hole on the course we had a 10 minute wait(two groups ahead of us) which drastically demolishes your tempo.I talked to the head of the shop and he simply stated were very busy today.Well unless there booking people every 5 minutes I can't see how they can be that far behind at 9:07.Our round over 6 hrs 20 mins.Checked in at 8:30 and finished golfing at 3:26.When we walked in to eat they said kitchen was closing in 4 minutes so no chicken wings just quick food.....seriously kitchen closes at 3:30 on at packed Saturday and NO cart girl on the course.I complained to the golf shop and the guy came out and gave 5.00 tokens per foursome(Oh boy 1.25 off a beer each how generous)And at 75.00 a person they have to be kidding this is just a low rate muni course with little appeal ,Huge mistake coming there for that money Callipee or Poppy Ridge is a sure bet at a much higher level of course.I was frankly amazed at the crowd there considering this course is nothing special I was in a tournament so had no choice but will not shoot there again at any cost.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


Commented on 11/06/2016

You caught them on a bad day. Pace of play is usually pretty good at Spring Valley, especially compared to other courses in the South Bay. 4 to 4.5 hours on weekdays is about the most you'll see. Weekends is more variable, but as someone who has played there a lot I can tell you your pace of play was way out on the lunitic fringe for this course.


"Very nice layout and great conditions. Slow play."


Giacomo5992275's avatar
Age:  45-54
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/25/2016
First time playing Walked Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

nice views of the valleys, great staff. Very slow play in the back nine


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Good course. Value for money"


Ravi6940639's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/11/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Spring valley golf course in Milphitas is good. Good layout. Value for money. Pace of play is normally good.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Fairly easy layout, with a few tricky greens"


sgil1057's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/04/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Most of the course is straightforward. However there are a few tricky holes, especially the green on #13. Shoot for the right side of the green because everything feeds to the left front.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I recommend this course



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