Envisioned as the centerpiece of a master-planned community, Valencia Country Club was built in 1965 by legendary golf course architect Robert Trent Jones, Sr. His course at Valencia has long been recognized as one of the best golf courses in all of Southern California, for its challenging layout, beautiful conditions, and complex greens. Recently, Golf Digest named it a top 25 golf course in the state. Originally a public course in when it opened, the course was purchased by a Japanese corporation in the mid 1980’s, and transitioned into a private Club. Since then it has remained private and exclusive, but ask anyone in the area who played it as a public facility, and they will tell you just how amazing “Big V” truly is.
The quality of golfers that have played Valencia Country Club mirrors the quality of the course. The course has been fortunate enough to have its fairways graced with the presence of some of golf’s living legends. In 1998, Valencia Country Club played host to The Nissan Open, once known as the Los Angeles Open, renamed today as the Northern Trust Open. From 2001 through 2009, the Club hosted the Senior PGA Tour, now referred to as the Champions Tour. The 1998 Nissan Open was the site of an extremely rare Tiger Woods playoff loss in a PGA Tour event.
Although the Santa Clarita Valley has seen many changes throughout the years, Valencia Country Club still remains a fixture in the community. While its prestige and reputation have grown to legendary status, it is still a beacon for leaders in the community, businesspeople, and a site for families to enjoy themselves, just as it was intended over forty years ago.
Friends of smooth jazz attend the Santa Clarita Jazz and Blues Festival 2012, which will take place at this venue in September.