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Northern California's CordeValle Resort gives golfers the rub in a luxury setting

By William K. Wolfrum, Contributor

How far will CordeValle Resort in San Martin, California go to stand out in the crowded world of luxury golf experiences?

Cordevalle Resort - San Martin, California
CordeValle Resort's name is derived a Spanish phrase that translates as "heart of the valley."
Cordevalle Resort - San Martin, CaliforniaCordeValle Golf Club

Try this: At any of Cordevalle Golf Club's 18 holes, golfers can get a 15-minute on-course massage to help get them through their round.

"On an 18-hole course you can get tired or locked up," Stephanie White, the director of CordeValle's spa, told Fortune. "We focus on lengthening and stretching the shoulders and back, which get particularly tight."

At CordeValle, a Rosewood resort, such luxuries are par for the course. Rooms are large and comfortable, with tasteful decorations. The course is within walking distance and there are hiking trails nearby. Above all, CordeValle offers its guests a quiet sanctuary. The area is rife with wildlife, and deer are a common sight in the evening hours.

Robert Trent Jones Jr. has called CordeValle Golf Club one of his finest designs. It will mesmerize golfers with its beautiful natural setting.

With dramatic elevation changes to match the dramatic beauty of northern California, CordeValle will present golfers with serious challenges from the back tees. From there the course plays 7,169 yards with a 142 slope, enough to keep even scratch golfers' hands full.

The course is built to sustain play by high-handicappers from the front tees as well. And regardless of what does on one's scorecard, the scenic charms of the area can be enjoyed by all.

The resort's name is derived a Spanish phrase that translates as "heart of the valley." Spanish-themed and located in a secluded area just 45 minutes north of the Monterey Peninsula, CordeValle lives up to its moniker.

While focused on relaxation and beauty, CordeValle also caters to groups with events and tailored offerings like the "Brainstorming Package," designed to offer business and executive groups the most conducive conditions for bending their minds toward achieving success.

There are also wine tastings, and packages through the CordeValle Spa, always a popular destination for guests. The natural beauty, soothing surroundings and luxury atmosphere don't come without a price, however; bungalows will run $600 a night, fairway homes $2,500.

Named one of Conde Nast Traveler's "Best New Hotels in the World" and one of Elite Traveler's "Favorite Golf Courses," CordeValle unites the best of public and private clubs to offer one of northern California's most acclaimed golf-resort experiences.

William K. WolfrumWilliam K. Wolfrum, Contributor

William K. Wolfrum keeps one eye on the PGA Tour and another watching golf vacation hotspots and letting travelers in on the best place to vacation. You can follow him on Twitter @Wolfrum.

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