Golf and Wine in Napa Valley California
If you’re looking for that special getaway this winter, someplace where golf, dining and accommodations form an exquisite trio, try the Napa and Sonoma valleys of California. Just 45 minutes north of San Francisco, the rich and fertile soils which grow such fine wines also produce some delightful golf courses.
The premier golf resort in the Napa Valley is Silverado Country Club and Resort (707-257-0200). Located at the southern end of the fertile Silverado Trail, near such fine wineries as Chimney Rock, Clos du Val and Stag’s Leap, Silverado Country Club & Resort is an experience that combines tranquility and elegance. Accommodations are in privately owned condominiums that line the fairways of the two Robert Trent Jones Jr.-designed golf courses. For more information on Silverado Country Club.
Also in Napa is The Club Shakespeare at the Chardonnay Golf Club (707-257-8950). Players will discover a delightful ambience unique in the world of golf. Playing over, around and through active fields of Chardonnay grapes, this 7,001-yard member’s course can present quite a number of challenges.
First among them are the putting surfaces which can significantly affect a round. A variety of pin positions-from front of green just over the rise of a crown to back tier over a bunker-alter course strategy. If you’re near the hole on the correct tier, you have a good chance at birdie; if you’re on the wrong tier or quadrant of the green, three-putting is not difficult either.
Over in the Sonoma Valley, the premier golf resort is Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa (707-938-9000). This historic property is a delightful repair for body and soul. Popular since the early days of the century for its healing mineral waters, Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa now attracts guests from the world over for its elegance and turn-of-the-century charm. Nearby is Sonoma Golf Club, recently reacquired by the Inn & Spa.
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