Napa Valley golf courses offer excellent options for playing a round among the grapes. Some are public courses, others are private -- all get rave reviews from locals and tourists.
You may have already guessed the courses here are popular. It's difficult to get on unless you reserve a tee time at least a couple weeks in advance. Check web sites for specifics about tee times, fees, and course layouts.
If you've never played Napa Valley golf, there are some things you should know.
7901 Solano Avenue, Yountville * 707-944-1992 * vintnersgolfclub.com
This stunning gem is located in the charming town of Yountville. The public championship 9-hole course has 3 sets of tees to challenge the experienced as well as please the scratch player. This pristine course boasts spectacular scenery and a fully stocked pro shop. After a couple hours on the links, grab a burger and a beer at the club's Lakeside Grill. It's not the fanciest menu in town, but the views from the terrace are a feast for the eyes.
You can take lessons here from PGA and Senior PGA Pro Bob Boldt. Bob holds an impressive record and 30 years' experience playing and teaching golf. Tee times can be reserved online, and be sure to check out special savings offers.
2555 Jameson Canyon Road, Southeast of Napa * 707-257-1900 * chardonnaygolfclub.com
Located at the gateway of Napa Valley, and surrounded by chardonnay vineyards, this semi-private course offers magnificent scenery. The 18-hole championship golf course has a unique layout of six par fives, six par fours and six par threes that wind around trees and lakes. And this is especially unusual -- there are five sets of tees to challenge the pros as well as accomodate newer players.
The golf club's large "learning center" offers ideal spots to practice your drives, bunker shots and putts. There's a pro shop and a bar and grill, plus many facilities for all kinds of events -- from business banquets to wedding receptions.
580 South Kelly Road, Napa * 707-257-4470 * eaglevinesgolfclub.com
Spread across the foothills, this beautifully landscaped course is surrounded by vineyards. Everywhere you look, you'll take in a glorious view of emerald-green fairways woven amongst the oak trees, glistening ponds and waterfalls. This 18-hole public course, designed by Hall of Famer Johnny Miller, is a golfer's dream come true. You can see it for yourself -- the whole course is shown on their web site, hole by hole.
You can sign up to take private or group lessons from PGA Head Pro Marcus Sharit, Assistant Pro and PGA member Dan Lithgow and LPGA Assistant Pro Valerie Maio. Marcus, Dan and Valerie each have a wealth of experience teaching the game.
1600 Atlas Peak Road, Napa * Pro Shop: 707-257-5460 * silveradoresort.com
This club's two 18-hole championship golf courses are private to club members and guests of the resort. Redesigned by PGA Hall of Famer, Johnny Miller, the courses offer water and elevation challenges and are surrounded with mature trees. Beginners and seasoned golfers alike will love playing these beautiful Napa Valley golf courses. Many consider them to be the best in Wine Country. If you're staying here with golf in mind, be sure to take a look at the "Golfer's Dream" package on their website.
Want lessons? Learn from PGA member and Head Golf Pro, Brett Mathis or LPGA pro Tara Lipanovich. You just don't get access to private or group instruction from pros with their kind of teaching experience anywhere. Want to look like a pro? The golf shop can get you outfitted with the proper duds.
900 Meadowood Lane, St. Helena * 707-963-3646 * meadowood.com
This luxurious resort features a 9-hole golf course that's open only to members and hotel guests. The executive 9 is short and sweet, leaving you plenty of time for the nearly endless activities you'll enjoy here: tennis, swimming, croquet and hiking. Plus, there's a fitness facility offering countless cardio, cycling, pilates, strength training and yoga classes. Whew! And when you're ready to wind down, the resort's spa has pampering treatments to soothe your body and mind.
Golf instruction is available from the club's resident pro, Doug Pike. Want to practice on your own? Check out the new TrackMan studio, offering the latest technology to help golfers perfect their swing.