Marty James

Silverado Resort and Spa makes cover of NCGA publication

NOTES AND QUOTES for a Tuesday in the Napa Valley
2011-07-26T00:00:00Z Silverado Resort and Spa makes cover of NCGA publicationMarty James Napa Valley Register
July 26, 2011 12:00 am  • 

The 18th hole on Silverado Resort and Spa’s North Course, redesigned by World Golf Hall of Fame member Johnny Miller, graces the cover of the Northern California Golf Association’s summer publication.

A feature story on Silverado with the headline “Napa’s New Beginning” appears in the publication and was written by Hilary Heieck.

“This was really a dream come true to work on this property,” Miller told the NCGA. “Silverado is a world-class place with 36 holes in Napa; this rare property is a big advantage because it cannot be duplicated in the area.”

Silverado’s North Course reopened in April following an extensive renovation project under Miller’s direction that took six months to complete and now features added length. There was a complete bunker renovation and the addition of brilliant white sand from Idaho in the traps, creating holes that have stunning definition and superb character.

Miller is the lead analyst for NBC Sports’ golf coverage and is a golf course designer. Miller, one of Silverado’s new owners, lengthened the North Course, increasing the yardage from 6,900 to 7,226 yards. The removal of kikuyu grass has also returned the course to its original rye-Kentucky bluegrass condition, making for better all-around playability while adding to the aesthetic beauty of the course. There has also been some tree removal and additional landscaping.

Miller is a big part of Silverado’s history, winning back-to-back Kaiser International Open Invitational titles here in 1974 and 1975. It’s a place where he has made his home off and on over the last 30 years. He dominated golf in the mid-1970s with 14 tournament victories between 1974-76. He was the PGA Tour’s leading money-winner and Player of the Year in 1974.


Napa’s Jorge Maravilla competed in his first-ever 100-miler in the Tahoe Rim Trail Endurance Run on July 16.

A pack of about five runners started out strong, but after the 50-mile checkpoint it was down to just Maravilla and one other runner. Soon after that, it was all Maravilla as he finally took the lead for the first time at the 67.5-mile checkpoint. Ultimately, he would win the race — 2 hours, 10 minutes and 21 seconds ahead of second place.

Maravilla is formerly the manager of the Napa Running Company.


Six members of Napa Valley Special Olympics took part in the 2011 Special Olympic Summer Games. Placing in aquatics for Napa Valley:

• Maya Derr, 25-yard flotation race (gold), 15 flotation race (gold).

• Mike Martinez, 25 backstroke (silver), 50 freestyle (eighth place), 25 breaststroke (participation ribbon), 4x25 free relay (bronze).

• Sara Weinstein, 25 backstroke (gold), 25 freestyle (fifth), 25 breaststroke (participation ribbon), 4x25 free relay (bronze).

• Mary Anne Donohoe, 25 backstroke (silver), 25 freestyle (silver), 25 breaststroke (participation ribbon).

• Whitney Dominguez, 25 backstroke (silver), 25 freestyle (bronze), 25 breaststroke (participation ribbon), 4x25 free relay (bronze).

• Timmy Hanf, 25 backstroke (silver), 100 individual medley (participation ribbon), 50 freestyle (silver), 4x25 free relay (bronze).


The Golden State Warriors are scheduled to open the 2011-12 NBA campaign at Oracle Arena in Oakland on Nov. 2 at 7:30 p.m., when the club plays host to the Los Angeles Lakers in a nationally televised contest.

Golden State is slated to make 10 national television appearances this season, with six games scheduled on ESPN and four appearances on TNT, marking the team’s most national TV appearances since the 2007-08 campaign (11 national games).

Additionally, the Warriors are currently slated to make eight appearances on NBATV.

The Warriors begin a season-long five-game homestand on the night after Thanksgiving and are slated to make a season-long six-game road trip from Dec. 14-23.

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