I would like to spend one day, preferably during the summer, when there is so much more daylight, playing golf all around the Napa Valley.
I would like to play a few holes at each golf course – from Mount St. Helena Golf Course, which is located at the Napa County Fairgrounds in Calistoga, to Eagle Vines Vineyards and Golf Club in American Canyon.
I would plan my day accordingly – getting a very early start and not returning home until after dark – so that I can spend as much time as possible at all 10 courses.
I’ve played each course at some point over the years and have had a lot of fun at each one.
I celebrated my 50th birthday by hosting a tournament at Vintner’s Golf Club in Yountville. Earlier this year, I played the South Course at Silverado Resort and Spa on my 60th birthday.
My wife, Karen, and I got to play a few holes at Eagle Vines a few years ago with Johnny Miller, a World Golf Hall of Fame member, who co-designed the course.
Chimney Rock was a favorite of mine to play over the years, but it no longer exists.
There is great golf up and down the Napa Valley – excellent courses that offer different challenges and characteristics, as well as an all-around test, from tee to green.
“Everybody in the Valley loves golf,” said Dave Solomon, who joined Napa Valley Country Club on Oct. 30 as its new head PGA golf professional.
Here is look at each course, with information on how to contact each facility.
-- Marty James, retired Napa Valley Register Sports Editor