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Which Golf Courses to pair with your wine -#1 in our Series!

Which Golf Courses to pair with your wine -#1 in our Series!

Which Golf Courses to pair with your wine -#1 in our Series!

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This is the first of many WINE AND GOLF Travel posts from Golf Soup with Sole.

1. Napa/Sonoma Counties, California, USA.

This is a no brainer.  Napa and Sonoma boast more than 800 wineries and several high-quality golf courses.

Some things just go together.

Peanut Butter and Jelly. Abbott and Costello. Lemonade and iced tea.

Golf and wine? Absolutely.

Golf’s oldest trophy is called the “Claret Jug,” after all…

Am I suggesting that you stuff a decanter in your golf bag the next time you tee it up?

Not exactly (although that would look hilarious—please send us a picture if you try this), but if you like and/or want to learn more about wine, should you plan a golf trip that features some wine tastings?

Again, absolutely.

The only question is: where?

Here are our favorites in the U.S.:

Which Golf Courses to pair with your wine -#1 in our Series!

The road sign entrance of the vineyard and winery in Napa Valley, California. Welcoming tourists and visitors to the famous wine country, the winemaking industry, and agri-business in California.

Napa/Sonoma Counties, California

This is the obvious choice. Napa and Sonoma are home to more than 800 wineries, so if you visited one a day, you’d need more than two years to see them all.

As for golf, the choices are not as broad, but they’re plenty juicy. In Napa County, we like

Chardonnay Golf Club and Eagle Vines Golf Club, both located in the southern-Napa town of American Canyon. Both courses have holes that play over and around active rows of wine grapes.

Silverado Resort & Spa, host of the Frys.com Open, is also an excellent choice.

If you want a bit of adventure, we direct you farther north in the county, to Pope Valley’s Aetna Springs Golf Course. It’s a nine-holer that claims to be the oldest golf course west of the Mississippi. Tom Doak restored much of the course’s rustic charm a few years ago, and it’s such fun that we would gladly play 27 holes in a day there.

In Sonoma County, don’t let Sonoma Golf Club’s technically “private” status deter you; stay at the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn, and you can arrange to play this classic and favorite of the late Sam Snead.

Which Golf Courses to pair with your wine -#1 in our Series!

Sonoma Golf Club.

For a more low-key public golf experience that is a true bargain, hit up Windsor Golf Club near the hip small city of Santa Rosa.

Winery suggestions:

Napa: Beaulieu Vineyard, Domaine Chandon, Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars;

Sonoma: Hanzell Vineyards, Lancaster Estate, Seghesio Family Vineyard

Source: Golf Vacations Insider    Tim Gavrich

Pictures: flickr  Jitze Couperus Udo Schroter   L.C. Nottaasen

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