I’d like thank The Cork Board for allowing the chance to guest-blog while they have more important matters to attend to. As a few words of introduction, let me first get out of the way the fact that I don’t live in the valley…in fact, I live in NH, some 3000 miles away. My wife’s family however, is from the surrounding area, with her grandmother living in American Canyon, which is where we make our headquarters 2-3 times a year when we’re out for a visit. Coming here always feels like home, and I try to keep up with the Valley news as best I can, and The Cork Board has helped tremendously with that.
One of the best things about the Napa Valley is of course the scenery. One of the more enjoyable ways to enjoy the outdoor surroundings is with a game of golf. Here at The Cork Board, we like our golf. If you’re in the middle of the Valley, your options for golf are somewhat limited (and pricey). Thankfully, there is a nice option available. As you’re heading North on 29 through Napa and come to Yountville, right off the Veteran’s Home exit is The Vintners Golf Club and Lakeside Grill.
The views on this 9 hole course are spectacular, especially for a morning round, just as the fog is burning off. The hills around you and the glimpse of the Domain Chandon vineyards as you come down the stretch to the ninth hole make it a great experience, even when your game is as shaky as mine is. Greens fees are very reasonable, starting at $20 for 9 holes for Napa Valley residents md-week and peaking at $35 for 9 holes for non-residents on the weekends. Once your round is finished, the Lakeside Grill is a great place to pour a glass from a local vineyard and unwind. The Ultimate Grilled Steak Sandwich is highly recommended as well. There’s an outdoor patio, which again offers those great views.
My wife and I liked this place so much that we chose it for our wedding location. Yup, we got married here, right on the ninth hole. The Grill staff catered the food and it was certainly a step up from what you would expect from a small golf grill. Mixed local greens with dried cranberries, pears, walnuts, bruchetta, grilled beef & pepper rolls, asparagus with mozzarella and orange honey glazed ham, were all a part of the spread.
The wedding, with great food, surrounded by family, friends on a perfect weather day made for unforgettable Napa Valley memories to last a lifetime.
Bruce Allen is a guest blogger while the Cork Board team is immersed in midnight feedings, dirty diapers and various other newborn activities.