The North Course at Silverado Resort & Spa
The North Course at Silverado Resort & Spa features a classic-style layout that winds through the mature oak trees and features undulating fairways, challenging raised greens and deep carefully placed bunkers. The front nine plays slightly tighter off the tee, with more trees in play and a premium on placement and angles. The transition to the back nine is as smooth as a good Pinot Noir, which appears more approachable off of the tee but requires careful consideration to avoid the deep strategically placed fairway bunkers that have a knack of drawing your attention.
The South Course at Silverado Resort & Spa
The South Course at Silverado Resort & Spa was home to the Senior PGA Tour Event “The Transamerica” from 189 through 2002. The South Course challenges golfers with side-hill lies and more than a half dozen water crossings. It features lush vegetation, ponds, lakes, trees arching over the fairways and artfully placed traps and greens. With its traditional design it allows for the natural flow of the Napa Valley to help develop its character.
Pasatiempo Golf Club
Dr. Alister Mackenzie’s 1929 course has often ranked in world top 100 and features beautiful Santa Cruz redwoods and ocean views. Even though MacKenzie also designed Augusta National and Cypress Point, Pasatiempo was his favorite layout and where he made his American home, which still borders the sixth fairway. The course officially opened on September 8, 1929, with the first group to play consisting of the original developer Marion Hollins (1921 US Amateur Women’s Champion, Bobby Jones (considered the father of modern golf), Glenna Collett (U.S. Women’s Amateur Champion) and Cyril Tolley (British Amateur Champion). Over 2,000 spectators gathered for the grand opening and followed this world-class foursome around the course. Besides Pasatiempo’s first foursome, some of the other golf celebrities of the era attending the Opening were Alister MacKenzie, Ernest Jones, and Grantland Rice. Today, this historic top 100 course is a semi-private golf club that sets aside certain tee times each day for public play. It is ranked in the top 20 of Golf Magazine’s Top 100 Courses You Can Play.
Cinnabar Hills Golf Club
Peacefully tucked in and around the hills, a short drive south of fast paced Silicon Valley, Cinnabar Hills Golf Club blends championship-caliber golf with spectacular views. San Jose’s first public course to open in 30 years was designed by award-winning architect John Harbottle III. Each hole has been crafted to maintain the natural slope of the area and to protect the wildlife residing here. Hundreds of old oak trees were incorporated into the layout and seedlings from those oaks were nurtured and planted to further enhance the landscape. Inspiring the golf club’s logo, red-tail hawks can be seen flying over the course or even perched in a tree. Named for the rich, red ore mined here during the 1800’s, Cinnabar Hills offers golfers distinct nines: the Canyon, The Lake and the Mountain.