Meet Courtney Rebel, Activities Director at Mayacama

At Mayacama, golf is our passion but we also offer an array of area and on-site adventures and activities that the entire family will enjoy.  An incredible amount of thought, preparation and passion goes into these activities led by Activities Director, Courtney Rebel.

We recently asked Courtney to share some insight, as well as some of her local favorites, with us.

What led you to your role as Activities Director at Mayacama?
Before becoming the Activities Director at Mayacama, I was immersed in a variety of positions in the Wellness and Youth industries. My experience ranges from the Director of Fitness at Congressional Country Club, Director of Wellness and Youth at Palo Alto Hills Golf & Country Club to a Personal Trainer in Golf Fitness, Triathlons and Aquatics.  While in these roles, my teams and I have exceeded members’ expectations through programming, superior customer service and capital projects.  Some of these include designing a state of the art Pilates studio, building a nationwide renowned youth program and creating unforgettable family events. My adventure of life thus far has been all about kids, fitness and wellness and I look forward to continuing my story at Mayacama!

Four of my favorite activities at Mayacama (and why):
1. I am looking forward to the annual Gingerbread Decorating Party.  I have heard wonderful comments about this festive event.  It sounds like a perfect gathering to celebrate the holidays with families, friends, Santa and sweet treats.

2. In the Summer of 2018, we have the 1st Mini Mudder Camp & Race at Mayacama.  We will create an adventure course on property where kids, ages 5-13, will have a muddy good time competing in this unique event.  I can’t wait!

3. To celebrate Valentines Day in 2018, we will be converting the Kids Room into Willie Wonkas Chocolate Factory.  Imagine lickable wallpaper, chocolate painting and other fantastical sweet treats- Wow!

4. In June 2018, we will have the 1st Annual Mayacama 5K & Kids Dash.  The fun run will wind through the hills of the course and property.  It will be an active event for everyone in the family!

What do you think make Mayacama so special to members?
Mayacama is a home away from home. The small membership size allows the staff to get to know every member and family.  I enjoy spending time with the community of families at the Club and all the happy kids.

Favorite part of the Job:
1. I love planning events for Mayacama families!   In my eyes, I have the ultimate dream job where I am able to plan cool events and activities for kids and adults.  Who doesn’t love to plan parties?

2. As a TPI (Titlest) Fitness Professional at Mayacama, I get to spread my passion for Wellness and Fitness to the membership. I love helping members discover their areas for improved mobility and flexibility with a personalized testing system.  We then work together to increase overall health and improve swing mechanics with a custom workout program.  It is fun to help members feel better immediately and see lasting results in a program due to targeting their unique body mechanics.

Share 3 of your favorite Annual Sonoma County events that members and guest’s should attend and why.
1. The Annual Wine & Food Affair is a great way to experience several wineries and a selection of varietals in one weekend.  You will discover favorite wines grown right here in Sonoma County.

2. I also love the World Food Affair in September each year.  Speakers in the food industry come from around the world to present on everything from local heirloom vegetables to how to grow a perfect tomato.  There are also local food vendor with tastings of decedent chocolate and unique superfoods.  It is a great place to see what is up and coming in the food industry!

3. Lastly, I enjoy the Annual concert in the Redwoods at Redwood Armstrong State Park in Guerneville.  Due to the fragile ecosystem, they only host one concert at the outdoor amphitheater each year.  They enlist local bands for the event and light the paths in the Redwood forest with LED lights to create a unique date night experience.

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When not at Mayacama you’ll find me:  Somewhere on an outside adventure; maybe paddle boarding on a lake, surfing a wave or exploring a beautiful Sonoma County trail.

1 Secret Sonoma County Spot I Love + Insider Tip: Jenner, California for the beach at Goat Rock and the organic café on the point with live music on the weekends.

5 things I can’t live without:  Adventures with my little guy Koa (19 months old), nourishing and delicious food, outdoor adventure toys (paddleboard, snowboard, surfboard and bike), my passport and all genres of music.

Favorite menu item at Mayacama: The vegetarian sandwich with cottage cheese bread (yum)

Next spot on my travel itinerary:  Provence, France

Thanks for sharing Courtney and for being part of the Mayacama team.

Mayacama is a private golf and residential community where a vibrant club life is joined by an active sporting life in an indescribably beautiful valley. To learn more about membership opportunities at Mayacama, please contact us at 866.519.3088 (toll free) or 707.387.0449 (direct) or via email at info@mayacama.com. Get social with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. 


December Events in Wine Country

The last month of 2017 doesn’t disappoint when it comes to local events.  From crab feeds to Holiday concerts, Santa runs to lighting ceremonies, there is something for everyone to enjoy during the month of December in Wine Country.

Annual Lighting of the Snowmen Festival (December 2)
This year, the Lighting of the Snowmen kicks off with a festival and actual lighting on December 2nd and the display will remain up through the end of December for all to enjoy!  This Cornerstone classic will feature music, kids’ crafts, wine + beer tasting, warm drinks, delicious food, festive decorations and more! More information can be found here.

San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus “Home for the Holidays” – A Benefit for Face to Face (December 2)
“Home For The Holidays” is an incredible holiday celebration, full of humor, personality, and gorgeous choral music. SFGMC’s performance features classic holiday favorites, alongside some new works that are sure to warm your heart and get you in the festive mood.Net proceeds support F2F’s mission of ending HIV in Sonoma County while also caring for clients affected by the recent firestorms. More information can be found here.

17th Annual Windsor Holiday Celebration and Tree Lighting (December 7)
Begin your holiday season with graceful horse-drawn carriages, music fun and even a visit from Santa, all at Windsor Town Green. More information can be found here.

Santa Rosa SantaCon (December 9)
Grab your Santa hat and get as festive as you want as we support local businesses and continue to raise money for fire victims across Sonoma County. More information can be found here.

Oyster Shucking Workshop at SHED (December 9)
Explore the wonderful world of oysters with our chef and culinary educator in this oyster tasting and shucking demonstration. You’ll learn about the history, flavor profile, and preparation of oysters and why they make the perfect appetizer for your holiday gathering. More information can be found here.

Holiday Lighted Boat Parade (December 9)
A flotilla of decorated boats make a spectacular arrival at the Petaluma River Turning Basin in the heart of historic downtown; Arriving about 6:15pm. More information can be found here.

Tides Wharf Crab Feed Series (December 15)
The Annual Crab Feed Series at The Tides Wharf Restaurant in Bodega Bay features chilled Dungeness crab, cocktail sauce, drawn butter, Tides’ mustard sauce, clam chowder, pasta, green salad, and French bread. Reservations are recommended.  A Sonoma County tradition.  More information can be found here.

Dave Koz 20th Anniversary Christmas Concert with David Benoit, Rick Braun and Peter White (December 17)
This year’s 20th anniversary tour promises to be extra-special, reuniting Koz with two members of the original lineup – David Benoit and Peter White – and Rick Braun, a guest on many of Dave’s holiday jaunts, dating back to the early years. Newcomer Selina Albright will also join in the festivities. Together, the five remarkable artists will perform fresh renditions of Christmas classics as well as a Chanukah medley and hits from their respective catalogs.  More information can be found here.

Christmas Eve Dinner at John Ash & Co. (December 24)
Make local plans for this Christmas Eve. Executive Chef Tom Schmidt has prepared a festive menu of seasonal cuisine and libations.  More information can be found here.

Happy New Year, Charlie Brown! (December 31)
Ring in the New Year with hands-on crafts for kids, Santa Rosa’s only Up-Down and Baby Balloon drops at Noon, and root beer toasts at Noon and 3:00 pm! Great fun for the little ones before the adults head out for the evening. More information can be found here.

Here is to a happy and prosperous 2018 to all.

Mayacama is a private golf and residential community where a vibrant club life is joined by an active sporting life in an indescribably beautiful valley. To learn more about membership opportunities at Mayacama, please contact us at 866.519.3088 (toll free) or 707.387.0449 (direct) or via email at info@mayacama.com. Get social with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Image credit: Santa Rosa SantaCon

 

Five Favorite Wine Country Fall Instagrams

Fall is a special time of year in Wine Country as harvests are collected in preparation for the coming winter months. Now, more than ever, is a great time to get out, explore all of the natural beauty and help support the local businesses throughout the region.  The weather is crisp and clear and the vibrant colors are memorizing.

Here are a few Wine Country Instagrams which caught our eye for Fall.

The beauty of Country living in Sonoma County via @paulterrell5830

Harvest Highway Sonoma County via @csharrison

In Wine Country with the Duetto via @bella.macchina

 

Capturing the beauty of the region via @capturesbycasares

 

Sonoma County sunset via @zingibertea

Share your own adventures with us by using the hashtag #MayacamaScene. To join the experience, follow us on Instagram as we showcase Mayacama and this incredible region we call “home”.  There is beauty all around so snap away.

Mayacama is a private golf and residential community where a vibrant club life is joined by an active sporting life in an indescribably beautiful valley. To learn more about membership opportunities at Mayacama, please contact us at 866.519.3088 (toll free) or 707.387.0449 (direct) or via email at info@mayacama.com. Get social with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


 

Meet Zach Makilan, First Assistant Golf Professional at Mayacama

At Mayacama, golf is our passion.  Our Jack Nicklaus Signature course is unequivocally one of his finest, drawing golfers from far and wide for a chance to play.  One of the reason for the exceptional Mayacama golf experience is our team of professionals, such as First Assistant Golf Professional, Zach Makilan.

We recently asked Zach to share some insight, as well as some of her local favorites, with us.

What led you to your role as First Assistant Golf Pro at Mayacama?
I started working at Mayacama on opening week in August 2001. I began as a member of the Outside Services team when we got our photo taken with Jack Nicklaus. After playing golf for the Santa Rosa Junior College, I started working full time at Mayacama in 2004. I’m so lucky to be a part of Mayacama and I’m very grateful to be the First Assistant Golf Professional.

Describe the moment you knew you loved the game:
When I made my first birdie! It was the 5th hole, Par 3 at the Fairgrounds Golf Course. I hit a 5 wood from 120 yards and made the putt. After that moment, I was hooked!

Favorite part of the Job:
Golf. The main reason that we are Golf Professionals is because we love to play the game. There are some days that it doesn’t feel like a job. I’m fortunate to be surrounded by golf and doing what I love.

What sets the Mayacama golf program apart from the crowd?
The golf course is one of the best in Northern California, and our everyday conditions reflect that. We feel like the golf course is always “Tournament Ready” because that’s the way it plays year round. Another big influence is our Caddies! Our Caddie Program preserves the traditions of the game and help make the experience more enjoyable.

Describe your proudest ‘Golf Moment’ to date:
My proudest Golf Moment is standing on the first tee of the Old Course at St. Andrews with Teddy Antonopoulos. There is a feeling you get when you step in front of the Royal & Ancient Clubhouse. It is a very special place and I hope that one day I will make it back.

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Favorite tee time: 8:00 am

3 apps I cannot live without: Spotify, TrackMan, and Google Maps

Favorite annual event at Mayacama: Junior Golf Boot Camp

Favorite course outside of Mayacama: Bandon Dunes

Next spot on my travel itinerary: Bali and Thailand in December!

Thanks for sharing Zach and for being part of the Mayacama team.

Mayacama is a private golf and residential community where a vibrant club life is joined by an active sporting life in an indescribably beautiful valley. To learn more about membership opportunities at Mayacama, please contact us at 866.519.3088 (toll free) or 707.387.0449 (direct) or via email at info@mayacama.com. Get social with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

 


Explore McEvoy Ranch

Wine County is best known for its grapes, but it is also home to a variety of other crops. Olives are very popular in the region and thrive in our various microclimates;  when the discussion turns to olives and harvesting all of their deliciousness, one name, McEvoy Ranch, will surely be the topic of conversation.

A little background.  With a renegade approach and love of Tuscan olive oil, McEvoy Ranch Founder, Nan McEvoy, purchased a gorgeous 550-acre sprawling ranch in West Marin County and  engaged Dr. Maurizio Castelli, a leading authority on agriculture, to recommend the best olive varieties for the unique setting. Fast-forward twenty years and McEvoy Ranch is one of the preeminent leaders in certified organic, extra virgin olive oil and is a a favorite of chefs, at home and in restaurants, who favor the farm-to-table approach.

To maintain a healthy balance with the natural surroundings only 15% of the acreage is planted. This purposeful strategy aligns with their strong commitment to ensure they provide good land stewardship for the olive orchards, grape vineyards, and other fruits, vegetables, and flora grown on the estate.  Learn more about McEvoy Ranch with this informative video.

Make a day of it.  As you enter the Bunny Gate, you are immediately overcome by a sensation of being transported somewhere else. Maybe this started when you drove up our windy narrow road or when you spotted a doe and her two fawns feeding. Located only 15 minutes from downtown Petaluma, the idyllic setting is the perfect way to enjoy country living and they strongly recommend that you visit them seasonally to capture the beauty of Mother Nature at each time.

McEvoy Ranch offer s a variety of venues in which to experience the estate. Interested in something beyond a sit-down tasting at our table? We offer enchanting walkabout tours and special workshops throughout the year.  They even have a community milling day, on November 12, where small growers from across Northern California bring their freshly-picked olives to the mill to create a true regional blend olive oil.  So bring your camera, good friends, and comfortable shoes. There’s much to discover.

To learn more about McEvoy Ranch visit their website, Facebook Page and Instagram feed.

Mayacama is a private golf and residential community where a vibrant club life is joined by an active sporting life in an indescribably beautiful valley. To learn more about membership opportunities at Mayacama, please contact us at 866.519.3088 (toll free) or 707.387.0449 (direct) or via email at info@mayacama.com. Get social with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

November Events in Wine Country

Fall is a special time of year as we transition from harvest festivals to the holiday season. From parades to lighting ceremonies, jazz festivals to turkey trots, there is something for everyone to enjoy during the month of November.

Veterans Day Parade (November 11)
Vintage war birds and sleek air racers fly over to Petaluma on Nov. 11 to take part in what has been called the “largest Veterans Day Parade north of the Golden Gate.” Watch as veterans, the US Air Force Band of the West, Clydesdales, and more parade proudly through the streets of Petaluma. Music in the gazebo starts the festivities at noon and the parade begins at 1:00 and festivities conclude at Walnut Park with a program at 2:45. More information can be found here.

Star Party (November 11)
Join the fun at the Robert Ferguson Observatory.  Star Parties begin at dusk, when the Observatory’s three main telescopes are open for your viewing. Docents set up additional telescopes in front of the building, and presentations on astronomical topics are given in the classroom.  More information can be found here.

End of Prohibition Celebration at Korbel (November 11)
Start the holiday season off right at Korbel’s nod to the End of Prohibition! Dress yourself in the prohibition era fashion and let our fabulous live band swing you back in time! Nosh on a variety of savory and sweet bites, festive cocktails, and of course Korbel California Champagnes!  More information can be found here.

Healdsburg Jazz Festival Jazz Jam Benefit Concert (November 12)
Healdsburg Jazz is producing a special Jazz Jam Benefit Concert, a fundraiser in support of those affected by the recent devastating fires in Sonoma County. More information can be found here.

Lighting of the Historic Sonoma Plaza (November 18)
Celebrate the fifth annual Lighting of the Historic Sonoma Plaza.  Enjoy 8-acres of 100,000+ sparkling lights, music and performances, holiday treats and more. Free to the public and family friendly. Music starts at 5pm. More information can be found here.

Winterblast (November 18)
Bring the family to SOFA’s (Santa Rosa Arts District) largest open studio event of the year featuring the SOFA Parade, street performers, live music, fire dancers, and more. Free and family friendly. Meet the artists of the SOFA district and celebrate!  More information can be found here.

Healdsburg Turkey Trot (November 23)
Round up the family and head to downtown Healdsburg before your big meal! Join Nuya Nutrition and Healdsburg Running Company on Thanksgiving morning for The Healdsburg Turkey Trot, a 5K run/walk through Healdsburg Open Space Preserve. Run or walk the 5K and stick around for light food, drinks, and seasonal goodies before you head off for the rest of your day. More information can be found here.

Alexander Valley Black Friday Open House (November 24)
Wineries in the renowned Alexander Valley open their doors for a day of wine tasting, food pairings and Black Friday sales on your favorite wines and unique wine country gifts! Participating wineries include Alexander Valley Vineyards, Medlock Ames Winery, HANNA Vineyards & Winery, White Oak Vineyards & Winery, Soda Rock Winery and deLorimier Winery. More information can be found here.

Geyserville Tree Lighting and Tractor Parade of Lights (November 25)
Start the holidays in Downtown Geyserville with the annual Tree Lighting and Tractor Parade! Enjoy caroling, warm winter fare, and a visit from Santa & Mrs. Claus. More information can be found here.

Enjoy the Holiday Season in Wine Country; there is nothing quite like it.

Mayacama is a private golf and residential community where a vibrant club life is joined by an active sporting life in an indescribably beautiful valley. To learn more about membership opportunities at Mayacama, please contact us at 866.519.3088 (toll free) or 707.387.0449 (direct) or via email at info@mayacama.com. Get social with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Image credit: SOFA Winterblast on Facebook

 

October Events in Wine Country

Fall has come to Wine Country.  Crops are being harvested as residents prepare to celebrate the changing of the seasons. From harvest fairs to Oktoberfests, wine runs to Halloween celebrations, there is something for everyone this October in Sonoma County.

Sonoma County Harvest Fair – October 6
The Harvest Fair will mark its 43rd year of showcasing Sonoma County’s grand harvest which continues to result in world-class wines, award winning beer and a plethora of culinary wealth.  More information can be found here.

Healdsburg Half Marathon – October 8
Prepare yourself for an epic run through California’s award winning wine region. The first mile runs through the residential area of Healdsburg past 100 year old homes and quaint streets. Just outside town are miles of vineyards and dozens of wineries. Nice gently rolling roads with breathtaking views of Dry Creek Valley and Alexander Valley. More information can be found here.

Fort Ross-Seaview Wine and Harvest Festival – October 14
Join Fort Ross Conservancy, California State Parks, and the Fort Ross-Seaview Winegrowers Association for the annual Fort Ross-Seaview Wine and Harvest Festival.  Attendees will enjoy an incredible day of world-class Wine Tasting, delicious local foods, music and much more, all set on the spectacular Sonoma Coast at Fort Ross State Historic Park. More information can be found here.

Cotati Oktoberfest – October 14
Break out the Lederhosen and get ready for wunderbar German food, German beer, fresh craft brews on tap and hilarious contests including the world-famous wiener dog races, the tankard hoist, yodeling, costume contest and the potato sack races!  More information can be found here.

Cornerstone Harvest Pumpkin Patch Festival – October 14-15
Bring the whole family for a weekend of fun, fall festivities at Cornerstone’s first annual Harvest Festival + Pumpkin Patch! Attendees will enjoy live music, lawn games, seasonal treats and pumpkins, food and beer for purchase.  More information can be found here.

Tolay Fall Festival – October 14-15 & 21-22
Celebrate the fall season.  More than just a pumpkin patch, the Tolay Fall Festival is a seasonal celebration of the beauty and history of this special park. Fall Festival activities are low-key, hands-on and educational by design. More information can be found here.

Pinot on the River – October 22
Sit with the winemakers and other Pinot-loving consumers as they focus on limited production West Coast Pinot Noirs. The Pinot Noir Grand Tasting will include over 100 wineries plus guest Artisan Food Vendors all on the downtown Healdsburg Plaza Square;  it’s a Sonoma County wine weekend you won’t want to miss. More information can be found here.

Pumpkins on Pikes at Tara Firma Farms – October 28
The festivities start in the afternoon with great food, music and pumpkin carving. Everyone will get the chance to display their Jack-O-Lantern on a pike in the Petaluma corn field. When the sun goes down the pumpkins are lit. It is a truly heart warming feeling looking over the glowing corn field to see the individual creations of all who attend.
FREE pumpkin included with admission. Get tickets here.

Halloween at Howarth Park – October 28
Join the fun at the 12th annual Halloween at Howarth! Dress in your best costume and come trick-or-treat throughout one of Santa Rosa’s most popular parks! Plus, hop on Howarth Park’s train and carousel with your costumed friends and catch a pony ride too!  More information can be found here.

Destination Races Healdsburg Half Marathon and Hallowine 5K – October 28
This end of wine harvest and Halloween themed race runs through the renowned Alexander and Dry Creek Valleys in late October when the weather is ideal for running and the autumn-colored vineyards glow in the warm sunshine. Enter the costume contest, win wine awards for your age group, and enjoy wine-tasting, food, beer, exhibitors, live music and more! More information can be found here.

*Mayacama Member* Great Pumpkin Festival – October 28

Members are invited us for Mayacama’s first Great Pumpkin Festival from 2-6pm! The courtyard will be filled with an abundance of pumpkins in all shapes and sizes that we will use at this festive Fall event. Participants will have a ball with pumpkin bowling, pumpkin putt-putt, pumpkin painting, and other pumpkin surprises! Costumes are encouraged for all ages and prizes will be given to those who have the most creative, the scariest and most unique look of their own. The whole family will enjoy making their version of the ultimate hot chocolate at our hot chocolate bar before taking an adventure on a hayride from 3 – 5 pm. Buffet dinner with Chef Scott’s creations will be available at 4 pm. We look forward to seeing you in your unique Halloween look on October 28!

Price $35++ per adult
Price $25++ per child
Registration: 707.569.2900 or Online

Dia de los Muertos Candlelight Procession with Giant Puppets – October 28
The procession starts at 4:00 pm at 100 Petaluma Blvd. N. and ends at Petaluma Historical Museum. Festivities include live music, Ballet Folklorico, Aztec dancers, food and art, a children’s activity area, and much more. View the full line-up of activities throughout October here or follow the event Facebook Page.

Museum Mondays: Happy Halloween, Charlie Brown! – October 30
Celebrate Halloween at this special Museum Monday for Little Ones! Come in costume to trick-or-treat throughout the Museum. Also, enjoy sing-along songs, spider web yarn threading, and decorating a mini pumpkin! More information can be found here.

Halloween Trick or Treat Trail – October 31
Join over 60 participating Downtown merchants for a fun and safe community Halloween for the entire family and goodies for costumed kids under 12.  Prepare for a hauntingly “ghould” time from 3 – 5:30pm on Monday October 31st as the scary, the cute, the ugly and the creepy descend on Downtown Petaluma.  For those you can’t get enough, head over to the Historic Downtown residences where trick-or-treaters come for all over the region to celebrate.  More information can be found here.

Mayacama is a private golf and residential community where a vibrant club life is joined by an active sporting life in an indescribably beautiful valley. To learn more about membership opportunities at Mayacama, please contact us at 866.519.3088 (toll free) or 707.387.0449 (direct) or via email at info@mayacama.com. Get social with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

 

Halloween Fun in Wine Country

Fall is a special time in Wine Country, with cool, crisp mornings and evenings and comfortably warm days.  It’s a perfect time to get outdoors and explore all the local, seasonal venues sure to put you in the Halloween “spirit”.

Get a jump on your Halloween season by attending the All Hallow’s Art Fest on September 23.  Artists from across the country gather in Wine Country to participate in this Halloween tradition. This unique show transforms Hermann Sons Hall in Petaluma into a place filled with magic and mischief. Halloween collectors, and enthusiasts will not be disappointed.

We’ve also listed a number of seasonal pumpkin patches throughout the region.  From family farms to wineries, there are a number of patches to start your family’s pumpkin hunt.

Healdsburg
Grandma’s Pumpkin Patch
Preston Organic Farm and Winery

Santa Rosa
Eastside Seasonal Farm and Pumpkin Patch

Muelrath Ranches
Punky’s Pumpkin Patch
The Santa Rosa Patch

Sebastopol
Papa’s Pumpkin Patch

Petaluma
Petaluma Pumpkin Patch and Amazing Corn Maze
Peter Pumpkin Patch
Pronzini Pumpkin Patch
McClelland’s Dairy Pumpkin Patch

During the month of October, Petaluma celebrates El Día de los Muertos, a ritual celebration from México, Latin and South America in which the spirits of dead loved ones are invited to visit the living as honored guests.  The month long celebration has a number of events you should put on your calendar.  More information can be found on the El Dia de los Muertos Petaluma Facebook Page.

Happy Hauntings.

Mayacama is a private golf and residential community where a vibrant club life is joined by an active sporting life in an indescribably beautiful valley. To learn more about membership opportunities at Mayacama, please contact us at 866.519.3088 (toll free) or 707.387.0449 (direct) or via email at info@mayacama.com. Get social with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. 

Photo Credit: http://www.springhillcheese.com

Meet Chelsa Helget, Assistant Golf Professional at Mayacama

At Mayacama, golf is more than just a sport, it’s a passion.  Our Jack Nicklaus Signature course is unequivocally one of his finest. Guided by caddies, golfers take to the meticulously groomed, 6,761-yard layout.  Our golf program is one of the finest in the region and one reason for this is Assistant Golf Professional, Chelsa Helget.

We recently asked Chelsa to share some insight, as well as some of her local favorites, with us.

What led you to your role as Assistant Golf Pro at Mayacama?
I played NCAA Division II collegiate golf for Sonoma State University which is near to Mayacama. Our golf team was fortunate enough to play the golf course twice a year. Mayacama was hosting the 2010 USGA Men’s State Team  Championship and our golf team members volunteered in order to give our thanks for allowing us to play the beautiful course. It was at this time I realized I wanted to work at this club! I began working part-time in the golf shop my senior year of college as my college golf career was coming to an end. I realized I needed to make a decision between the wine industry and the golf industry and I knew from my work experience in both fields that golf was my passion and chosen career choice. It has been one of the best decisions of my life to earn my Class A PGA classification while working here as well as nearly earning my Class A LPGA Teaching and Club Professional affiliation. I will be elected to the PGA on October 4 and I attend my final LPGA Seminar the end of October 2017 so I will have my Class A by the end of this year, which was my long-term goal 4 years ago! 

Describe the moment you knew you loved the game:
The moment I realized I could score better than my two older brothers is the moment I knew I loved golf! 

Favorite part of the Job:
My office view is my favorite part of the job, it’s absolutely stunning every day here. 

Favorite location on Mayacama’s Golf Course:
My favorite location is #15 tee because of the view.
Best time of day to enjoy it: Evening

Describe your proudest ‘Golf Moment’ to date:
My proudest golf moment to date was winning my first collegiate tournament in Arizona. I remember the nerves I had and how well I managed my emotions and just played one shot at a time. Every minute of that golf round feels like just yesterday even though it was 9 years ago! …and also shooting the course record here at Mayacama with a group of lovely lady members, I shot 66 and it just felt like a walk in the park. 

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If I could play a round with anyone, it’d be: Buddha

3 favorite spots in Sonoma County to hike: Kortum Trail, Hood Mountain, Bodega Head

3 songs on my playlist: “I’m Alive” by Sia “Follow the Sun” by Xavier Rudd “Meet me in the Woods” by Lord Huron

Favorite menu item at Mayacama: Fish Tacos

Next spot on my travel itinerary: Tahoe!!

Thanks for sharing, Chelsa, and for being part of the Mayacama team!

Mayacama is a private golf and residential community where a vibrant club life is joined by an active sporting life in an indescribably beautiful valley. To learn more about membership opportunities at Mayacama, please contact us at 866.519.3088 (toll free) or 707.387.0449 (direct) or via email at info@mayacama.com. Get social with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Kendall-Jackson Harvest Celebration

Fall is a special time of year in Sonoma County as the bounty of the region is harvested before the onset of winter.  This agricultural celebration is perfectly represented at the inaugural Kendall-Jackson Harvest Celebration on October 1.  After 20 years of hosting the immensely popular Heirloom Tomato Festival, Kendall-Jackson has decided it was time for a change; it’s now time to broaden the celebration and toast the bounty of the Wine Country harvest by hosting an exclusive event sure to please even the most discerning palate.

This event is designed to engage all the senses and create a more intimate experience.  Attendees will enjoy farm fresh produce straight from the Kendall-Jackson garden (including the famous tomatoes), unique plates from select local purveyors (see below), dynamic educational seminars featuring everything from bee hives to cheese making, wine & food pairing demonstrations, outdoor painting sessions, live music, and – of course – exceptional Kendall-Jackson wines!  Sounds like an amazing event.

Attendees will enjoy local food samplings from:
Two Birds/One Stone
Stark Reality Restaurants
Jackson’s Bar and Oven
Volo Chocolate
Hog Island Oysters
Hana
Backyard
Fiorello’s Artisan Gelato
El Barrio
The Farmer’s Wife
Pt. Reyes Creamery
CHEVOO
Nicasio Valley Cheese Co,
Beehive Creamery

Musical entertainment by:
Rootstock
Keith Andrew Band
American Honey

Proceeds from Harvest Celebration tickets sales will benefit the UC Master Gardener Program of Sonoma County, a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide environmentally sustainable, science-based horticultural information to all of Sonoma County’s population. Presentations will include water conservation, sustainable gardening, and supporting pollinating insects.

When:
Sunday, October 1, 2017
Wine Club: 10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
General Admission: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Where:
Kendall-Jackson Wine Estate & Gardens
5007 Fulton Road, Fulton, CA 95439

This event easy to get to as it is just over 5 miles from Mayacama.  You can purchase your tickets for the Kendall-Jackson Harvest Celebration online here.

Mayacama is a private golf and residential community where a vibrant club life is joined by an active sporting life in an indescribably beautiful valley. To learn more about membership opportunities at Mayacama, please contact us at 866.519.3088 (toll free) or 707.387.0449 (direct) or via email at info@mayacama.com. Get social with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Photo credit: http://www.kj.com/