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Meet Ted Antonopoulos, Head Golf Professional at Mayacama

At Mayacama, we are passionate about golf.  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 is headed up by Golf Professional, Ted Antonopoulos.

Ted is all about golf.  Born and raised in Augusta Georgia, he was exposed to the sport at an early age. His father George was an avid golfer and his brother Buddy has been the Head Golf Professional at Medalist Golf Club in Hobe Sound Florida since that Club’s inception. A Golf Professional for 31 years and a Class “A” Member of the Professional Golfers Association of America for 28 years, Ted was recently appointed to the PGA of America Rules Committee; this committee is made up of 35 PGA Members and is responsible for administering the Rules of Golf at all Championships conducted by the PGA of America.

Ted was good enough to take some time out of his busy schedule to answer a few questions, and share some insight, with us.

What sets the golf program at Mayacama apart from the crowd?
I think the fact that we are a walking only club with a commitment to stay that way is a big plus. We have an outstanding caddie program that is well supported by our membership. And the golf course is a beautiful walk in the wine country, with each hole having its own distinctive “look”. Our tournament program offers our members a variety of playing opportunities, from Championship Golf to “Sip ‘N Swing” events and everything in between.

What’s your favorite feature of the Mayacama Golf Course?
The first tee! I always look forward to hitting the first shot of the day, with anticipation of what the next four hours will bring. I enjoy every round at Mayacama and the opening tee shot sets it up!

3 things Golf Members can look forward to:
Completion of the regrassing of the final 8 greens. The new Tyee 007 bent grass will provide our members with even better putting surfaces for the next twenty-plus years.

The addition of another Junior Golf School. With the success or our Boot Camp and the newly-added Junior Golf School, we’ve added a third golf camp for our growing population of Junior Golfers.

The Wyndham Cup will be coming to Mayacama on the Fourth of July!  This event features the top 40 Junior Golfers in the country (20 boys and 20 girls) playing in a Ryder Cup format … EAST vs. WEST! On July 4th, our Members will have the opportunity to play with one of the Juniors in a “Junior-Am” tournament. I was fortunate enough to be invited to officiate in the 2015 Wyndham and it is without a doubt the finest event that I have ever seen. The caliber of golf among these Juniors is outstanding!

What’s your favorite annual Mayacama event and why?
Our Men’s and Women’s Member Guest Tournaments are our feature events, but my favorite is the Annual Championship of Mayacama Golf Club (Club Championship). We are fortunate to have a number of great players at Mayacama, and watching them compete over 54 holes of stroke play for the title makes for a competitive and exciting Championship!

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Best tee time:
Saturday morning at 9:00 am!

Golf Celebrity I’d most like to host:
Bobby Jones!

Most challenging hole at Mayacama:
The twelfth!

Best age to begin golf lessons:
Seven

Favorite course outside of Mayacama:
Royal CountyDown

Next travel destination:
Scottish Highlands for the Women and Ireland for the Men.

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.

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Five Favorite Wine County Instagrams in September

From unforgettable rounds of golf to enjoying a warm summer day with family and friends, we encourage those on Instagram to capture and share their Wine Country experiences with us.  Follow us on Instagram as we showcase Mayacama and the spectacular region we are fortunate to call “Home”.  The beauty of the region awaits so grab those phones and cameras and share your experiences.

Here are a few recent Instagrams which exemplify the Mayacama experience.

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Congrats on the Hole-In-One via @basic_tom

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Summer fun poolside via @kthoff

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Lavender and golf, a winning combination via @wiley_ephraim

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A warm summer’s day at Mayacama via @garypohrer

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Bruschetta and prosciutto with olives and sun dried tomatoes via @sfbites

 

Share your own experiences with us by using the hashtag #MayacamaScene. There will be giveaways throughout the year, so grab those phones and cameras and start sharing.

We invite members and guests to share their visual journey and experiences at Mayacama in our Annual Photo Contest*.  In order to be entered, be sure to check-in or tag your location at Mayacama and use #MayacamaScene in your photos on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook. You can submit as much imagery as you like, so share often and watch for giveaways throughout the year for our favorite photos! At the end of 2016, Grand Prize photo winners will enjoy some very special prizes.

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.

*Contest Rules: Open to members and member guests only. By submitting your entry, you agree to allow Mayacama and its agencies to use your entry in marketing materials including the digital magazine, e-news, advertisements, collateral and social channels. All entries will be verified as members or member guests by Mayacama. Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are in no way associated with the contest.

 

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Meet Mayacama’s Wine Director, Jeff McCarthy

One of the most popular features at Mayacama is our wine program.  Located in the heart of Wine Country where country roads in every direction are lined with vineyards, Mayacama members enjoy access to the very best Cabernet, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Zinfandel vineyards on the continent.  This program is truly unique in that renowned vintners from Napa and Sonoma are not only active members, but also  an integral part of the entire Mayacama experience.  Leading this program is Wine Director, Jeff McCarthy, who willingly offers his experience and expertise with members and guests alike.

We recently asked him to share some of his knowledge, recommendations and tips with us to gain some insight into the Mayacama wine experience.

What are some of your favorite features of the Wine Program at Mayacama?

Working with incredible wineries, our education program and fantastic members who love their wine.

What has been the most rewarding part of your role in the Vintner Program?

The relationships I have made with both our club members and our local wineries.

The Vintner Program is ever-evolving. Describe the newest Vintner Members to join the program and what they offer:

Dutcher Crossing brings many fabulous varietals to work with and their hospitality program has become a club favorite.  Fisher Vineyards has given us some outstanding chardonnay and red varietals in AVAs that give our list better depth.  A visit to their Mountain winery is a great experience.  Wilson Winery brings many different properties to the program allowing us to expand in many categories.  Their hospitality staff is outstanding and the Vineyards they are planting at our front entrance will allow us to expand our education program.  All three wineries have incredible people that add to our club’s wine culture.

Give us some insight into the specialty tours offered to members:

Our tours are based on the preferences of the members.  We try to group them by location to maximize drive time and member needs.  Some offer great behind the scenes experiences, others food and wine pairings, others great picnic spots.  We try to showcase as many as possible.  I personalize a limited amount of tours for members and our concierge is great at identifying member preferences.

We’re big on travel around here. What’s your next travel destination?

Just spent the weekend in Napa, a day in Dry Creek and a half day on the Russian River.  Later this summer the Sierra Foothills, planning a late in the year Santa Barbara trip and a trip to Bordeaux next summer.

Jeff recently featured a wine pairing for those interested in dining on local oysters.

Wine Pairings:  One of the great pleasures for an oyster lover is the pairing of oysters and wine.  I love wines of higher acids to act as foil for the rich fattiness of the oysters.  I also look at what I put on the oysters when making my wine selection.

My two favorite pairings with raw oysters are a great Blanc de Blanc sparkling wine or Champagne or a great Sauvignon Blanc, local or imported.  Since I usually eat my oysters plain or with lemon or a mignonette, I find these wines a perfect paring.  With bbq oysters, I prefer a nice chardonnay with the savory and a light red with the sweet.  The fun part is you get to choose which pairing works best for you.

Visit Hog Island:  Let us set up a tasting at Hog Island for you.  Our concierge can reserve a spot for you on the shores of Tomales Bay in Marshall or you can visit Hog Island in Napa at the Oxbow market or the Ferry Building in San Francisco.  Tuesday in Marshall is shuck-your-own day.  They will give you gloves, ice and an oyster knife.  If you want to bbq, remember to bring your own charcoal.

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.

 

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Five Favorite Wine County Instagrams in August

From outdoor adventures to unforgettable evenings with family and friends, we encourage those on Instagram to showcase their Wine Country adventures with us.  Grab your phone and join the fun.  You can follow along with us on Instagram as we showcase Mayacama and the spectacular region we call home.  The beauty of the region awaits.

Here are a few recent instagrams which exemplify the Wine Country experience.

A day on the Russian River via @trev916A day on the Russian River via @trev916

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sunflowerThe vibrant colors of Summer via @sonomavalleygal

kendallbusby-The-2am-shoot-was-definitely-worth-it-Perseid-Meteor-Shower-#sonomacounty-#healdsburg-#insidesonoma-#nightphotographyPerseid Meteor Shower over Sonoma County via @kendallbusby

Share your own experiences with us by using the hashtag #MayacamaScene. There will be giveaways throughout the year, so grab those phones and cameras and start sharing.

We invite members and guests to share their visual journey and experiences at Mayacama in our Annual Photo Contest*.  In order to be entered, be sure to check-in or tag your location at Mayacama and use #MayacamaScene in your photos on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook. You can submit as much imagery as you like, so share often and watch for giveaways throughout the year for our favorite photos! At the end of 2016, Grand Prize photo winners will enjoy some very special prizes.

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.

*Contest Rules: Open to members and member guests only. By submitting your entry, you agree to allow Mayacama and its agencies to use your entry in marketing materials including the digital magazine, e-news, advertisements, collateral and social channels. All entries will be verified as members or member guests by Mayacama. Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are in no way associated with the contest.

 

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Introducing the Mayacama Villa Ownership Program

Have you heard? Mayacama now offers Whole Ownership! Take advantage of this amazing lifestyle opportunity to own a fully furnished Villa outright with the Club paying for 100% of the annual expense and maintenance costs.  Did we mention? All golf dues are at no cost to the owner and their family for as long as they own the Villa and owners will also enjoy the opportunity to participate in our reciprocity program with more than 70 premier properties worldwide via Elite Alliance.

Here’s how it works: Owners determine 4 months of annual use, the remaining 8 months will be rented out to Mayacama Members and their guests. Rental revenues will be used to offset annual maintenance costs which include HOA dues, utilities, property taxes, etc. Excess rental revenues above annual maintenance costs will be split between owner and Mayacama. Mayacama guarantees to cover 100% of annual costs!

View the Villa Ownership Renderings and Property Photos 

The Villas feature a unique floor plan with the popular central Harvest Room, ideal for al fresco wine country living.  The Harvest Room features radiant heat travertine flooring, folding doors for indoor/outdoor living, and an enhanced kitchen with top-of-the-line appliances including a gas range and full size refrigerator. The Villas also include two master suites, a third bedroom with an en suite bathroom, and an additional living room with a “Murphy” bed option for a total of 4 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms.

Highlights:

  • Multiple floor plan options
  • Harvest Room (indoor/outdoor living and dining area)
  • Full kitchen
  • Two master suites with walk-in closets
  • 3rd bedroom with en suite bath
  • Optional 4th bedroom or study
  • Fully furnished
  • Four fireplaces
  • Wraparound patio
  • Washer & dryer
  • Owner’s closet
  • Gated courtyard with gardens
  • Hassle-free living and maintenance

Please contact our Sales Executive, Tim Hoffmann if you are interested in learning more about this opportunity:

Tim Hoffmann
Sales Executive | CalBRE #01942747
Direct: 707.569.2954
Mobile: 435.513.0642

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.

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#MayacamaScene – Share Your Experience

From scenic landscapes to unforgettable golf experiences, memorable life events to outdoor exploration, we welcome members and their guests to showcase their Mayacama Wine Country experience with us. Join the fun, contribute and follow along as instagramers share their experiences by using the hashtag #MayacamaScene. There will be giveaways throughout the year, so grab those phones and cameras and start sharing.

Here are a few recent instagrams which caught our eye.

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The 18th Hole at Mayacama via @drewkass

 

Beautiful setting for a beautiful event via @herecomestheguide

Beautiful setting for a beautiful event via @herecomestheguide

 

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Malasas Crispy Bacon via @liammayclem

 

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The beauty of the grounds at Mayacama via @miamorwines

 

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Pinot Noir over the 18th Hole via @lou_lou_

We invite members and guests to share their visual journey and experiences at Mayacama in our Annual Photo Contest*.  In order to be enter, be sure to check-in or tag your location at Mayacama and use #MayacamaScene in your photos on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook. You can submit imagery as often as you like, so share often and watch for giveaways throughout the year for our favorite photos! At the end of 2016, Grand Prize photo winners will enjoy some very special prizes.

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.

*Contest Rules: Open to members and member guests only. By submitting your entry, you agree to allow Mayacama and its agencies to use your entry in marketing materials including the digital magazine, e-news, advertisements, collateral and social channels. All entries will be verified as members or member guests by Mayacama. Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are in no way associated with the contest.

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Meet Activities Director, Melinda Murray

It’s great to be a kid at Mayacama, where we offer an array of area and on-site adventures for our youngest Members. In addition to traditional adventures, there are also special events showcasing crafts from glass fusion workshops, sculpture classes and science experiments. Year-round, we’re always looking for new ways to create enjoyable activities which will become unforgettable memories for the little ones.

We recently had a chance to chat with Mayacama’s Activities Director, Melinda Murray, to gain some personal and professional insight.

# years in Sonoma County: 20

Originally from: Marin County

Job Title: Activities Director

What do you find is the most compelling reason people choose to become part of Mayacama?

Over the last seven years of working at Mayacama, I have learned that one of the biggest pulls for our members, especially those with children, is that the club is so kid friendly. With our newly renovated play room, kids’ nights during most club events, childcare offered at anytime, our extensive summer camp schedule, and year round activity options, our members feel comfortable knowing that their children will have as much fun as they will during their stay.

What is the most popular family-friendly event at Mayacama:

Our biggest event by far for the whole family is our Easter celebration we hold every year on Easter Sunday. We fill the courtyard with crafts, cookie decorating, games, a balloon artist, cartoonist, baby animal petting zoo, and our very own Easter Bunny to take pictures with. We also have a 5,000 egg hunt that always gets the kids excited. Other noteworthy events at the club are our Mothers day brunch with a gift craft option for the children, Gingerbread house decorating at the Christmas party, and the Halloween carnival I am very excited to be bringing back this year.

Outside of Mayacama, what are 3 of your favorite spots to take kids?

I love keeping the kids active and letting them have the freedom to run around, so one of my top spots to take children is Rebounderz in Rohnert Park. It is an indoor trampoline park with an arcade and huge jungle gym for the kids to explore.

The Charles Schulz museum and Snoopy’s Ice Arena are other great spots to take kids of all ages. The museum encourage creativity with a cartoon classes offered and the history of one of our famous Sonoma County residents, while the ice rink lets the kids release some energy and play.

My other favorite spot to take the kids is Glass Fusion and Pottery Too in Sebastopol where the children are able to showcase their creative side and make beautiful and one of a kind art pieces.

What are your favorite Sonoma County annual events that are kid-friendly?

The Sonoma County Fair is a great place to take children of all ages with the rides, shows, food, and attractions that always guarantee a good time. There are also many local children theater productions and child friendly shows that run throughout the year. These are great to go to because I love when seeing a show with a child inspires their inner performer.

What’s new at Mayacama? 

Last year we renovated the clubhouse kids room by opening up all the walls and added games, big screen TV’s, a ping pong table, and shuffle board table, making it a family friendly location to spend some quality time in.

One of the additions to the activities schedule I am most excited about is the Halloween Carnival we will be bringing back this year. With games, crafts, haunted carriage rides, and entertainment galore, I am hoping this event will become as popular as the Easter Celebration.

3 words I’d use to describe Mayacama: Serene, vibrant, and family friendly.

Growing up I dreamed of being a: Professional Ballerina like my mother.

5 things I can’t live without: Golf, performing, friends, popcorn, and my dog.

Best part of my job: Giving children and their families memorable experiences while visiting Mayacama.

Next spot on my travel itinerary: Scotland and Ireland for a historical golf trip.

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.

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Meet Chef Scott Pikey

Scott Pikey, Executive Chef at Mayacama, is passionate about the farm to table experience.  Before joining Mayacama, the American Culinary Federation trained chef practiced and honed his art at such venues as the Old Warson Country Club in St. Louis, the Michelin-rated Sheen Falls Lodge, a Relais and Chateaux Hotel, in Kerry, Ireland, Larkspur Restaurant in Vail Colorado and in the kitchens of Auberge Resorts in Napa Valley and Bluffton, South Carolina.

A native of St. Louis, Pikey’s culinary endeavors are inspired by the bounty offered by Mother Nature in idyllic Wine Country.  Sourcing local and sustainable meats, fish and produce, the skilled chef enjoys exploring the region in search of a wide variety of fresh ingredients to prepare his dishes.

We recently had a chance to chat with Mayacama’s talented Executive Chef. Get to know Chef Scott Pikey a bit more:

When did you realize you wanted to become a Chef?

My early 20’s, I knew I did not want to wear a suit or be confined to an office. I needed to be challenged with a job that has action, with a lot of moving parts. Cooking was that answer…

Your menus are known for being approachable, local and responsibly sourced. Tell us a little bit about the unique bounty used at Mayacama:

I moved to Pacific Northwest to cook. I have always supported the small farms and would not be where I am today with out there hard work. The product that is available is amazing, which makes my job much easier.

The food I cooked is American, rooted in the traditions of France, Spain and Italy. Using classic cooking techniques and local sustainable product, the end result is technically crafted, honest and focused dishes.

At Mayacama, we are very lucky to have Miranda Forni as our Gardner. Her father, Peter, has run Forni Brown Gardens in Calistoga since the 80’s. When I was a young cook at Auberge these guys would deliver the most beautiful greens.

Today we sustain the restaurant with 90% of all green from our garden and are looking to expand to 1 acre by 2017.

What are your go-to ingredients in the MAYACAMA garden:

Autumn/ Winter: Cinderella Pumpkins, Red Vained Kale & Chard
Spring: Lemon Verbena, Strawberries, Sugar Snap Peas
Summer: Heirloom Tomatoes, Pole Beans, Nutmeg Melons & Hot Peppers

What inspires your menus and do you have a personal favorite Autumn dish?

The Seasons: Mother nature tells us what to cook. There is great dish I am really into that consists of Duck Fat Roasted Carrots, Cider Glazed Pork Belly, Warm Dates, Wheat Berries Granola and Huckleberry Jus.

Name your 3 personal favorite Sonoma County restaurants:

Barndiva/ Shed / Hana Sushi

Lightning Round:

The Chef I’d most like to collaborate with: Chef Alex Lee
Most ordered Mayacama dish: Fish Tacos
If I’m not in the kitchen you’ll find me: With My 6 year old “twins” Vivian & Dawson
If I wasn’t a Chef, I’d be a: Fly Fishing Guide
Person I’d most like to cook for: My mother. She lives and St. Louis and I only see her once a year.
Guilty Pleasure: Juicy Cheeseburger
Favorite Travel Destinations: Spain and France

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.