Five Favorite Golf Instagrams at Mayacama

The Jack Nicklaus Signature course at Mayacama is unequivocally one of his finest. Guided by talented caddies, golfers take to the meticulously groomed, 6,761-yard layout. Consistently ranked among Golf Digest’s “Top 100 Courses in America,” the soul of the club is the camaraderie – from the annual Member-Guest tournaments to the “Sip ’n Swings” to the interclub challenges against the leading clubs in the US and around the world.

If you play a round or two at Mayacama, be sure to snap photos of your adventures and share them with us on Instagram by using #MayacamaScene.  If you haven’t done so already, follow us on Instagram as we showcase Mayacama and this incredible region we call “home”.

Here are a few recent Mayacama Golf Instagrams which capture the game we all love so much.

The game of golf is a wonderful thing @micpelli

November afternoon @djanderson_11

Overcast morning with a clear, wind free afternoon @djanderson_11

Day of perfection @grant_erict3

A gorgeous day of golf @wardvon

 

Share your own experiences with us by using the hashtag #MayacamaScene.

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.


 

Five Favorite Wine Country Instagrams for December

As we look forward to the New Year, we have so much to be thankful for and so much to look forward to. We are so fortunate to live in Wine Country;  the region we love is beautiful this time of year so be sure to get out and explore all that the region has to offer.

Here are a few Wine Country Instagrams which caught our eye this December.

Morning Sunrise via @labellacabina

Vineyards via @frankjr237

Coast from a different perspective via @chrisrhansen7

Frosty Morning via @gracegabbana

Crab Season via @markvogler

 

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.

Here is to a happy and prosperous 2018.

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 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.

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.

Microadventure: Explore Occidental

Quietly nestled in western Sonoma County, you’ll find the charming town of Occidental, a small community with a big heart.  Founded in 1876 as the last stop on the North Pacific Coast Railroad, Occidental offers visitors a welcome escape from a busy lifestyle.  But don’t let the size of Occidental fool you; this community boasts galleries, gift shops and popular dining establishments as well as a variety of cultural and entertainment venues the whole family will enjoy.

10-12pm – Brunch and a little shop.
Grab a bite to eat at Howard Station Cafe (try the Corned Beef Hash or Smoked Salmon Omelette Florentine) and pursue the galleries (Laurence Glass Works is a must see) and shopping venues like Hand Goods, a small outlet of local artisan goods.

1-5pm – Explore the surrounding area.
Explore the natural beauty of the Western Hill Gardens, which is open on Saturdays and by appointment on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  The landmark garden has been renovated by the new owners and boasts major collections including: Australians, Camellias, Conifers, Dogwoods, endangered Chinese Maples, Hydrangeas, and Rhododendrons. They also have a downloadable visitors guide here.

For the adventure seekers, head to Sonoma Canopy Tours and immerse yourself in the unparalleled beauty of the world famous California Coastal Redwoods.  They offer two unique courses, each a two-and-a-half hour Guided eco tour, that include multiple zip lines, sky bridges, a majestic spiral staircase and a rappel to the forest floor.

The Occidental Center for the Arts provides diverse, high-quality arts and cultural events in western Sonoma County and the communities beyond. Housed in a newly remodeled performing venue with superb acoustics and an adjacent exhibition gallery, the OCA works to enrich the lives of local residents through diverse cultural performances, exhibitions, events and arts education that inspire, teach, and entertain.

Insider Tip:  If you plan your trip on a Friday from June through October, you’ll definitely want to take in the Occidental Bohemian Farmers Market (open 4 pm until dusk) with its bounty of organic produce and fabulous food to savor on the spot or take back home.

5 – 7pm Mangia!
By this time, you have surely worked up an appetite exploring all that Occidental has to offer.  Don’t worry as the downtown offers a variety of dining options. Founded as a railroad saloon and boarding house in 1879, the Union Hotel and Restaurant is now a vibrant Italian cafe, bakery and pizzeria (the breadsticks and minestrone soup are incredible) Try the Chicken Parmesan. Occidental’s famous Negri’s Original Italian Restaurant has been serving Italian classics since 1943.  Not feeling like Italian food?  Mexican, French, and American cuisines can also found.  For a hip, healthy dining option try Hazel.

All in all, a wonderful day full of adventure the whole family will enjoy.  Happy travels!

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: Sonoma Canopy Tours

Five Favorite Wine Country Instagrams for August

Summertime in Wine Country is a special time of year.  Outdoor activities abound as residents and visitors alike enjoy all that our region has to offer.  Instagramers didn’t disappoint as many shared their Sonoma County experiences.

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

Bright bright sun shiny day via @levisgranfondo

Taller than me via @tomadamian

Perfect wine drinking weather via @wine_country_tastings

Through the trees via @winecountryballoons

Full moon rising in Wine Country via @sidestep7

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.