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5 Golf Gifts to Get on Your List

With our Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf course as the centerpiece of Mayacama living, golfers experience the game as it was meant to be played. Of the 200 courses that carry his name, this is among Jack’s very best, where deep green fairways snake though golden valleys and oak-studded hills. It’s a pleasure, as well as a passion, to play the game at Mayacama.

With the recent re-grassing of the course, everyone is gearing up for some of the best golf in the country.  We thought it was a good time to re-purpose some sage advice regarding equipment offered in our recent newsletter.

Golf Ball Facts & Fiction
Common among golf ball manufacturers are the claims that no other ball flies farther, rolls out longer, spins more, putts truer, on and on and on! But what really are the facts?

Mayacama Golf Club’s First Assistant Professional Andrew Black recently had a first-hand look when he was invited to tour the Titleist Golf Ball Plant while attending a Future Leaders Conference at the Titleist Headquarters in Fairhaven, Massachusetts. Here are some of the facts (and myths) that he learned while touring Ball Plant III, which manufactures the Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1X Golf Balls. But beware … these findings may shock you!

  • There are only THREE golf companies who actually manufacture their own golf balls … Titleist, Bridgestone, and Srixon. All other golf balls are manufactured at a handful of golf ball factories located outside the United States.
  • Because Titleist makes their own golf ball, they are able to monitor each step of the process from start to finish.  Due to their checks and balances only 1 in 1,000,000 golf balls are returned.
  • Titleist not only rigorously examines their own golf balls, but does so to their competitor’s ball as well.  Titleist purchases 6 dozen of every new golf ball that enters the market to test, analyze, and study their competitor’s product.
  • These studies show how their own quality control is second to none because they have their own employees making and examining their golf balls.  Through Titleist’s checks and balances, more golf balls are rejected than actually make it to the market place.  Flaws that disqualify a ball are minimal, usually off-center stamping, etc.  Golf balls that are rejected typically end up on driving ranges as part of the company’s range ball program.
  • Titleist makes different golf balls for different markets. For instance, they make the Titleist Prestige for Japan and China, a ball not sold here in the United States.
  • There are 17 golf balls out on the market from various manufacturers that are exactly the same, with the only difference being the name that is stamped on them.
  • Titleist has been the #1 ball in golf for 68 years.
  • Titleist has an impressive corridor of patents. Their most awarded patent holder has 9 short of Thomas Edison.

So which is the best golf ball for you? If you were to choose one of the 17 golf balls on the market which is essentially the same ball as mentioned above, there would be no difference. So why not choose a ball actually manufactured by the company that represents it? Our Members expect the best, and their choice of which golf ball to play should also be the best. Why sacrifice quality in the ball that you play? Choosing the number one golf ball for 68 years should be a no-brainer. So which ball is best for you? We obviously recommend the Pro V1 or Pro V1x, though other options are available if price is an issue. Stop in and ask a member of your Professional Staff and we can lead you towards selecting a ball that is best for your game.

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Titleist Holiday Golf Balls – Free Personalization
Start your holiday shopping with Titleist golf ball dozens with FREE Personalization.  Order as little as 1 dozen Titleist golf balls and receive FREE Personalization of up to three lines of block text in black, blue, red, green or pink ink. Please ask the Golf Shop Staff for complete program details.  Runs through December 31.

Discover the perfect gift for the golf lover in your life at our onsite shop for Mayacama Members. Here are the Top 5 picks available in the Mayacama Golf Shop:

Titleist 4Up Golf Bag
Peter Millar Golf Polo
Antas Custom Belt
Titleist 917 Driver
Galvin Green Rain Suit

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 Country Instagrams in November

As the weather cools and fall settles upon Wine Country, we encourage those on Instagram to capture and share their regional experiences with us.  Follow us on Instagram as we showcase Mayacama and this spectacular region.  There is beauty all around so grab those phones and cameras and click away.

Here are a few regional Instagrams which caught our eye this November.  They really capture the essence of Wine Country….great shots all!

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“Lord Snort”, by Bryan Tedrick, at Soda Rock Winery via @lydffl8

 

 

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Sunset over Sonoma County via @ndstern

 

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Wine Country wakes up to another fall day via @thelotusfeed

 

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Saying “Goodbye” to the colors of fall via @velorso

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Sonoma lights up this time of year via @foodaperture

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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Head to Healdsburg’s SHED

In search of one of the most unique shopping experiences in Wine Country?  Head north to nearby Healdsburg and experience all that SHED has to offer.

Winner of a 2014 James Beard Award for restaurant design, SHED is a local food-focused outfit hosting a market, café, and community gathering space. This modern grange, located at 25 North Street, reflects the best of the local farming culture, delivering a seasonally curated selection of workshops, wares, and freshly prepared foods.

SHED Café. The café brings together responsible farming, ingredient-driven cooking, and flavorful food in an open kitchen featuring a wood-burning oven and house-made products. The à la carte and a prix-fixe menus change daily, inspired by what’s in season. Diners can expect a selection of à la carte savory dishes for sharing. The prix-fixe offering is “Let Us Cook,” a chef-led, four-course dinner experience.

Coffee Bar. Featuring espresso, blends, and single-origin coffees as well as a full range of house-made pastries, fresh natural juice options, breakfast tartines, daily sandwiches, and homemade ice cream in a full palette of seasonal flavors.

Fermentation Bar. Choose from house-made kombucha and kefir water or try one of the Shrubs. An old-fashioned refresher once common for slaking a farmer’s thirst, the SHED unique house made Shrubs are composed from vinegars, as well as fresh herbs and seasonal fruit. They also offer an innovative tap wine program, beer, hard cider, honey mead, and natural sodas.

More than food.  SHED celebrates and nurtures the connection between good farming, good cooking, and good eating with a variety of culinary and lifestyle events throughout the year.  Here are a few upcoming events at SHED:

PomPom Party! on Dec 2, 2016 from 6-8pm.

Sparkling Wine and Cheese with Janet Fletcher on Dec 3, 2016 from 1-3pm.

Craft Your Own Herb-Based Gifts on Dec 4, 2016 from 10:30am-12pm.

Oyster Tasting with Chef Perry on Dec 4, 2016 from 3-4:30pm.

Making Merry on Dec 4, 2016 from 10am-5pm.

Fibershed Pop-Up at SHED on Dec 11, 2016 from 11am-5pm.

Taste of Place: Champagne! on Dec 15, 2016 from 6-9pm.

Kitchen Garden Series with the American Garden School: Course I on Jan 21, 2017 from 2-5pm.

Herbal Wellness for the New Year on Jan 22, 2017 from 1-3:30pm.

Yelpers agree, SHED is a unique and captivating Wine Country experience not to be missed.

It’s really amazing when someone takes a chance on doing something unconventional like this. I am impressed by their courage in creating such a new concept. The multi-functional space is themed around anything and everything involving good food.  The end result of walking around inside the space is difficult to describe. It’s like you’re in a little open food village. Shop for food / kitchen supplies and gifts, get food that is already prepared and ready to eat, get groceries (best quality stuff!), have a coffee, have a glass of wine. Honestly, it blew my mind. I felt like a little kid in a candy shop running around checking out all the amazing, delicious, interesting sights. – Alex G.

I was passing through town and stopped at the Visitor’s Center, which turned out to be the local Chamber of Commerce. I asked for a recommendation on a good place for a vegan-friendly lunch. A nice lady recommended The SHED. I’m sure glad she did.  Turns out the SHED is a delight to all your senses! It’s a place where you can bite into some of nature’s treats, pick up some gardening supplies, find a new kitchen tool, stock up on some fresh gourmet food, and get a coffee to go . . . all in one trip.  I had a salad and tisane hibiscus tea. It was a divine lunch in a heavenly outdoor setting! It was an all-around rejuvenating experience. We need a “modern grange” like this in every town! I’m happy to help spread the good news about this place where you can eat, shop, gather and learn! – Lorraine H.

So head north to Healdsburg and experience the best of Wine Country; it’s a great way to spend some quality time with family and friends alike!

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: SHED Facebook Page

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12 Things to Do in Wine Country This Winter

Winter days in the Wine Country are often bright and crisp. This temperate and comfortable weather allows for a number of events during these months. Cozy up fireside with a glass of wine or bundle up and venture out with us for winter in the Wine Country as we share a dozen or so things to do.

Cave Wine Tasting Tour:
The Unleash the Beast wine tasting tour is a 60-minute magical tour taking you deep into the Bella Vineyards wine caves, where you will learn the science and art of aging wine. Your tour guide will take you through a sensory station and reveal Bella’s dark secrets as you savor vineyard designate wines and finishing with a monster zin, affectionately named The Beast.

Champagne Tours:
Discover Sonoma County’s hidden champagne cellars and toast to life with some great bubbly along the way. Reserve your Sonoma Champagne Tour today.

Korbel Winery offers a 50-minute tour through their historic champagne cellars and history museum, ending with a tasting of fine products. Winter tours run from November 1 through March 31, daily at 11am, 12, 1, 2 and 3pm.

Culinary Classes:
Hands on Cheese Making Class with Award Winning Cheese Maker on January 8 from 1-3pm. Learn how to craft a fresh, warm ricotta cheese that is ready to serve and enjoy within 90 minutes.

Head to the SHED:
The SHED in Healdsburg is a local food-focused outfit hosting a market, cafe and community gathering space. Here are a few upcoming events at the SHED to keep your social calendar full this late fall/winter:

Craft Your Own Herb-Based Gifts on Dec 4, 2016 from 10:30am-12pm.

Taste of Place with Valkyrie Selections on Dec 15, 2016 from 6-9pm.

Kitchen Garden Series with the American Garden School: Course I on Jan 21, 2017 from 2-5pm.

Herbal Wellness for the New Year on Jan 22, 2017 from 1-3:30pm.

More Local Events:

Guerneville Holiday Open House and Tree Lighting on December 1, 2016 from 4-8pm. Celebrate the season with food, drinks, shopping, joyful caroling, and more. Tree lighting will be at 7pm.

Wine Country Winter Festival on December 3-4. Indulge in excellent Art & Craft, Entertainment, Wines, Beers and Spirits, Food, and Holiday Delights!

Winter Workshops at the Children’s Museum of Sonoma County from December 26, 2016-January 6, 2017. Each workshop is full of hands-on activities and winter experiments. From building forts, creating snow-slime, crafting gingerbread houses and making a New Year’s Eve popper—your child will have a blast.

– The 25th Annual Winter WINEland returns to Wine Country along Wine Road on the weekend of January 14-15. Meet winemakers, taste limited production wines, new releases and library wines – perfect for every wine lover in your life.

Don Landis’ Olive Odyssey at Jacuzzi Family Vineyards on Saturday, February 11 from 11am-4pm. An olive lover’s extravaganza! The world of the olive comes alive in art, olives, oils and more.

There’s plenty of activities both onsite and off during your winter stay at Mayacama, so save some dates and load up your calendar and enjoy the winter 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.

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Five Favorite Wine Country Instagrams in October

Fall is a special time of year in Wine Country.  The changing of the seasons ushers in the harvest and the skies are alight with spectacular sunsets and sunrises throughout the region.  From local Mayacama experiences to a day trip through Wine County, 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 click away.

Here are a few regional Instagrams which caught our eye this October.  They really capture the essence of Wine Country….great shots all!

 

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Sunrise in Sonoma via @mikepucci_sonoma

 

 

 

 

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Monte Rio Beach on the Russian River via @lisa26june

 

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Clouds gather over the pumpkin patch at the Tolay Fall Festival via @sonomajules

 

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The rugged Sonoma Coast via @zsnugz

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Stormy sunset over Sonoma County via @jamesdaniel

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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Spooktacular Fun in Wine Country

Fall is a special time in Wine Country.  The mornings have a crispness to them but the days are still comfortably warm.  It’s a great time to get outdoors and explore all the local, seasonal venues sure to put you in the Halloween “spirit”.

There are a number of seasonal pumpkin patches from which to choose your future carved masterpiece.  From working family farms to wineries, here are a few options for those looking to have some fun and create their own jack-o-lanterns.

Healdsburg
Grandma’s Pumpkin Patch
Open daily from 10 a.m. until dusk

Preston Organic Farm and Winery
Open daily from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Santa Rosa
Eastside Seasonal Farm and Pumpkin Patch
Thurs. and Fri. noon to 7:30 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Sun. noon to 7:30 p.m.

Muelrath Ranches
Sunday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Punky’s Pumpkin Patch
Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

The Santa Rosa Patch
Monday to Thursday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Sebastopol
Papa’s Pumpkin Patch
Open daily from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Petaluma
Petaluma Pumpkin Patch and Amazing Corn Maze
Sunday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Peter Pumpkin Patch
Open daily from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

McClelland’s Dairy Pumpkin Patch
Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Now that we have the pumpkins covered, we need a few venues to celebrate this special time of year. Petaluma is the place to be, as they have two events sure to be a hit with the entire family.

During the month of October and into the first days of November, 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 few events you should put on your calendar:

Fine Art Exhibits and Altars throughout Petaluma
October 1st – November 2nd
Downtown Petaluma
Take a walking tour throughout downtown and view the many beautiful altars and artwork created by members of our community.

Candlelight Procession with Giant Puppets
Saturday October 29th, 6:00 – 10:00
Starts at Water Street Bistro, 100 Petaluma Blvd. North, and ends up at Petaluma Historical Museum, 20 4th Street.
Festivities will include live music, Ballet Folklorico de Petaluma Paquiyollotzin, Aztec dancers, food and art vendors, face painting, art and altars, and much more.

More information can be found on the El Dia de los Muertos Petaluma Facebook page.

Halloween Day celebrations begin early for the little ones.  Join over 60 participating Petaluma Downtown merchants for a fun and safe community Halloween for the entire family and goodies for costumed kids under 12.  Prepare for a hauntingly good time from 3 – 5:30pm on Monday October 31st.  There will be a map on their website the week before Halloween or you can just follow the orange and black balloons you’ll find around town. And when the sun goes down, it’s just a short walk to the residential Historic District where you will find a host of decorated homes and a very large gathering of trick-or-treaters.   D Street is the place to be on Halloween!

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.

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7 Sweet Destinations in Sonoma County

If you find yourself in search of something a little sweet or a date night dessert, don’t worry.  We’ve rounded up some of the finest destinations in Sonoma County sure to satisfy the most demanding sweet tooth.

Nestled in the small, quaint town of Forestville you will find a special dining experience. Backyard is a seasonal, sustainable restaurant drawing their inspiration from the bounties of Sonoma County.  Along with their amazing dinner and lunch menus, you will find dessert and brunch menus which include some tasty treats.   For weekend brunch you have to order the Bucket ‘o Doughnuts (pictured above), served with Santa Rosa Plum Jam, Cinnamon & Sugar. Simply delish!  On their dessert menu, try the Route 12 Strawberry Crumble with buttermilk sherbet;  you can thank us later.

Guerneville has a wonderful venue for those looking for sweets.  Located in the historic Guerneville Bank Club, you will find the handmade ice cream deliciousness that is Nimble & Finn’s;  they use organic dairy from local Straus Creamery, seasonal produce and housemade jams, cakes and candy in their inspired takes on classic flavors.  For those interested in baked goods, Chile Pies Baking Company doesn’t disappoint, offering handmade pies and other baked goods like cookies and cupcakes. Try the Green Chile Apple & Mexican Chocolate Pecan pies….delicious.

Take a sweet trip into the past and explore all that Powell’s Sweet Shoppe in Windsor has to offer. Powell’s Sweet Shoppes are a nostalgic recreation of the old-fashioned corner candy store offering customers treats they haven’t seen in years. They also offers ice cream, candy, and a variety of chocolate delicacies.  Grab a bag and start shopping.

Located in the historic Great Petaluma Mill, Wild Goat Bistro offers a casual dining experience in a rustic and inviting atmosphere. The charming space reflects a European style bistro which serves up some of the best entrees and desserts in town.  Try the Ultimate Italian Lemon Cake, Everyone’s Favorite Carrot Cake or the Fig Lovers Spiced Cake…you won’t be disappointed.

Imagine Bananacake chocolate ganache and brown butter or Gravenstein apple cake with caramel drizzle. Are you hungry for more? These are both cupcakes from Moustache Baked Goods in Healdsburg. This popular sweet shop is also known for their French macaroons, cakes and other seasonal treats. Your sweet tooth won’t be disappointed with anything on their menu!

Screamin’ Mimi’s in Sebstopol is home to over 300 recipes of homemade ice cream and sorbet. Voted Sonoma County’s Best Ice Cream & Frozen Dessert every year since 1995, this local favorite has garnered national attention, being listed #4 Best Ice Cream in the US from USA Today, as well as making the list in Food & Wine Magazine’s Top Ice Cream Parlors in the US.  For a special ice cream treat, try the Mimi’s Mud or Deep Dark Secret. Yum!

Enjoy.

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: Backyard’s Bucket ‘o Doughnuts http://www.backyardforestville.com

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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!

Lightning Round

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 Country 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.