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

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.


 

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.

Lightning Round
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. 

Lightning Round

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.


 

Summertime Fun with Fido

Beat those Dog Days of summer Sonoma County-style.  We’ve rounded up a few, popular spots for you to enjoy all that the region has to offer without leaving your four-legged friend at home.  So pack up the family and your canine companions and let’s explore Wine Country.

Spring Lake Regional Park and Howarth Park
This 320-acre park in Santa Rosa features camping, fishing, picnic areas with barbecues, and four group picnic areas. Trails are available for walking, hiking, bicycling and horseback riding. The park also includes a 3-acre swimming lagoon and a 72-acre lake. Don’t forget to visit the Environmental Discovery Center at Spring Lake for a wonderful educational experience for all ages. Although dogs are allowed within both Spring Lake and Howarth Park, they are not allowed at the swimming lagoon or within Trione-Annadel State Park. Please follow all dog leash laws while visiting the parks.  More information can be found here.

Rocky Memorial Dog Park
Rocky Memorial Dog Park, named after a Petaluma Police canine who saved an officer’s life, is located in Petaluma at West Casa Grande Road and boasts nearly 8 acres’of off-leash fun.  It’s a great place for dogs to socialize and exercise and is a favorite for those visiting Wine Country as it is easily accessible from Highway 101. Open 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day of the year. More information can be found here.

Dillon Beach
Nestled along the coast, just west of the small town of Tomales, is Dillon Beach.  This charming community is full of activity for the whole family. You can go swimming, surfing, sea kayaking, windsurfing, hiking, cycling, fishing and even search the tide pools! There are no leash laws and they welcome dogs if they are friendly and get along with other dogs and people. There is a parking fee to access the beach and park your car for the day.  More information can be found here.

Healdsburg Ridge Open Space Preserve
The 155-acre Healdsburg Ridge Open Space Preserve consists of a wide variety of natural communities including wetlands and oak woodlands, rocky serpentine chaparral and open grasslands. Visitors are welcome to explore the current trail network and experience the spectacular vistas throughout the property. Trails are easy to moderate hiking (2-3 miles) taking in views of Fitch Mountain, the Russian River, and the Mayacamas Mountains.  Dogs are welcome on paved trails only.  More information can be found here.

Sonoma Valley Regional Park
Sonoma Valley Regional Park is in the center of the Sonoma Valley, next to the village of Glen Ellen. The 202-acre park features several miles of trails for hiking, bicycling and horseback riding and offers the tranquility of a much larger preserve due the quality of habitat and surrounding open space. The park’s main path is a paved, 1.2-mile trail that begins near a wetland and meadow, winds through magnificent oak woodlands and follows a seasonal creek. The trail is ADA accessible, and picnic tables along the way are lovely spots to linger and enjoy the quiet beauty. Several unpaved trails on the hillsides and ridgetops offer looped hiking options. A beautiful 29-acre addition to the park’s northern boundary opened in May 2015, with a trail connection to the center of the park.  The park’s Highway 12 entrance features the off-leash Elizabeth Perrone Dog Park; a shaded, grassy picnic area, barbecues and drinking fountain. The one-acre dog park is fully fenced, with a double-gated entry, a drinking fountain for dogs and a shade gazebo.  More information can be found here.

Don’t forget to bring along plenty of water this time of year….it can get hot out there.

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.