The Course at Wente Vineyards

I recently relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area.  One of the reasons I was drawn to the area is golf: there are an incredible array of courses and the weather is great year-round.  I’m currently making my way through all the courses and thus far my favorite has been The Course at Wente Vineyards, in Livermore, CA.

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This is a premier course designed by Greg Norman, which opened in July 1998.  The 18-hole championship course is a stunning 7,181-yard, par-72, upscale course tucked away in the wine country of Livermore Valley, 50 minutes east of San Francisco.  Here I am teeing off on the 14th hole:

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Check out the amazing view from the driving range:

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The Course has three distinct topographies, including Native woodlands, mature vineyards and rolling hills of grasslands.  Along the way, you’ll find picturesque views and challenging play.  (I have to admit to losing a bit of pride and a few golf balls along the way!)  Not surprisingly, the Course has played host to the Livermore Valley Wine Country Championship, part of the PGA Tour’s Nationwide Tour.

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One of the highlights is driving your golf cart up Lombard Street to the tenth hole:

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The Grill offers delicious food, drinks (including Wente wines) and has views of the 18th hole:

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Definitely try some of Wente Vineyards‘ wines.  I really enjoyed the Riva Ranch Chardonnay and the Charles Wetmore Cabernet Sauvignon.

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If you ever find yourself in the Bay Area to golf, put this course on your list!  Give yourself extra time for lunch at The Grill, wine tasting, or dinner at The Restaurant.

What are your favorite courses in the Bay Area?  I’d love to add them to my list!

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