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Greetings From Palm Springs

Last sign-off had us at the Meritage Resort in the Napa Valley and preparing for a spot of fine wine tasting with our PGA Tour Pro and Sommelier Greg Anderson. Lovely way to settle into a wonderful resort followed by a sojourn into the town of Napa for R & R before tackling Eagle Vines golf course the next day.

Nice picturesque course threading its way through the vineyards (no go areas – very frustrating when you can see your wayward ball amongst the vines). Luckily no fruit on the vines otherwise I think some illegal incursions may have occurred!

Our winners for Eagle Vines golf course were:


Ladies:  1st – Angelika Gmerek 48pts on c/b from Margaret Hubbard

Men:      1st – David Scanlan  52pts on c/b from Paul Valle

Pins:      Margaret Hubbard and Bruce Meers


Saturday was a full day wine tour in the famous Napa and Sonoma counties and did we live it up – fine wine tastings in the underground tunnels at the Benzinger Winery, pioneers in “bio-dynamic” wine production, lunch in the pretty village of Sonoma, on to the Castello di Amorosa an intriguing and authentic medieval Tuscany castle and associated winery. The Castle was built from the ground up with fully imported materials from Italy and consists of a series of tunnels (caves) up to the castle turrets – very impressive.

On we travelled to the Miner Family Winery where we were blown away by the wines and the presentation by the charming Abbie followed by a magnificent dinner in the “cave” (barrel cellar). I would print the menu but don’t want anyone salivating whilst reading this blog!

Sunday we were on the road to Monterey and our luxury resort accommodation at the “Inn At Spanish Bay”. After a brief stop we set out to delete an item off our bucket lists, a game at the famous Pebble Beach Golf course. T.V. cannot depict the elevation changes, ravines and scenic beauty of this course and the experience will never be forgotten. A relaxing dinner and beverage at the lodge completed a perfect day before a restful night to prepare for our next challenge.

Monday we tackled what is probably a more difficult course, Spyglass Hill golf course, which many of our group thought is a better course than Pebble Beach but without the history and reputation. Certainly a great track changing as it does from a few sandy, links style holes to forested, parkland style golf. In the evening we visited the town of “Carmel-on-the-Sea” for a stroll and dinner – a pleasant way to end another terrific day.

Our winners were:

Pebble Beach:  

  • Ladies – 1st – Vicki Scanlan  48 pts / 2nd – Jill Clarke  46 pts
  • Men:     1st  – Bruce Meers  51 pts  /  2nd  – David Scanlan  47 pts
  • Pins:      Ladies  – Jackpot / Men  – Paul Valle

Spyglass Hill:    

  • Ladies –  1st  – Margaret Hubbard  57 pts / 2nd  – Angelika Gmerek  55 pts
  • Men      1st  – Phil Johnston  53 pts /  2nd    Bruce Meers  53 pts  C/B
  • Pins:     Ladies – Jill Clarke / Men – David Scanlan

Bye for now

Graeme Thomas
Your Friendly Go Golfing Host


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