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Wandering through stands of firs, oaks, pines and willows, this intimate little course has three sets of tees and stretches from nearly 1,000 yards to about 1,500. It features eight par 3's and one par 4. With a brisk hour-and-ten minute pace of play, it's the perfect course for introducing a youngster to golf–or perhaps a new spouse while honeymooning after one of the weddings held on a Meadowood fairway. There is, to be sure, much more here than golf. Opened in the early 1960s as the Meadowood Subur- ban Club, the 250-acre private resort was purchased in 1979 by William Harlan, the Pacific Union real estate founder whose namesake Cabernet sells for nearly a grand a bottle, and Stan Kroenke, an entrepreneur who owns the Denver Nuggets, the Los Angeles Rams, English Football's Arsenal and the Screaming Eagle 60 SPRING 2018 | NCGA.ORG D I V I N E N I N E Wine isn't the only reason to head to Napa Valley BY JAY STULLER ost nine-hole courses are proletarian treasures that welcome golfers from across the demographic spectrum, the kind of facility typically featured in this NCGA Golf series. However, in the northern reaches of the Napa Valley, just two miles from Calistoga and in a foothill valley above the Silverado Trail, is an exclusive nine open only to Meadowood Napa Valley's resort guests and its roughly 1,000 members. For those fortunate enough to play the walking-only course–and especially with turn-of-the-20th century hickory-shafted clubs and replica gutta-percha balls–a round here is like stepping back in time.

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