Since you’re already in the land of upscale entertainment options, it seems only natural to enjoy a round of golf during your Wine Country vacation. At the par 72 Napa Golf Course (2295 Streblow Dr., Napa, 707/255-4333, www.playnapa.com, $33–43), golfers of all levels—even beginners—can enjoy a full 18 holes. More experienced players will enjoy (or curse!) the plethora of water and full-sized trees on this course, known locally as a bargain.
Another charming, inexpensive course up north in the Valley is the Mt. St. Helena Golf Course (Napa County Fairgrounds, 707/942-9966, www.napacountyfairgrounds.com/golf.htm, $18 weekdays, $24 weekends). This 9-hole, par 36 course offers a perfect spot to take your younger or less experienced golfing buddies. It’s flat and straight, with easier lines than some other courses. On the other hand, all those trees along the fairways and the small greens make it interesting for intermediate-level players.
© Liz Hamill Scott from Moon California, 2nd Edition