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My perfect weather day at the Links at Bodega Harbour and a Napa/Sonoma Getaway

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  1. ken2v

    ken2v Wish I was in Bend

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    My Trip Report

    We're up north for a conference (not me, I'm playing). I scooted on over to Bodega yesterday to play a course that, surprisingly, I've never played, given how I'm a Cal native and once lived down the road in Petaluma. You really couldn't dial up better weather for this part of the world, this time of year. Just stunning.

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    What's the temperature like this time of year?
     
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    Now it’s getting low to mid 60s. But it can plummet. And I had but a whisper of wind.
     
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    beautiful course
     
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    ken2v Wish I was in Bend

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    And now for the rest of the story ...

    We started the long weekend at Vista Collina Resort in Napa for two nights, where -- VMB ALERT -- there are frosted-glass shitters in the rooms and suites:

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    Our abode was most bueno (though my shot of the master was a mess so that's not here):

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    ken2v Wish I was in Bend

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    And some shots of the property, itself:

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    It's the one in the background. Meritage is in the foreground.

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    Nice looking resort. Will have to remember this place on our next visit to Napa
     
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    ken2v Wish I was in Bend

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    Vista Collina has eight tasting rooms and one beer-ery, so one can slurp, get somewhat sloppy and not get a Deuce. I stuck my nose inside Foley Food and Wine Society's tasting venue (think that Foley, as in VGK) as we're members of one of the wineries down in the Sta. Rita Hills. But most of the wine-ing was offsite. I did have a beer flight, though:

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    :nworthy: still my hero!
     
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    Looks like a nice course to relax on,Room is so so nothing special BUT glad your able to unwind hopefully.
    We visit the area 3 to 4 a year and like staying at the Bacchus Suite at The Meritage Resort,If ya ever doing it again do a 2 week trip
    You will love it..

    Thanks for pic shares.
     
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    ken2v Wish I was in Bend

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    lol So noted, Vista Collina = Main Street Station

    We're down the road, so no long stays up Napa/Sonoma way.

    Bodega gets huge points for setting. Not as many for routing. Though there are a handful of really well designed holes out there.
     
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    And speaking of the course ... we'll do a bit of a photo redux.

    Bodega's first nine opened in the late '70s, and it's now the outward holes. It's a leaping roller-coaster on the front; the carts are gas-powered if that says anything. And it's short, under 6,000 from the "blues" at a par of 70. It's no Manele, but like that world-beater on Lanai, Bodega has ocean views on every hole. There's housing a good bit of the way around, but nothing too obtrusive, at least going out.

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    The back nine was added in the late '80s. There's less topography, more of a condo-alley effect -- removed but noticeable -- with the glory shots coming at the end. 16 and 17 play in a tidal marsh, and it was probably one hell of a battle getting it through the Coastal Commission. The compromise was no carts on those two holes. You hit off the short par-4 16th and park the buggy. Hand-carts are staged if you don't want to carry and after hitting an iron over the marsh -- the ask is only 160-190 depending on tees -- to a fairway set at almost 90 degrees, it's off over the boardwalk and a wedge or less in. Take a second pellet and have a go with driver.

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    The photo above is shot from 18, looking down at the par-3 17th with the marsh beyond. The tees on 16 can't be seen; they're hard right at the center of the pic. 17 played for me at 156 and it's uphill to a narrow, long green. Reverse the pitch on that green and you almost have a redan. Get back in the cart coming off 17 and up the hill to the closer.
     
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    on the second photo up, what is the carry to go left of the fairway bunker?
     
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    Over the bunker short of the green? 250+ from blue to reach, I'd guess. Maybe 260.
     
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    not over the bunker, left of the bunker, but over the hazard. too far?
     
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    You're talking the photo with the four guys on the green? Left of that bunker puts you left of the green off the tee and adds to the cover. I'd guess to clear the marsh out that way you're looking somewhat to well north of 250.
     
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    right in my wheelhouse, lol. NOT!
     
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    There's just no reward for the risk. Say you REALLY catch one but block it? You're on the dunes. I hit 6-iron/SW.
     
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    We were pressed for time so didn't dally long.

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    The red and white Rhone flights at Sonoma's the Girl and the Fig, with crispy chicken thighs and flounder meunière:

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    We'll eat here again, most certainly. What's not to love about a really good bistro?!?