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Pasadera Country Club!

As some of you may know Poppy Hills will be closed for renovation in 2013. Patrick Parrish, the former Tournament Director, has moved to Pasadera Country Club near Laguna Seca. A bit sunnier but still some nice coastal breezes.

Because of our long relationship with Patrick he was able to book Sunday July 21, 2013 for our annual golf tournament for just $105. A few of us previewed the course. It’s a private course in fabulous shape with some spectacular views.  If anyone is interested in getting a tee time drop me an email at and we’ll set you up.

Here’s a link to the Pasadera Country Club web site. Below is the video from our day of golf there, enjoy!

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10th Annual Poppy Hills Tournament July 21st!

We will be enjoying our 10th Annual Poppy Hills event this year on July 21st with the first tee time at 1030.

For the 3rd year in a row there is an event on Sunday at Pacific Grove Municipal that we can also take part in run by the same group as last year.

We also have some extra accommodations (and can get more room still) for those that would like to stay the weekend.

Tournament Fee

NCGA Members $95
NCGA Guests $148

You can indicate on the sign up form whether you want to participate in either of the two tournaments and if you’d like to stay the weekend. Once I confirm your submission I will provide payment details. Fees are due to the course by July 5th so I will need payment prior to that.

Click her to submit your entry form!

We will have closest to the pin and long drive competition so bring some cash if you want to participate.

Should be a great time as usual with plenty of food, wine, and plenty of fun!

2012 Season is underway!

$55 to join the NorCal Golf Club for 2012. Just head over to our Sign Up page!

Click here to sign up for our newsletter be notified of our golf events! Members, fellow NCGA members, or guests, all are welcome to participate! We have several great tournaments and a match play event coming soon so stay tuned!

Presidio Golf Course Tournament 2011

Not too far from the ritzy neighborhoods of Cow Hollow and the Marina nestled inside the former Army Post turned Park, the Presidio Golf Course is a beautiful gem with great views.

It seems somewhat short looking at the scorecard, but large elevation changes, wind, shady and wet areas; and it’s proximity to the fog belt more than make up for it.  The course is well maintained with plenty of beautiful trees. This was my first time playing and I realized I’ve been missing out.

We had a stroke play tournament August 27th and as predicted during our Poppy Hills event James Poulson broke through. He leaked a little oil down the stretch during the back nine but posted a tidy net 68 to finish first in his flight.  A few skins added to his winnings made for a very profitable day.

Lyle Lowder lives not too far from the Presidio and plays there fairly often, so his low gross 77 and a scorching net 64 to take his net flight shouldn’t be too shocking However, some serious love from the course were major contributors. Three drives in to the trees on the left and one slice to the right on the back nine all ended up returning to reasonable spots for recovery.

Had always heard the complaints about the conditions there, primarily the wet and foggy conditions, but this is a course I will be playing more in the future and hopefully in a tournament.

Pebble Beach Birthday Bash 2011

Road Trip

Joseph Stevens Winery in Gilroy

What a fantastic weekend it was. Four of us loaded in to my CRV and left shortly after 12 noon on Friday from Jim’s place on the San Jose/Morgan Hill border and took our sweet time on our way to Asilomar and a nice weekend of Golf, Wine, & Dine.

We decided we’d go the coastal route and went through Watsonville via Hecker Pass road. Our first stop was Jason Stephens Winery on Watsonville Road in Gilroy.

We enjoyed a tasting that I thought was pretty solid from start to finish. We started with their 2010 Estate Chardonnay; very crisp/tart with lots of citrus and a lemony finish. I ended up buying their 2007 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon but I’ll lay it down for another year.  They have a Meritage and a Cab-Syrah that are drinking nicely now. The 2008 Estate Zinfandel we finished with was on the jammy side, but not over the top and a good choice for drinking now also.

After our tasting we headed over the hill to Watsonville and up the coast to Moss Landing where we stopped for a late lunch at Phil’s Fish Market, famous for defeating Bobby Flay in a Cioppino Thorowdown.

After lunch it’s on to Asilomar Conference Grounds to get checked and settled in before enjoying a nice Friday Night Twilight golf at Pacific Grove Golf Links just around the corner. James Poulson’s game is ready to break through as he showed us a glimpse of what the future may be, shooting a smooth 42 on the front nine.

A late lunch and 9 holes of golf leads to a very late 9 PM dinner reservation at the Fishwife right across the street from Asilomar Conference Grounds. I cracked a Dusty Pikachu 2008 Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir and a Spanish Tempranillo, a 2007 Bodega Numanthia Termes Toro Termes. Love that Pinot Noir, a bit smokier and spicier than the rich red fruit common in the region, but the Tempranillo was spectacular.  Rich pure fruit, velvety mouthfeel, and a long finish but none of if overwhelmed the seafood.

Poppy Hills Tournament

Good times, but we did have a tournament the next day at Poppy Hills Golf Course starting at 8:30. Fortunately we’re only 10 minutes away. It’s always cool this time of year but this day was on the cool side. Not sure we got under 60 degrees, my guesstimate is 62 to 63. Very comfortable weather for golf however. Hard time getting off the tee, but scrambled decently to a mediocre 95.  I did however get a closest to the pin to win a $20 certificate.  Good times had by all as usual.

Dinner again at the Fishwife with a little larger crowd. Ten of us enjoyed a First Growth Bourdeaux courtesy of Jay Dack. I broke out the always solid 2006 Justin Isosceles. Drinking very nicely with full rich fruit, velvety mouthfeel and a lengthy finish. And for good measure after dinner we finish things off with a 1997 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon I obtained from a private cellar. Classic Caymus dark fruit and licorice, but has mellowed with age. We took things back to our lodging and thoroughly enjoyed the rest of our evening.

Pacific Grove Golf Links Stroke Play Event

The front nine starts inland and the back nine can be tough out on the coast side with the winds blowing. But we enjoyed the best weather I’ve seen out there before.  I bit overcast but very comfortable with just a short sleeve short on the front, but after expecting to put my pullover at some point, it burned off by the time we reached the back nine and nothing but spectacular blue skies.

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Do we really have to leave?

And then before we knew it, time to go home. A great weekend with good friends both old and new, golf, great seafood, and some pretty spectacular wines. Down Highway One to Phil’s Fish Market for Sunday night dinner and head on home. Well, we do have next year booked already.  Saturday July 21st at 10:10 AM, can’t wait!

Heading down to Pebble Beach Today!

The day has arrived. My favorite weekend of the year.  Temperatures rise in the Bay Area and I’ve had enough pool time.  Time to head to Pebble Beach for cool temps and world class golf. It’s our 9th annual event at Poppy Hills Golf Course, and we have a Tournament on Sunday at Pacific Grove Golf Links.

Several of us will be staying at the beautiful Asilomar Conference Grounds in Pacific Grove just a few minutes away from Spanish Bay.

I’ve pulled the best bottles from my wine cellar for the occasion.

We’ll arrive early Friday afternoon, get settled in, and perhaps find some place for some twilight golf before heading to the Fishwife for dinner and drinks.

Aaaahhhhh!!! So Relaxing!