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Are You Up for the Challenge of the Mount St. Helena Golf Course?

August 31st, 2017 Napa Valley Outdoors
Are You Up for the Challenge of the Mount St. Helena Golf Course?

Whether you’re a novice or an expert at golf, you’ll enjoy playing a few holes at the Mount St. Helena Golf Course during your stay in Napa Valley. Located in Calistoga, CA, just 8 miles from the Wine Country Inn & Cottages in the town of St. Helena, this 9-hole course was designed to appeal to golfers of all skill levels with the bonus of a picture-perfect backdrop of Mount St. Helena itself!

Mount St. Helena Golf Course opened in 1956 was designed by Jack Fleming, an architect who designed 25 courses in the Golden State. Other courses in the area that Fleming developed include Meadowood Golf Course (private) in St. Helena and Napa Golf Course (public) at Kennedy Park in Napa.

Mount St. Helena Golf Course offers a par-34 course with 9 holes spread out over 2,759 yards. Beginners will appreciate the open architecture and flat layout while more experienced golfers will enjoy the challenge of its tree-lined fairways. Only have time to hit a few balls? Stop by the driving range, constructed in 2012. Rates for 9 holes and the driving range are very reasonable, and it’s the perfect way to spend a couple of hours in the fresh morning air and beautiful surroundings before a fun-filled day of wine tastings, hiking, biking or other popular Napa Valley activities!

Other Golf Courses in Napa Valley

If you have set several mornings aside for golf during your visit to Wine Country, you won’t be disappointed by the selection of courses at various price points. In addition to the public Mount St. Helena Golf Course, you can enjoy a round at Chardonnay Golf Club surrounded by vineyards (18 holes, par 72), Napa Golf Course at Kennedy Park (18 holes, par 72), Napa Valley Country Club (18 holes, par 72) and many more.

Plan the Perfect Day in Wine Country

The perfect day for a golfer visiting Wine Country involves several key activities. Start with a delicious breakfast at the Wine Country Inn & Cottages, which is sure to provide you with all the energy you need for a round of golf first thing in the morning. Most wineries don’t open until at least 10, so there is plenty of time for you to hit a few balls and enjoy a bit of time outdoors in the beautiful California sun.

No matter how you faired on the golf course, you’ll enjoy the next portion of your day exploring a select few of the hundreds of excellent vineyards in the region.

Castello di Amorosa is one of our favorite Calistoga wineries. This highly acclaimed winery features a replica of a 13th-century medieval Italian castle surrounded by 170 acres of breathtaking vineyards. Bask in this Old World Italian experience and take part in their tours, tastings, history and more. Sterling Vineyards is another fabulous Calistoga winery and offers the only aerial tram of its kind in Napa Valley! Your ride up to the vineyard in the tram offers stunning views and an experience that is matched by the delicious wines you’ll sample upon arrival.

If you’d prefer to head straight back to St. Helena after your round of golf, here are 9 St. Helena Wineries you won’t want to miss.

Following an afternoon of wine tasting and a quick bite to eat for lunch (perhaps at Gott’s Roadside, an old-time drive-in famous for its burger, sandwiches and more), you may want to lounge by the pool at Wine Country Inn & Cottages for an hour or so and then freshen up before heading out to dinner. St. Helena offers several fantastic restaurants including one Michelin 3-Star winner and two Michelin 1-Star winners. Our front desk staff will be happy to help make reservations for you at Terra, Meadowood, Auberge du Soleil and other unforgettable Napa Valley eateries.

The Wine Country Inn & Cottages

The Wine Country Inn & Cottages is the perfect home base for an unforgettable Wine Country vacation or weekend getaway. Our magnificent antique-filled boutique hotel is surrounded by vineyards and secluded at the end of a country lane. Relax in luxury in one of our elegant cottages, suites or rooms and enjoy a delicious breakfast each morning.