Bucket List For The Golfer

I am hosting a group of golfers at The 2015 Masters. Before we attend the first major tournament of the year, we are going to play 3 rounds of golf at Reynolds Plantation, home of the 2014 Big Break Invitational. As we continue our golfers bucket list tour, we will conclude our journey at Pinehurst, where we will play courses #8 and #2, home of the 2014 USGA Men’s and Ladies US Open. 


I would love to have you join us for this special trip. If you would like more information, please contact me at or call me at 707-696-1621.

Have you ever been to Augusta National Golf Club for The Masters

Have you ever played golf at any of the courses at Pinehurst, home of the 2014 US Open for the PGA Tour and LPGA Tour? 

Have you ever experienced the southern hospitality of the spectacular golf at Reynolds Plantation in Georgia, home of the 2014 Big Break Invitational?

Tell your friends & Sign up quickly. I only have 11 spots available!



Lifestyle: The Perfect Pairing

In general, golfers are known to enjoy the finer things in life - expensive cars, designer threads, exotic vacations, gourmet dining, country club memberships and fine wine, for example. So why not combine two of those activities and make one perfect pairing?

GolfVino is exactly what the name implies - the marriage of an ultimate golf and wine experience. The company was created by PGA Member and Wine Sommelier Greg Anderson, who merged his exclusive access to some of Northern California's elite, private wineries with world-class golf courses in Napa and Sonoma counties.

It’s my perfect day,” said Anderson, a native of the area. “Golf and wine tasting topped with an exquisite dinner. GolfVino allows me to share this mutual passion, and utilize my experience in both the golf and wine industries

GolfVino is ideal for a small group celebrating a special occasion, a company planning a corporate retreat or couples eyeing a vacation destination. Guests will visit a select group of the world's outstanding wineries, enjoy culinary delights by wine country chefs, and stroll the fairways at exclusive country clubs and top resorts.

Tours can be customized to a group's interest, including spa, shopping and horseback riding excursions for non-golfers. GolfVino has contracted with numerous wine country hotels for luxury accommodations that cater to discerning travelers.

A sample tour package includes: (single and multiple day trips sold)

  • Five days of wine tasting and education
  • Five-night stay at a wine country hotel
  • Three days of golf or spa treatment at exclusive private clubs and resorts
  • Daily breakfast and winemakers dinners
  • Access to private winery and vineyard estates
  • Luxury transportation throughout the trip
  • Wine country specialty items
We want our guests to have a memorable experience.” - said Anderson. “Giving people behind the scenes tours - allowing them to really kick the dirt, learn about wine making and the history of the areas, plus have access to properties not available to the public is what makes the GolfVino experience so different from a normal wine tasting tour.”

World re-known wineries such as Cardinale, Stonestreet, Verite, Hartford Family, Freemark Abbey, Matanzas Creek and Arrowood are among the wine tour stops. Spa treatments at Silverado Resort, The Vintners Inn and The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn are a pleasant encounter, and shopping in the quaint towns of Healdsburg or St. Helena are filled with art galleries, specialty shops and boutiques.

And then there is the golf. A special occasion may include Mayacama Golf Club, a members-only, gated retreat, which should be on every golfer's bucket list. But since it is a private golf and lodging club, GolfVino might be your one shot at playing here. 

Rich history, breathtaking scenery, gourmet food, unparalleled wine and extraordinary golf all combine to make one unforgettable indulging experience.

For information about GolfVino's ultimate golf, wine and relaxation tours, browse our website here or call 707-696-1621. 



Expertly Pairing Golf And Wine

GolfVino was recently featured in PGA Magazine. Please enjoy the full article.


Ask any PGA Professional whether to play from the red or white tees and, depending on your golf skills, their response should be clear as black and white. Ask that same PGA Professional the difference between red or white wine and, more than likely, he or she would not be in a position to furnish a qualified judgment. That is, unless the questions were being directed to Greg Anderson, who is believed to be the only PGA member who has also earned the title of Level 1 Wine Sommelier.

A chance meeting with a wine legend led PGA Professional Greg Anderson to pursue a unique career path. Anderson, a PGA member since 1986, worked his first 10 years in the business for American Golf-owned facilities in California, during which time he held positions of general manager, head golf professional and director of instruction. It was Anderson’s subsequent golf stint in Hawaii, however, that would eventually drive him down one of life’s doglegs.

Nine months after the devastation of Hurricane Iniki on Kauai, Anderson took over as PGA head professional at Princeville Resort’s Makai Golf Club in 1993. Within months, Anderson had a fateful encounter with Jess Jackson, who modestly introduced himself as a lawyer. Turns out he was also a visionary leader in the wine industry who had founded Kendall-Jackson Vineyard Estates, and a golf addict.

Throughout the following several years, Anderson became Jackson’s personal golf director and the two worked diligently to devise plans for two world- class golf resorts in California. After cultivating a close relationship with the acclaimed vintner, Anderson could not resist the seduction of helping Jackson’s dream come true in the vineyard-covered hills of Sonoma County. So, with Jackson’s invite, Anderson returned to his native turf in 1998, and started blending the golf and wine worlds. The two have since aged into the perfect pairing.

During Anderson’s decade with Jackson Family Wines, he worked as both director of golf and golf concierge and was, thereby, granted extraordinary entrée into the wine culture. With that access in his pocket, Anderson not only popped the cork on his new venture, GolfVino but he succeeded in completing an intense educational pro- gram known as The Court of Master Sommeliers.

This three-day class of training definitely brought back memories of the PGA Schools for me, says Anderson, 53. I felt as though I knew a lot about the game and Rules of Golf but studying French, Italian, and other international wines was a whole new ballgame.

Unfortunately, the goal of building Jackson’s planned mountaintop golf resorts fell short, but it didn’t prevent Anderson from capitalizing on the three vital ingredients to the success of a business that he learned from Jackson:

Quality! Quality! Quality!

With Anderson’s time spent marketing specific wine brands and entertaining VIP guests of Jackson Family Wines, he was afforded the opportunity to merge his two passions to create elite golf and wine adventures using the world-renowned Napa Valley and Sonoma County wine regions as the backdrop. Now, years later and after just leaving a PGA director of golf position at Braemar Country Club in Tarzana, Calif., Anderson is pursuing his GolfVino Tours and Wine Club full-time.

There’s a market and a demand for what I’m providing, says Anderson. Utilizing my knowledge of both the golf and wine industries, GolfVino can provide groups of four to eight with a memorable experience that allows them to learn about winemaking and the history of the areas through intimate behind-the-scenes tours of private winders and vineyard estates.

Some of the tour stops have included such wineries as Freemark Abbey, Cardinale, Stonestreet, Matanzas Creek and Arrowood. And with more than 750 tasting rooms in Napa Valley and Sonoma County, there’s plenty of inventory to complement the world-class golf venues.

With GolfVino’s success, Anderson has now expanded its offerings to other California golf and wine playgrounds, such as Santa Barbara and Monterey, with plans to hit international destinations like Italy, France, New Zealand and Australia within the next couple years.

Whether wearing his golf or sommelier hat, Anderson understands the key to both is quality service. So, for his customers to fully appreciate their swing through wine country, he encourages them to not drink and drive unless on the golf course – and, in that case, to always tee it up responsibly. 

ABOUT: Robert Kaufman

Robert Kaufman is an award-winning, internationally published photographer and travel writer whose work fulfilled his childhood dream of a place in the Baseball Hall of Fame. His founding of Golf Today Magazine (1987) and subsequent six-year reign as Publisher & Editor, was the beginning of his 25 years as a multi-faceted media entrepreneur in the world of golf.