Celebrating Over a Century of Golf in the Wine Country
Long before “wine country” was synonymous with Napa Valley, there was Napa Valley Country Club, a tucked-away gem in the bucolic foothills of the Vaca Range, located in the middle of the Coombsville American Viticultural Area (AVA). Coombsville is a sub-appellation of Napa Valley AVA; and the newest, being granted its status in 2007. Napa Valley Country Club began life one hundred years ago, in 1915, as the Napa Golf & Country Club, leasing 100 acres from local notable, Frank Coombs, for the construction of a 9-hole course. In 1923, Napa Valley Country Club was incorporated and purchased the leased land from Mr. Coombs for $7,500 (the original 100 acres, plus 30 acres more).
From these modest but committed beginnings, one of the oldest golf and country clubs in California has grown into a magnificent 18 hole layout, with a sparkling craftsman-style clubhouse, built in 2004, full tennis facilities and a beautiful 25-meter pool, all in a pristine setting of 181-owned acres. Located just a few miles from downtown Napa, itself the beautifully redeveloped entry-way to world-famous Napa Valley, Napa Valley Country Club exists in the splendid isolation of gently-sloping hills, tree-clad fairways and challenging, inscrutable greens! Although relatively short at 6,314 yards, the course defends itself with typical country-club finesse – somewhat narrow, with elevation changes and tricky slopes to navigate and, at the end of each hole, always a compact green that takes time and experience to read. ‘Membership has its privileges’ they say and, certainly, NVCC Members accumulate inside knowledge from their many testing rounds.
Although NVCC has the distinction of being the only private and proprietary Country Club in Napa County, it is sometimes known as “a Club in the country” and welcomes both resident and non-resident families into the Club. Social Members enjoy all of the Club privileges and facilities (tennis, swimming, Clubhouse dining and social activities). Full Golf Members are proprietary Members with responsibilities and voting privileges as owners of the property.
The importance of good stewardship of the native flora and fauna has always been forefront in Napa Valley Country Club’s history. The Club recognizes its role in the environment at large, and also within its immediate surroundings. Access to, and prudent use of, precious water, is a paramount concern. Fortunately the foresight of an early-member, recognizing the risk of potential water shortages, caused him almost a decade ago to commence working with the City of Napa and other government bodies to obtain access to reclaimed water from the City’s treatment plant. That vision is now a reality with a pipeline to the Coombsville area, to serve not only the golf course, but also residents and vineyards in the area.
From 9 holes on leased land in 1915, Napa Valley Country Club has become the Club to belong to in the Napa Valley; 181 rolling acres of private golf course, tennis facilities and picture-perfect swimming pool, all centered on a magnificent Clubhouse, set on a promontory with spectacular views.