Review: Silverado Resort (North Course)

Silverado Golf Resort is located in the heart of California wine country in the Napa Valley. It offers two championship golf courses — the North Course and the South Course. This review is for the North Course. The resort also offers a full service spa, first class accommodations, several dining options, and other amenities such as swimming pools, bocce and tennis courts.

Both courses have undergone recent facelifts by former PGA Tour player Johnny Miller. Love him or hate him, he did a fantastic job of shaping their flagship course, the North course. It has proven worthy by hosting the PGA Tour’s Open in 2014, and is set to host again in 2015.

The course features a classic-style layout that winds through mature oak trees and features undulating fairways, challenging raised greens, and deep carefully placed bunkers.

The front nine plays slightly tighter off of the tee, with more trees in play and a premium on placement and angles. The transition to the back nine is as smooth as a good Pinot Noir, which appears more approachable off of the tee but requires careful consideration to avoid the deep strategically placed fairway bunkers that have a knack of drawing your attention.

The dogleg left par 4 3rd tee shot:

Tee shot on the double dogleg par 5 5th hole:

The approach to the par 5 9th hole:

Approach to the par 4 10th:   IMG_4593-1.JPG
Tee shot on the par 4 12th hole:
Looking back on the par 5 16th hole, with a creek running down the left as you play the hole:

I played the course at just under 6800 yards which are the “tips” for general public play. Many of the tournament tee boxes aren’t utilized for day-to-day play, which is a blessing for us mortals.

World class golf in the heart of wine country is what dreams are made of, whether it’s a couples getaway, ladies trip, or even a classy guys trip. Who wouldn’t want to play golf in the morning and wine taste in the afternoon, or relax at the spa? Or if you prefer your wine tasting in the morning and your golf in the afternoon, I’m not here to judge.

I am here, however, to tell you that a golf trip to Silverado Golf Resort should not be overlooked, whatever the occasion may be.

Happy golfing!


  9 comments for “Review: Silverado Resort (North Course)

  1. March 16, 2015 at 2:51 pm


    I looked like a fun course to play! The pics are great!


  2. March 16, 2015 at 7:18 pm

    It’s on my list. Just about 90 minutes north of good ole San Jose in Napa. I couldn’t volunteer for Silverado this year but maybe next.

    • March 16, 2015 at 8:45 pm

      Definitely worth the drive. I’ll be interested to know what you think when you make it up there.


  3. March 16, 2015 at 7:19 pm

    Thx for the astute reviews as always

  4. March 19, 2015 at 4:03 pm

    Aloha Josh,
    Big guy, you do have a knack for pulling old memories out of my head.
    Silverado — it has been a while. Last time I was there the wine tastings were free and I could go through a dozen balls a round (okay, maybe those two facts were related).
    But now, thanks to you, it is again on my list of places to go.
    A Hui Hou,

    • March 20, 2015 at 8:22 am

      Aloha Wayne,
      Free wine tasting? Those sure sound like the good ol’ days! Happy to hear I ignited some fond memories of golf in wine country for you. Silverado was a treat to visit.


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