MARCH 2023

Recognition for Northwood . . .

   GolfDay is a nationwide operation, self-described as “a channel dedicated to PGA Tour highlights.” GolfDay is also an app service and a website, “specializing in finding the best golf courses to play”.

   GolfDay has recently rated public courses in a specific local area (within 25 miles of Windsor) and come up with a list, with Northwood GC in Monte Rio on the top.

   Lists being what they are, you no doubt have your own favorites, although Northwood may be at or near the top of your list.

   When I wrote for the Press Democrat – when they actually provided readers with a weekly local golf column – I would periodically ask golfers to name their favorite course as well as favorite pro and other categories.

   It was fun to see the wide variety of responses, and reasons why golfers had particular preferences.  

   If you have any thoughts as to your favorite local course, local pro or anything related to local golf, email me at and we will share your thoughts.

   As far as Northwood, it has always been one of my favorites . . . it’s a very unique 9-hole layout in a scenic area alongside the Russian River.

  I once dubbed it “the noisiest course in Sonoma County” because of that unmistakable sound of golf balls bouncing off those big, beautiful trees.

Here is GolfDay’s local list:

15 Public courses, listed by GolfDay within 25 miles of Windsor 

(91.9) Northwood Golf Club  11.0 miles

Monte Rio, CA 95462

(90.8) Rooster Run Golf Club  22.4 miles

Petaluma, CA 94954

(90.4) The Links at Bodega Harbour  20.0 miles

Bodega Bay, CA 94923

(89.5) Hidden Valley Lake Golf Course (Semi-Private) 22.0 miles

Hidden Valley Lake, CA 95467

(86.6) Foxtail Golf Club  14.2 miles

Rohnert Park, CA 94928

(86.5) Windsor Golf Club  1.6 miles

Windsor, CA 95492

(83.7) Valley of the Moon Club (Semi-Private) 14.4 miles

Santa Rosa, CA 95409

(79.0) Bennett Valley Golf Course (Municipal) 12.0 miles

Santa Rosa, CA 95405

(73.8) Adams Springs Golf Course  19.5 miles

Cobb, CA 95426

(71.0) Healdsburg Golf Club (Municipal) 5.1 miles

Healdsburg, CA 95448

(68.6) Fairgrounds Golf Course (County) 10.3 miles

Santa Rosa, CA 95404

(55.5) Black Rock Golf Course  19.6 miles

Cobb, CA 95426

(48.5) Sebastopol Golf Course  8.1 miles

Sebastopol, CA 95472

(NR) Meadowood (Resort) 18.8 miles

St. Helena, CA 94574

(NR) Mount Saint Helena Golf Course (County) 12.5 miles

Calistoga, CA 94515

   Let me know what  you think, and feel free to give me your thoughts on your favorite local course, favorite pro, golf restaurant, golf lessons, whatever . . .

Upcoming . . .

Palouse Ridge GC, Pullman, Wash.

At Foxtail . . .

   April 15 – Qualifying Tournament 4-Person Teams (1 Gross + 1 Net)

For Championship Tournament held at Palouse Ridge Golf Club
Pullman, Washington, July 2 to July 23

   The First Place team will win entry into the Championship at Palouse Ridge with these expenses paid: Hotel Friday and Saturday, Friday Welcome Dinner, Saturday Golf, Saturday Boxed Lunch, Saturday Dinner, Sunday Golf, Sunday Awards Lunch. Not included: Transportation.

    Information: Call 707-584-7766

Junior League

Junior League signups are now available.  New for 2023 includes $150 Range Card and Complimentary Course Access.
Information: Call 707-584-7766

At Santa Rosa G&CC . . .

Spring Golf Clinics

Take a clinic from 2022 LPGA Western Section Teacher of the Year Jessica Reese. Get ready for spring golf with clinics that are designed to knock strokes off your scorecard. There is something for everyone, from new golfers to advanced on course clinics. To book a clinic or lesson, call the pro shop at 707-546-6617, or email me.


Short Game Bootcamp Level 1. Two and a half hours of short game instruction. This clinic covers Chipping, Mid Range Pitching, and Short Putts. March 16th from 9:30-12. $150.

Short Game Bootcamp Level 2. Two and a half hours that addresses tougher short game shots. Sand, high short pitches, and lag putting. March 30th from 9:30-12. $150.

New To Golf: Get Golfing Clinic. For newer golfer that are developing the skills needed to play. Last session is on course. Thursdays April 6-27th for 4 weeks. 90 minute class. $300 12:30-2:00. Located in the Game On section of the website.

April Tune-Up Clinic. For golfers that are looking to improve all aspects of the game. Topics include Long Putts With Slope, Driver, Chipping, Iron Play, Pitching, And Bunker Play. Saturdays April 1-April 29th 12:45-1:45 for 5 weeks. 60 minute class. $250 For 5 Weeks. Located in the Game On section of the website.

On-Course Clinic. 2.5 Hours of playing instruction. This clinic covers trouble shots, pre shot routine, sand, decision making, and green reading. April 13th from 9-11:30 $150.

New Lesson Prices starting April 1st. . .1 Hour Lesson $150 Non-Member, $140 Member of SRCC . . .Half Hour Lesson $80 Non-Member, $75 for Member of SRCC . . .9 Hole Playing Lesson $300.

At Bennett Valley . . .

At Valley of the Moon . . .


At Foxtail . . .


At Northwood GC . . .

We want to hear from you . . .

 Thanks for your comments, questions and suggestions. I appreciate them and would like to get as many as possible. If you have information about anything golf-related, including upcoming clinics, activities, tournaments or sales, let me know.

   And if you have questions, complaints or compliments about golf in our area, let me know and I’ll make some inquiries. Email me at