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October 11 – 17
San Ramon Valley • Blackhawk CC

Now in the fourth year at Blackhawk Country Club in the scenic town of Danville, the CVS Pharmacy/LPGA Challenge returns on Oct. 11-17.  Tickets are now available online at the tournament website.  Guest attending this event are treated to warm sunshine, excellent golf and extraordinary hospitality.  To plan your trip, visit the tournament website for tickets  – then visit the Tri-Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau website for additional things to do during your stay,  including where to dine, where to stay and of course information on the Tri-Valley’s own Livemrore Valley Wine Country.

Tri-Valley is a San Francisco Bay Area wine and golf destination that is fresh and new to many visitors while also standing out as an affordable choice — an increasingly important benefit during today’s harsh economic times.

With over a dozen courses from which to choose, golfers won’t get bored in this neck of the woods. Wine lovers can also raise a glass to heading in this direction: 50 wineries await. A quick drive from three major San Francisco Bay Area Airports (SFO, OAK, SJC), getting to this California region to the north, is relatively simple.

With the LPGA Tour selecting the region as one of its Nationwide Tournament hosts, the Tri-Valley golf scene is gaining its place on the map. Located only 30-40 miles from San Francisco, all five Tri-Valley cities have driving ranges and collectively offer a large selection of public and private clubs.

Visitors may opt to play at the Greg Norman designed Course at Wente Vineyard, watch the sun set over rolling hills at Poppy Ridge Golf Course, or try out the area’s newest course at Callippe Preserve.

No day on the green would be complete without trusted, comfortable accommodations. Tri-Valley is home to the newly remodeled San Ramon Marriott, a hotel that would pair nicely with nearby course The Bridges. The Pleasanton Marriott or Sheraton would be the perfect place to stay if players prefer Callippe Preserve. Callippe earned the “Most Worth The Green Fee” award for all of Northern California by Greenskeeper.org. In synch with tightening budgets, but still a stunner, this course provides a restaurant with views over Tri-Valley and of Mt. Diablo.

The Course at Wente Vineyard is a true stunner, winding its way through the Livermore Valley Wine Country. Wente offers a destination restaurant, wine tasting room, summer concert series, as well as garden and cave tours. Dedicated to sustainable practices, Wente also received Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program certification in 2009.

For more information on golfing in Tri-Valley, visit http://www.trivalleycvb.com <http://www.trivalleycvb.com> .

Annika Proudly Presents Her Signature Wine

Annika Sorenstam is considered the most dominate women’s golfer of all time and has transcended her sport to become a prominent mainstream athlete and celebrity. Her storied career and legendary work ethic have changed the way women’s golf is played, viewed and covered. Now that she has stepped away from competitive golf, she has carried that same passion for excellence over into the wines that bear her name. Wente Vineyards and Annika will be releasing her new wine, Annika Chardonnay.  Join us for an unforgettable day of great golf, food, and of course, wine! For more information, click here. To visit the Annika Vineyards website; http://www.annikavineyards.com

SECOND ANNUAL ANNIKA WINE & GOLF EVENT
CELEBRATING THE INAUGURAL RELEASE OF ANNIKA CHARDONNAY
Sunday, JULY 25TH
The Course at Wente Vineyards
Livermore, CA
EVENT SCHEDULE
9 am Check in and Continental Breakfast
10 am Annika Golf Clinic
11:30 am Golf Tournament with Box Lunch, Wine Tasting and Photos with Annika on the Course
4:30 pm Golf Awards, Wine Reception and Bottle Signings with Annika on the Vineyard Lawn
6 pm – 8 pm Buffett Dinner with Annika on the Vineyard Lawn
TICKETS AND INFORMATION
Full Day: $350 per person, $650 per couple  (Use coupon code ANNIKA at checkout).
Price Includes a bottle of 2006 ANNIKA VINEYARDS SYRAH.
Dinner Only: $75 per person
Call the course for more information 925-456-2477 OR visit annikavineyards.com to purchase tickets.

Gorgeous Callippe Preserve Golf Course in Pleasanton, CA

Gorgeous Callippe Preserve Golf Course in Pleasanton, CA

Congratulations to Callippe Preserve Golf Course in Pleasanton for being named one of Golfweek’s Best Municipal Courses in the nation for 2008-2009.  The list is compiled by a nationwide team of more than 475 evaluators who rate the courses on the basis of 10 strict standards including routing, conditioning, variety and memorability of holes. The result is an average of scores, which then dictates a course’s overall ranking.

“This is a very prestigious honor for Callippe Preserve Golf Course, to be considered one of the top 50 municipal courses in the nation out of more than 8,000 courses. This well-kept secret of local golfers is now out of the bag to the larger golf world,” according to course General Manager Mike Ash.

This marks the first time that the course has been included on the elite list, which also boasts Torrey Pines course in La Jolla, host of Tiger Woods’ dramatic U.S. Open victory last summer, and San Francisco’s Harding Park, which will host the President’s Cup this fall.

Callippe Preserve Golf Course, which opened in November 2005, is also one of the newer courses on the distinguished list. Callippe Golf Course was developed as part of a cooperative effort to create an 18-hole golf course, hiking and equestrian trails, endangered species habitat, wetland establishment, and dedicated grazing land. The course site is a protected habitat for the federally endangered Callippe Silverspot Butterfly and the California Tiger Salamander, and the federally threatened California Red Legged Frog.

There are five sets of tees on this par 72, with the black tees playing at 6,748. The blue tees measure at 6,409, then the white tees at 6,024 yards, the gold tees at 5,560, and the red at 4,788 yards. Players on this course will get a preview of the demanding approach to the 10th hole when making their way to the number one green.  Varieties of terrain are spread throughout the course as the front nine is routed through the valley and the back nine sits on a higher elevation with the Happy Valley Creek winding throughout. Read the article here:

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Worlds Greatest Golf Movie. EVER!

World's Greatest Golf Movie. EVER!

Wishing that you could be teeing up this morning instead of in your office? I sure do! Let’s lighten up our day with a  little humor for this sunny Monday  morning.

My husband & I watched Caddyshack over the weekend, and we were talking about our fave quotes! What’s are your favorites?   Gunga galunga… gunga, gunga-galunga. :)

Here’s a few of mine to start us off!

Carl Spackler: This crowd has gone deadly silent, a Cinderella story outta nowhere. Former greenskeeper and now about to become the masters champion … He’s on his final hole. He’s about 455 yards away, he’s gonna hit about a 2 iron I think … IT’S IN THE HOLE!

Judge Smails: You know, you should play with Dr. Beeper and myself. I mean, he’s been club champion for three years running and I’m no slouch myself.

Ty Webb: Don’t sell yourself short Judge, you’re a tremendous slouch.

Carl Spackler: Correct me if I’m wrong Sandy, but if I kill all the golfers they’ll lock me up and throw away the key.

Sandy: Not golfers, you great fool. Gophers. The little brown, furry rodents.

Carl Spackler: We can do that. We don’t even need a reason.

Let’s have some fun this morning! What’s your favorite Caddyshack Quote?

LIVERMORE, Calif. — Annika Sorenstam, one of the most celebrated female golfers in history, launches her wine brand in partnership with Wente Vineyards on May 1st with the release of her namesake Syrah, ANNIKA. This elegant wine is comprised of 75 percent Livermore Valley Syrah and 15 percent Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, and fittingly, 10 percent Cabernet Sauvignon from the Livermore Valley Golf Vineyard.

Throughout her storied 15-year playing career, Annika was fortunate to experience many of the best wines the world has to offer. At Wente Vineyards, they share the same passion for fine wine, fine dining, and golf as a way of life. The same scenic acres that produce their varietals are also home to Northern California’s premier destination golf course. It’s only natural that Annika would choose to meld her passions for fine wine and golf together in the rolling hills of the Livermore Valley at Wente Vineyards.

Working closely with fifth generation Winemaker Karl Wente, the two hand selected the 2006 Syrah from the Silva block on the Livermore Valley estate to be the backbone of the wine. The Syrah emits aromas of wild blackberry, plum, and strawberry that continue with chocolate and coffee flavors from the barrel. The Cabernet Sauvignon boosts the structure of the wine in the mid-pallet and augments the cassis and clove aromas. The amenable, big tannins carry the diverse flavors through the mouth for a long, rewarding finish.

“I was drawn to Wente Vineyards because we share the same passions, fine wine, fine dining, and championship golf,” Sorenstam said. “I really enjoyed the blending process with Karl, as we are both perfectionists. I am very excited about our end product.” “It was our goal to blend a wine that Annika is passionate about, and that had the strength of a Cabernet Sauvignon, but the refined elegance and fruit of the Syrah,” says Winemaker Karl Wente. “Our Syrah has an intensity of flavor and aroma without being too big.”

About Annika

Annika is one of the most dominant players in women’s golf. Throughout her storied career, she rewrote the LPGA and Ladies European Tour record books, won countless awards and events, and brought unprecedented attention to women’s golf. Her success has changed how women’s golf is played, covered, and viewed, and in her rise to mainstream athlete and celebrity, she has had a positive impact on all women’s sports. Annika continues to impact lives with the establishing of the ANNIKA Foundation, which teaches children the importance of living a healthy, active lifestyle through fitness and nutrition, and offers aspiring junior golfers opportunities to pursue their dreams. In addition, her boutique golf instructional school, the ANNIKA Academy outside of Orlando, Fla., provides individualized golf instruction and custom-made fitness programs to help golfers of all levels improve their game.

About Wente Vineyards

2008 marks Wente Vineyards’ 125th Anniversary. The country’s oldest continuously operated family-owned winery, Wente Vineyards is led today by the fourth and fifth generations of the Wente family. Blending traditional and innovative winemaking practices, the winery draws from 3,000 acres of sustainably farmed estate vineyards to create an outstanding portfolio of wines. Located just east of San Francisco in the historic Livermore Valley, Wente Vineyards is recognized as one of California’s premier wine country destinations, featuring wine tasting, fine dining, and championship golf.

Suggested Retail Price – $75.00 750ml Bottle Nationally Released – May 2009 611 cases produced

To purchase, please visit www.annikavineyards.com.

Chris Conway of The Course at Wente Vineyards provides this putting drill for The Course at Wente Vineyards.

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