For most, a morning or two a week at the links is enough to satisfy even the most avid golfer's hunger. But for those always itching for the tee box (and those with a ridiculous amount of money), only a personal golf course will suffice. Napa Valley's Vineyard Knolls has it all for the buyer who has $17.5 million to throw around, including a personal NCGA 9-hole golf course with clubhouse, as well as a 7,500-square-foot home. The property is set on nearly 25 acres between the towns of Sonoma and Napa, California, in the Carneros AVA.
The main residence lies at the end of a gated driveway, where a grand front door greets visitors. Through the entry, visitors are naturally ushered into the living room, replete with views of vineyards and one of the property's two lakes. The dining room features French doors opening onto the terrace with a grand iron chandelier hanging from the ceiling. The gourmet kitchen is a throwback with antique cabinetry but also state-of-the-art appliances, including a Sub-Zero refrigerator, two dishwashers, and a massive six-burner stove. Other home amenities include a media room with tiered seating for 10, an art studio, and a separate office.
Though the home has "only" four bedrooms, each is complete as its own suite with private bathroom. The master suite has wraparound windows and French doors, allowing the occupant unparalleled views of the golf course, hillside, and lake. The massive walk-in closet is large enough to serve as its own bedroom if not for the lack of windows. The master bath houses a soaking tub, oversized shower, and individual vanities.
The primary exterior amenity of the property is the 9-hole executive golf course. The 3,446-yard course is comprised of seven par-3 holes and a pair of par-4 holes. The course is peppered with natural hazards, including one lake complete with waterfall and another lake stocked for fishing. No course is complete without a golf cart, and naturally, the property includes a golf cart barn and maintenance shop. The property also has a separate caretaker's two-bed, one-and-one-half-bath home with kitchen and dining room.
Adjacent to the course is the 6,400-square-foot clubhouse, which includes a pub bar, banquet room, commercial kitchen, and locker room. The pub includes a mural of St. Andrews and full commercial-style bar with room for eight. The banquet room has cathedral ceilings and wraparound glass walls surrounding a large wood-burning fireplace.
The only thing the property is missing is its own winery, but given the wealth of wine in the region, finding a good bottle shouldn't be too difficult. While the property isn't cheap by any stretch of the imagination, this little piece of paradise is available to a select few.Jared Feldman is a licensed real estate broker in the state of California.
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