The PGA Tour is Back!

Yes, that two week break was the offseason for the PGA Tour. This is the first week of the 2016-17 PGA Tour season, starting in Napa, CA at Silverado Resort. The north course was the original golf course and it first opened in 1955, but redesigned in 1966 by Robert Trent Jones Jr. In 2010 Johnny Miller along with a few other men received ownership under the Silverado Resort Investment Group LLC. Silverado Resort was home to many golf tournaments including the Anheuser-Busch Golf Classic, Champions tour event and most recently the Frys.com Open now known as the Safeway Open. As you know Johnny Miller is a course architect and after coming in and owning part of the resort he made a few changes. Johnny added 250 yards to the North Course, repositioned bunkers, widened fairways and built new tee boxes. Not only making changes to the golf course he revamped the driving range by lengthening it and adding in a teaching area. There is also a creek that runs through the golf course known as Milliken Creek which plays a part in how you play the golf course.

Johnny was a top player in his day, born and raised in San Francisco and a junior member of Olympic Club golf course. He won the U.S. junior amateur in 1964 and after attending high school he went to college at BYU. In 1966 he finished 8th at the U.S. Open at his home golf course the Olympic Club. That 8th place finish earned his low amateur honors and gave him a spot in the Masters. He went onto play professional golf ending his career with 35 wins and two major wins. He is now part of the NBC Golf Channel announcing team and does live broadcasting for all golf events. Johnny Miller Golf Design started in the mid 1970s and he is recognized for his work around the world. He is known for a designing a variety of golf courses in the Northern California area. He designed the Bridges golf course in San Ramon, Metropolitan Golf Links in Oakland and Whitney Oaks Golf Club in Rocklin.

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