Hours after Brendan Steele won his second consecutive Safeway Open, Silverado Country Club (where the tournament was being held) and the surrounding Napa and Sonoma areas were ravaged by fires.
“We got out of there, thank God,” tournament director Jeff Sanders told the San Francisco Chronicle. “It was quick. It happened fast. The wind was blowing 40 mph, blowing the fire down the top of the hill on No. 5. It didn’t take long for the embers to cause problems. …
“We all left our stuff, ran for our cars and got the hell out of there.”
Several golfers had to evacuate as well as structures near the course blazed. It is not known at this time whether the course itself has received any damage, although it is estimated that over 1,500 structures have been destroyed and over 20,000 people have been evacuated in total in the surrounding areas.
The photos from the course and surrounding area are horrific and stunning.