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Life is good on the Plumas green

A variety of beautiful and challenging golf courses surround Plumas, Sierra and Lassen counties. There are many scenic choices in the north of the county and many gorgeous choices in the southeast of the county but only one course is in the middle.

Mt. Huff

Mt. Huff Golf Course is centrally located in Crescent Mills. The course joins the others in experiencing an abundance of water on the green this year. But as always, when things dry out, it will be one of the most beautiful locations in Plumas County.

After another month of rain on the heels of all that snow, the Mt. Huff course hoped to open for the first of the season High School golf tournament April 18. But that was not enough time for the course to dry out.

Mt. Huff greens will be sparkling like emeralds after the warm days of sunshine ahead for their opening in the very near future. Mt. Huff is usually the first course located in Plumas to open for the season, but not this year.

Mt. Huff clubhouse manager Loren Lindner said, “We get players from all around the county to come play our course.”

Mt. Huff is a nine-hole golf course at the base of Mount Hough and offers amazing views of the surrounding valley and towering mountains. The course also offers a driving range and putting green.

Diamond Mountain

The warmth inland allowed Diamond Mountain, near Susanville, to open March 18. “Things are looking very good,” said Randy Rice, golf shop manager. “The course is in very good shape for this time in the year and it will only get better.”

Winter weather blues

Other courses around Plumas County are dealing with a tremendous amount of snow and precipitation remaining on many of the courses this spring.

Still, they are gearing up for the season and getting ready to welcome golfers and visitors from around the world. “There is no place like it,” said golf coach Bill Davis. “We have such a concentration of the best courses in California, right here in Plumas County.”

Course opening days vary from one course to the next and change each year based on conditions. It’s always advisable to make reservations ahead of time online or by calling the numbers listed here.

Bailey Creek

Bailey Creek is celebrating a 20-year anniversary in 2019 and hopes to open mid-May. “We’ve still got snow on the course,” said golf course manager and High School golf coach Ronnie Theobald on April 15.

Graeagle Meadows

Graeagle Meadows opened last week April 18. “We came out of winter looking great,” said Bob Cline, Head Golf Professional. And here’s a bonus, “We are playing on an off-season rate until May 23.”

Grizzly Ranch

Grizzly Ranch Golf Club and Course opens Wednesday, May 1. Caleb Olsen is the head golf professional on the course that ranges from 4,800 to 5,400 feet in elevation. Spring discount rates are available through May 24 and available for purchase online at grizzlyranchgolfclub.com.

The Grizzly Ranch Lake House offers lunch daily, a “sunken” full bar, beer on tap and an open-air terrace overlooking the 18th green.

Plumas Pines

Plumas Pines is opening tomorrow, Thursday, April 25. Brandon Bowling, Director of Golf, is busy getting ready for the big day this week after he took tee time reservations throughout the winter.

The Dragon

The Dragon at Nakoma Golf Resort anticipates opening Wednesday, May 15. The restaurant had a “soft opening” April 19 and will be open weekends and special holidays such as Mother’s Day. Everything will open with regular hours starting May 15. Wes Hull is the resident Golf Professional and Director.

Whitehawk Ranch

Whitehawk Ranch opens this Friday, April 26. The course is offering spring season rates (a nice discount) through May 24. The course has a detailed website with an abundance of information and tee times.

Feather River Inn

No information was available for the Feather River Inn as this issue went to press.

Feather River Park Resort

Feather River Park Resort will open Wednesday, May 1. Located near Blairsden the location offers a short 9-hole course and relaxed atmosphere. “Our prices are the same,” said a staff member, “with great rates for seniors.” It’s nice when that happens.

Lake Almanor Country Club

The Lake Almanor Country Club staff will open once the snow melts and the weather clears up, which is anticipated to be in mid-May.

Lake Almanor West Golf Course hopes to open mid-May. Almanor West Grill, featuring Chef Antonio Mejia, will open for a special celebration Cinco de Mayo, May 5. Regular hours for lunch, happy hour snacks and hors d’oeuvres begin May 9.

All the courses suggest calling ahead since opening days are dependent on the weather. Those interested in making reservations or organizing tournaments are invited to call now.

Plumas County golf courses and planned opening dates
Bailey Creek

Number of holes: 18

Par: 72

Phone: 259-GOLF

baileycreek.com

Opens mid-May, maybe

Food: Bailey Creek Bar and Grill

Diamond Mountain

Number of holes: 18

Par: 71

Phone: 257-2520

golfsusanville.com

Golf course open now

Food: Beverages, snacks

Dragon at Nakoma Golf Resort

Number of holes: 18

Par: 72

Golf course opens May 15

Golf Pro & Director: Wes Hull

Phone: 832-5067

Nakomaresort.com

Food: Snack bar, restaurant

Opens: April 19 (weekends)

Regular hours start May 15

Feather River Park Resort

Number of holes: 9

Par: 35

Phone: 836-2328

Featherriverparkresort.com

Golf course opens May 1

Food: Snack bar

Graeagle Meadows

Number of holes: 18

Par: 72

Phone: 836-2323

graeaglemeadows.com

Reservations with Bob Cline

Golf course opens April 18

Food: Graeagle Meadows Restaurant for breakfast and lunch

Grizzly Ranch

Number of holes: 18

Par: 72

Phone: 832-4200

grizzlyranchgolfclub.com

Golf Pro: Caleb Olsen

Golf course opens May 1

Food: Lake House Restaurant for lunch

Lake Almanor Country Club

Number of holes: 9

Par: 35

Phone: 259-2868

lakealmanorcountryclub.org

Golf course open mid-May

Food: Sugar Pine Bar and Grill

Lake Almanor West

Number of holes: 9

Par: 36

Pro Shop Manager Brandie DeRuiter

Phone: 259-4555

lakealmanorwest.org

Golf Course opens mid-May

Food: Almanor West Grill

Opens May 9 for lunch and happy hour hors d’oeuvres

Mt. Huff

Number of holes: 9

Par: 33

Phone: 284-6300

mthuffgolfcourse.com

Golf course opens late April

Food: Grill

Plumas Pines Golf Resort

Number of holes: 18

Par: 72

Phone: 836-1420

plumaspinesgolf.com

Reservations with Brandon Bowling, Director of Golf

Golf course opens April 25

Food: Longboards Restaurant and grill opens May 3

Whitehawk Ranch Golf Club

Number of holes: 18

Par: 71

Phone: 836-0394

golfwhitehawk.com

Golf course opens April 26

Food: Snack bar, restaurant

Golf course locations in and around Plumas County.

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