Bailey Creek- Lake Almanor, CA
By Steve Cantwell
Bailey Creek has become a traditional destination for an annual golfing vacation for myself and many of my fellow golfers. Each year we try to figure out a new location to try and we usually decide to go back there. The three hour drive from Sacramento is actually quite peaceful.
From the moment we check in at the Chalets (which are located overlooking the driving range), we are treated as though we are good friends of the community.
The men and women working in the proshop/ restaurant offer nothing short of the friendliest of demeanors. They really know how to treat their guests.
Now, about the GOLF! Oh,the golf. Bailey Creek offers a mountain golf getaway that is both a fair yet challenging track that can be appreciated by both the 5 handicap as well as the 20 handicap. The course can provide challenges if you dare feel too confident, or can be welcoming if you choose to play it safe. Sure, a couple of the par 5ʼs can be reached in two, but do you dare. Bailey Creek gives the golfer the option…and thatʼs part of the fun!
The greens at this course have never been less than immaculate. They are large with just enough undulations to make putting an entertaining challenge. But, do be careful. Be on the wrong side of a hole, and that birdie putt could very easily turn into a bogey! Again, all part of the fun!
From the lush fairways, to the huge pines lining fairways, Bailey Creek offers a truly exceptional mountain golf outing that has never failed to leave me or my fellow golfers excited to come back.