Plumas Pines – Graeagle, CA
By Johnny Mansell
Plumas Pines is a haven for all levels of golfers. Set amongst the tall pines and on the banks of the wild and scenic Feather River, it has become my favorite golf destination since playing competitive high school golf and now playing recreationally and in the many charity tournaments that occur each year. The high level of service is unmatched and each employee works hard to provide the best possible time for each customer.
The course is always in top shape with the greens running true. The course has three different options to tee from. For the men they provide a set of blue tees and white. From the blues it plays to a yardage of 6421 at a course rating of 71.1 with a slope of 134. The more moderate white tees have a distance of 6004 with a rating of 69.3 and a slope of 127. For the ladies they provide the white tees and red. The white tees provide a course rating of 74.0 and a slope of 137. The red tees play to a distance of 5246 with a rating of 70.5 and a slope of 125. The front nine begins and ends up by the clubhouse. It meanders on the shores of the feather river providing you and your playing partners with plenty of picturesque photo opportunities. Water is definitely a factor on the first nine as there is water in play on every hole.
The back nine gives you some relief from the water but the tall pines that line every fairway provide a different obstacle. Bring your helmets because you never know where an errant shot might ricochet. The signature 13th provides for a scenic tee shot. This straight forward par 5 has players teeing off over a small pond and directly towards the huge mountain backdrop. Reachable for some in two it may be a hole to regain some strokes previously lost. Hit it straight or the pines lining each side might eat up your ball and create havoc. One of my personal favorites is the short par 3 15th. Playing at just 141yards from the white tees it doesnʼt seem like a tough hole. Just make sure you avoid the cedar tree placed right by the edge of the green right smack in the middle. The hole placement is usually to the right or left of the green providing a way around it. Just hope the greenskeeper didnʼt wake up on the wrong side of the bed and place the pin directly behind it.
For all levels of golfers Plumas Pines is a great golf destination. Providing the eyes with overwhelming beauty. I would highly recommend this course to anyone. Ask about their Play, Stay and Dine packages offering accommodations, golf, and dining, the perfect deal for a great getaway.
They also offer a Golf Academy to help sharpen your game. It includes 5 nights of lodging, 12 hours of golf instructions from the well qualified teachers, 3 rounds of golf, and 3 meals a day. Give head PGA professional Brandon Bowling a call today. Or go online at www.plumaspinesgolf.com. Maybe Iʼll see you out there because I will be sure to visit again soon, and as often as I can.
After the round be sure to stop in to Longboards Bar & Grill above the pro shop. Sit on the deck and further enjoy the views while you recap your round. Enjoy delectable dishes prepared by Executive Chef Sean Conry. The service is phenomenal and the dining is sure to please any palate.