Take a drive out to the beautiful west
shore to Lake Almanor West for a beautiful game of golf, a visit to the pro shop, or a great meal.
Almanor West Grill
We caught up with Chef Jason Shaffer when the restaurant opened for the season. He truly began cooking when he was just 12, working with his father, and continued in restaurant work every summer until going in the military at age 18. When he got out of the military, he went back into the culinary field, working with great chefs at the Black Crow in Chico until becoming an Excecutive Chef himself, also in Chico. He’s been in the business for 27 years and loves it.
He has loved the Lake Almanor area for many years, since first coming up dirt biking. Jason is also passionate about music and has played in bands for 27 years.
His passion for cooking runs deep, it is easy to see, as he told us about some of the entrees on his menu; like his Grilled Pork Loin with a butternut squash sauté and port wine reduction, and his Olive Tapanede Crusted Salmon with wild rice, green beans and stone ground mustard in a Burre Blanc sauce.
He also serves Fuji Apple Salad, featuring Spring Mix with bleu cheese, red onions and candied pecans, seved with homemade Balsamic Vinegarette. Dinner is served on Friday nights and is by reservation only. Lunch is served daily, featuring a variety of lunch favorites, like his Grilled Tri-Tip French Dip or Turkey Pesto Wrap. Enjoy homemade soups too. Everything is made from scratch, including the salad dressings. The restaurant is open May through September and features a large patio with picturesque golf course views.
New this year, Almanor West Grill will feature Sunday Brunch on the last Sunday of each month. Jason’s line up of recipes is wide and includes Crab Cake Eggs Benedict with Ginger Lime Hollandaise Sauce and Triple Berry Stuffed French Toast.
The restaurant is open for lunch from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, seven days a week. Dinners are served Friday nights by reservation only. Try the new Champagne Brunch on the last Sunday of the month. Call for reservations at +1.530.259.5545
Golf & The Pro Shop
Just downstairs from the Grill, we met with Aaron Gausemel, who told us about all that’s going on with golf. This year will bring more golf clinics, which Aaron pointed out, everyone enjoys, and they even come with complimentary beer or wine.
More Junior Camps are also planned, with one held the week before the 4th of July and one the week after. Tuesday Night Scrambles are popular with the golfers. Aaron said, “It is a great way to get out and have some fun while meeting new people.”
Lake Almanor West is a seasonal, 9-hole course, offering two distinctly different tee boxes to give golfers the feel and challenge of an 18-hole course.
The course is stunning, nestled in the majestic pines with lush green lawns, fresh, fluffy sand, beautiful wildlife and a staff that feels like family.
A fully stocked pro shop features golf equipment, supplies and apparel. Aaron and his crew offer golf club repair and regripping. Golf lessons are also available by appointment throughout the season. Book your tee time at +1.530.259.4555
111 Slim Drive, Lake Almanor –Off of Hwy. 89