Lake Almanor West- Lake Almanor, CA
By Steve Thackeray
How often do you play nine holes and come away feeling like you’ve golfed a championship course? Welcome to Northern California’s best kept secret, Lake Almanor West! From the 1st tee to the 9th hole, this course will amaze you with its natural beauty and challenge. Designed by John F. Harbottle, III, ASGCA, Lake Almanor West golf course opened for business in 1975. Aaron Baker is the Pro Shop manager and makes you feel at home upon arrival. Chris Herrbach is the teaching professional and is available for lessons. I was fortunate enough to golf with Mark Olsen, a community member who lives within a wedge shot of the club house. I golfed like the hacker that I am and Mark showed me how a 60+ year old can golf like a seasoned pro, turning in a 37 for the round. I absolutely love this 3,105 yard, par 36 track. Edged by Lake Almanor and backed by Mt. Lassen, the course features sculpted fairways and manicured greens that are fun and challenging for all levels of play. After your round, relax with a cool beverage or a light meal at Almanor West Grill, right in the clubhouse or out on the screened-in porch. Watch out Lake Almanor West, the secret is out! Visit LakeAlmanorWest.org.