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rizzly Ranch Golf Club is a place of serene quiet surrounded by soar- ing Ponderosa pines, Douglas fi rs, sage, and wildfl owers. Bordered on two sides by protected federal land, the course’s


unspoiled landscape sits in the high Sierra only 45 minutes from Reno, yet far enough away to feel removed from bustling city life. It’s no wonder why this area in


Plumas County is well-known as the “Lost Sierra”—still mostly undiscov- ered territory that is overfl owing with recreational opportunities including fi shing, hiking, mountain biking and golf. In 2015, Trip Advisor ranked Grizzly Ranch Golf Club the No. 1 outdoor recreational opportunity in Plumas County. Golfers and vacationers who travel to Grizzly Ranch from Reno, Sacramento and the San Francisco Bay Area are greeted by mountain ranges, forests, mead- ows, pristine skylines, and the Sierra Valley, California’s largest alpine valley and headwaters of the Feather River. At Grizzly


Ranch, renowned ar- chitect Bob Cupp was granted an architect’s


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dream, permission to route the course around more than a thousand acres. The result is a sprawling par-72 lay- out that is immaculately conditioned, featuring fi ve sets of tees situated on a low-density community. Generous fairways wind through a mountainous landscape that has elevation changes ranging from 4,800 to 5,400 feet. “The golf course has a terrifi c


combination of diffi cult and easy holes,” says Van Batchelder, the club’s director of golf. “The greens are large and roll true and have enough speed to challenge the best players without intimidating the average player.” Having just celebrated its 10th


anniversary, the course continues to offer something for just about everyone. From the black tees at 7,411 yards, to the forward tees at 5,374 yards, golfers can play a seemingly endless combination of shots. “It’s a course you never get tired of,” notes Batchelder. Opened in 2005, the course’s


quality layout has earned numerous


No. 9 SPRING 2016 / NCGA.ORG / 21


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