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boots and hats in our golf shop,” notes Batchelder. And the Lake House restau-


accolades including Golf Digest (2014) ranking Grizzly Ranch Golf Club as the No. 1 course in the Sierra Ne- vada inviting public play, and No. 11 overall in California. Being an alpine course, Grizzly Ranch traditionally opens mid-May and closes late-Octo- ber. The club’s newly designed website GrizzlyRanchGolfClub.com has 2016 opening information, including a number of playing options such as daily fee golf, private membership, multi-round passes and group rates. “We’ve been seeing a real increase


in group bookings from as far as New Orleans and Texas, though most groups are traveling from the San Francisco Bay Area,” says Batchel- der. “Among some of our favorite groups that we see year after year is a 600-member Senior Women’s Golf League from Reno.” The Golf Shop often surprises


golfers, even those from Texas, by of- fering more than just traditional golf attire. “We’re unique because people always comment about seeing cowboy


rant exudes a special feel of its own. Overlooking the 18th green, it’s a place where golfers can enjoy a restful environment with a fun, ranch-style flair. Boasting a full bar, lunch, open air patio and service by long-time locals who welcome new faces, the Lake House has a view of one of the course’s many small lakes. While many traveling golfers may


opt to stay in one of Reno’s hotel- casinos, Grizzly Ranch offers a more tranquil on-site lodging option at Wolf Tree Cabins. These two and three bedroom cabins sit along the ninth fairway and are only steps away from the golf shop and Lake House. Each cabin has a fully equipped kitchen, satellite television, internet and gas barbeque grill. Wraparound porches are ideal places to enjoy a glass of wine and catch a spectacular sunset over the mountains, pine trees and golf course. The cabins can house up to 14 guests.


Grizzly Ranch History In 1999, 15 individuals who


shared a passion for the Sierra Nevada joined together and formed the “Founders at Grizzly Ranch” to acquire an exceptional parcel of real estate overlooking Beckwourth Peak and alongside Big Grizzly Creek. Inspired by the natural beauty of the land, the Founders committed


themselves to the preservation of open space, deer migration routes and Big Grizzly Creek. The Founders also guaranteed the protection of the land and extraordinary view characteris- tics, the creation of a small intimate community, and an opportunity for families to enjoy a place nestled in nature with the luxury of upscale amenities. The community’s “alpine ranch” authenticity is protected by stringent design guidelines. The Founders’ original vision also


incorporated the establishment of the non-profit Grizzly Ranch Conser- vancy. The Conservancy was created to ensure that wild areas remain un- spoiled, to manage the watershed and jurisdictional waters, and to restore the natural habitat of Big Grizzly Creek. “One of the community’s major amenities is the Conservancy’s trail system that provides access to Big Grizzly Creek and federally pro- tected land—over three miles of trails are on the property,” noted Andy Norris, one of the Founders. In 2012, a group of property


owners formed Grizzly Ranch Golf Club LLC to purchase the golf course and to invite public play. A related group of investors in 2014 formed Grizzly Ranch Investors LLC (GRI) to purchase the community’s remaining developed homesites plus


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