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Destination Nevada County

Premium visitors magazine for Nevada County produced by the Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce



By John Daulton Amazon bestselling author of The Galactic Mage scfi/fantasy novel series I’ve played a lot of golf in the Grass Valley area, so I was honored when asked to write a little about what other golfers can expect. In short: golf in this part of the world is fantastic. The geography makes for interesting and diverse game play. Plus, it is gorgeous. You’re surrounded by nature, and you can get your exercise in the heart of California’s gold rush history. There are four courses in the Grass Valley area that I’ll hit on to get you up to speed: Alta Sierra, Lake of the Pines, Nevada County Country Club, and Lake Wildwood. Alta Sierra Country Club is a semi-private course that is a real treat for you and a real jealousy maker for your Facebook and Instagram friends. Why? Because it’s as beautiful as it is fun to play. How beautiful? It is literally a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary, designated by Audubon International. Gorgeous wetland and woodlands embrace a wicked-challenging great course, all rife with wildlife. Designed by legendary California course-wizard Bob E. Baldock and Jim Summers, Alta Sierra is all-win. Bring your camera phone. And bring your A-game, because this ain’t no easy flatland muni course. You won’t get the same look twice, and those picturesque pine trees are just waiting for you to be off the mark. Lake of the Pines golf course is another area course to consider that is, again, lovely and surrounded by picturesque scenery. Listed as a public/private course, it boasts a 70.3 rating, and a variety of challenges including nail-biter shots over water, bunkers, creeks, and my personal favorite, canyons. How fun is that? Again, given that this is one of the most scenic areas in all of California, you can’t go wrong with an outing at this vista-rich course either. Nevada County Country Club (NCCC) is another spectacular golf outing, with tree-lined fairways guarding greens that will test your mettle. This course dates all the way back to 1926, built on the old Worthington family ranch by Sam Whiting, who is also credited in full or part for the Stockton Golf and Country Club, the Lake Course and Ocean Course at the Olympic Club in San Francisco, Harding Park Golf Course in San Francisco, the Sonoma Golf Club, and William Land Golf Course in Sacramento. Not only is this course DESTINATION Nevada County 157