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Destination Nevada County

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

eautiful and fun, but it

eautiful and fun, but it is also an actual piece of early 20th century Californian history. I saved Lake Wildwood golf course for last, because this one is near and dear to my heart. My grandparents retired and lived out their lives in the Lake Wildwood community. I had the privilege of playing that course with them for years. Like the other courses mentioned above, this one is equally stunning visually. You’ll hit shots over creeks and ravines and often enough over deer or turkeys too. I got to know my grandparents there, and I got some of the best life advice on that course from my grandpa. One of the best, and funniest, bits of wisdom came when I asked him how he and grandma had managed to stay married for over 50 years. I thought it was awesome that they could play golf together and be retired in such an amazing place. I wanted the same for myself one day. “I want to play golf with my wife for 50 years too,” I said. “How do you make that actually happen?” “Don’t tell her what to do,” was his simple reply. Then he got out of the cart and headed for his ball (which was in the fairway as always, unlike mine). I stared at his back for a second, a little unsatisfied with that. “You mean, like, in general?” “No. In golf.” He hit into the middle of the green from about 175. “Why not?” I asked as he got back into the cart. “You give me advice all the time.” “If she wants your advice she’ll ask. She won’t. But if she does, give it. Keep it short. And never bring it up again.” I thought he was kidding, but he wasn’t. And he was right. They were married for another 22 years after that. (For what it’s worth, I’m on year 28 of my marriage, so … so far, so good.) 158 DESTINATION Nevada County Anyway, the point of all that is that this area is blessed with awesome golf, and it’s a beautiful place to make memories. It’s a great place to live, to play, to love, and even to die one day. It is a setting for anyone who appreciates not only nature and history, but a quality of life that comes from a small-town environment where people are kind and real.

Nevada County Country Club 530.273.6436 HISTORIC CLUBHOUSE • BEAUTIFULLY MAINTAINED COURSE • SWIMMING POOL BOOK TEE TIME ONLINE Est. FRIENDLY ATMOSPHERE 1926 1040 E Main Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 DESTINATION Nevada County 159