A well-known caveat of real estate is: Location, location, location. Back in my hometown of Milwaukee, there are dozens of courses within a half-hour drive. In Tahoe, I found that there are many courses within that 30-minute trip, but there are also some popular courses within an hour or so away. Plumas Pines Golf Course is one of those.
“A course with short yardages
and high slopes always indicates
a tough track.”
Tee shot on Hole 7. | John Dee
18 holes | Par 72
Yardage | 5246 to 6421
Slope | 126 to 137
Ratings | 69.0 to 71.1
After an hour-plus drive winding along country roads, you reach Plumas Pines. The course opened in 1980 and was designed by Homer Flint. Like many courses, it is part of a planned development. The first sight of the course and golf range from in front of the octagonal clubhouse is breathtaking and worthy of a picture.
A look at the scorecard shows four sets of tees, but the total yardages are not long. However, the slope ratings are rather high. A course with short yardages and high slopes always indicates a tough track.
The first four holes are said to be the toughest. I might not go that far, as none are in-your-face difficult, but are fair. Overall, the course is playable. Plumas Pines is a mountain course with elevation changes, but not repetitive in any way. Each hole has its own character, so it never becomes dull. Yes, there are lots of trees and adjoining houses, so accuracy is required from the tee.
Each green is well trapped and water can also be found with an errant approach shot. The par 3 holes may look easy from the tee, but beware. They are cleverly designed and a mishit or wayward shot may find the water or careen into trouble. The overall condition of the course was amazing. I don’t remember a course being lusher throughout.
It was hard to decide on a signature hole because so many are interesting. But, I decided on par 4 Hole 6. It measures from 315 to 254 yards as a slight dogleg. Very narrow off the tee, so plan on whatever club will get you to 100 yards. From there, it is all carry over water to a shallow green. A long hitter may try for the green, but I can’t imagine why because it is a reasonably easy four-shot hole if you play smart. Par is seldom a bad thing.
I had heard that Plumas Pines seemed like the little brother of some of its neighboring courses. Not true at all. It is straightforward and a lot of fun to play for all levels of players. I can’t make a decent comparison to any other course, but I am positive I will not hesitate to make a return trip.
For more information or to book a tee time, call (530) 836-1420 or visit plumaspinesgolf.com.