By Thomas Lester
Courtesy Plumas Pines
18 holes | Par 72
Yardage | 5,246-6,421
Slope | 126-137
Rating | 70.4-71.1
“The course zigzags its way along the middle fork of the Feather River
and features some of the most pristine playing conditions in the area.”
Located in the peaceful, quaint town of Blairsden, Plumas Pines Golf Resort is a fantastic destination to get away from it all. Designed in 1980 by Homer Flint, the course zigzags its way along the middle fork of the Feather River and features some of the most pristine playing conditions in the area.
The blue tees measure only 6,421 yards, but don’t underestimate the difficulty of this layout. The fairways are narrowly lined with lofty pines and water comes into play on nearly every hole. Accuracy and course management are critical. Accuracy over distance is the best strategy.
At Plumas Pines, the No. 1 handicap is hole 2. It is a 393-yard, par 4 from the blue tees. The Feather River runs along the left side of the fairway and trees line the right side. Off the tee, the best shot is approximately 225 yards. A mid iron is used for the second shot into a tricky green that has a bunker on the left.
The fourth hole is likely one of the narrowest tee shots found in the High Sierra. It is a 481-yard, par 5 that is a slight dogleg to the right. From the tee, there is a shoot of trees that makes the tee shot extremely difficult. The Feather River extends the length of the hole on the left and out of bounds lines the right side. A long iron off the tee, a metal wood for the second shot, and a short iron into the green might be the best way to attack this hole.
One of the most noteworthy features at Plumas Pines is the driving range. It sits just outside the pro shop atop a large hill overlooking the front nine. It is a unique experience to be able to hit balls on a driving range with such a drastic elevation change. There is a putting green next to the first tee and a short game area adjacent to the tenth tee.
Plumas Pines offers a variety of delicious dining options. The Longboards Bar and Grill features fresh, hearty dishes with an Italian flare and a breathtaking view that is not to be missed. The Snowshoes snack bar is a quick and easy way to grab a Panini or beverage after the turn.
For stay and play packages, tee times and rates, call (530) 836-1420 or visit plumaspinesgolf.com.