Plumas County is one of my favorite areas to play. Never played Grizzly Ranch but will definitely be back. The attractive cabin lodging was booked, but planning ahead a little earlier would have remedied that. The area is full of excellent courses and this is the best I have played so far (Nakoma will be in the rotation next trip, to go with Whitehawk Ranch and the venerable and fun Graeagle).
Grizzly is a big, brawny well thought out course with acres and acres of property in the mountains. We played as a 4-some on a Friday mid-morning and barely saw other golfers. That is mostly because the holes are so far apart (well spaced) due to the huge property. Hell, the long cart rides through beautiful forest from hole to hole is as interesting as any place I've played. The front 9 is longer and more difficult than the back. You will appreciate that after the two 600+ yard par 5's in the first 12 holes.
The basics: Great grass driving range and practice area with comp stripers. Beautiful scenery, tees are flat, lush and huge, which certainly helps with strategy. Great fairways and some large bunkers; greens smooth, fast but not ridiculous and held well-struck irons. If driver is your favorite club you will have a blast at this course. Best driving course I have played in memory and some of the most fun and challenging par 5s anywhere. Plays long from the green tees (about 6700+ yards) but is well worth the risk of taking driver often. Great drives are well rewarded because of the great fairway conditions here.
Super helpful staff at all levels, nice pro shop, snack bar, patio, etc. Got a NCGA discount (and only because they asked me!) Just a perfect golf getaway. Wish we scheduled this for two or three rounds. If I had to be critical about anything (and don't we all) it would be the old school loud, clunky but comfortable gas carts. Carts came with a cooler full of ice and a cold towel. You'd have to be nuts to walk this beast, so you are going to be dependent on the vehicle to get around. I walked a couple of holes for the heck of it and you will feel the altitude if you are a sea level habitant. I'm told their season ends late October, but could be extended with good weather. It is a green light destination for NorCal. Just play it.» Close