Plumas Lake Golf & Country Club, is a Semi-Private, 18 hole golf course located in Marysville, California.
First established in 1926, Plumas Lake Golf & County Club has long been known as the "Hidden Jewel"of the Sacramento Valley. The course is located 10 miles south of Marysville and just 6 miles off Highway 70, this course is a relatively short 30-40 minute drive from Sacramento and about 45 minutes from the Chico and Oroville areas.
The original 9-holes were developed by club members. The course was expanded to 18-holes and redesigned in 1960 by golf course architect, Bob Baldock. This semi-private facility is open to the public and has twice been rated as a top 100 public golf course in America by Golf Digest.
The course is a Par-71 for men and Par-72 for women. The course plays to: blue tees 6,422 yards; white 6,159; red 5,760; gold 5,115. The course rating/slope is: blue 71.1/126; white 70.2/123; red 74.2/131; gold 69.8/122.
The course has long been known for the abundant mature oak trees that both line the Bermuda fairways, as well as protect many of the relatively small greens. Mature oaks line the fairways, and in the case of the par-4 No. 8, one sits right in the middle, forcing you to play one side of the green on your second shot. A drainage canal meanders throughout the property and comes into play on 12 of the 18 holes. Playing at 6,159 yards form the White Tees the course is not exceptionally long or hilly, so those seeking exercise can walk without a problem.
In the fall of 2006, Plumas Lake underwent a renovation project for all 18 putting surfaces. Completed in November 2006, these greens are now 30% larger on average and feature added undulations and contours, along with a premium turf that is pure hybrid bent grass. No more Poa in these greens! Matt Hansen was the architect in charge of the renovation. The classic greenside bunkers with their steep vertical lips were kept in place, as well as the narrow entries into the greens between these bunkers.
$46 (cart included), played on Friday, September 2012 at 6am
I am a former resident of Yuba City and this was one of the first times I have played Plumas Lake since the change in the greens. I was very impressed with not only the condition of the greens but with the consistency of the speed. My humble opinion is they went a little overboard with some of the undulations, which may slow play a little (lot of 3 putts). The fairways were not in the best of shape but were very playable but the rough was very poorly maintained in a lot of areas (shorter rough, faster pace of play). Overall, although Plumas Lake has rather captive audience, few courses in the area, I was and always has been a pleasant and enjoyable experience at this facility.
$36 (cart included), played on Saturday, March 2012 at 10am
The greens were super fast which is a nice challenge, but they weren't in very good shape. The fairways were in poor shape and the course had WAY too many bare lays everywhere. In the fairways, around the greens and just about everywhere else. You could tell that they are hurting for money because course maintenance was all but non existent when we went. I would seriously only pay $15 to play there again. The Sacramento area has so many better choices that it's ridiculous. Obviously I'm pretty fired up about my experience here because I just found this website and I'm writing all of this almost three months later!
Guest (cart not included), played on Saturday, June 2007 at 6am
$31 (cart included), played on Tuesday, September 2009 at 6am
Great layout of course, however, the redesign of the greens a few years ago with every green being undulating or multileveled make this a not too fun course. It's hard to get close to the pin with your approach shot, and then to one putt is very rare. The course is in great shape -fairways & greens.
$21 (cart included), played on Wednesday, June 2009 at 8am
Overall nice course. Good price
Guest (cart not included), played on Sunday, October 2008 at 10am
The course spent over $450,000 for all new greens in 2006 and it has made the course one of the more challenging courses in the area. The greens were increased in size by almost 20%, but they are no longer flat and have many diabolical (as report by Sacramento Bee) twists and turns to test your putting skills. Add in the hundreds of giant oak and other species of trees and you have a real test on your hand. The prices in the bar are great ($2.50 well) and food prices are very reasonable. You can't go wrong for the price.
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