Grizzly Ranch Golf Club | Portola, CA

Ranked "Top 100 Courses in the United States" – Golf Digest 2021

Neighboring the million-acre Plumas National Forest, the course features a sprawling par-72 layout with five sets of tees, generous fairways with wide landing zones, and a mountainous landscape with elevations ranging from 4,800 to 5,400 feet. From the black tees at 7,411 yards to the forward tees at 5,374 yards, golfers of all levels can enjoy playing a seemingly endless combination of shots. A natural turf practice range complements perfectly the abundance of nature surrounding Grizzly Ranch. With a 30-station tee box, putting and chipping greens, and bunker areas, the Practice Facility welcomes members and guests to majestic views and clean mountain air making this a perfect place to relax before starting your round.

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It’s quite an achievement to be recognized by Golf Digest as a Top 100 Greatest Public Course in the US, but once you play Grizzly Ranch, you’ll know why it’s been recognized as such.  It’s big, beautiful, and as natural as can be!  The design weaves up and down through undulating topography with holes laid out to compliment it, not disfigure it.  Fescue grasses rise thickly beyond the secondary cuts of rough, with Mule’s Ear and forest debris creating impenetrable thicket from which a successful recovery shot is as much luck as it is skill to execute.  You’ll need to let the big dog eat here though if you want to score low, as length is a major advantage.  Two drivable par 4s can help make that dream a reality, however, and the all-grass practice range will help you to dial in the day’s swing.  Take time to calculate yardages as some tee shots can find hazards unseen from tee boxes and fairways, particularly hole no. 3’s second shot, and tee shots on holes 12 and 17.  You’ll find Grizzly Ranch in impeccable shape with fairways cut tight and greens rolling smooth and quick.  The Lake House is not to be missed for post-round reflection or an at-the-turn beer and bite.  The overall development has been built to be one with nature and it achieves that with minimally invasive structural designs and color schemes.  Grizzly Ranch should not be missed on any golf trip to the High Sierra, but make it all it can be with a paired round at Whitehawk Ranch or Plumas Pines, and a stay at Plumas Pines Golf Resort.  You won’t be sorry!

-Golf the High Sierra

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18 Holes | Par 72

The “HACK”

Make sure to stick around for a post-round libation at The Lake House. Overlooking the par-5, 18th green, very few spots are suited to reminisce a round than here. They have great food as well and is typically a short order.
A stay-and-play at Grizzly Ranch, with an additional round or rounds at Whitehawk Ranch, Plumas Pines, or Graeagle Meadows, and a stay at the condominiums and homes at Plumas Pines Golf Resort, located just over 20 miles from Grizzly Ranch, is an absolute necessity!
The drive from Reno is SUPER SIMPLE! It takes about an hour and is well worth the straight shot and distant vistas of the Plumas National Forest and the expansive Sierra Valley.
Grizzly Ranch Golf Club
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Sean Jensen
Sean Jensen
08:20 28 Sep 21
Beautiful golf course. Always in great shape.
Paul Stringham
Paul Stringham
01:32 06 Jul 21
Truly one of the best hidden gems of the Lost Sierras. A must-play if you're into beautiful scenery and challenging golf
Jeff Small
Jeff Small
02:35 04 Jun 21
Beautiful course. In good shape.
Jim Tuccori
Jim Tuccori
01:18 09 May 21
Sand traps are getting better but your Greens need a lot of help
b p
b p
22:23 02 May 21
Staff was great. Course was not in grat shape coming out of winter, but I'm sure in the middle of summer it will be the... same old great golf course I know it can more
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Portola, CA

4375 Grizzly Road
Portola, California 96122

  • 21 Minutes from Graeagle, CA
  • 55 Minutes from Truckee, CA
  • 55 Minutes from Downtown Reno
  • 57 Minutes from Peppermill and Atlantis
  • 77 Minutes from Carson City, NV
  • 94 Minutes from Minden, NV
  • 107 Minutes from Stateline, NV