The more things change, the more they stay the same.
This past weekend a group of 50-60 guys made our yearly trip up into Plumas Pines /Graeagle, California for our annual golf outing. This year was the 21st Edition of the event. I have personally been attending for roughly 6-7 years and the core-group of golfers are long time friends going way back. It’s really great to get to see these guys having such a great time, sharing wonderful memories and then making some terrific new memories as well.
Nelson – The Rookie
While there certainly is a core-group that attends each year there is always some attrition so there is need to bring in new participants each year. And this year it was my time to invite some new blood to join us so I invited my friend, Nelson, to come experience the event for himself. For those of you that know Nelson, you will know him as a ‘golf fanatic’ and there is hardly a golf course on the face of the earth that he hasn’t played. This tournament gave him an opportunity to play two new courses he had never played previously. I hope he enjoyed himself and he will join us next year!
There are several golf courses in the area and all of them have their individual charm as well as challenges. For this year we played two different courses. One, Plumas Pines Golf Resort and the other was Whitehawk Ranch Golf Club. Both are beautiful golf courses but there is certainly different strategy to apply for each one. Plumas seems like a narrower course with large redwood trees lining the fairways, but is a little bit shorter in overall yardage so positioning is critical at Plumas. Whereas, Whitehawk is more open but much longer overall yardage so long drives are more important at Whitehawk than Plumas.
The first day of golf for my particular group was a ‘practice round’ on the Plumas Pines course on Friday. We thought this practice round was particularly important because on Sunday we would play the same course, yet this time it would be the official ‘best ball’ format play.
The second day is the ‘individual net score after handicap’ play at Whitehawk Ranch. We had a lot of fun on this day and the course was in absolutely beautiful condition. Additionally, as an off-golf-topic sidebar, if you ever have the chance to visit Whitehawk please do just to check out the incredible homes that are on the course. I’ve heard that many famous people have vacation homes on the golf course and it’s fairly obviously based on the square-footage and beautiful exteriors.
Looking forward to 2016
As a summary, this was another year of fun golfing and, more importantly, friendly conversation as well as banter. I sincerely hope everyone enjoyed themselves and I’m already looking forward to next year! #PlumasGolf2016!