The Dragon Is Back- Clio, CA

And It’s Being (Somewhat) Tamed

The Schomac Group of Tucson, AZ has purchased the The Dragon golf course at the Nakoma Golf Resort in the High Sierras of Plumas County. Staff has spent the past two months preparing the course, clubhouse and luxurious golf course villas for use. Robin Nelson, the course architect, has provided recommendations for some additional contouring and tree removal that retain The Dragon challenges while “softening” the course a bit to make it “friendlier” to a wider spectrum of players. The course scenery and more than seven miles of cart paths, as well as repaired greens and fairways, will be available to the public June 30th. Known only as Nakoma Golf Resort throughout five years of bankruptcy proceedings, feedback from the golfing community is that Schomac needs to breathe fire back into the Dragon and resurrect its world-wide reputation. So… the Dragon is on its way back, and it’s being (somewhat) tamed!

It will take several years of continuous maintenance to bring the course fully back to pristine condition. In recognition of this fact, the owner and his team have developed a set of introductory rates that acknowledge its temporary shortcomings while welcoming fans of the former Dragon who wish to see the significant improvements they Shop, fully-stocked bar and lounge, as well as a Grill with limited menu of snacks and sandwiches, will be available to hungry golfers and the many guests who visit just for the opportunity to revel in Frank Lloyd Wright patios, one with imposing views of stillsnowcapped mountains, will be open for diners and anyone wishing to quench their thirst in the fresh mountain air.

Also available will be the studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom Golf Course Villas. Designed by Wright apprentice Arnold Roy of Taliesin Architects and originally sold as timeshare units, the uniquely sited, geometric villas will be rented for nightly and weekly rates. Each features a multi-sided rock fireplace, kitchen, private outdoor Jacuzzi tub, propane barbeque and many other amenities in a round or octagonal floor plan. Whether inspired by the one-ofa- kind mountain course, the nearby hiking trails or the exquisite architecture, Nakoma promise every guest an unforgettable experience.

Schomac is also owner of the Feather River Inn. Although the inn and the cottages that surround it are still under construction, the 9-hole golf course is ready to play and in great condition. Dan West, Bob Klein and their team at Graeagle Meadows are managing that course this season and energetic golfers are invited to take advantage of the discounts offered to those who play either Nakoma’s or Graeagle Meadows’ 18 holes.

Golfers, particularly those with children, may also enjoy the lodging at Schomac miles up Highway 70 from the Feather River Inn and 15 miles from Nakoma. As with the Golf Course Villas at Nakoma, packages that feature both Long Valley family-friendly cabins and a few rounds of golf are available.

 Introductory 2010 rates for 18 holes of memorable golf, including cart, are offered at $60 weekdays and $75 weekends (Friday – Saturday), with a premium package of goodies to entice players. Four players can strike a bargain at $220 ($55 each) on weekdays or $280 ($70 each) on weekends. Twilight rates, after 2pm, will be $40 on weekdays and $60 on weekends. Nine holes at the Feather River Inn will be especially affordable this season at a modest $20 on weekdays and $25 on weekends, and golfers can round the course twice for just $30 or $35. Learn more about rates and schedule a tee time by going to HYPERLINK “http://www.nakomagolfresort. com” for The Dragon or for the Feather River Inn.

Photo by Joann Dost