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About

Holes 18
Type Semi-Private
Par 72
Length 7411 yards
Slope 140
Rating 74.9

Nestled between the Sierra Nevada and the Cascade ranges, Grizzly Ranch Golf Club is surrounded by over a million acres of national and state forest. The landscape consists of rolling hills, native wetlands, and wildflower fields with ponderosas and Jeffrey pines sprinkled throughout. Grizzly Ranch Golf Club's terrain is mountainous with dramatic elevation changes and numerous valleys lined with trees. Despite the hilliness, the elevation is only 5,200 feet, which allows for warmer temperatures than most of Lake Tahoe. Although it is a challenging golf course, the absence of steep holes and soft pine straw adjoining the fairways that allow for playable lies make Grizzly Ranch forgiving enough for beginning and intermediate players.

Course Details

Year Built 2005
Fairways Blue Grass
Greens Blue Grass
Architect Bob Cupp (2005)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - included in green fee
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Bunker Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Metal Spikes Allowed No

Available Activities

Cycling, Hiking

Accolades

  • Golf Advisor: Top Courses in California (2018 #8)

Reviews

5.0
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Reviews 11
Handicap 0-4
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5.0
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Perfect weather
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GET UP HERE!!!

I really enjoyed playing here. Great layout, superb greens. But there are 2 really dumb holes out there - 12 and 17 both require carry over arroyos at a strange distance from either the tee or green. Other than that, this is a great place to play!

Oh yes - pace of play!!!!! 4.5 hrs - REALLY?!??? Cmon guys. It was a Friday afternoon.

I will definitely be back.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Poor
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 26
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Bring Your Big Boy Pants

Bag drop staff was very helpful. Pro shop guys were great. Craig, the starter, was both very helpful and let us tee off earlier than our actual tee times.

Incredibly nice course, but very tough. My brother and I played 54 holes from the green tees (~6800 yards). 600 yard par 5's but also some par 4's that were ~300 yards. Really fun and picturesque track. Highly recommended!!!!

I want to give a special shout out to the group of 4 old men in front of us and the group of 3 old men in front of them. You guys were both really bad and really slow. You should seriously consider giving up the game of golf or least move up three tee boxes. Watching you play golf was painful. It took us almost 5 hours playing behind you. It took us 5-1/2 hours to play the other 36 holes we played.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
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Reviews 5
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Afternoon round in the trees

Course conditions were terrific, 4 of us really enjoyed our round up there this year. In the trees but gives you enough room off the tee. Mix of Short & Long par 4s and 5s, greens were good when we played. Pro and staff very friendly. Afternoon sun filtering through the trees made for great day.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Reviews 29
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Terrific

Second round of the day. Wasn’t sure if I would last all 18, but I did and enjoyed every minute! Conditions were absolutely marvelous! Grizzly Ranch is a course for all! Tree lined fairways but the fairways are wide! Greens were very good! (Not to many ball marks) a little on the speedy!
A few forced carries but manageable! Only a few blind tee shots!
No complaints here!
Great trac!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
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Reviews 27
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Nevada Advisor
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
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Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Epic

Started the day off with a round at Whitehawk and finished at Grizzly...Grizzly is an absolute gem. Excellent condition and beautiful scenery. I would put this course ahead of coyote, greenwood, and grays. Half as expensive is a bonus too. Only downside is it’s a little out of the way but with all the good courses in the area it’s enough to make a trip to play grizzly and somewhere else.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
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Commented on 08/31/2018

Agree its a gem and better than the Tahoe courses, especially for value.

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Reviews 512
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Golf Advisor
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

One of California's best

Grizzly Ranch is one of California's great courses. Here's the ironic twist: Its gorgeous setting of pines and wild terrain looks more like Colorado or Montana than the palm-tree-lined fairways you see on the more famous courses of the state.
Grizzly Ranch might be isolated an hour north of Truckee in the High Sierra mountains, but it's worth finding.
If you can survive the first six holes, you'll have a good time hunting down a solid score at the Grizzly. Three of the par 5s are downright mean, though. The third might be the hardest three-shotter I've ever played because of a daunting carry on the approach. Meanwhile, the 18th might be one of the prettiest, ending at an elevated green next to a water feature and covered bridge.

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 16
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Fantastic Course

I heard that Grizzly Ranch had a beautiful course; I heard correctly. The course is built around a housing community of what appears to be vacation homes. The staff were friendly and the pro shop was clean and orderly. The carts were clean but lacked ice in the ice chest. They had no GPS so bring your own. The range was manicured, clean, and well-maintained. The fairways, rough, and greens were in great shape. The course architect provides scenic views from almost any location. Overall, I think this is a 5 star course. Looking forward to going back.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 22
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Excellent weather
Used cart

A great challenge

Played the "resort" (white) tees. At 6074 yds, long enough! Some really tough holes--12 has kicked my a** all three times I've played this one. Lots of canyon carries, some big elevation changes both up and down. Fair course, though. Rough is very tough--does not give up its dead easily. Bring lots of balls.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 11
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0

Great course, beautiful views

Played this sept 2012. I have White Hawk, Coyote Moon, Donner, Old Greenwood, this course rates very high and is my favorite of those, Old Greenwood close behind. I've read reviews of Grizzly and some really racked it, well those people are probably Hacks because this course is very challenging, was in tremendous shape and like the head pro said, this is White Hawk on Steroids.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0

Pristine Mountain Golf Course

Since Grizzly Ranch became semi-private I have played it numerous times. Each round is a wonderful experience complete with friendly staff and terrific views on each hole.

It's no wonder "Golf Digest" ranks Grizzly Ranch in the top 3% of "all" California courses in 2013.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Difficulty Moderate
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