Linda & I decided to stick close to the campground today. She wanted to ask Des a few questions about the reconciliations before she & Katrina left the campground.
That took all of about ten minutes. :)
After that, while I was returning a few emails, Linda planted some seeds in the garden - peas, lettuce, corn, lima beans. She also cut some eyes out of some potatoes and planted those at my Mom's suggestion.
My plan was to play golf. I've heard lots of great things about Bailey Creek Golf Course, so I was definitely going to play there. But it is a bit out of my price range these days ($68 - $98 depending on the month, the day of the week, and the time of day), so I decided to wait until 3:00 p.m. to get the $48 twi-light rate. :)
Bailey Creek is an eighteen-hole layout and there are two other nine-hole courses within twenty minutes from the campground. I want to check those out as well. So, while I was waiting for my late afternoon tee time, I decided to play nine holes at the semi-private (members have priority, but the public can play) Lake Almanor Country Club.
Both Bailey Creek and Lake Almanor Country Club are on The Peninsula which juts out into Lake Almanor and is a big resort area with cabins, lodges, a couple of RV parks, and a few summer home communities. There are quite a few restaurants incuding some fine dining options.
I arrived at Lake Almanor Country Club around 12:30 and was going to be paired up with a member at 1:15. While I was waiting, I decided to have lunch in the bar at Dianna's in the clubhouse.
I was intrigued by the turkey quesadillas. Turkey with a dab of apricot preserves with Brie and Monterey Jack cheese. Yum! That was different and very good. :)
While in the bar, I met Doug Neal. He is the owner of Almanor Fishing Adventures. I overheard him talking to the bartender, so I concluded he was a fishing guide. I walked over and introduced myself.
He certainly doesn't lack confidence. When I told him I was working at North Shore Campground and said some of our guests might be interested in his guide services, he said "I'm the premier fishing guide on Lake Almanor. I'm not bragging, that's just a fact." Well allrighty then. :)
After lunch, I met Bill and put my clubs on his cart for our nine holes. It was $22. I saved the $7 cart fee since I hooked up with Bill on his private cart.
I didn't start the round very well, but finished strong at 2 under on the last four holes. I finished with a 39 and was very pleased with that.
I thought the course would have some lake views, but it doesn't. There is a nice view of Lassen Peak back down one of the fairways.
Hmm. Lassen wasn't exactly in the sun. I looked like some rain was moving in behind us.
It was a nice little course. Not very difficult, but pretty. They just revamped the fairways and greens a couple of years ago, so they are still maturing. The price I paid was reasonable.
We finished in about an hour and a half and I had plenty of time to check out the plant nursery on The Peninsula before getting to Bailey Creek by 3:00. I picked up a cherry tomato plant and a bell pepper plant for Linda for the garden.
Rain and thunder was all around, and I wasn't sure if I was going to get in another eighteen holes. But I went for it anyway - big surprise. :)
Bailey Creek is much more challenging than Lake Almanor Country Club. I like to play the back tees, but I've learned not to do that the first time I play a course. :) This one was over 7,000 yards from the back, so I played the next set of tees up this time.
The conditions of the fairways and greens are excellent. There are lots of bunkers in the fairways and around the greens that make the shots a little intimidating. The course can best be played by those that can work the ball right and left at will. I can work the ball, but it's usually in the opposite way I want it to go. :)
I played decent except for a couple of blow-up holes. I should have been in the mid-80s, but was satisfied to escape with an 89. I'll be playing there a few more times while we are here. It is really nice and well worth the $48 twi-light rate.
Here's a look at the signature hole - a short par three near the entrance.
Playing by myself, I got through eighteen holes in about three hours. It sprinkled off and on, but I didn't get a steady rain until the last hole.
I got home shortly after 6:00 and it was raining at the campground. Linda had been beading all afternoon. She filled a couple of orders and created some bracelets for her inventory.
We relaxed the rest of the evening. One of the nice things about our job here is that it is in good hands when we are off duty. When we are off, we don't have to think about it. :)
The toughest thing about our days off is figuring out what fun thing to do in the area. :)