The History of the Feather River Inn Golf Course began as a "practice" facility in 1915 for those who were traveling in the High Sierras and wanted to brush up on their game. Shortly after the course opened, additional holes were built so players could take their practice skills to the next level in true course conditions. The completion of the course occurred five years later, when the original course was built with four holes on the north side of the railroad tracks, what is now highway 70, and five holes on the south side of the property. A welcomed addition, this design beckoned golfers to more challenging play.
Around the year 1919 and into 1920, the Feather River Inn Golf Course was designed by Harold Sampson, the golf architect who contributed to the design of a couple holes at Pebble Beach and the Wawona Golf Course in Yosemite. The first course of any kind on the Feather River, this nine-hole course at Feather River Inn was sculpted with grass tees and greens that were elevated from the fairways that led directly from the tee boxes. Golfers found the signature ninth hole, which closely resembled the same hole at Wawona, to be indisputably the most rewarding to play. The hole was lined with pine groves, which directionally aimed the shot onto the lush fairway. Players then sank their last putt while standing in the shadow of the majestic lodge.
As an accomplish golf professional Sampson was not interested in designing a "championship" style golf course, but one that could be played, and enjoyed by those staying at the resort. It was from Sampson's love of nature and frequent trips to the mountains that influenced his design in using the natural lay of the land and to alter it only out of necessity. A design philosophy that just might be the genesis of 'resort' golf courses as we know them.
Shortened over the years to its current length, this stunning par three track stays true to its original design concept: a course that is enjoyable, well kept, and rewarding in play. Starting adjacent to a generous putting green and Golf Pavilion, the course works clockwise through the newly constructed Golf Cottages and gains elevations to the ninth green, finishing under the Grand Veranda of the historic Inn. The Feather River Inn Golf Course is uniquely set in the Eastern Sierras with views of breathtaking snow-capped mountains, towering pines and azure blue skies. Feather River Inn is a golf course truly appreciated by both the novice beginner, as well as seasoned golfers who have often referred to it as their "Little Augusta."
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