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“Taming” the Dragon, Nakoma Resort’s championship Northern California golf course, is no easy feat. That’s about to change. Thanks to extensive enhancements to an already-stellar Robin Nelson design, golfers from across the region will soon get an in-depth look at the new-and-improved Dragon. The 18-hole marvel, known for its challenging albeit stunning landscape, is undergoing expansive alterations, all of which are bound to turn heads as spring gives way to summer’s surge of golfers. Tactical enhancements, such as select tree removal,  softening greens, and bunker modifications, allow novice and advanced golfers alike to enjoy the sprawling beauty of the Lost Sierra and master this once-daunting course.

Enhancing the Dragon

While the Dragon has remained a mainstay in the Northern California golf scene since its first round, it’s been an ambition of ours for some time to improve the playability for all levels. Over the span of several months, we’ve made various enhancements to all but five holes. To enhance the Dragon, we first needed to gather input from a wide range of individuals, including designers, the grounds team, and, of course, you — golfers.  As stated above, this included strategic tree removal. We also removed select bunkers, relocated tees, reworked fairways, expanded greens, spliced in some approaches, and improved irrigation. At the end of the day, the Dragon still prevails as a premier, award-winning Northern California golf course. However, it now has the unique ability to entice golfers of all ages and skill levels.

Confronting the Dragon

The Dragon has never been more vulnerable. Now is the time to confront and master this undeniably breathtaking Northern California golf course with your family and friends. Recent enhancements certainly haven’t taken away the natural beauty of Nelson’s original design. In fact, the thinning of trees opens up several holes, providing stop-you-in-your-tracks views of the Lost Sierra and mountain peaks. As Golf Magazine so eloquently put it, the Dragon is known for its “curves, swerves, climbs, and drops at every turn.” And the grounds crew works tirelessly to ensure that the quality of the tees, fairways, and greens match the beauty of the landscape.

A Prominent California Golf Course and a World-Class Resort

Combine two or three rounds of championship golf with a stay at one of the most sophisticated luxury resorts in Northern California: Nakoma Resort. Nakoma is Plumas County’s crown jewel; it’s equal parts mountain-modern lodge, award-winning golf, culinary experience, and rejuvenating spa. While the lodge itself is an escape, there is also an endless landscape nearby that appeals to mountain bikers, hikers, fly fishers, photographers, and those who value the revitalizing powers of the Lost Sierra’s digital detox.

The Dragon opens on May 15. Don’t hesitate to book a last-minute tee time in the heart of the Lost Sierra. Book a stay online or simply give our team a call at 877-462-5662.




It’s probably strange for pretty much everybody to think about how different this year’s Easter celebration is from previous years. Last year my two sons and I closed down Northstar on Easter, skiing quite literally up to the last minute, and talking excitedly on the way home about moving on to a great season of mountain biking. 

This year, the Tahoe ski resorts all closed in mid-March and the Lost and Found gravel grinder bike race in Portola, which I was training for diligently at this time last year, has been cancelled.

We’re celebrating Easter 2020 in a much different way, but we are celebrating nonetheless. This time of year, which is indelibly attached to a sense of hope and renewal, is living up to its reputation in the Lost Sierra, as the mammoth snowfall that March brought is quickly melting away into a beautiful spring. 

To say that we find ourselves in an ideal spot for when the world has gotten weird is an understatement. “Thankful” doesn’t adequately describe the feeling, it’s more like “amazed by our luck, in awe of the vast beauty around us, and self-conscious about the people who are suffering from this illness and the painful consequences it has brought with it.”

While large Easter gatherings are out of the picture this year, the Nakoma family has found a way for us to celebrate together. Brooke Miller, our Food and Beverage director, is sweating away in the kitchen as I write this, preparing free three-course, world-class Easter-meals-to-go for all Nakoma employees, whether they’re currently working or not (I’m pretty sure her virtual Easter party is up to over 80 attendees).

Personally, what I’ve found over the last few weeks is that a lot of us are digging a lot deeper into the great things in our immediate environment: spending more time with family, getting out into nature more -snowshoeing in the Lakes Basin, going for a hike on some the lesser-used trails in or neighborhood. 

For me, finding myself suddenly relieved of the sense of burden in training for the Lost and Found bike race, I’ve started going on gravel rides that are less “workout” and more “adventure” — unplanned, no particular pace or route, just getting out there and riding. Rather than hustling kids, skis and jackets into a car to get a family on the slopes, time with family has meant exploring some of the many nooks of Plumas County that we’ve been neglecting, like the North Fork of the Feather River Canyon, where we spent an afternoon catching California newts, spotting bald eagles (well, one bald eagle), and gawking at lush waterfalls.

We hope our friends outside the Lost Sierra are managing to find the things that are rewarding for them and making the best of the time with family. We sincerely wish you all a Happy Easter and hope that the somber nature of the times doesn’t keep you from enjoying the holiday and being hopeful about the days to come. 

Dan Gallagher is Vice President of Development at Nakoma Resort. Along with being a husband and father, Dan loves everything outdoors. Thanks to field studies in pursuit of his degree in biology and forestry from U.C. Berkeley and several years of wildland firefighting on the Plumas National Forest, Dan knows the Lost Sierra like the back of his hand. 

Esteemed Tahoe Builder Mark Tanner Construction Partners with Nakoma

Nakoma Resort is thrilled to partner with Mark Tanner Construction on exciting real estate projects in the Lost Sierra less than an hour north of Truckee.

As you read this, Mark and his team are building your future dream home steps away from the community’s core — Altitude, Nakoma’s extraordinary family recreation center.

Mark’s luxe spec home is located on a beautiful golf course lot in the pines. The home will feature 2,953 square feet, three luxurious bedrooms plus den (or fourth bedroom!), 3.5 baths and two-car garage. This special home exemplifies modern-and-spacious design and includes access to all that Nakoma has to offer, as purchase includes initiation fees to Nakoma’s fabulous array of amenities.


Mark Tanner Construction’s decision to build at Nakoma speaks volumes. In the last eight years Mark’s team has built more than 40 luxury, high-end custom homes in the exclusive Martis Valley area of Lake Tahoe.

Since his start, Mark’s firm has built over 100 custom homes and numerous remodels valued at over $250 million. His customers throughout the Lake Tahoe region are many.

“Upon meeting Mark several years ago the Nakoma ownership team knew he would be a perfect fit for our custom home program,” said Dan Gallagher, vice president of development for The Schomac Group Inc.

“With his wealth of experience in resort developments in the Tahoe area, Mark came to quickly share our vision of Nakoma as the region’s next progression in luxury mountain living.”

Mark’s involvement at Nakoma was then decisive, Gallagher said.

“His work on Ascend at Nakoma and other homes in the Nakoma development is setting the bar high in terms of quality of product and professionalism of service,” said Gallagher.

For more information about Mark’s home offerings at Nakoma or to tour Ascend at Nakoma, please email

Oct. 28 was a perfect fall afternoon for a pool party. Warm sun, clear skies and more than 300 guests celebrated the grandeur of Altitude, Nakoma’s new 12,500-square-foot, one-of-a-kind recreation center located in the heart of the resort.

Beer and wine flowed, along with a nearly endless stream of finger foods from Altitude’s bistro. While the kids challenged themselves on the climbing wall, adults toured Altitude taking in the fitness room, yoga loft, theater and Apex game room. The spacious pool deck was the perfect place to sample an array of culinary offerings and enjoy the late afternoon sun.

Altitude’s scale and aesthetic had the crowd buzzing, not to mention the extensive recreation options offered for all ages. The positive energy ran well into the evening, when many of our guests moved the celebration to Nakoma’s Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Clubhouse for dinner. 

Altitude offers year-round recreation for overnight guests at the Lodge at Nakoma and Nakoma community members, so plan a getaway to Nakoma and experience firsthand this wonderful new amenity.


Fortified by a beautiful blue sky and bloody Marys, players in the Nakoma Education Fund Golf Tournament raised more more than $11,000 for Portola Jr.-Sr. High School on Sept. 13.

Forty golfers took on each other and the Dragon golf course to have fun and raise money for Portola Jr.-Sr. High’s tech program needs. The $11,130 raised is the highest amount so far in the history of the NEF tournament, eclipsing last year’s total by more than $3,300.

“I was thrilled when I saw the NEF check in my office,” said school Principal Sara Sheridan. “Our school community is so grateful for the amazing generosity and support of Nakoma.”

Funds from the 2017 tournament will go directly toward technology at Portola Jr.-Sr. High, as the school needs more laptops and upgrades in classroom instructional technology.

Nakoma’s 2016 NEF golf tournament raised $7,784, with the proceeds going to C. Roy Carmichael Elementary School’s computer lab.

That private-sector funding is important for small, rural schools because it allows administrators to provide unique opportunities for students.

Sheridan said that in the past Portola High has used donated funds to send students on college visits, build computer labs and purchase innovative technology such as 3D printers and Mind Storm Robots.

Kate Rowden, Nakoma’s membership and group coordinator and Portola High graduate, said that addition to entry fees, Nakoma raised money through donated raffle and silent auction items. Those items were supplied by local individuals and businesses who recognize the importance of supporting education in Eastern Plumas County.

“We intend to grow the Nakoma Education Fund tournament in coming years and in so doing increase the amount we can give back to our students and their teachers.”

Nakoma Resort staff thanks all the sponsors of the 2017 NEF tournament and the participating golfers who came out to play for such a worthwhile cause. We will be announcing the September 2018 NEF tournament date as well as new fundraising initiatives early in the new year.