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2 Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2001 Gold Mountain Country Bulletin, Times, Progressive, := . ..... fhe legend :l'he Dragon lies in wait for those who want to test their skills on what Ski Magazine has chosen as one of 30 "Top Summer Resorts to Visit." / The Dragon course should be a blend of tection program designed to The Dragon has continued The Dragon was given its art, engineering and sound plan and implement environ- to accumulate golfing awards name by the Garners and is knowledge of the game of mentally sound developmentand was recently named one fitting because of its chal- golf, and that is exactly how and management practices of the top 100 courses in the lenging layout. The motto The Dragon was designed, for the site. nation by Golf For Women "Send Me Your Heroes," was Nelson said The Dragon of- Heading up the manage- magazine. also fitting as only heroic fers "golfers plenty of oppor- merit team at The Dragon The editors went even fur- golfers can tame the magnifi- tunities to become immersed are: Matt Ochs, director of ther by naming The Dragon cent beast, in the beauty Of the sur-golf; Blake Smith, head golf one of four "All-Stars" in the Wanting to build a world rounding Sierra Nevada." professional; and Rich Sc- nation with highest honors. class golf course, the Garners The Dragon is Nelson's holes, golf course superinten- It was the result of the hired golf architect Robert first mainland course, and he dent. "Sixth Annual Top 100 Fair- Nelson, of the architectural was awarded "Best Golf Since opening, The Dragonways" reader poll. team of Nelson and Haworth. Course Architect for 2001" by has won several accoladesOnly four of those courses Nelson and Haworth have "BoardRoom Magazine"-for from the golfing community, were'chOsen b? the Golf For designed courses all over the his design of The Dragon golf In its opening year, The Women editors as their top world, including the course. Dragon was previewed in golf picks: The Legacy Club of renowned Mauna Lani, home The course is one of the magazines and ski magazines Alaqua Lakes in Longwood, of the Senior Skins game in pacesetters enrolled in the and chosen as one of the 30 Fla.; The Dragon at Gold Hawaii. Audubon's Signature Pro- "Top Summer Resorts to Vis- Mountain in Graeagle; The They believe that a golf gram, an environmental pro- it," by Ski Magazine. Phoenician in Scottsdale, Ariz.; and the Longaberger Golf Club in Nashport, Ohio. Golf For Women stated that The Dragon is a top "women friendly" spot, offering three of its six sets of tees under 6,000 yards, although it stretches to 7,077 yards over dramatic terrain and winds sinuouslY through a forested and dramatic mountain set- ting. The Dragon also received accolades from the United States G01f AsSdciation's (US- GA) Golf Journal magazine, naming the 12th hole at the Dragon "A Great Golf Hole" in its October 2001 issue. The USGA is the nation's largest golf organization with a circulation of more than 80O,OOO. The honor bestowed upon The Dragon goes to only six golf courses, each year, with The Dragon being one of the newest golf courses to receive such honors. Only two other California na mun I turc in eastern M, Chemicals & Acid Stains t Protecti Stains 5e, @ @ 1609 Freeport Blvd. Sparks, NV 1 The Gold Mountain Community After the Garners pur- chased 1,280 acres of paradise in Plumas County, they ap- proached the Plumas County Planning Department with their vision of dividing it up and sharing it with others. At first glance, the Garners worried that, if they shared the property with others, it would have to be protected, thus the Gold Mountain phi- losophy was born. The Garners' vision was to create a community that was as "wedded to nature as the roots" of a tree to the earth. Where people live lightly on the land. Where respect for nature rises above and pre- vails over pure material con- siderations.. Where residents embrace a new lifestyle, inti- mately influenced by the marvels, the beauty and the promises of Nature." This philosophy has at- tracted over 400 like-minded couples to purchase 400 home sites in only four years, mak- ing Gold Mountain one of the fastest selling recreational communities in the country. In order to protect the beauty of the environment they had found, including the existing wildlife, trees and plants, the Garners contacted Taliesin Architects, the con- tinuing architectural prac- tice of Frank Lloyd Wright, courses have been l "Great Golf Holes" five years, and now joins the Poppy Ridge, the 18th hole at The 12th hole, "~ Gate," is named dren's tale of a pond. As the higher and higher, harder and harder, ly it matures, lea the Dragon's Gate forms itself into So it is with the beckoning golfers lenge. Golf Journal is that, "If there's the Dragon that -this is it." The Dragon was nominated by Golf the "Best New and when the The Dragon the top five of 10 ners. 1 lumas established in them with the project. Taliesin was tablishing tions and community and for design g homes to be guidelines would residents to in the woods, amenities of city New residents learn to enhance mountain ing the character and the entire Mountain with tural design. This worked and the tain community a much sought- and retil:ement and a highly planned With all and over 60 completion in County will colleCt $1.5 million in and revenues Mountain The Gold is self-funded for water, sewer, removal needs community and the Homeowner's A' and does not services.