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4B Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter rlakoma c ffers more than world-class golf PROFILES IN BUSINESS NAKOMA GOLF RESORT Carolyn Carter Staff Writer If Plumas County doesn't al- ready feel like a paradise, the folks at Nakoma Golf Resort will have you convinced. The first-class resort is tucked away in scenic eastern Plumas County outside the quaint community of Clio. Built in the late '90s, the unique resort is a Frank Lloyd Wright design from 1923. The world-renowned ar- chitect originally designed the clubhouse for the Nakoma Country Club in Wisconsin. When the resort's developers acquired the as-yet-unbuilt plans from the Wright estate, the name CI do as I promise" in the Chippewa language) came with it. The resort offers a long list of amenities open to locals and visitors alike, including a championship mountain golf course, a full-service salon and spa, a fitness center, a restaurant and 12 villas that all stay true to the original Frank Lloyd Wright design. Opened by the original de- velopers in May 2000, the re- sort struggled financially de- spite its impressive offerings. Nakoma began its current re- naissance after being ac- quired by the current owners, Nakoma Associates LP, in 2010. The Schomac Group, gener- al partner in Nakoma Associ- ates, also owns the historic Feather River Inn, currently under redevelopment• Just recently the resort has The general manager and head golf pro of Nakoma Golf Resort, Caleb OIsen, stands by the resort's indoor current pool and hot tub. Amongst many other features, Nakoma also offers one of the only indoor public pools in the area. Photos by Carolyn Carter "We really do have a world-class resort here, but we also realize we need a lot of support from the locals." Caleb Olsen, general manager and head golf professional opened the fitness center and full-service day spa that in- cludes massages, facials, a hair salon, manicures and pedicures. The fitness center, with its weight room, current pool and steam/sauna rooms, also houses the Fore! Fitness program featuring Pilates, Zumba and yoga classes. "We really do have a world- class resort here, but we also realize we need a lot of sup- port from the locals," said Caleb Olsen, general manager and head golf professional. During the summer Nakoma has about 50 people on staff. It also brings in people from all over the country to enjoy a leisurely time of golf, re- laxation and the great out- doors• Though it is a unique busi- ness in the county, Olsen said one of the most important goals of the resort is to appeal to the community. • "Anybody is more than wel- come," he said. "It doesn't matter where you're from." Nakoma has made a num- ber of efforts in the past three years to get involved in the community• It is an avid sup- porter of various local non- profit efforts. The 20th annual Johnny Redstreake SnowBall, a fundraiser to support the re- development of the Johnsville Historic Ski Bowl, will be held at the Nakoma clubhouse March 2. On Jan. 19, the Sier- ra Buttes Trail Stewardship will celebrate another suc- cessful year at the clubhouse. Nakoma's doors are open to any groups or organizations that might need a place for meetings and conferences. Al- so, since it has been open, @ The 12 villas at Nakoma feature a stunning Frank Lloyd Wright design, sauna-like bathrooms and luxurious one or two bedroom accommodations. They are available for rent or for purchase through the vacation ownership plan. Owner Nakoma Assoc iates L.P. Address 348 Bear Run, Clio Telephone 832-5067 Winter hours of operation Monday Monday Night Football." 4:30p.m. until game ends Thursday Lunch: 11 a.m. - 3p.m. Thursday Night Football: 4:30p.m. until game ends Friday/Saturday Lunch: 11 a.m. - 3p.m. Dinner: 6- 8p.m. Sunday Brunchlunch: 9 a.m. - 3p.m. Website Nakoma has done 10 wed- dings, including catering and preparation, and 01sen said they look forward to increas- ing that number. The Wigwam Room holds the restaurant that offers fine American cuisine by local cook Ben Sylvia at affordable costs. Olsen said Nakoma realizes during the winter many of the restaurants close down, so there are limited options for fine dining. He said they want to offer a venue for people to have an affordable lunch or a nice dinner, while also enjoy- ing the ambience of the stun- ning architecture and majes- tic surroundings• An essential aspect of the resort is the renowned 18-hole Dragon golf course. "The golf course has come a long Way," Olsen said. "We've made a lot of changes. I've heard from a lot of members that it is in the best shape they've ever seen." Nakoma is a unique part of Eastern Plumas County• It of- fers anything you can think of at a resort, and appeals to locals and travelers alike. 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