Emerson's new nine holes taking shape
Construction efforts moving along smoothly Take a cruise down Circle Drive outside Susanville and you will see it doesn't take long to build a golf course.
Expansion efforts at Emerson Lake Golf Course have moved along without a hitch and what will soon be an upscale 18-hole golf course is taking shape and could be open by late July.
"The process is moving along nicely," said Emerson Lake Golf Course manager Todd Sickles, who recently unveiled the new nine holes and reconstructed fifth hole to a group of local golfers. "You can see how the holes will be laid out and can really get a feel for what type of course it's going to be."
Wadsworth Construction crews have been working at the site flanking Circle Drive since late last month and have made significant progress.
"These guys are the best and don't fool around," Sickles said. "They've just a little more rough grading and irrigation work to do before they get to work on the finishing touches and it's time to seed the course."
Wadsworth is one of the largest golf course construction companies in the nation. It was done work at Augusta National and built nearby Whitehawk Ranch in Clio.
"I was impressed," said local golfer Bob Russell, who accompanied Sickles on the tour. "Everyone liked it. It's a good design and there's some tricky and very challenging holes. You're going to have to play some good golf to escape the final four holes with good scores."
The new nine holes begin and end from the eventual site of the new clubhouse off Circle Drive. The current nine holes will be re-routed with the fifth hole becoming hole No. 1 and the fourth serving as the ninth hole.
The 10th hole will be a long par 4, followed by a par 4 and gigantic, 500-yard plus par 5. The course then leads into the pines with two scenic par 3s and a pair of challenging par 4s.
The 16th hole leads golfers out of the pines and to an island green.
"I'm sure everyone is going to like the lay out. I got good responses from those who went on the tour," Sickles said. "It will be playable for men and women. I don't want to say that we have 'men's and women's' tees. We will have a set of tees that you decide where you want to hit from."
"After everything is done, people are going to take notice. This will be one of the nicer and most affordable golf courses in Northern California. Also, the course will do a lot for Susanville. It will bring people here to play who otherwise would go somewhere else."
Sickles said construction of the new clubhouse will begin shortly. It will feature a restaurant and pro shop and will sit next to a cart barn and two putting greens.
"Those who store carts out here are going to like it and the two putting greens will figure in tremendously when it times to give lessons and conduct the junior golf camp," he said.
Sickles said the rates will increase slightly, but inexpensive daily rates will remain.
"People will not be disappointed by our prices when it's time to open. It's already very affordable. But for the type of course it will be, it will be quite a bargain to play here."
Construction will continue throughout the winter. The front nine opens for play on Friday, March 1.