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12 WINTER 2019 | NCGA.ORG S H A G B A G DAYtrip In the early 1840's, an eccentric adventurer named Johann Augustus Sutter built an adobe stronghold, now called Sutter's Fort State Historic Park . All went well until 1848, when he decided to erect a sawmill 50 miles to the east, and the builders found gold. The exhibits in the restored fort provide a quick orientation to the city's early history. For more nostalgia, there's the scenic riverside district of Old Sacramento , recalling the days of the Pony Express, the era of the riverboats and the arrival of the first railroad. The locals call it Old Sac and it is a mix of restaurants, quaint shops and museums. The California Railroad Museum houses 21 restored locomo- tives and is fascinating, even for non-railroad buffs. If you bring along the kids, they will go wild because there are lots of things to feel and touch. After you've wandered around the waterfront for a while, you might be overtaken by an urge to get on the river. If that's the case, the Matthew McKinley awaits your pleasure. It's a Victo- rian-style paddle wheeler that makes sightseeing and dinner cruises on the Sacramento River, a stream so mighty it is called "the Nile of the American Far West," a treat. If you elect for an overnight stay, consider the Delta King , a 1928 paddleboat transformed into a moored hotel at the wharf with a restaurant named The Pilothouse that's not to be missed. As for the golf, Haggin Oaks is a local institution dating to 1932, and boasts 36 holes plus a lit driving range that stays open 24 hours a day from May-September. The Alister MacKenzie Course is one of the famed architect's few courses open to the public—and with its dynamic pricing model can be played for under $30!—while the Arcade Creek Course is a relatively flat layout designed to be friendly to every skill level. In neighboring Carmichael is Ancil Hoffman Golf Course , one of the most popular courses in the Sacramento region. Designed by Billy Bell Jr., the course, which can be played for $40 or less most days, is named after an avid sportsman and city politician who managed heavyweight champ Max Baer before the boxer lost the crown in 1935 to James Braddock, a fight that was featured in the movie "Cinderella Man." Whitney Oaks , which is about 40 minutes from the airport in Rocklin, is a favorite of LPGA pro and Sacramento native Natalie Gulbis. "The clubhouse sits above the 18th green, and inside there's a sports-bar feel to it, with TVs and great food," she said. "We always play 'Liars Dice' and watch sporting events there." Brad Bell, a Sacramento native who played the PGA Tour in 1991-92, designed the severely sloped, large challenging greens at Teal Bend . And call in whatever favors you may have to play Del Paso Country Club , a private club that has hosted five USGA championships, the latest being the 2015 U.S. Senior Open. Whether you play here or any of the aforementioned layouts, consider yourself as fortunate as the city's early pioneers because you've just struck gold. Sacramento BY ADAM SCHUPAK > Located near the top of the Central Valley, Sacramento gets little respect as a travel destination compared to its glittering, glamorous coastal cities. With its white columned and domed state capital building and kitschy statues at the nearby Library and Courts Building, Sacramento has come a long way since being at the epicenter of the Gold Rush. Sacramento's stunning waterfront view has earned it the nickname River City. Ancil Hoffman GC (right) is nestled along the American River Parkway.

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