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10 SPRING 2017 | WWW.NCGA.ORG LISA BOULTON MURPHYS > Located about 60 miles east of Stockton in the foothills of the Sierra, the small town of Murphys has a rich history, and that's meant to be taken literally. Murphys was founded during the Gold Rush, and in one winter in the mid-1800's more than $5 million worth of gold was taken from a four-acre plot. Today, the town's center is a pleasant reminder of an elegant, earlier time. A stroll down Main Street will lead you to the Old Timers Museum, where you can check out gold mining paraphernalia or schedule a guided tour. While there's far less gold in them thar hills, there's P LENTY OF GREAT GOLF TO TAKE IN WHILE V ISITING MURPHYS. Less than an hour drive away in Angels Camp, you'll find the peaceful Green- horn Creek Golf Course & Resort . The course was re-designed in 1996 by Robert Trent Jones, Jr. and has earned accolades ever since. With five sets of tees ranging from 4,882 to 6,749 yards, it's perfect for players of all abilities. If you're looking for some- thing a little closer, the Murphys 9 Golf Course, also designed by Jones, offers nine scenic holes set against a gorgeous backdrop of towering pines, oaks and cedars. For those who've taken permanent residence in the Murphys area and are looking for a private club to join, look no further than Sequoia Woods Country Club in nearby Arnold. The par-70 course measures just 5,600 yards from the blue tees, but what it lacks in length it makes up for with demanding tee shots and approach shots that require accuracy and smart course management. TO UNWIND AFTER GOLF , look to wine tastings offered by Black Sheep Winery or the Calaveras Winegrape Alliance. There is no shortage of dining options conveniently located on Main Street, including Murphys Historic Hotel & Restaurant; Firewood; Rob's Place; and V Restaurant, Bar & Bistro. S H A G B A G DAYtrip

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