Nakoma Golf Resort
It features a 24,000 square foot clubhouse designed in 1923 by Frank Lloyd Wright at the request of the Nakoma Country Club in Madison, Wisconsin. According to the Madison, Wisconsin Nakoma Resort's website, the clubhouse's design was described as "the most unique building of its kind in America" by the Wisconsin State Journal. Due to the cost of the construction the Country Club did not build Wright's masterpiece. The design was not implemented until 77 years later, when the owners of Taliesin Architect master-planned Gold Mountain environmentally sensitive community, Dariel and Margaret (Peggy) Garner purchased the 1924 Wright plan and constructed the building just 3 miles outside Portola, CA; with the clubhouse opening in on Mother's Day, 2001. Nakoma is a Chippewa Indian word which means "I do as I promise."
The resort also included 12 Spa Villas, vacation rentals intended to echo the construction elements of the clubhouse, designed by Taliesin-trained architects Martin Newland and Elisabeth Winnen, then students of the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture. The entry pond, like the original Madison, Wisconsin design displays two native Indian statues; Nakoma and Nakomis. The Nakoma statue is the daughter of the moon and the mother of Hiawatha. Nakomis is the male counterpart to Nakoma. He depicts a native Indian story of Nakomis teaching his son how to shoot an arrow to the Sun God. The Nakoma Resort and Spa development established in 1996 rejuvenated the surrounding communities of Graeagle and Portola putting Plumas County on the map as an undiscovered mountain recreation area. The area offers the Wild and Scenic Feather River corridor and its world-class trout fishing, Lake Davis, Frenchman's Lake, Great Lakes Basin, Hwy 49 gold country, just to name a few.