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Kids Fishing Derby - Now @ Big Beach

14OCT_FishingDerbyAdKids Fishing Derby

 Sat. Oct. 25, 2014
 8 AM to 12 noon
 Now @ Big Beach


Amenities Directory

As the second largest population center in Lake County, Hidden Valley Lake enjoys beautifully maintained amenities and a varied list of seasonal and year-round activities. Planned by the Director of Recreation, community-wide events begin in April and extend through December. From Easter Egg Hunts, Opening Day on the Lake, fishing derbies, Concerts on the Green, to swim-, tennis-, volleyball-, horse- and golf-camps, the list of activities abound throughout the spring, summer and into late fall. To discover the details, follow the trail on the Community Events Calendar.

The genesis of Hidden Valley Lake is our 102 acre, man-made lake. A quick look at the large number of homes and lots surrounding the lake, or the number of people swimming, boating, fishing, or using the beaches, marina or shoreline, easily convinces anyone that it is our most popular and most used amenity. However, as you read the brief summaries below you'll see that it is only one of many that makes Hidden Valley Lake the place we call home.

Lake

Before lakes were invented, swimmers used to dodge large boulders, floating trees and rubber tires while swimming upstream to their favorite fly fishing hole. Then someone took a lesson from beavers and added larger rocks to creeks, and viola! A lake was born. The Boise-Cascade Corporation developers took that invention to a whole other level in 1969 when they damned up Coyote Creek with a 90’ high, 410’ long clay and rock boulder. They later reinforced it with concrete and added a spillway channel to empty the overflow from their 102-acre, Hidden Valley Lake. With its 32’ average depth, Association members use it for swimming, sailing, boating and fishing—generally, not all at once.

Golf Course and Clubhouse

Hidden Valley Lake Golf Course is open to public play, rain and shine, except for rare snow storms. It was built along with the rest of the community in the late 1960’s based on a Billy Bell Jr. design and is the only 18-hole championship course in Lake County. It has a relatively level front nine and a back nine that weaves between oak trees on hilly terrain. The 15th tees have spectacular views of Mt. St. Helena with a 250-foot drop to the fairway. Luckily, a modern cart path to the bottom replaced the old rope swing. This par 72 course can play to nearly 6,700 yards from the championship tees and offers excellent playing conditions year round.

Covering 135 acres with an average greens size of 4,700 square feet, this lush course has 32 sand bunkers and two acres of ponds and water hazards. Please brush up on your ‘lost ball’ water-hazard rules as the resident golfer-loving alligators have debs on most balls. No feeding rules do apply. Practice facility includes a 7.5-acre driving range and practice greens to improve the short game. Private, group, and junior lessons are available from the PGA professional staff. The golf shop is housed in a 7,000 square foot building that also contains the full-service Greenview Restaurant (sorry, alligator is not on the extensive menu) and fully stocked 19th hole at Mulligan's Lounge.

Beaches

The original developers of Hidden Valley Lake nearly exhausted their allotment of adjectives while describing the community's amenities. Hence, when it came time to name the lake's two beaches, they were left with Big and Little. Recent upgrades to landscaping and hardscaping have left Big Beach bigger, and Little Beach, no shrimp in it's own right, with some very sizable upgrades. Both beaches have a lot in common, large sandy beaches for practicing for the Sand Castle contest, picnic tables and barbecues, children's playgrounds, and on-site parking. Recent restroom renovations make it more inviting than the lake. Additionally, Big Beach earns its name for having a volleyball court and a boat beach.

Golf Pro Shop

Surrounded by lush green, the Pro Shop is a thriving paradise for golfers eagerly seeking cool hats, snug gloves, and logo branded apparel. Titleist, Nike, and FootJoy are just some of the national brands that are uniquely displayed. With decades of professional golf instruction, our PGA Pro makes duffers into players in short order.

Marina

Our marina boasts one of the finest concrete docking ramps of any in Lake County, only slightly smaller than the one that launched the cruise ship QE2. Launch your own QE2 and moor it in one of our 40 slips and in company with any number of pontoon party boats, HobieCats, or fishing skiffs. Just remember that we limit motors to 10 mph, but we don’t limit your enjoyment of the marina’s picnic area with barbecue facilities, restrooms and on-site parking.

Activity Areas

With so many activity areas around the community, it’s no wonder that couch potatoes are hard to find, even in the local grocery store. At Hartmann Park, it’s the Little League Field, basketball court, children’s playground and picnic area that are rarely empty. At North Shore Park, you can chat with fellow fishermen on the fishing pier, or encourage the family dog to get wet at the pet swimming area. If the fish aren’t biting at the pier, try the Fishing Pond below the dam. Every year we stock it with rainbow trout and bass. If you’re not hooked on fishing, smack a few balls around at the tennis courts, or walk next door and really relieve any balled-up stress at the Driving Range.

Community Center and Pool

There are few places in the country, much less in NorCal, where just by swiveling your head you can see a large lake, a huge pool, a great championship golf course, a massive valley and an expansive mountain range. This bucket list event can happen every time you’re at our Community Center and Pool. In addition to your head, you can also swivel your wine glass and your hips at the Banquet Room along with 120 of your best friends. Fully stocked with a service bar, dance floor and outdoor deck, the Center has complete banquet and meeting facilities for everything from weddings to business functions.


Equestrian Center

While you won’t find the Equestrian Center at Powder Horn Road organizing a Merry Ol’ England-style fox and hound hunt, you will discover a California-style riding instruction and caring of our boarded horses. With newly renovated turnouts, spacious stalls and all the amenities a horse could want, the Center provides the first-timer to the bronco buster with refreshingly different experiences.

Greenview Restaurant and Mulligan’s Lounge

With names like Nicklaus, Palmer and Sorenstam on the menu, you’d expect some surprisingly ace food choices. Serving breakfast and lunch all day, and dinners every night, the Greenview serves up some jaw-droppingly flavorful surprises daily. Give up trying to remember who Babe Zaharias was and sink your canines into some of the most comforting food anywhere. Wash it all down with wine, beer or your favorite before-during-and-after drinks from Mulligan’s.

Campground

Campers, like our ancestral cave dwellers, enjoy crawling in and out of entrances while wrestling with campfires and frolicking with saber tooth tigers. At our smiley Good Sam Campground, the only tigers are in gas tanks and campers can enjoy restful nights, hot showers and modern facilities. On the other hand, unlike campers, RVers can just drive in, plug in and play inside. (Local fire regulations prohibit open campfires.)

Stone House

The oldest building in Lake County sits next to the newest building in Hidden Valley Lake, the Administration offices. Erected in1853, the historic Stone House was the headquarters and first store of the 21,000-acre Guenoc land grant—all of today’s Coyote Valley. Rather than mow all that lawn, the original owners of Rancho Guenoc used 40,000 cattle to keep it in golf course condition, which is why Hidden Valley Lake’s developers purchased the land in the mid-1960’s, and headquartered their sales office in the Stone House. Today, its restoration is a result of work completed by the Stone House Historical Society.

HVLA seasonal/miscellaneous activities

Like baby birds whose parents nurture them every moment before eventually shooing them from the nest, children at Hidden Valley Lake are nurtured every season in swimming, golfing, horseback riding, fishing and a nest-full of other life-skills before us parents shoo them from our nests, hoping that they don’t fly back. These and other seasonal activities, however, bear witness that some birds have found their way back. That’s why we offer Aquasize and lap swim to those who just really want to nest.

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