14th Annual Tahoe Sierra Golf Guide 2024

Hole 10, The Dragon at Nakoma Golf Resort. | Vance Fox

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South Lake Tahoe | North Lake Tahoe| Olympic Valley | Truckee | Northstar | Lost Sierra


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Welcome to Tahoe Guide’s 14th annual Tahoe Golf Guide for golf enthusiasts seeking to experience the pristine beauty and challenging courses of the Tahoe Sierra. Whether you’re a seasoned golfer or a newcomer to the sport, you’ll find something challenging and breathtaking at each of the 22 courses that surround Lake Tahoe. Our guide features all the courses open for public play in Tahoe, Truckee, Northstar, Olympic Valley and the Lost Sierra.

South Lake Tahoe

Bijou Municipal Golf CourseOpens May 22
Discover the charm of Bijou Golf Course, a hidden gem in South Lake Tahoe. As one of the oldest courses in the area (opened 1920), Bijou boasts a rich history and offers a unique and inviting golfing experience for players of all skill levels.

Nestled in the breathtaking landscapes of South Lake Tahoe, Bijou Golf Course features a 9-hole executive layout, making it perfect for a quick round or for honing your short game skills. The course provides lush fairways and manicured greens against the stunning backdrop of the Sierra Nevada mountains. | cityofslt.us

Edgewood Tahoe Golf CourseOpen
South Lake Tahoe’s most prominent golf club is none other than Edgewood Tahoe. It shares its fairways with the shores of Lake Tahoe, giving it a one-of-a-kind feel and aesthetic.

Since its creation by George Fazio in 1968, and its later renovation by his nephew, world-renowned golf architect Tom Fazio, Edgewood has captured the imaginations and tested the mettle of golfers of all skill levels from around the globe.

Edgewood will host the American Century Championship from July 10 to 14; tickets are on sale. | edgewoodtahoe.com

Lake Tahoe Golf CourseOpen
Lake Tahoe Golf Course’s par 71, 6,741-yard championship golf course was designed by William Bell to blend harmoniously with its surroundings in the Sierra Nevada. Abundant waterfowl and mountain wildlife roam the edges of the manicured fairways and each tee box offers breathtaking views of Mount Tallac, Twin Peaks and the top of Heavenly.

The Upper Truckee River winds throughout the course and comes into play on seven holes, with lakes and streams in play on six others. An enjoyable challenge for golfers of all abilities, Lake Tahoe Golf Course has maintained its reputation for outstanding course conditions, responsible environmental practices, and best-in-class services. | laketahoegc.com

Tahoe Paradise Golf CourseOpen
Experience Lake Tahoe’s breathtaking landscape while enjoying a round of golf. Nestled amidst the grandeur of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, just a short distance from South Lake Tahoe, lies this inviting course enveloped by majestic pines. Immerse yourself in the tranquility of nature as you traverse the meticulously designed 18 holes, offering both beauty and challenge to golfers of all levels.

Designed by Fred R. Blanchard, it features a challenging variety of par 3s and 4s ranging from 95 to 372 yards. Family-style vibes and green fees that won’t break the bank, are all sure to keep you coming back again and again. | tahoeparadisegc.com

North Lake Tahoe

Incline Village Championship CourseOpen
In 1964, Robert Trent Jones and his son laid out his grand design for the Incline Village Championship Golf Course, carving into the mountainside a course that would stand the test of time and set it apart in humble fashion among all others in the Tahoe Basin. This year, enjoy new hitting surfaces at the driving range and look for new and upgraded hitting mats in late June.

Timothy Sands, PGA, was recently hired as the general manager of golf operations for the Incline Village General Improvement District, which owns the Championship and Mountain courses. Sands has spent his career in the golf industry working with both nonprofit and for-profit golf operations. As well, Robert Bruce, PGA, has been promoted to the role of senior head golf professional this season. Ashley Wood, PGA, returns for another season as the head of player development for the Incline Village Golf Academy. | inclinegolf.com

Incline Village Mountain CourseOpens May 24
Incline Village Mountain Golf Course is Nevada’s highest elevation course. It was built in 1968, designed by the legendary golf architect Robert Trent Jones Jr., who has put his stamp on courses such as Chambers Bay in Washington, which hosted the 2015 U.S. Open. It’s an 18-hole executive layout, but despite its moderate yardage and true to the nature of Jones’ golf philosophy, this is not a course that is easily conquered; pars here are won in a chess-like game of risk and reward.

Donny Ohu returns for a second season as the assistant golf professional at the Mountain course. Donny has more than 10 years of experience in the golf industry and will continue to oversee innovative programs and clinics at the course.| inclinegolf.com

Old Brockway Golf CourseOpen
Old Brockway Golf Course is a nine-hole gem tucked into the forest, just a stone’s throw from Lake Tahoe’s shores in Kings Beach. Designed by John Duncan Dunn in the 1920s, it opened to the public in 1924. It is one of only a few century-old courses still in play in Tahoe (read the feature on Old Brockway’s 100th year in this edition).

Old Brockway was home of the 1st Bing Crosby Golf Tournament in 1934-35 and was the first 9-hole golf course in America to become an Audubon cooperative sanctuary. The course still maintains its old-fashioned feel: narrow fairway corridors, small greens and wild times. Old Brockway is usually one of the first to open and among the last to close each year. | oldbrockway.com

Tahoe City Golf CourseOpen
Well over 100 years old, the Tahoe City Golf Course has never ceased to provide great golf at a reasonable price since opening in 1917. The nine-hole, par-33 course is in downtown Tahoe City. Despite its compact stature, it provides fun and challenging play for both experts and novices.

In the middle of the 20th Century, the course was a popular hangout for Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack.

The legendary Tahoe Tavern Hotel commissioned Isabella May “Queenie” Dunn to design the course on what was then a hay meadow. It was expanded to nine holes in 1926, the same year her brother John laid out the Old Brockway Golf Course.

The course remains a favorite among locals and visitors and is one of the only courses in the area where dogs play for free. | tcpud.org/golf

Olympic Valley

The Links at Everline ResortOpens May 31
Designed by the esteemed golf course architect Robert Trent Jones Jr., the Links at Everline stands as a testament to 10 years of meticulous planning and environmental stewardship and is certified by the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf, a beacon of sustainable design and conservation.

Nestled in the breathtaking landscape of Olympic Valley, the course seamlessly integrates with its natural surroundings, preserving the beauty of Lake Tahoe’s mountainous terrain and wildlife habitat. Enjoy course enhancements underway this spring while playing this season. | destinationhotels.com

Truckee

Coyote Moon Golf CourseOpens May 24
A high-elevation roller coaster ride and true test of one’s skill reading the natural topography of the land, shot placement and ball-flight control.

Located in Tahoe Donner, the course is carved into 250 acres of climbs and drops, bends and tunnels, with breathtaking views in a heavily wooded alpine zone, featuring towering pines and eccentric granite outcroppings.

The layout sports countless elevation changes, both vertically and horizontally, with well-guarded greens and strategically placed hazards throughout. | coyotemoongolf.com

Gray’s Crossing Golf CourseOpen
Tucked away in a beautiful mountain meadow in the shadow of Mount Rose, Gray’s Crossing embraces the surrounding landscape. Stroll through this classically designed Peter Jacobsen course and take notice of its natural features. Like the play, they’ll change each season.

Gray’s Crossing opened in 2007 and was once a private golf facility; though now open to the public, it still has a private feel and look to it. Expect lofty ancient pine trees, native landscapes, wide fairways and relatively easy-to-find greens.

The National Audubon Society recognized Gray’s Crossing as an Audubon International Gold Signature Sanctuary. | tahoemountainclub.com

Old Greenwood Golf CourseOpen
Get lost in 600 acres of towering pines while playing the storied and challenging Old Greenwood. The course is a pure golf haven handcrafted by the legendary Jack Nicklaus in 2004.

The practice facility here is second to none in the Reno-Tahoe area and offers customized learning opportunities, as well as a fully immersive golf academy.

The course is also home to the PGA Tour’s Barracuda Championship returning from July 18 to 21. Spectator tickets are on sale now. | tahoemountainclub.com

Ponderosa Golf CourseOpen
Originally brought to fruition by the townspeople and designed by Bob Baldock, Ponderosa Golf Course is Truckee’s oldest golf course, opening for play in 1961. It’s a short nine-hole course and, except for one severely uphill par 3, is quite flat. However, no hole is a streamline conquest; the fairways are tight and, though hitting driver is always tempting, it can easily lead to driving right through the short grass into a monster pine or onto the adjacent fairways. Overall, it’s a great and affordable place to sharpen your game. | ponderosagolfcoursetruckee.com

Schaffer’s Mill Golf & Lake ClubOpen
Set amongst the lush Sierra foothills, Schaffer’s Mill is a semi-private golf facility co-designed by John Harbottle and two-time major winner Johnny Miller.

The outward or Meadow nine ambles through firs, spruce and Ponderosas at the base of a ridge, while the inward Mountain nine showcases elevation changes of up to 400 feet, with magnificent 360° views of the Martis Valley and Lookout Mountain. The par 71 course plays to more than 7,000 yards. The facility offers a limited number of memberships to the public each season. | schaffersmill.com

Tahoe Donner Driving RangeOpens May 23;
Course — Opens June 1
Tahoe Donner Golf Course was recently voted one of the Top 50 U.S. Golf Courses and No. 4 in California by NBC Golfer’s Choice awards.

Tahoe Donner invested $2 million in course improvements in 2020 and 2021, and golfers of all skill levels can enjoy enhanced playability, an improved pace of play and one of the region’s best alpine golf experiences.

If you haven’t played the course since the improvements, you’ll discover new greens; expanded and redesigned tees, including forward tees; better player shot selection through improved drainage and relocated cart paths; and wider and more playable fairways. | tahoedonner.com

Northstar

Northstar Golf CourseOpens May 24
A tale of two nines. The Northstar Golf Course offers two unique golf experiences.

The front nine, weaving its way around Martis Valley, is flat, exposed, traditional and straightforward. The back nine immediately immerses players into mountainous terrain and winds its way through shaded hallways between the tall trees.

The course was designed by Robert Muir Graves and is an approachable endeavor for golfers of all ages and skill levels. | northstarcalifornia.com

Lost Sierra

The Dragon at Nakoma Golf ResortOpen
Nakoma offers an exceptional golf experience far from the crowded courses and wait times. With picture-postcard views from every tee, Nakoma’s 18-hole championship course, the Dragon, never disappoints. Designed by Robin Nelson, creator of the famous Dunes at Mauna Lani, the Dragon debuted as one of America’s Top 75, according to Golf World.

Play starts and finishes at the iconic Frank Lloyd Wright Lodge. Come out and take on holes such as Dragon Lagoon, Dragon’s Tail and Teeth of the Dragon. | nakomaresort.com

Feather River Park ResortOpen
Just outside Blairsden and Graeagle, Feather River Park Resort golf course opened in 1985 and was designed by Bert Stamps.

It sits in a prime spot amongst the Mohawk Valley offering stunning views and a nine-hole, par-35 golf experience for golfers of all skill levels. | featherriverparkresort.com

Graeagle Meadows Golf CourseOpen
Opened in 1968, designed by Ellis Van Groder, Graeagle Meadows Golf Course sits among the vast Mohawk Valley. The course digs itself farther and farther away from civilization, as your round goes on and plays host to an abundance of wildlife.

The native landscape can be deep and chaotic and missing fairways can result in adventurous outings. Finesse of the short game is of importance here. | playgraeagle.com

Grizzly Ranch Golf ClubOpen
This stunningly beautiful course is nestled between the high desert and the million-acre Plumas National Forest. Designed by renowned architect Bob Cupp, Grizzly Ranch is the No. 1 ranked public accessible course in the Sierra Nevada and No. 9 of all California public access courses (Golf Digest).

From the moment you step off the first tee, you will notice that this is a long course, playing at more than 7,400 yards from the back tees. It’s mainly flat and open, tempting you to make the big shots, though cautionary play can at many times be beneficial because ideal landing zones are often filled with one hazard or another and generally require some creative thinking. | grizzlyranchliving.com

Plumas Pines Golf CourseOpen
The course opened in 1980 and was sculpted by Homer Flint. It follows the Feather River around a sharply groomed, vibrant green oasis.

Water can be found at almost every hole and fittingly so. There’s no shortage of forced carries and must-hit fades and draws. It’s a short course, but is filled with tight corners, huge pine trees and quick-putting surfaces. | plumaspinesgolf.com

Whitehawk Ranch Golf CourseOpen
Whitehawk Ranch Golf Club is a championship-caliber course in the serene Mohawk Valley in Clio. Designed by Dick Bailey, the course opened in 1996. It has since racked up several honors and is consistently ranked amongst the Top 10 to 20 courses on many editorials’ Best Public Golf Courses of California lists.

With Sierra peaks in nearly every direction and several streams moseying through the playing field and into lush ponds and even waterfalls, there’s not a spot on the course lacking a beautiful view. | golfwhitehawk.com