GOLFING THE SIERRA
From Truckee to Incline Village to the Reno/Carson Valley, an inviting golf course is never far away in the Sierra. For those willing to travel a short distance, well-manicured and incredibly scenic links for every level of play are waiting to be discovered throughout the region.
TRUCKEE Truckee offers a wide range of golf course options. Choose from highmountain play with soaring views at Coyote Moon and Tahoe Donner or take in the views of Martis Valley on Northstar’s two distinct nines. For a more upscale golf experience, tee up at Jack Nicklaus-designed Old Greenwood or the Peter Jacobsendesigned Gray’s Crossing. For a casual and affordable game, visit the historic nine-hole Ponderosa Golf Course.
Coyote Moon Golf Course Holes: 18 Rates: $115-$175 530.587.0886 coyotemoongolf.com
The Golf Club at Gray’s Crossing Holes: 18 Rates: $60-$200 866.703.4653 golfintahoe.com
Lahontan Golf Club Holes: 18 Rates: Membership Club 530.550.2400 lahontangolf.com
Northstar California Golf Course
Ponderosa Golf Course
Holes: 18 Rates: $40-$90 530.562.3290 northstarcalifornia.com
Holes: 9 Rates: $15-$52 530.587.3501 ponderosegolfcoursetruckee.com
Schaffer’s Mill Golf and Lake Club
Holes: 18 Rates: Membership Club 530.550.3200 martiscamp.com
Holes: 18 Rates: $105-$215 (non-member) 530.582.6964 schaffersmill.com
Old Greenwood Golf Course
Tahoe Donner Golf Course
Holes: 18 Rates: $60-$200 866.703.4653 golfintahoe.com
Holes: 18 Rates: $40-$125 (non-member) 530.587.9442 tahoedonner.com
PICTURED: Above: TRUCKEE - Old Greenwood Golf Course. Below: TRUCKEE - Martis Camp.
NORTH LAKE TAHOE
North Lake Tahoe is home to some of the region’s finest courses. Experience breathtaking views of Lake Tahoe at Incline Village’s Mountain and Championship courses. Test your best game at the Resort at Squaw Creek, the only fully organic championship course in the Lake Tahoe region. For a causal experience try out the historic nine-hole Old Brockway course, the days-old playground for Tahoe’s Rat Pack scene and home to the first Bing Crosby Golf Tournament in 1934. The Tahoe City nine-hole course offers some of the most affordable rounds in the area.
Incline Village Championship Course Holes: 18 Rates: $40-$190 775.832.1146 golfincline.com
Incline Village Mountain Course Holes: 18 Rates: $18-$70 775.832.1146 golfincline.com
Old Brockway Golf Course Holes: 9 Rates: $27-35 530.546.9909 oldbrockway.com
Resort at Squaw Creek Golf Course Holes: 18 Rates: $40-$99 530.581.6637 squawcreek.com
Tahoe City Golf Course Holes: 9 Rates: $15-$60 530.583.1516 golftahoecity.com
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE
South Tahoe is home to Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course, the only course that sits directly on the shores of the Lake. Edgewood is routinely rated among Golf Digest’s Top 100 golf courses in America and plays host to the NBC televised American Century Celebrity Golf Tournament which brings top players, famous athletes and noteworthy stars to the region each summer. South Lake Tahoe is also home to some of the area’s most forgiving and family-friendly courses.
Bijou Golf Course
Lake Tahoe Golf Course Holes: 18 Rates: $12-$89 530.577.0788 laketahoegc.com
Tahoe Paradise Golf Course Holes: 18 Rates: $30-$62 530.577.2121 tahoeparadisegc.com
North of Truckee on Hwy 89, golfers will discover a handful of world-class golf courses sprinkled throughout Plumas County. The Dragon at Nakoma Golf Resort is rated among America’s Top 75 according to Golf World and features stunning mountain views along with a Frank Lloyd Wright-designed clubhouse. Neighboring Whitehawk Ranch has ranked among Top 20 California courses by Golf Digest. Every course in this region is guaranteed to deliver rewarding, picturesque and pristine playing conditions with options for every level of play.
The Dragon at Nakoma Golf Resort Holes: 18 Rates: $60-$115 877.462.5662 nakomagolfresort.com
Feather River Inn Golf Course Holes: 9 Rates: n/a 530.836.2623 featherriverinn.com
Feather River Park Resort Holes: 9 Rates: $20-28 530.836.2328 featherriverparkresort.com
Graeagle Meadows Golf Course Holes: 18 Rates: $25-$79 530.836.2323 playgraeagle.com
Grizzly Ranch Golf Club Holes: 18 Rates: $50-$99 530.832.4200 grizzlyranchgolfclub.com
Plumas Pines Golf Course
Holes: 9 Rates: $15-$22 530.542.6097 cityofslt.us
Holes:18 Rates: $34-$99 530.836.1420 plumaspinesgolf.com
Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course
Whitehawk Ranch Golf Course
Holes: 18 Rates: $110-$260 775.588.2787 edgewoodtahoe.com
Holes:18 Rates: $49-$99 530.836.0394 golfwhitehawk.com
RENO & SPARKS With a lower elevation and a milder climate, a short drive down the hill to Reno or Sparks affords Tahoe’s committed golfers a chance to swing their clubs earlier in the spring, and year-round at some courses. With more than a dozen options ranging from private golf clubs to casual, family-friendly play, there’s something for every golfer in Reno and Sparks. For spectators, Wildcreek has been the three-time host to the PGA Seniors Tournament and Montrêux is home to the PGA Barracuda Championship tournament, slated for July 31 – August 6, 2017.
RENO The Club at Arrowcreek | The Legend Holes: Two 18-hole courses Rates: Membership Club 775.850.4471 golfarrowcreek.com
Lakeridge Golf Course Holes: 18 Rates: Membership Club 775.850.4471 lakeridgegolf.com
Montrêux Golf & Country Club Holes: 18 Rates: Membership Club 775.849.1090 montreuxgolf.com
Rosewood Lakes Golf Course Holes: 18 Rates: Not available 775.857.2892 rosewoodlakes.com Photo Courtesy: visitrenotahoe.com
PICTURED: Above, Top: NORTH LAKE TAHOE Incline Village Mountain Course. Above, Bottom: RENO - Montrêux Golf & Country Club. Right: SOUTH LAKE TAHOE American Century Celebrity Classic at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course, July 11-16.
Sierra Sage Golf Course Holes: 18 Rates: $6-$27 775.972.1564 sierrasagegolf.org
Washoe Golf Course Holes: Two 9-hole courses Rates: $11-$33 775.828.6633 washoegolf.org
Wolf Run Golf Club Holes: 18 Rates: $25-$50 775.851.3301 wolfrungolfclub.com
SPARKS The Links at Kiley Ranch Holes: 9 Rates: $11-$15 775.354.2100 thelinksatkileyranch.com
Redhawk Golf and Resort | The Hills & The Lakes Courses Holes: Two 18-hole courses Rates: $39-$75 775.626.6000 redhawkgolfandresort.com
Wildcreek | Championship & Executive Courses Holes: One 18-hole course / One 9-hole course Rates: $15-$59 775.673.3100 wildcreekgolf.net
CARSON VALLEY The Carson Valley tees up a unique blend of both challenging and family-friendly courses, all with stunning views of the Carson Range. Dayton Valley is an Arnold Palmer-designed course, recognized as one of the top courses in Northern Nevada and a PGA Tour Qualifier location since 1995. Genoa Lakes is home of a U.S. Open Qualifier.
Carson Valley Golf Course Holes: 18 Rates: $21-$42 775.265.3181 carsonvalleygolf.com
Dayton Valley Golf Club Holes: 18 Rates: $25-$45) 246-7888 775.246.7888 duncangolfreno.com/dayton-valley
Eagle Valley | East Course & West Course Holes: Two 18-hole courses Rates: $15-$65 775.887.2380 eaglevalleygolf.com
Preparing for High Altitude Play The higher the elevation, the thinner the air. For golfers, that means less friction on their golf balls, which leads to shots with all clubs traveling considerably further than usual. If your driver has a lower launch angle, the ball won’t climb as high into the air off the clubface. The ball then falls out of the sky more quickly. Consider using a driver with more loft and/or a shaft with a low kick point to maximize the carry on your drives. If you typically play a ‘low-spin’ ball, play a ball that spins more for your rounds at high elevations. Keep in mind a ball that spins less, also curves less. That means hooks and slices are minimized compared to similar shots on low-land golf courses. By experimenting with a driver with more loft and a ball with more spin, you can maximize the advantage of playing at a high altitude. Understanding the dynamics of how differently the ball flies at elevation can help you manage your game better. That said, get to the range before your round at high altitude to get adjusted.
Empire Ranch Golf Course | Comstock River & Sierra River Courses Holes: Two 9-hole courses Rates: $22-$65 775.885.2100 empireranchgolf.com
Genoa Lakes Golf Club | Lakes Course & Ranch Course Holes: Two 18-hole courses Rates: $40-$120 775.782.GOLF genoalakes.com
Silver Oak Golf Course Holes: 18 Rates: $10-$55 775.841.7000 silveroakgolf.com
Sunridge Golf Club Holes: 18 Rates: $25-$50 775.267.4448 sunridgegc.com
By experimenting with a driver with more loft and a ball with more spin, you can maximize the advantage of playing at a high altitude.
Directory of golf courses throughout Reno, Tahoe, Truckee and surrounding Plumas County and Carson Valley.