The days are warming and soon the golf courses of Tahoe and Reno will be lush, green and ready for a summer of swinging clubs. This region offers a variety of courses from the infamous greens of Edgewood in South Lake Tahoe to the rolling hills of Northstar, the community feel of Ponderosa in Truckee or the off-the-beaten-path adventure of Whitehawk in the Lost Sierra.
This summer is the summer to find your new favorite course. Explore beyond the comforts of the courses in your backyard and discover the variety of games in Tahoe, Truckee, Reno and beyond.
Courtesy Incline Village Championship Course
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Truckee & Northstar
Courtesy Coyote Moon
Truckee offers the widest variety of golf in the area. Golfers seeking exclusivity will enjoy Schaffer’s Mill. This 18-hole private course that offers memberships to the public sits in the gated community between Olympic Valley and Northstar with a forested landscape and some of the most unique holes in the area.
The Northstar Golf Course combines a unique mountain layout with tree-lined fairways and small greens with the resort experience of the Village at Northstar. In addition to a challenging round of golf, players may take advantage of fly-fishing, mountain biking, hiking and the amenities of the Village.
Featured as a top destination for golfers, the Old Greenwood Golf Course is a Jack Nicklaus Signature design. This course is one of the few four-season resort golf courses in Tahoe and Truckee region and is the perfect stop for combining golf and skiing in one trip.
For a shorter round, the Ponderosa Golf Course is a 9-hole community course that provides solid practice place for beginning and intermediate golfers.
And, you won’t want to miss the spectacular views from Coyote Moon and Tahoe Donner offer sweeping vistas of the Sierra from their mountain perches.
North Lake Tahoe & Olympic Valley
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Head to Incline Village to see a pair of North Lake Tahoe’s finest courses. The Mountain Course, which is a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary combines a unique design to bring out the most of the scenic area. The natural landscape may be a challenge for low-handicap players, but multiple tee placements make this course accessible for players of all levels. Incline Village’s Championship Course offers demanding golf action, accuracy and risk-reward opportunities.
Those spending time in Olympic Valley will enjoy a round at The Links at Squaw Creek offering a challenging game in the shadow of Squaw Valley Ski Resort.
Nathan Kendall | Squaw Valley
Home to the likes of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Bob Hope and Sammy Davis Jr. during the 1950s, the Tahoe City Golf Course is a municipal course that offers some of the most affordable rounds in the area.
Enjoy a round of golf at the historic Old Brockway Golf Course in Kings Beach, which was also the home for the first Bing Crosby Tournament in 1934.
South Lake Tahoe
Courtesy Lake Tahoe Golf Course
Home to one of the most famous courses in the area, the Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course is routinely rated among the Top 100 golf courses in America and is the host of the American Century Celebrity Golf Tournament, which brings top players and famous faces to the region each summer. With views of the lake and Tahoe’s casinos golfers must negotiate the amphitheater of trees for a successful game.
For a more casual game, golfers may head to the Bijou Municipal Golf Course. This 9-hole course offers the same forested setting as Edgewood Tahoe Golf, but with a laid-back atmosphere and some of the most affordable fees in the region.
The Tahoe Paradise Golf Course is hilly 18-hole course with tight, narrow fairways and some of the best views in the area. Although the views at Tahoe Paradise are tough to beat, playing along the Truckee River at Lake Tahoe Golf Course is another treat not to be missed.
Reno & Sparks
Lower elevation and a milder climate allows the courses in the Reno and Sparks area to open earlier than the courses in Tahoe. Those jonesing to swing a club in the early spring may take a short drive down the hill and start the golf season before the snow melts off the mountains.
With more than a dozen courses to choose from, there’s something for every golfer in Reno and Sparks. Consistently voted the Best in Reno since it opened in 1969, the Lake Ridge Golf Course is a challenging course that demands attention and offers little room for error.
Birdwatchers might enjoy the meticulously manicured fairways of Rosewood Lakes Golf Course, which is a member of the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program and sprawls across wetlands and wildlife sanctuaries.
Although many of the courses in the area do not rely on big-name architects, a few stars do exist. The Arnold Palmer-designed Club at Arrowcreek is one example. This two-course facility overlooks downtown Reno and offers some of the fastest greens in the area.
Enjoy a piece of the area’s history at Reno’s oldest course. Founded in 1917, Washoe Golf Course is an 18-hole course that is open year-round.
One of the best-known courses in the area, the Wild Creek Golf Course has hosted three Senior PGA Tournaments and serves as a popular destination for visiting golfers.
Just down the road, the Carson Valley serves up seven more unique courses. Empire Ranch Golf Course offers 27 holes and picturesque views of the Comstock and the Carson River. Empires three individual nines offer three different 18-hole combinations with fairways that are carefully guarded with strategic bunkers.
Golfers looking for a serious challenge should head to the Eagle Valley | West Course. The links-style layout offers a variety of holes that are a true test for even advanced players. The Eagle Valley | East Course offers the same great views but a less daunting game for those looking to take it easy. For one of the most affordable games in the area, head to Sunridge Golf Club.
A short drive to Genoa Lakes Golf Club offers two more options. The Ranch Course at Genoa Lakes is one of the most challenging courses in the area while the Lakes course offers one of the more natural settings in the High Sierra.
The Lost Sierra
Courtesy Grizzly Ranch
Head North on Highway 89 from Truckee and one will discover a lost world complete with hidden, world-class golf destinations. The Dragon at Nakoma Golf Resort in Clio offers a delightful challenge for golfers of all levels and breathtaking views of the surrounding High Sierra. Golf Digest has ranked the neighboring Whitehawk Ranch Golf Club as one of the Top 20 courses in California. The natural landscape features streams and waterfalls that wind through the forested area.
Plumas Pines in Graeagle is an integral part of what makes Reno a top-notch golf destination. This 18-hole course runs along the Feather River with tree-lined fairways that are in pristine condition. And, take in superb greens with amazing views at Graeagle Golf Course.
Just beyond the Lost Sierra and nestled between the Sierra Nevada and Cascade ranges, the Grizzly Ranch Golf Club is surrounded by over a million acres of national and state forest. This scenic course offers a challenging game but the absence of steep holes and opportunity for playable lies makes this course forgiving enough for beginning and intermediate players.