Resort at Squaw Creek ·
Surrounded by six majestic Sierra peaks, Resort at Squaw Creek’s 18-hole championship golf course sits serenely in Olympic Valley. This magnificent, links-style course will challenge all levels of ability. Renowned golf course architect Robert Trent Jones Jr. designed the course to preserve the unique beauty, natural wetlands and wildlife habitat of Olympic Valley. The spectacular result is a natural golf course that blends with its beautiful mountain surroundings.
Take your pick, this course is demanding from beginning to end. The last four holes provide the toughest test with the 5, 7, 1 and 3 handicap holes. The toughest hole for me was the par 5, 4th hole, which is the longest par 5 on the course. Long hitters can get there in two, but will need both length and accuracy. For the majority of golfers, it would be better to lay up short of the green since an errant shot will likely be unplayable. If you can make it through the front nine, which concludes with that demanding 4-hole stretch, then take a deep breath and be prepared for the links nine that places a premium on precise ball striking and targeted play.
The par 3, 6th hole features a demanding over-the-water approach and spectacular views of Olympic Valley’s surrounding peaks. Be sure to take enough club off the tee since the hole measures 210 yards and there is little room for error with water in front of the green and bunkers on either side of the green. Before moving onto the next hole, be sure to stop and admire the incredible setting of the High Sierra landscape.
One of the finest golf shops in the Lake Tahoe area, Squaw Creek Sports features everything from golf apparel and accessories to golf clubs and other equipment.
After 5:30 p.m., families can play a quick and easy game of golf on Resort at Squaw Creek’s front nine holes from the family tees (located about 150 yards from the green) for $45 per adult, children 17 and younger when accompanied by an adult are free and club rentals are half priced.
The Resort at Squaw also offers the Creek Card for $99, which affords holders half off of the highest prevailing rate. All fees include use of shared cart and a warm-up session on the driving range prior to play.
Resort at Squaw Creek Championship Golf Course is located at 400 Squaw Creek Road in Olympic Valley. For tee times, call (530) 581-6637 or visit squawcreek.com.