With one of the driest winters on record, courses are opening earlier than ever before. Old Brockway was only closed for three months, closing on Dec. 8 and reopening on March 14, which is the earliest opening date in its 90-year history. Courses in the Reno-Carson area never shut down and saw lots of play throughout the winter months.
As a golfer and a winter sport enthusiast, a dry winter like this is bittersweet. Like many of you, I was able to log several rounds over the past few months and maintain or at least attempt to maintain the swing that I grooved all last summer and fall. Golfers from all over the region were able to keep their game sharp this winter and enter the golf season ready to challenge the most difficult holes. The hardest hole on any course is usually listed as the No. 1 handicap on the score card. The following is a selection of the most difficult holes from regional courses. Get out there and enjoy the great conditions.
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Bijou Golf Course
Hole 6 | Par 4 | 347 yards
The most difficult hole at Bijou Golf Course is hole 6. It is a 347-yard, slight dog leg to the left par 4 with OB along the right side. The fairway narrows at about 220 yards from the tee. The smart play is to hit a long iron or hybrid off the tee. This is a challenging tee shot. The green is round and relatively small.
Coyote Moon Golf Course
Hole 4 | Par 4 | 441 yards
Hole 4 at Coyote Moon Golf Course is a par 4 with a fairway that slopes from left to right. It plays 441 yards from the back tees. Off the tee, a soft draw is the ideal shot. After a solid tee ball, a mid-iron is likely to be the club used to a green that sits uphill. Be sure to take an extra club for this approach as it plays a few yards longer than expected. This green runs from back to front; so do not leave the ball above the hole.
Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course
Hole 3 | par 5 | 599 yards
At Edgewood, hole 3 is rated the most difficult. It is a sharp, dog leg to the right with a set of fairway bunkers that can be challenged with the prevailing wind. This is a true three-shot hole. There is a bunker at about 100 yards from the green and a lake along the left that makes this layup shot challenging. Check the pin position on the green for the third shot. This green is large, narrow and slopes from back to front.
The Golf Club at Gray’s Crossing
Hole 9 | par 4 | 474 yards
At Gray’s Crossing, the No. 1 handicap is a long, par 4 playing 474 yards from the back tees. What you see is what you get here. It takes two big shots to get onto the green in regulation. This green is large, so make sure to take note of the pin position since there is a two-club difference between a front hole location and a back hole location.
Graeagle Meadows Golf Course
Hole 4 | par 4 | 408 yards
At Graeagle Meadows, the most difficult rated hole is number 4 playing 408 yards. It is an uphill, dog leg to the right par 4. The ideal play off the tee is to hit driver down the left side. Doing so will allow for the best angle into this green that is protected by a bunker short right.
Grizzly Ranch Golf Course
Hole 3 | par 5 | 640 yards
Hole 3 at Grizzly Ranch is a monster of a par 5. It is slightly uphill and is 640 yards from the back tees. Two enormous shots can still leave you with a middle iron into this green. The approach shot into the green also plays uphill over a large hazard that forces the third shot to be all carry. Par on this hole is exceptional.
Incline Village Championship Golf Course
Hole 3 | par 4 | 432 yards
The No. 1 handicap hole at the Championship Course is par 4 hole 3. From the back tees, it measures 432 yards. It is a soft, dog leg right with a set of fairway bunkers that can be challenged from the tee. The drive off the tee is critical since this green is two tiered, making for a difficult approach. Protected by a bunker, this green is long and narrow, so accuracy is key on the second shot.
Incline Village Mountain Course
Hole 8 | Par 3 | 200 yards
The No. 1 handicap hole at Incline Village Mountain Course is hole 8. It is a 200-yard, par 3 with a pair of bunkers protecting the green. A long iron or hybrid will be the club used for this tee shot. Be sure to pay attention to the yardage since going long can result in your ball going out of bounds.
Nakoma Golf Resort
Hole 6 | par 4 | 437 yards
At Nakoma Golf Resort, the most challenging hole is par 4 hole 6. It plays 437 yards from the back tees. It is a dog leg left with a set of fairway bunkers at the end of the fairway. A good drive to the end of the fairway will leave a mid to long iron into this green that has a large waste area short that forces the second shot to be all carry. The green is slightly uphill and is protected by one bunker short right
Northstar California Golf Course
Hole 7 | par 5 | 590 yards
Hole 7 at Northstar Golf Course is a 590-yard par 5 that plays directly into the prevailing wind. The difficulty of this hole is the wind combined with the length. Driver off the tee, and then a fairway wood for the second shot, can still leave a mid to long iron into this green. On the green, there is a ridge that bisects the green in the middle, so be sure to take the right club for the approach.
Old Brockway Golf Course
Hole 7 | Par 5 | 578 yards
Hole 7 is the longest hole at Old Brockway Golf Course and is just shy of 600 yards. There is a tree along the left that forces the player to hit his or her tee shot down the right side, preferably with a slight draw. The second shot should be played to the bottom of the valley of the fairway, leaving a short but challenging approach over a creek to a small, crowned green.
Old Greenwood Golf Course
Hole 2 | par 5 | 631 yards
Hole 2 at Old Greenwood Golf Course is a 631-yard par 5, slight dog leg to the right. Tee shots will funnel down to the right edge of the fairway, so be sure to favor the left side. Positioning on the lay-up is critical. The shot should be played down the right side of the fairway in order to have the best angle for a third shot into this narrow green.
Plumas Pines Golf Resort
Hole 2 | Par 4 | 393 yards
At Plumas Pines Golf Resort, the No. 1 handicap is hole 2. It is a 393-yard, par 4 from the blue tees. Off the tee, the best shot is approximately 225 yards. There is a river that runs along the left hand side, so be sure to favor the right side. A mid iron is used for the second shot into a tricky green that has a bunker on the left.
Ponderosa Golf Course
Hole 9 | par 5 | 507 yards
The most difficult hole at Ponderosa Golf Course is par 5 hole 9 playing 507 yards. It is a slight dog leg to the right with out of bounds down the left side. The tee shot is a played through a narrow shoot of trees. Following a solid tee ball, the second shot must be navigated around the lone towering Ponderosa tree that divides the fairway in two. The green is protected by two sand bunkers, left and right.
Resort at Squaw Creek
Hole 8 | par 4 | 338 yards
Hole 8 par 4 measuring 338 yards from the back tees is the No. 1 handicap at Squaw Creek. This is a short, yet demanding, par 4. A hybrid or long iron off the tee will leave a short iron for the approach. The green is an elevated, island green that is surrounded on all sides by marsh land. Birdie is possible, but so is double bogey, so make sure to hit an accurate approach.
Schaffer’s Mill Golf and Lake Club
Hole 9 | Par 4 | 480 yards
At Schaffer’s Mill Golf and Lake Club, the toughest rated hole is par 4 hole 9. It measures 480 yards from the back tees. Driver off the tee is the play to a fairway that is relatively easy to hit. The difficulty is in the second shot. Most players will be hitting a mid to long iron for his or her approach into a green that is guarded by a couple pot bunkers and a large lake on the left side. This green has many undulations, so be sure to play the approach to the correct portion of the green.
South Lake Tahoe Golf Course
Hole 13 | Par 4 | 453 yards
The longest and No. 1 handicap hole at South Lake Tahoe Golf Course is par 4 hole 13. It measures 453 yards from the back tees. This is a long hole and requires a well-hit drive off the tee, but use caution as there is a lake and fairway bunkers guarding this fairway. A long iron or even hybrid will be used by most for this second shot into a undulating green that has bunkers short and left.
Tahoe City Golf Course
Hole 3 | Par 4 | 420 yards
At Tahoe City Golf Course, the most challenging hole is par 4 hole 3. It plays 420 yards from the back tees. Off the tee, the fairway narrows at about 260 yards. A successful tee shot will leave the player with a mid-iron into a green that plays downhill. Make sure to take one or two less clubs into this green that slopes severely from right to left.
Tahoe Donner Golf Course
Hole 10 | par 4 | 421 yards
The No. 1 handicap hole at Tahoe Donner is par 4 hole 10. It is 421 yards from the championship tees. There is a creek that runs through the fairway forcing the player to lay up short, or attempt the 270-yard carry over the creek. Off the tee, this a great risk vs reward hole. A successful drive over the creek will leave a short iron into this green that has a single bunker short left.
Tahoe Paradise Golf Course
Hole 18 | Par 4 | 372 yards
Hole 18 at Tahoe Paradise Golf Course is a 372-yard, par 4. The tee box is surrounded by a narrow shoot of trees that makes the tee shot appear more difficult than it is. Once out of the shoot of trees, the fairway is quite large. The second shot plays slightly shorter than the yardage, so be sure to take less club. There is a bunker on the left protecting the green that slopes from back to front.
Whitehawk Ranch Golf Club
Hole 4 | par 4 | 481 yards
The most difficult hole at Whitehawk is par 4 hole 4. It is 481 yards from the back tees and plays straight uphill. Following a solid drive off the tee, a hybrid or long iron is used for the approach to an elevated green. Be sure to control the yardage since going long of the green can leave a speedy pitch shot and a sure bogey.