By TJ Lester
Tahoe City Golf Course ·
9 holes | Par 33
Yards | 2,403-2,691
Course rating | 65.5-65.7
Slope | 105-118
Tahoe City Golf Course was designed by May “Queenie” Dunn Hupfel in 1917. The original layout was links style consisting of 6 holes with sand greens. Guests of the famous Tahoe Tavern played golf here while vacationing in North Tahoe. The Tavern Links, as it was called back then, became 9 holes in 1926.
After passing through multiple owners, it was eventually purchased by a couple named Carl and Elsie Bechdolt in 1948. This period saw high stakes gambling games with illustrious figures such as Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, the Mills Brothers, Ken Venturi and Sammy Davis Jr. The Tahoe City Public Utility District now owns the course and it is operated by Duncan Golf Management.
Playing 2,691 yards from the blue tees, Tahoe City Golf Course offers a variety of shots and a mixture of challenging and easy holes, which makes this course enjoyable for low and high handicappers. Creeks, trees, and small greens put a premium on ball striking, and the occasional windy afternoon can make this seemingly easy 9-holer a formidable test.
Hole 4 par 4 is the most difficult rated hole measuring 425 yards from the blue tees. There is a fairway bunker 260 yards from the tee narrowing the fairway. A good drive will leave a mid-iron into this green. The green is well guarded with a creek short and two greenside bunkers. Do not hit your second shot right of the green, as it is virtually impossible to get up and down. This green slopes severely from right to left, so favor the left side, which will leave an uphill 3rd shot.
The most noteworthy hole at is par 4 number 5. It measures 316 yards from the back tees. This is likely the most demanding tee shot on the course. Some players will gamble and hit driver to the green, which is a risky play with out of bounds left, trees and a water hazard on the right. The more conservative play is to hit the tee shot about 175 yards splitting the two trees in the fairway. This will leave a short iron into a green that plays downhill. The green slopes sharply from front left to back right, so leave your approach accordingly.
Tahoe City Golf Course offers a full bar and grill inside the clubhouse. There is a chipping and putting green next to the 6th tee. The TCPUD also has installed bocce ball courts and offers league matches throughout the summer.
For tee times, rates and other info, call (530) 583-1516.