By TJ Lester ·
Graeagle Meadows Golf Course
18 holes | Par 72
Yardage | 4,526-6,759
Slope | 112-127
Rating | 65.1-71.
If you are looking for an alternative to the courses located in the Tahoe region, then take a splendid 47-mile drive north along highway 89 to Graeagle Meadows Golf Course. The course first opened as 9 holes in 1968 and the back 9 was completed in 1970. It was designed by Ellis Van Groder and features panoramic views of the Mohawk Valley.
Graeagle Meadows is an enjoyable layout for all ability levels. From the blue tees, it measures 6,759 yards. A new set of forward tees have been installed playing 4,526 yards, which is a terrific option for junior golfers. Tee to green it plays quite fair with no tricked up design work. What you see is what you get and can expect. The greens are modestly sized and stress accurate approach shots.
The clubhouse has recently been remodeled and features a fully stocked pro shop, a full bar, and a restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. There is a large driving range and chipping area with a sand bunker. Make sure to visit the Web site and read the course map section, which offers a unique local history for each hole along with pro tips.
The most stunning hole at Graeagle Meadows is hole 6, English Gold. It is a downhill par 4 measuring 386 yards. From the tee you can see Eureka Peak, which is where prospectors found gold on its eastern face in 1851. Bring your camera to the tee box because this is the best view on the course. Off the tee there is a fairway bunker 250 yards away on the right side that forces the player to hit it down the left center. A short iron or wedge will be the club used for this approach into a green that is protected by three bunkers.
Hole 16 is the longest and most difficult par three on the course. It measures 170 yards from the blue tees. The tee shot here is likely the most challenging shot you will encounter at Graeagle. The tee box is set among towering pines that gives the player the feeling of hitting down a hallway of trees. A mid iron off the tee should be played to the left side of the green. There are three bunkers – one left, one right and one long that must be avoided at all costs.
The current playing conditions at Graeagle Meadows could not be better. The fairways are tightly mowed and lush. Putting is a treat on these pure and true greens.
For more information, directions and green fees please visit playgraeagle.com or call (530) 836-2323.