By TJ Lester ·
Incline Village Championship Course ·
18 holes | Par 72
Yardage | 5,208-7,106
Slope | 127-146
Rating | 68.7-73.9
The Championship Course in Incline Village was built in the summer of 1964, and was the first championship layout in the Tahoe Basin. The Crystal Bay Development Company hired Robert Trent Jones Sr. to carve a mountain layout that is a must play for any visitor. The highlight of this course is by far the dramatic views of Lake Tahoe.
From the Black tees the champ course plays to 7,106 yards. Tee to green this course plays extremely fair with wide landing areas and a relatively short overall yardage. The difficulty of this course is the greens. An insider tip for first time players: everything breaks toward the lake. If you think it is a straight putt, it will likely break down toward the water.
The No. 1 handicap hole at Incline Village 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.
The first par three on the course is hole 6. It plays 203 yards from the back tees. Don’t let the yardage fool you since this hole plays downhill. Use about 2 clubs less than the given yardage. The green slopes from left to right and has one bunker short and another one long. After putting out, grab your camera and make sure to look down the 7th tee because this is the best view on the course.
Incline Village Championship Course also has a world-class practice facility. The driving range has numerous hitting stalls and multiple targets varying in distance, plus a fantastic view of Lake Tahoe. The putting green located next to the 10th tee is one of the best places to practice your stroke in the Tahoe area. The green is 6,200 square feet.
In 2008 and 2011, Golf World added the pro shop to its list of top 100 golf shops in America. It offers equipment from a variety of leading manufactures and can perform club repair work. The Grill at The Chateau overlooks the 18th hole and serves cocktails, appetizers and lunch.
For tee times and more information, call (775) 832-1146 or visit golfincline.com.