By TJ Lester ·
Whitehawk Ranch ·
18 holes | Par 71
Yardage | 4,815-6,954
Course rating | 62.9-71.7
Slope | 105-129
Whitehawk Ranch Golf Club is a short drive north from Truckee on highway 89 in the majestic Mohawk Valley. The course was designed by Dick Bailey in 1996 and offers a unique blend of holes that wander through meadows of native grasses and wildflowers, along with holes that are cut through towering Aspens, cedars and firs.
In 2007 and 2008, Whitehawk was rated as the No. 11 best public course in California by Golf Digest Magazine, and also won the esteemed Golf Writers Association Environmental Award in 1997. The course is a par 71 that measures 6,954 yards from the four hawk tees.
Customer service is a premium at Whitehawk Ranch. The staff is extremely friendly and helpful. There is a fully stocked pro shop and a snack bar with sandwiches, hot dogs and beverages. The driving range is a highlight in itself with grass tees, multiple target flags and glistening Titleist NXT golf balls stacked in a pyramid. There is a large putting green and a chipping area with a sand bunker.
The 9th hole at Whitehawk Ranch offers the opportunity to drive the green. It is a short, 310-yard par 4. There is a stream that runs through the fairway about 210 yards off the tee and a pond that protects the green on the right side. Players that are confident with his or her driver will likely try to drive the green while other players will take the conservative route and lay up short of the creek. Many birdies are made on this hole, but so are double bogeys, so make sure to keep your ball in play.
The finishing hole at Whitehawk is a slight dog leg right par 5 measuring 558 yards from the back tees. A soft fade down the left center of the fairway is the ideal tee shot and will leave the best angle for the second shot. The second shot should be played to the left of the group of trees in the fairway. A short iron or wedge will be used for this approach into a green that has a stream running in front and a bunker on the right side.
Whitehawk Ranch is currently in fantastic shape. The greens are running true and at a quick, but fair pace. Stay and play packages are available and frequent player discounts are offered. The practice facility may be used all day for $20, which includes unlimited range balls and use of the putting and chipping areas.
For more information and directions, visit golfwhitehawk.com or call (530) 836-0394.