Tahoe City Golf Course

By Thomas Lester ·



Courtesy Tahoe City Golf Course ·

9 holes | Par 33
Yardage | 2,403-2,691
Rating | 65.5-65.7
Slope | 105-118


Tahoe City Golf Course is Lake Tahoe’s oldest golf course. It first opened in 1917 with only 6 holes with sand putting greens. The course was designed by May “Queenie” Dunn Hupfel, who was one of the first female course designers in America. The initial design was a links-style layout. Guests of the famous Tahoe Tavern played here while vacationing in Tahoe.

In 1926 it became a 9-hole golf course. During the 1950s, many high stakes gambling games took place here with illustrious figures such as Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, the Mills Brothers, Ken Venturi and Sammy Davis Jr. The course is now owned by The Tahoe City Public Utility District and is managed by Duncan Golf Management.

Playing 2,691 yards from the blue tees, Tahoe City Golf Course offers a variety of challenging and easy holes that 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 nine holler a formidable test.

The first hole at Tahoe City is a fantastic starting hole. It is a short par 5 that is a birdie opportunity for nearly all players. The hole measure 485 yards from the blue tees. After a successful drive, only a hybrid or long iron is needed to reach this green in two. There is a pond on the left side of the fairway, which can present a problem when laying up. The green is small and protected by a pair of bunkers. Expect to make birdie and hopefully par at worse.

The most interesting hole is par 4 No. 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 the approach accordingly. Many make 3 and many more make 6.

After enjoying a round, be sure to have a meal at the restaurant located in the clubhouse for breakfast and lunch along with a full bar. There is a chipping and putting green next to the 6th tee. The TCPUD has also installed bocce ball courts and offers league matches throughout the summer. For tee times, rates and membership, call (530) 583-1516.