Old Brockway Golf Course

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By Thomas Lester · 

 

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Courtesy Old Brockway · 

9 holes | Par 36
Yardage | 2,461-3,362
Rating | 66.9-71.6
Slope | 113-132

During the 1930s and 40s, North Tahoe was a favorite vacation spot for the rich and famous. It was not uncommon to see such names as Bob Hope, Frank Sinatra, Joe Kennedy, Dean Martin, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Dean Witter and Lucille Ball enjoying Lake Tahoe.

In Kings Beach, a quaint golf course called Old Brockway was where these notable figures played golf. In 1924, developer Harry Comstock hired Scottish designer John Duncan Dunn to design the course. During the summer of 1934, Bing Crosby invited a group of friends to play in a golf tournament at Old Brockway for a week while he was entertaining at the Cal-Neva. This came to be known as the Crosby Clambake and eventually The AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.

Playing just more than 3,300 yards, Old Brockway is ranked among the top 10, 9-hole golf courses in America and is also the first 9-hole golf course in the country to become an Audubon cooperative sanctuary. The course remains nearly untouched from the original design with small crowned greens, deep pot bunkers and narrow fairways. Lane Lewis has owned and operated Old Brockway since the 1980s. Lewis has updated the clubhouse, added bocce ball courts, a driving range and the restaurant Spindleshanks.

One of the most unique holes at Old Brockway is par 4 hole 5. It plays 376 yards from the championship tees. Off the tee, be sure to lay up short of the creek that runs through the fairway. The best shot is 260 yards favoring the left side. The approach into the green is guarded by an enormous cedar pine and any drive that ends up on the right side is blocked by the tree. The green is large, but plays small due to the tree blocking the right half.

Par 5 hole 7 is the longest hole at Old Brockway. It is less than 600 yards from the championship tees. The ideal shot off the tee is a soft draw down the center of the fairway. Lay up with a long iron to the bottom of the valley. This will leave a short iron or wedge into a small green that is guarded by a creek short. Be sure to leave your ball below the hole because this green slopes severely from back to front.

For membership information and green fees, visit oldbrockway.com or call (530) 546-9909.