By Thomas Lester ·
Chris Talbot ·
18 holes | Par 58
Yardage | 2,674-3,527
Slope | 98-102
Rating | 55.2-58.2
The 18-hole, par 58 Incline Village Mountain Course plays a modest 3,527 yards from the white tees. But don’t let the lack of yardage fool you. Be prepared to use every club in your bag and expect a variety of challenging lies. The course was built by renowned designer Robert Trent Jones Jr. and is a dedication to Harold B. Tiller, who is known as one of the co-founders of Incline Village.
One of the most unique features about this course is that it was naturally shaped through a pine tree forest and has no artificial landscaping. It has been recognized as a Certified Audubon Sanctuary and as one of the Top Short Courses in America by Golf Range Magazine. There are a number of holes that feature magnificent views of Lake Tahoe and the surrounding mountainside.
Hole 1 is the first of four par 4s on the course. It measures 346 yards from the back tees. A variety of clubs can be used off this tee. Anything from a hybrid to a driver will be the best play. Take an extra club for the second shot because it plays quite a bit uphill. The green has two sand traps, one short and another long.
The No. 1 handicap hole at the Mountain Course is hole 8. It is a 200-yard, par 3 with a pair of bunkers protecting the green. A long iron or hybrid will be the club used for this tee shot. Be sure to pay attention to the yardage since going long can result in your ball going out of bounds. The green is contoured in such a way that if the flag is on the right, try to leave your ball left of the flag, and vice versa if the flag is on the left.
Par 3 hole 15 is likely to be the most memorable hole on this layout. This hole is the highest point on the golf course and measures 117 yards with a dramatic elevation change. It plays nearly two clubs less due to how much lower the green sits from the tee. The green is small and is surrounded by four bunkers, so accuracy is a must on this hole.
The Mountain Course has unique events that appeal to all types of golfers. On Thursday evenings enjoy Wine and Nine, a fun evening that pairs a four-man, 9-hole scramble with wine and appetizers. Family night is on Sundays and offers kids 17 and younger the chance to play free with a paying adult. There is also a full snack bar serving sandwiches, burgers and beverages. For more information call (775) 832-1150 or visit golfincline.com.