Lake Tahoe Golf Course

By Thomas Lester · 



 Courtesy Lake Tahoe Golf Course · 

18 Holes | Par 71
Yardage | 3,702-6,741
Slope | 115-124
Rating | 67.1-71.3

Lake Tahoe Golf Course is the only certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary in South Lake Tahoe. It was designed by William Bell and offers majestic views of Twin Peaks, Mount Tallac, Desolation Wilderness and the peaks of Heavenly. The Truckee River meanders its way through much of the course and mountain wildlife can be found throughout. This is an enjoyable layout for golfers of all abilities, offering challenging shots for low handicappers along with a set of family tees for beginners.

This championship course is a par 71 that plays 6,741 yards from the Gold tees. The practice facilities at Lake Tahoe Golf Course are great for anyone looking to improve their game. There is a large driving range with grass tees and mats along with a putting green, chipping green and greenside sand trap.

Par 4 hole 7 is a great example of a risk versus reward hole. It is only 353 yards and is ranked as the easiest hole on the course. There are bunkers guarding the left side and a hazard along the right, so accuracy is key. Hitting driver is not necessary; a hybrid will leave a short iron into the green. Some may choose to be more aggressive and hit driver leaving a short wedge shot for the approach.

The No. 1 handicap hole is par 4 hole 13. It measures 453 yards from the back tees. This is a long hole and requires a well-hit drive off the tee, but use caution, as there is a lake and fairway bunkers guarding this fairway. The ideal line off the tee is the left center of the fairway. A long iron or even hybrid will be used by most for this second shot into an undulating green that has bunkers short and left.

Hole No. 15 is a drivable par 4 and is the best opportunity to make birdie on the back 9. It is only 289 yards and at elevation many players can drive this green in one shot. The drive must be hit over conifer pines that obstruct the view of the green from the tee. The green is small and two tiered, so take note of the pin position. There are four, deep pot bunkers surrounding the green that must be avoided.

Lake Tahoe Golf Course hosts weddings, corporate events, tournaments and private parties. There is a full bar and restaurant that offers daily specials. For anyone living within 30 miles of the course, there is a resident membership card that gives discounted green fees, advance reservation privileges and a discount in the bar/restaurant. For more information or to book tee times, call (530) 577-0788 or visit