By Thomas Lester ·
Courtesy Resort at Squaw Creek ·
18 Holes | Par 71
Yardage | 5,097-6,931
Slope | 125-140
Rating | 68-72.8
Set amidst the iconic Olympic Valley lies a links-style course designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. Nearly every legendary peak of Olympic Valley may be seen from the course including KT-22, Squaw Peak and Emigrant Peak.
Links at Squaw Creek is the only fully organic championship course in the Lake Tahoe region, meaning that only certified organic fertilizers are used and no pesticides are applied. The course has been recognized by the Audubon International as a Certified Cooperative Sanctuary.
From the Gold tees, the Squaw Creek plays 6,931 yards. At an elevation of 6,300 feet, this course does not play particularly long. The course is difficult because of the demand that is put on accuracy. It is not a bad idea to pack an extra sleeve or two of golf balls since most of the course is lined with native grasses and marshlands that will eat up any wayward shot. The wind is likely to pick up in the afternoon, as well, adding another layer of difficulty.
The starting hole is a 406-yard par 4. It is not the easiest of driving holes. There are trees and native grasses on the left side and a drive hit too far on the right is blocked by a grove of pine trees. A good drive will leave a mid-iron into a green that sits slightly uphill and usually plays into the wind, so be sure to hit enough club on this approach.
Hole 8 par 4 measuring 338 yards from the back tees is the No. 1 handicap at Squaw Creek. This is a short, yet demanding, par 4. A hybrid or long iron off the tee will leave a short iron for the approach, but, if the wind is blowing hard, hitting driver might be necessary. The green is an elevated island green that is surrounded on all sides by marshland. Birdie is possible, but so is double bogey, so make sure that to hit an accurate approach.
There is a driving net to warm up in before you begin your round along with a putting and chipping green. The pro shop offers quality equipment from the industry’s leading manufactures along with a variety of other sporting goods. Season passes are available that includes unlimited play all summer. Throughout the summer a variety of clinics are offered with classes that appeal to juniors, women and beginners. For more information, visit squawcreek.com or call (530) 583-6300.