By Thomas Lester ·
Courtesy Gray’s Crossing ·
18 holes | Par 72
Yardage | 5,030-7,466
Rating | 63.8-74.7
Slope | 112-143
The Golf Club at Gray’s Crossing offers a fair challenge for all levels of golfers. It was designed in 2007 by Jim Hardy and former PGA Tour-professional Peter Jacobsen. It was originally opened as a private club, but is now a public facility.
Although it is a public course, it feels more like a private country club. In 2007, it was recognized as an Audubon International Gold Signature Sanctuary, which is the highest level of certification offered by the Audubon and is just the second golf course in California to receive this award.
The highlights of this mountain layout are the lofty Jeffrey pines, native grasses and plant life that line each hole. From the back tees, the course plays 7,466 yards. There are five sets of tees that give every player the opportunity to choose a length that best fits his or her game. Day in and day out, golfers can expect to find the greens running true and the fairways fast and firm.
Par 4 hole 5 has one of the most difficult approach shots on the course. It is 492 yards from the black tees and is a slight dog leg to the left. The ideal tee shot is a soft draw toward the left center of the fairway. Make sure not to go through the fairway on the right, as this will leave an approach shot that is blocked by trees. Most players will be hitting a mid-iron into this green that plays shorter than the yardage because of the elevation change. It also plays downwind, so choosing the correct club for the second shot can be troublesome.
The finishing hole at Gray’s Crossing is one of the best finishing holes in the Tahoe region. It is a 613-yard, par 5 that often plays into the teeth of a strong headwind. After a solid tee shot, the player has the choice to lay up on the fairway on the right or on the left. If the flag is on the left side of the green, it is wise to lay up on the right fairway and vice versa if the flag is on the right. The fairway on the right can only be reached by carrying the native area that divides the two fairways.
Gray’s Crossing has a large, grass tee driving range with multiple target flags and a short game area for shots less than 30 yards. There is a sizable putting green below the clubhouse. PJ’s is a fantastic place to enjoy a post-round meal with seating on a terrace that overlooks the 18th hole. For more information and green fees, visit golfintahoe.com or call (530) 550-5800.