By Thomas Lester
Courtesy Old Greenwood
18 holes | Par 72
Yardage | 7,518-5,419
Rating | 75.2-69.8
Slope | 140 133
If you seek an upscale golf experience that is unlike any other, tee up at Old Greenwood Golf Course in Truckee. The course was built by the legendary Jack Nicklaus in 2004. It is a signature Nicklaus design, which means the course was given his upmost attention during the design process. It has received a number of accolades including a Top 10 ranking for Best New Public Access Golf Course by Golf Digest and ranked the 4th Finest New Upscale Public Course in America by Golf Magazine.
The back tees are called the four tree tees and plays to a tremendous 7,518 yards. The majority of players should play either of the next two lower tees measuring 6,944 yards and 6,497 yards, respectively. Most of the holes at Old Greenwood favor a fade, which is indicative of many Nicklaus designs. The course features large, green complexes with deep bunkers, so be prepared to have your short game tested.
The longest and No. 1 handicap on the course is hole 2. It is a par 5 that plays a whopping 631 yards from the four tree tees. The yardage can be a bit deceiving as this hole plays down wind and downhill on the second shot. The difficulty of this hole is the green. It has an immense false front that will funnel any shot that is hit to the front portion of the green to the bottom of the hill leaving a difficult pitch.
The hardest par 3 on the course is hole 15. It measures 221 yards from the back tees and usually plays into a strong headwind. Most players will hit a long iron or hybrid into this green. There is a lake that will catch any ball that is hit short or to the left. There are six bunkers guarding this green, as well, so a tee shot hit offline will likely find one of these bunkers or the water. A par on this hole is admirable.
Old Greenwood has a top-notch practice facility with a grass driving range, chipping green and putting green. The driving range may be used all day for $25, which includes unlimited range balls and use of the short game area. There is a world-class golf academy, as well for those looking to perfect their swing. After your round, be sure to enjoy a bite to eat or a beverage at the Terrace Grill and take in the view of the 18th hole along with the ski runs of Northstar in the background.
For more information, tee times and directions, call (530) 550-7010 or visit golfintahoe.com.