Tahoe City’s laid-back, downtown nine

You’ve seen it a hundred times and routinely drive past wondering if it’s any good or worth the time. You’ve heard it changed ownership a while back and it’s gotten better, but you’re still not sure. Wasn’t it just a snow sports park a few months back? Isn’t all that winter activity bad for the fairways?

Stop; forget all that.

Schedule an early afternoon off this week, book a tee time (twilight is my preference) and call your foursome buddies for a round at the Tahoe City Golf Course.

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Courtesy Tahoe City Golf Course

 

9 holes | Par 33
Yardage | 2,403-2,691 yards
Rating | 65.5-65.7
Slope | 105-118

Tahoe City’s classic links may not offer the maximum yardage or challenging doglegs found on the bigger courses around the region, but it has got something that those private clubs will never have: a relaxed, North Shore-style and hometown feel that is especially appealing to the novice in all of us.

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“The tall pines that line the fairways will forgive a slice or two, the bunkers play mildly and there are just enough rough-around-the-edges to challenge you when you least expect it.”

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Designed by May “Queenie” Dunn Hupfel, one of the sport’s first female course designers, the Par 33 was originally established in 1917 as a playground for guests of the notorious Tahoe Tavern. Over the years it has played host to Sinatra’s crew, Bob Hope and many more of “The Godfather”-era celebrities that preferred to retreat to the North Shore when the tables at the other end of Big Blue got the best of them.

The tall pines that line the fairways will forgive a slice or two, the bunkers play mildly and there are just enough rough-around-the-edges to challenge you when you least expect it.

And it’s next to the Par 4, No. 7, furthest from the lake and along the quiet backdrop of the course, that sits one other thing worth mentioning: Tahoe City’s Trail’s End cemetery.

Nowhere else in our region, let alone any other golf courses in the West that I know of, does the collective memory of one small town lie in rest next to an active fairway. While most favor the challenging Par 4, No. 5 or the simple Par 3s that often play like Par 5s given my short game, I have always been fond of ol’ No. 7.

It may sound strange, but squaring up alongside so much history provides a subtle reminder to always honor the past of our beloved mountain community and to be thankful for every day.

Tahoe City Golf Course is owned by the Tahoe City Public Utility District and managed by Duncan Golf Management. The course is open to all ages and skills levels.

If you go, be sure to swing into the clubhouse for drinks, a history lesson and maybe even a tale or two.

To book a tee time, call (530) 583-1516.

By Justin Broglio

Justin Broglio is a husband, dad, skier and science storyteller for the Desert Research Institute. You can read more on his love – and utter frustration – with the sport of golf on deathofthepressbox.com and jbroglio.com.