The Tahoe Paradise Golf Course is an 18-hole, executive-style, mountain course 4 miles from South Lake Tahoe, offering affordable golf and stunning views of Mount Tallac and the surrounding Sierra Nevada summits. Designed by Fred R. Blanchard and opened in 1960, it is a par 66, with a challenging variety of par 3s and 4s ranging anywhere from 95 to 372 yards on blue grass.
18 Holes | Par 66
Yardage | 3,572 to 4,034
94 slope | 59.9 rating
The playing area switches back and forth through the low country making great use of the allotted space, starting with a relaxing, drivable, straight, uphill par 4 and ending with a 372-yard descent back to the clubhouse. Notably featured on the front nine is a deceptively tricky 95-yard, par 3 with a gangly-armed pine tree obstructing the route to the flag. At 4,034 yards from the white tees, it’s an easily walkable place, and in doing so you might even run into a wandering coyote, deer or black bear.
“Notably featured on the front nine is a deceptively
tricky 95-yard, par 3 with a gangly-armed pine tree.”
Short yardages, though often forgiving, come with unique confrontations; strong wedge play is essential for low scoring. The general theme out here is tight and narrow. Several of the reachable par 4s bend sharply left or right, and long irons or drivers can have big payoffs with a controlled fade or draw. However, a straight ball with too much steam can travel through the fairways and sometimes into troublesome territory. The safe play for most tee shots on these holes is a soft mid-iron down the center and then a wedge to the green.
The greens themselves are multi-dimensionally tiered and full of complex reads and steep edges. Paired with surprisingly quick grass and creative pin placements, the putting surfaces truly demand respect and a soft touch. The greenside traps are refreshingly workable, but also extensive and often require an over-or-around approach to the dance floor.
The back nine provides a different feel, climbing a bit higher above the lake and into slightly more desolate mountain terrain. The hilly topography provides plenty of opportunity for carnival-like golf shots, where low flight patterns with good comprehension of slope and elevation can be just as effective as sky-high pitches.
The course is a great place to bring family and friends of all ages and skill levels. Though frequently requesting accurate ball placement, mishits on many holes will find consolation in an adjacent fairway and leave you a chance at getting up and down safely. It is one of, if not, the quickest 18 holes you will find in the Tahoe area; our round took just two and a half hours to complete.
The clubhouse is home to a snack bar and a shady outdoor covered patio. There’s a putting and chipping green onsite, as well as nets to practice a few long balls.
For more information or to book a tee time, call (530) 577-2121 or visit tahoeparadisegc.com.