The Links at Squaw Creek

13th hole | Casey Glaubman

Located at 6,200 feet of elevation, The Links at Squaw Creek is one of the highest golf courses in California. Nestled next to the storied slopes of Squaw Valley, this course offers beautiful scenery in an idyllic setting. That’s probably for the best because the challenging nature of this course will have all but the most talented golfers wishing for respite from narrow fairways and swampland.

Par | 71
Yardage | 5,097-6,931
Slope | 127-139
Rating | 68.2-72.4

The front nine of The Links at Squaw Creek winds its way up into the surrounding forest and mountains before descending back toward the valley and the resort proper. The signature sixth hole highlights a great water feature with little room for error because the green snuggles up nicely right beyond. As challenging as the front nine are, and they certainly don’t make things easy; they’re really just a warm-up for what awaits when you make the turn.

It’s a unique, beautiful setting, and one that requires incredibly accurate play and offers a great challenge to any level of golfer.

The Web site for The Links at Squaw Creek describes the back nine as “narrow.” They are not kidding. The holes weave through swampland with tall grass, bushes and wooden cart paths nearly the entire time. It’s a unique, beautiful setting, and one that requires incredibly accurate play and offers a great challenge to any level of golfer. Hopefully, the front nine will have taught you that accuracy is more important than distance because that’s the name of the game for the rest of this course. Make sure that you don’t get distracted by the beautiful views of Olympic Valley or you might hit your drive into the rushes or, worse yet, drive your cart off the wooden path.

Once you’re done with your round, pull up a lounge chair and relax poolside where you can catch a glimpse of the links while you take in a sunset or soak up some afternoon rays. A full-service spa is also available onsite for weary travelers and locals alike.

One unique offering at The Links at Squaw Creek is a newer addition to the roster: FootGolf, which is a combination of — you guessed it — soccer and golf. Players attempt to kick a soccer ball into a 21-inch cup. The rules mostly follow the normal rules of golf with the obvious exception of using your feet. The best part: you still get to play on the beautiful Trent Jones Jr.-designed course. So, if you need a treat for the whole family or to get away from the same for an evening, come on out to The Links at Squaw Creek for a fun, unique experience that you’re sure to love.

For more information or to book a tee time, call (530) 583-6300 or visit

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Casey Glaubman
Casey grew up on the mean streets of a quaint Victorian seaport on the Washington coast. Despite his best efforts, he eventually graduated from the University of Puget Sound, and decided to seek his fortune. Recognizing that it was important to get out and see the world, Casey made his way to that hot-bed of multiculturalism and diversity, Salt Lake City. Sadly, all good things must come to an end and one day he realized that, though beautiful and fun, Utah just wasn't enough of a theocracy. After a brief stint spent shuttling Texans down rivers over in Colorado, our hero decided to move back out West, and has been calling Lake Tahoe home ever since. These days you might find Casey dusting off his golf clubs in preparation for the summer season, petting someone else's dog at the beach or, more likely, hauling unnecessary amounts of water up a hill in a vain attempt to "get in shape to go climb mountains all summer."