Tahoe Donner Golf Course

8th hole

The par-72 championship course at Tahoe Donner offers a challenging, excellent golf experience in the heart of the Sierra Nevada. Massive pine trees dwarf narrow, challenging fairways while plenty of elevation change makes the undulating fairways seem all that much trickier. Not to worry though, the beauty of the surrounding area means that everyone will love this course, from the seasoned pro to the rank amateur.

Par 72 | 18 holes
Yardage | 4997-7,002
Slope | 124-138
Rating | 68.9- 74.1

One thing I noticed about Tahoe Donner is that the course description really does come in handy. Though I generally prefer to shoot from the hip when playing, knowing the particular features of this course will really serve you well. From two-tiered greens to hidden bunkers that seemingly come out of nowhere, knowing what lies ahead can definitely save you some frustration. Perhaps nowhere is this more evident than on the par-5 second hole, a nice warm-up for the rest of the course. Beware the combination of a tight dogleg, blind second shot and extremely sloped green approach. This hole plays differently than you would imagine.

Massive pine trees dwarf narrow, challenging fairways while plenty of elevation change makes the undulating fairways seem all that much trickier.

Perhaps in order to make things a bit easier for people, Tahoe Donner also offers golf clinics for $20. If you’ve ever wanted to shave a few strokes off your game with some professional instruction, that kind of price is really hard to beat and I highly recommend giving it a shot.

Speaking of fun things to do at Tahoe Donner, you’ll definitely want to come out for Glow Golf Family Fun on Sept. 2. This family-friendly event features dinner and drinks, followed by putting challenges and a closest-to-the-pin contest. As the name might suggest, it all takes place in the evening in order to utilize the glow-in-the-dark golf balls. With dinner provided and plenty of prizes to go around, this is sure to be an event you’ll want to put on your calendar.

If you’d like to help your youngster get up to speed before the big event, be sure to enroll him or her in Tahoe Donner’s Junior Golf School. These courses, designed for ages 8 to14, are the perfect way to learn the basics of swings, putting, chipping, as well as rules and etiquette. It’s never too early to learn a sport that they can play for the rest of their lives.

Since you likely won’t want to leave this gorgeous course, you’re in luck since Tahoe Donner offers great dining in the form of the T-9 Grill. It is open every day for breakfast and lunch, starting a half hour before the first tee time.

For more information or to book a tee time, call (530) 587-9440 or visit tahoedonner.com.

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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."