Tahoe Paradise Golf Course

The South Shore is home to an executive golf course named Tahoe Paradise, which was kind of a mystery to me. I had driven past it, but by its size I thought that it was regulation 9 holes. I did not guess that it could be an executive course like the one I grew up playing. Executive golf courses were developed to play short and fast, so an executive could play 18 holes after work. We played 18 holes in a little under three hours. There were no par 5s, a few short par 4s and the rest were par 3s.

Par 66 | 18 holes
Yardage | 3572-4028
Rating | 59.9 to 62.5
Slope | 99-111

That is the case at Tahoe Paradise Golf Course. It opened in 1960 and was designed by Fred Blanchard. It plays 4,028 yards from the back tees to a par of 66. The longest hole is 372 yards and the shortest is 95 yards. Greens are large, sloped and faster than they look. Get above the hole and you will find a fast putt.

Many fairways are narrow and most of the pars 4s are really dogleg par 3s. Go for it if you dare.

Many fairways are narrow and most of the pars 4s are really dogleg par 3s. Go for it if you dare. But really, there is no need to bring your driver because a 175- to 200-yard shot will do the trick off of the tee on each of the par 4s. The overall layout is compact, so you need to pay attention to where your fellow golfers are.

The best hole is 9, a dogleg right par 4 of 339 yards. The ideal tee shot is aimed at the tree in the middle of the fairway, but if you venture too far right, you will be blocked by trees or end up in a stream that runs all along the right side. If you go too far left, you might go out of bounds. An accurate hybrid will place you with an easy short iron to a large green running from back to front.

There are those who dismiss an executive-length course as not real golf, but that is just plain wrong. Executive courses are perfect for new golfers and give you a chance to work on your iron game and sharpen up your wedge play. I left my woods at home and added a 2 iron and a wedge to my set.

A course does not need to be hard to be good, but Tahoe Paradise is harder than it looks on the scorecard. Funny thing, after the round, I would bet that most players are at least the same amount over par as they are on their home course. So, it wasn’t all that easy, was it?

For more information or to schedule a tee time, visit tahoeparadisegc.com or call (530) 577-2121.


John Dee
John Dee grew up in Elm Grove, Wis., playing many sports with a strength in baseball. A desire to beat his best buddy in high school led him to take up golf. “The next time I played with my buddy, I beat him and that was the end of my baseball career,” John recalls. In the mid-80s he moved into golf as a profession, received his PGA membership and began to teach golf. “My wife and I (and our cats) moved to Lake Tahoe in 2005 to further our careers and eventually found other paths to follow. She started her own business and I spent seven years in Parks and Recreation, but returned to golf in 2015 as Assistant Golf Professional at the Resort at Squaw Creek. Some things about the business has changed a lot, but the game is still hard and people still want to have a good time.”