Northstar Golf Course

The Second Green | Courtesy Affleck

Northstar California, set on the outskirts of Truckee, is home to skiing, mountain biking and golf. Take a few swings at the driving range, calibrate your speed on the spacious putting green, stock the cart and tee off into the heart of Martis Valley. Designed by Robert Muir Graves and opened for play in 1975, the course is a fine example of two completely unique nine-hole golf experiences.

The front or the Meadow Nine lives up to its name and is a nice transition from the range. Fairly open, though littered with hazards, the first set of holes meanders its way through the lush Martis Valley meadow below the peaks of the ski resort in a links-like fashion. Wide fairways, a fairly flat topography and the absence of trees, make for a forgiving start to your round; take full advantage of this section of the course as the back nine will do everything in its power to blemish up your card.

Whether you are just after a mellow round in the meadow or desire the challenge of mountain golf, Northstar Golf has
got you covered.

The back or Mountain Nine takes you from the freedom of the valley into the clutches of the mountain forest. Narrow fairways lined with the most stubborn of trees make accuracy off the tee crucial to sparing you the necessity to save approaches with trick shots out of the woods. Elevation comes into play, toying with your club selection. Water is prevalent on almost every hole creating wide gaps in the fairway, introducing indecision between laying up or letting it ride.

Noteworthy is the 162-yard, give-me-that-ace-please par 3, seen just off State Route 267. Miss the bunker on the right of the wide, wonky, putting surface and good things are bound to happen. The 14th hole is dogleg rights whose smallish green can be had in two with a power fade drive uphill and a high downhill approach shot over a hazard. Hole 17 has two fairways to choose from and which one to go for is dependent on your distance off the tee and the current pin position. Finding either one requires missing a handful of stalky pines.

The final hole is a hefty par 5 from a tee box set back amongst a grove of aspen trees, requiring a straight shot or slight fade to get yourself out of the corridor and onto the fairway. The view of Martis Valley from this hole is spectacular.

Whether you are just after a mellow round in the meadow or desire the challenge of mountain golf, Northstar Golf has got you covered.

After your round, decompress inside the clubhouse at Martis Valley Grille.
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