For the serious golfers looking to walk in the shoes of one of the most iconic golfers of all time, Old Greenwood Golf Course is for you. It’s a signature Jack Nicklaus course where every hole is challenging and beautiful and you will be hard pressed to pick a favorite.
18 holes | Par 72
Yardage | 5,419 to 7,518
Slope | 129 to 144
Rating | 70.7
My golf partner and I set out to play early afternoon on a midsummer day and the conditions were excellent. We arrived early to take advantage of the complimentary practice facilities. It was both our first times at Old Greenwood and it certainly lived up to the hype. Old Greenwood is considered one of the top 100 Public Golf Courses in America, according to Golf Digest. The course opened in 2004 and has since developed a reputation as one of the best upscale public courses in California and the country.
Every hole will test you in its own unique way. Undulating greens and fairways peppered with challenging bunkers, water hazards and view obstructions pose a great challenge. Luckily, there are four sets of tee boxes for those who don’t want to take on the full 7,518 yards. It is suggested to pay close attention to the pin positions for that day and carefully plan out your execution. End up on the wrong side of these fast greens and you will be paying for it on your score card.
Despite the course challenges, we left feeling pretty good about the course play. How can you not feel good after playing a course designed by, Nicklaus, the Golden Bear himself?
The staff was friendly and helped us navigate the course play on a busy summer day. The cart person was on point and offered us turkey-bacon-avocado wraps, which saved us over those long 18 holes.
Old Greenwood’s rates vary from $60 to $200 with special discount rates for Mountain Club members and golf association members. Old Greenwood’s Golf Academy also offers a 5-acre training complex with indoor and outdoor amenities. The academy is fully dedicated to instruction and offers numerous clinics, camps and lessons.
Old Greenwood is the perfect course to treat yourself to at the end of the summer. This challenging course is perfect to test your golf skills that you’ve been perfecting. | (530) 550-7024, golfintahoe.com