Tahoe Paradise Golf Course is an 18-hole course with short par 4s and many holes that dogleg left or right. One can easily spot it off State Route 50 on the way to Meyers.
18 Holes | Par 66
Yardage | 4,028
Slope | 96
The course reminds me of the movie “Caddyshack,” with a small snack bar inside and white tent with picnic tables out back by the putting green and first and last holes. I saw a few dogs either chasing after golf carts or helping to pull handcarts — and a dog tied up to a cart, patiently waiting for its owner to repair a bunker on Hole 2. Even though the greens were in great condition, I fully expected a gopher to pop out of somewhere and start dancing to Kenny Loggins singing “I’m Alright.”
On Hole 9 I had the best putt of my life and thought that the clouds were going to roll in and lightning would strike me at any moment as what happened to the bishop character in the movie.
A young guy playing in the foursome who tees off before us admits that he plays Tahoe Paradise quite a bit because it keeps him out of trouble. He tells us that he played 54 holes in one day; it took about nine hours. At the time he said that it seemed almost unbelievable, until we played the course and realized how possible it was to tee off and make it onto the green on a few of the holes. We completed the course in 3½ hours.
“The greens like to move and remember that everything rolls towards the lake,” says Tahoe Paradise Pro Shop attendant John.
This course is pretty tight. I heard a lot of trees being hit and a few people yelling, “Fore,” but it has a creative design that leaves a lot of surprises in store.
On Hole 1, I managed a 12-foot putt to get close to the hole and then it rolled 10 feet back downhill. Once we got away from the first hole, we felt tucked into the ponderosas. I barely missed a tree to the right on the second hole and that put me at an advantage to hit a decent approach shot, but my golfing partner wasn’t so lucky. Fortunately, I chipped the ball to a tree stump next to the green where it ricocheted off and landed in a pretty good puttable spot.
Hole 5 is 92 yards from the red tees with a pond to the right and a house to the left; both are about as close as you can get to the fairway. The whites offer a bit more yardage so I played those, as well.
Hole 6 is challenging; your best bet is to end up between forked trees on the left side and a large tree on the right side — and hope that you make it onto the right part of the green. I came up on the bottom level of the two-tiered green and had to putt it uphill on about a 30-degree vertical —like some crazy design you’d see at a miniature golf course.
The back nine’s yardage was similar to the front, with par 3s and 4s ranging from 83-yard holes to 326.
I saw many kids, families and locals playing Tahoe Paradise Golf Course. It’s a great place to get out into the forest and squeeze in a quick round before the rest of your day. | (530) 577-2121, tahoeparadisegc.com