There may be no place more scenic than Lake Tahoe, particularly its north end in California that combines gorgeous mountains, rolling hills, greenery, crystal clear lake views, sunshine and golf-friendly ideal weather all summer long. The area is loaded with excellent restaurants, chateau-style hotels, jaw-dropping hike and bike paths, water sports, and art and music festivals. Plus, gambling in world-class casinos is just a short ride away. In other words, there’s something for every taste.
As for golf, there are dozens of great places to play, highlighted by sister courses The Golf Club at Gray’s Crossing and Old Greenwood, located directly across the street from one another in Truckee.
The Golf Course at Gray’s Crossing
Just six years old, The Golf Course at Gray’s Crossing is known for its fast greens and perpetual tournament conditions. Tall pines line the fairways, which make for a fun and playable challenge. The Peter Jacobsen/Jim Hardy design is a public course with a private club feel – replete with a top-notch practice facility and valet service.
Old Greenwood is Tahoe’s cornerstone, a picturesque mountain gem with amazing views and even better golf. The 600-acre layout is a 2004 product of Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf, meaning it’s received Nicklaus’ highest level of personal attention. Know right up front that the course can be challenging, due to its elevation changes and the way it winds through the forest. But the relaxing scenery will keep your heart rate down all the way, especially as the round moves to the serene back nine. The practice facility is fantastic and the service is attentive.
Old Greenwood also plays home to a renowned 15-acre golf academy with an indoor center armed with a state-of-the-art swing analysis studio, high-tech four-camera video bay, launch monitor, putting lab, and more. The driving range spans 470 yards.
Use this list to inspire your next Lake Tahoe golf experience, and don’t forget that your Destination Concierge can help you find a tee time.