You know it’s golf season when you get caught taking practice swings in the middle of conversations. Re-grip your sticks if they need it, buy some new balls and get out for your first round of Spring. Whether you want a quick 9 holes before you head to the beach or you’re planning a full blown golf junket, Tahoe’s thriving golf scene has your new favorite course. There are four places to play in Heavenly’s backyard:
Lake Tahoe Golf Course– If you live near South Lake, the LTGC local’s card is a no brainer. $75 upfront gets you discounted greens fees all summer. Next Tuesday is local’s day at this 6,700 yard, par 71 course. On the 13’th, greens fees (with cart) will be only $15 and Nike Golf demos will be available. LTGC has beautiful mountain views and holes are generally forgiving. The Upper Truckee River and lakes are in play on 13 holes.
Tahoe Paradise– Tahoe Paradise is shorter than other courses at 4,000 yards from the white tees and a par 66 without any 5’s, but it’s hilly and narrow enough to give you a challenge. Paradise is unpretentious, a good fit for the less serious golf group.
Edgewood– Tahoe’s ritziest golf course delivers the best round on the lake. The gold tees play 7,500 yards with several holes abutting the Tahoe shore. Edgewood is featured each summer in NBC Sport’s American Celebrity Championship. The tournament takes place at Edgewood July 15-20th and brings celebrities like Steve Young, Emmit Smith, Dan Quayle, and Bode Miller to town.
Bijou– The local municipal course, run by the city of South Lake Tahoe, offers 9 holes right near the center of town. Take some swings then jump on the bike path and explore the Bijou Community Park. For those of you who also enjoy golf of the disc variety Bijou has a free 27 hole course.
Once you’ve played the South Lake courses, keep your Tahoe golf adventure moving. There are courses to explore in every direction.
Pass through the mountains into Carson and try both championship golf courses at Genoa Lakes– the Lakes and Ranch, for almost 15,000 yards of play. Down the road from there, play the 6,000 yard par 71 course at Carson Valley or try the soccer inspired “footgolf” course. If you can hit the ball straight, your mouth will water at the back 9 on Sunridge. Several holes take you up and down hills for one of a kind tee shots, and they’ll punish you if you miss.