With the opening of Bijou, we’re in full swing (see what I did there?) for Spring golf in Lake Tahoe. There’s added motivation to keep your shoulders loose and relaxed. If you aren’t already in mid-season form, re-grip your sticks, think positive, buy some new balls and get out for your first rounds of 2015.
Two events to get you over-the-green excited:
Celebrity Golf, one of the most vibrant summer weekends on the South Shore, returns to Edgewood July 14-19.
And for the courses? There are more in Tahoe, the Carson Valley, and the Reno area than you’ll play in a summer. 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. Closest to Heavenly:
Lake Tahoe Golf Course– 6,700 yard, par 71 course. LTGC has beautiful mountain views and holes are generally forgiving. The Upper Truckee River and lakes are in play on 13 holes. The Local’s card is an unbeatable deal if you’re living in the area. Also check out the monthly learn to golf (lesson, greens fees, range balls) specials.
Tahoe Paradise– Tahoe Paradise is shorter than LTGC at 4,000 yards from the white tees and a par 66 without any 5’s, but it’s hilly and narrow enough to make you second guess half your swings. Paradise is unpretentious, a good fit for the less serious golf group.
Edgewood– Tahoe’s most luxurious golf course delivers the best round on the lake. The gold tees play 7,500 yards with several holes abutting the Tahoe shore. Edgewood plays host to NBC Sport’s American Celebrity Championship.
Bijou– The last local course to open is located minutes from Heavenly’s Cal Lodge, offering 9 holes right near the center of town. Take some swings then jump on the bike path and explore the Bijou Community Park. Bijou also has a free 27 hole course.
Outside of South Lake:
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. Play up and down the mountains, especially on the fun back 9 on Sunridge.