This last weekend we celebrated Memorial Day, which officially launches summer in Lake Tahoe. Besides the numerous hiking and water sports activities available in the area, Lake Tahoe boasts dozens of world-championship golf courses for visitors to enjoy. It’s no secret that here in the high Sierras, your tee shots will drive higher and longer soaring through the high altitude elevation. Here I am going to share with you a few of my favorite courses to play in Lake Tahoe, from South Lake to North Lake to Truckee, CA.
Edgewood Tahoe is located along the beautiful sandy shores of South Lake Tahoe, minutes from the downtown action of state line. The course was designed by George Fazio and opened in 1968 and rated by Golf Digest Magazine as one of “America’s Top Golf Courses.” The course ranges in length from 5567 to 7555 yards and challenges players of all levels. It also the well-known host of the annual American Century Celebrity Golf Championship which draws large celebrity and spectator crowds, both by land and boat, and will be hosted on July 16-21 of this year.
Traveling north around Lake Tahoe you will reach The Golf Courses at Incline Village including two 18-hole courses, the Championship Course and the Mountain Golf Course. With two diverse courses, The Golf Courses at Incline Village are designed to suit every golfers style of play. The Championship courses is a classic Robert Trent Jones Sr. design and offers beautiful, scenic views of Lake Tahoe from afar and challenging terrain. The Mountain Golf Course offers a scenic mountain terrain, elevation changes and a more affordable price. There are also a variety of competitive packages available allowing players to experience both courses during their visit to Lake Tahoe.
In the nearby town of Truckee you will find the two premier golf courses in Lake Tahoe – Old Greenwood and The Golf Club at Gray’s Crossing. Both golf courses are Audubon International Gold Certified Sanctuaries, representing the highest level of environmental commitment which only 16 courses in the world have achieved this level of distinction. Old Greenwood was rated among Golf Digest’s “America’s Top 100 Greatest Public Courses” in 2011, and The Golf Club at Gray’s Crossing ranked in Golfweek Magazine’s “Top 50 Best New Courses” in 2008. And, The Golf Academy at Old Greenwood is led by the 2011 NCPGA Teacher of the Year, Keith Lyford as is the most renowned golf academy in the Lake Tahoe basin.
Are you ready to take a swing on your next summer visit to Lake Tahoe? For a complete list of golf courses available to play in Lake Tahoe visit this Lake Tahoe Activities Guide.
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