Chris Beck | Tahoe Donner
This 18-hole championship course is located among the towering pines, narrow fairways and numerous creeks that place a demand on accuracy for an enjoyable albeit challenging round of golf. This semi-private course opened in 1976, and was built and designed by Roy Williams, who designed the front nine and them completed and further refined the back nine with the help of renowned architect Bill Bell Jr. The first director of golf at Tahoe Donner was none other than Craig Stadler, former PGA and Champions Tour player. Photographs in the lodge capture one of the most memorable days for the course when Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson and Stadler competed in a golf exhibition.
The par 4, 1st hole named The Corridor has the distinction of being the toughest hole on the course based on handicap and it measures 452 yards from the tips. It is arguably the most difficult opening hole in the Sierra. The hole is uphill with a tee shot that needs to be placed on the left side of this narrow fairway to provide a decent angle to the green. Don’t be too concerned with your score, just breathe a sigh of relief that the course’s most daunting test is over.
The par 4, 18th hole measures 417 yards from the tips. After putting out on hole 17, golfers get to experience a 300-yard walk or ride through the forest before reaching the tees of this stunningly beautiful hole named Buena Vista. Long hitters generally tee off with a fairway wood or long iron in order to avoid Trout Creek. Short hitters will enjoy career long drives with this steeply downward sloping fairway. The green is the largest on the course and is surrounded by five sculpted bunkers fronted by Trout Creek.
The pro shop offers the latest in equipment and apparel from the top manufacturers. Tahoe Donner also has a driving range a short drive from the course. along with putting greens at the course to practice your short game. The clubhouse has a fabulous restaurant named The Lodge that offers great views along with superb cuisine.
Tahoe Donner Championship Golf Course is located at 12850 Northwoods Blvd. in Tahoe Donner. For tee times, call (530) 587-9443 or visit tahoedonner.com.