Ponderosa Golf Course ·
Ponderosa Golf Course is a 9-hole course in Truckee that was built in 1961 by Bob Baldock, a prolific golf course architect in the United States in the 1960s.
The Ponderosa is managed by the Truckee-Donner Recreation and Park District under the direction of superintendent Dan O’Gorman. This formidable NCGA-rated course presents a challenge for both the serious handicapper and the casual golfer. Tall intimidating Ponderosa Pines line the well-maintained greens, fairways and strategically placed sand traps throughout the course make it both challenging and fun to play.
Ponderosa offers three sets of tee boxes for a fun, albeit challenging, golfing experience. From the championship tees, the course measures 3,022 yards and is a par 35. From the regular tees, which also serve as the ladies white tees, the course measures 2,900 yards. Finally, from the ladies red tees the yardage for the course is 2,556 yards.
Ponderosa saves the toughest for last. The par 5, 9th hole, measuring 507 yards and is a dogleg right that will require long hitters to club down when teeing off due to an outcropping of trees. Most golfers will be left with at least 225 yards for the second shot, so be sure to use enough club to have a chance of reaching the green in two. For those who are not long hitters, you should lay up to avoid the bunkers that partially surround the well-guarded green.
The par 4, 8th hole is a beautiful layout with the backdrop of beautiful mountain vistas. The hole measures 355 yards and is bordered on its right by the 9th hole’s fairway.
Amenities & specials
Ponderosa Golf Course has driving nets, a chipping area and putting green. The clubhouse has been recently renovated and offers a snack bar, as well as a pro shop.
The Men’s Club plays every Tuesday starting at 3:30 p.m. Come every week or when you can. This club is for players of all ability levels with varied playing formats. A $75 season fee covers NCVA fees and membership. Every Thursday is Ladies’ Day with special rates available all day and special women’s pairings in the afternoon. Ponderosa also hosts different clinics appealing to all ages and ability levels.
Ponderosa Golf Course is located on Brockway Road, one mile south of downtown Truckee or 12 minutes from Lake Tahoe, heading north on Highway 267 to Brockway Road. For tee times, call (530) 587-3501.