Picture-perfect views, a challenging course and entertainment await at Lake Tahoe Golf Course.
By Richard “Dickie” Peraldo
An avid golfer for most of my life, I like golf courses that test my game and mesmerize my mind with outstanding views. Lake Tahoe Golf Course not only achieves this goal, it exceeded all my expectations.
Approaching the first tee, you’re smacked in the face with 360- degree views. Step up to the tee box with driver in hand and you’ll be staring at Dick’s Peak and Mt. Tallac. This is a sure sign for a spectacular day.
Hole 6, my favorite hole, not because it was my first birdie the last time I golfed the course, but rather for it’s beauty. The Upper Truckee River flows freely right in front of you on the tee box and then again on the green. Just listening to the river not only calmed my nerves, it made my jaw drop. This was a special hole.
Many courses have one side or a few holes with great views, but after making the turn to the back nine you’ll realize it’s not the case here. Standing on the tenth tee, after an extraordinary front nine, the lush green fairway meets sky-high snow-capped mountains. I knew the back nine was going to treat me just right with great golf and even greater views.
The heart of the back nine includes even more holes with the Upper Truckee River not only for my viewing pleasure but also in play! One time, I was on the green reading my putt to save par and two kayakers floated by absolutely immersed in their day.
18 holes and then some …
As much as I love the views, I also enjoy the challenge this course offers. The front nine are very open with a grip it and rip it like a young Tiger Woods feel, minus the 50+ yards of course. The back nine is a little bit more target golf, a risk/reward-type vibe. The driver still makes it out of my bag, but there are a few holes where an iron off the tee works just fine. With three different tee boxes and water coming into play on 13 holes, this course will be a challenge for any skill level.
Lake Tahoe Golf Course is more than just golf and views, its ability to entertain is second to none. From weddings to banquets to bachelor parties (which I witnessed firsthand), this place is about fun. They have an amazing snack bar, a great bar (with their signature drink, the Happier Gilmore), a snazzy dance floor and an unbelievably friendly staff.
Lake Tahoe Golf Course is a reasonably priced showstopper. The golf is amazing, the views are to die for and they offer entertainment like no other. Sitting here on the patio enjoying the views and a Happier Gilmore after 18 holes, you’ll agree life doesn’t get any better than this. laketahoegc.com