Gearing for golf at Gray’s Crossing |

Gearing for golf at Gray’s Crossing

Peter Jacobsen still has the ability to draw a crowd.

That much was clear on an unusually chilly Monday morning as the PGA pro and several dozen prospective Gray’s Crossing homeowners toured the site of the subdivision’s future golf course.

Emerging from the forest before tromping through an open field of sage brush ” that soon will be replaced with golf course-green grass ” the group met for an outdoor breakfast accompanied by a speech and ground-breaking ceremony by Jacobsen, the co-designer of the upscale golf course.

“It’s going to be a golf course where you remember each hole,” Jacobsen told the crowd, who learned that they were standing on the future site of a swimming pool. “Each hole will be very different.”

Slated to open in the summer of 2007, the private course located off Highway 89 just north of Interstate 80, will remain as virgin as possible, Jacobsen said.

“We’re going to make sure that the golf course is reflective of the land that it’s on,” Jacobsen said of its 400 acres. “We’re not going to blow trees out and put mountings and hang rocks from the branches or anything stupid like that.

“We’re going to just try to let the golf course be much like the land is.”

Jacobsen, a member of the PGA Tour since 1976 and the winner of seven PGA tour matches, as well as the 2004 U.S. Senior Open, formed Jacobsen Hardy Golf Course Designs in 1995 along with Jim Hardy.

The company has designed several courses across the country, including Hammock Bay in Naples, Fla., Moorpark Country Club in Moorpark, Calif. and Oregon Golf Club in Portland. Several other projects are currently being constructed in California, Montana, Oregon and Texas.

Gray’s Crossing, with its wide variety of terrain in the form of dense pine forests, open meadows, changes in elevation and flat areas, is an ideal location for a golf course, Jacobsen said. Even the soil is perfectly compatible with the grass that is intended to be used. For those reasons, very few changes will be made.

“The bunkering we’re going to do is going to be strategic in nature,” Jacobsen said. “We’re not just going to put bunkers in just for bunkers’ sake. We’re not just going to put sand in, we’re going to make sure it has a reason. We’re not going to have many water hazards out here, either, only for our irrigation ponds.”

Jacobsen, who resides in Naples, Fla., said he is excited to work on the project in part because of his love for the region.

“This is a fantastic area,” he said. ” I’ve been coming up here for many, many years. I used to ski up at Northstar and play the Reno-Tahoe Open down in Montreux, so I love coming up to Tahoe.

“Now Truckee is my favorite place.”

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