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Golf courses open around lake

Kevin J. Previtali, Sun News Service

With spring weather blanketing the North Shore, most of the basin’s golf courses are open. Instead of going off of the hill, both locals and visitors now have a choice of alpine courses to play without driving far.

– Coyote Moon

Truckee’s newest golf course, Coyote Moon, will open this summer. The 18-hole public course, located on Northwoods Boulevard below Tahoe Donner Subdivision, is a par 72 and 7,200 feet in length. Green fees are $125 during peak season. Carts are available. The course will include a pro shop, set to open about Aug. 1, as well as a restaurant/bar. The head pro and general manager is Paul Martin. Call 587-0886 for information.

– Northstar-at-Tahoe

As Northstar-at-Tahoe ski employees pack up their equipment, golf course workers are prepping for this week’s spring opening.

Northstar offers golfers a challenging dual-style resort course. The 18 holes are divided into a pair of distinct courses.

The first nine holes offer a mountain-style playing field with rounded bunkers and natural creeks.

“Shot making is at a premium on the back nine, with tree-lined narrow fairways and small greens,” said Erin Bernall, Northstar communication director. “The course offers some of the most challenging play found among Northern California and Nevada courses.”

The back nine offers a mellower front as it challenges golfers through its tough, wide-open, high-desert terrain, which overlooks Truckee’s Martis Valley.

The course also features water hazards on 14-separate holes and offers 5,470 to 6,897 yards of play.

Designed by Robert Muir Graves, Northstar ranks as the highest elevated course at the lake.

The course opens at 6:30 a.m. and closes at dusk. The driving range stays open until 6:30 p.m. Green fees are $85, and include a cart and a bucket of balls. Carts are mandatory before 12:30 p.m. Special rates are available for lodgers at Northstar.

– Old Brockway

Originally opened in 1924 and known for being the original host site for the Bing Crosby Open, Old Brockway Golf Course in Kings Beach remains a must-play course for many visitors.

Locally owned by Lane Lewis, Old Brockway ranks as one of Northern California’s top-rated nine hole golf courses.

Designed by John Duncan Dunn the course offers a Scottish-style links layout.

The playing distance ranges from 2,500 to 3,3314 yards for a par 36, nine holes.

The head professional at the course is Garrett Good and Bill Firth is the assistant.

Playing nine holes cost $37 or $60 for 18 holes.

– Ponderosa

A short trip to Truckee affords golfers the opportunity to play at the Ponderosa Golf Course, a nine-hole gem hidden along Highway 267. The course runs 3,022 yards along the Truckee River in Martis Valley and is a par 36. Carts are available, but many opt to walk for $29 (nine holes) or $45 for 18 holes.

After 3:30 p.m. the rates drop to $20.

– Tahoe City

Built in 1917 with sand for fairways, the Tahoe City Golf Course remains the oldest course on the North Shore.

Originally opening with six holes, the course later expanded to nine along with the addition of full, grassy fairways.

Built in downtown Tahoe City, the course offers 2,570 yards of play.

Despite being a comparatively short course, Tahoe City offers a par 5, four par 4s and four par 3s. All of the fairways are lined with large pine trees and scattered ponds.

– Tahoe-Donner

Situated in the hills above Truckee, the Tahoe Donner Golf Course looks down onto Truckee and the surrounding area.

A full-sized 18-hole championship course, Tahoe Donner is a semi-private course.

A unique feature to the course are the fairway spotters employed to help find errantly hit balls.

The course runs a long 6,917 yards with six par 4s.

Green fees are $100 to members of the public, and include a cart. For preseason play, green fees and cart cost $85. Locals can play Tuesday through Thursday for $46. Public twilight play after 3:30 p.m. costs $43.

The course includes a driving range, a bar and a restaurant and snack bar.

The head pro is Bruce Towle. For information, call 587-9440.

– Squaw Valley

Known for its majestic views and world-class winter skiing, Squaw Valley has proven it can offer equally appealing golf in the summer, as well.

Opening in 1993, Golf magazine ranked the Robert Trent Jones course as “One of the Top Courses You Can Play,” in an annual list of the best public courses in the nation.

Located at 6,200 feet at the base of Squaw Valley, the course covers 6,931 yards for a par-71 challenge.


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