Leave your slice at home and tee it up for a late summer or early fall golf outing at any number of challenging golf courses near Granlibakken.
Whether you prefer your game in morning or like to swing at it in the afternoon, a round or two of golf will stand on its own merit because even if you don’t play well, you’ll have all the benefits of spectacular scenery set against an awesome Lake Tahoe and Sierra Nevada backdrop.
Closest to Granlibakken is the Tahoe City Golf Course. This 9-hole, par 33, 2,700 yard executive golf course is the locals’ favorite and has one of the longest seasons of any course in Tahoe. Lake views are available from several holes, and if you go long on hole 2, your water hazard will be the Lake itself. This is a “good time golf course” with forgiving greens but still a challenge for the experienced golfer.
Other nearby courses are:
Old Brockway Golf Course: This 9-hole, par 35, 3,400 yard executive course in Kings Beach designed by John Duncan Dunn was home to the first Bing Crosby Golf Tournament in 1934-1935. The course is often referred to as a “Dean Martin Loop” for the fact that one can skip straight from hole 4 to hole 8, thereby quickening the pace back to the bar for a Martini. Located in the Banana Belt of North Lake Tahoe, Old Brockway is often the first to open and the last to close due to the sun exposure it receives.
Resort at Squaw Creek Golf Course: This is a classic Robert Trent Jones, Jr. course with link-styled play and frequent marsh hazards. Located at the base of Squaw Valley USA, every hole provides a magnificent view of the surrounding mountain range. The course’s signature 6th hole is an island green and stretches 155 yards from the middle Tees. 3 PGA pros on staff, valet bag-drop and caddy services make this one of the most player-friendly courses in Tahoe.
Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort Golf Course: This challenging and affordable course 18-hole par 72, 6,781 yard course designed by Robert Muir Graves is characterized by two very distinctive nines. The mountain nine is tree laden, target golf, while the meadow nine are more forgiving holes meandering through wider meadow areas. And with Tahoe’s earliest twilight rates beginning at 1 p.m. it’s popular with many locals.
Incline Village Championship Golf Course: Following its recent $10 million renovation, this 18-hole Par 72, 7,106-yard signature Robert Trent Jones, Sr. target golf course features plenty of challenge with several water holes and bunker hazards. One of the most impressive views from any North Lake Tahoe course comes at the signature 16th hole, where the view of the entire east shore of Lake Tahoe serves as a reward for making it so far along this challenging course.
Incline Village Mountain Golf Course: With spectacular green sites and contours, the Mountain Course demands more accuracy than distance. “Shot making” skills are necessary to navigate the mountainous 18-hole par 58 terrain. Carved out of the pines with no harsh transition areas and no artificial landscaping, this course is all natural and a real challenge and joy to play. It’s a tribute to its brilliant designer, Robert Trent Jones, Jr.
What’s your favorite Lake Tahoe golf course?