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Lake Tahoe’s golf season getting started early

Adam Jensen
ajensen@tahoedailytribune.com

Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course, at Lake Tahoe's South Shore, is set to open May 6.

It may feel as though Lake Tahoe's golf season just wrapped up, but the time for teeing off and sinking putts is back, or soon will be, at area courses.

A lack of snowfall this winter has led to an early spring at many Tahoe and Truckee golf courses, many of which are set to open soon. For some, the season never really ended but was just put on pause for a couple months.

Both Old Brockway Golf Course and Tahoe City Golf Course at the North Shore opened to customers in January due to subpar snow totals.

While there is still some snow on Tahoe Donner Golf Course's higher-elevation links, Rob Weizer, the head golf professional there, said the course will be ready for a scheduled May 15 opening. Managers at the course typically try to get it ready by Memorial Day each year, and the May 15 date will be among the course's earlier openings, Weizer said.

“It’s setting up to be one of our best seasons ever.”Rob WeizerHead Golf Professional, Tahoe Donner Golf Course

Conditions on the course bode well for a long season, he added.

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"The golf course is just looking absolutely perfect," Weizer said. "It's setting up to be one of our best seasons ever."

Several other courses at Lake Tahoe and Truckee were also reporting greens and fairways are in excellent condition this spring.

At the South Shore, Tahoe Paradise opened its front nine holes to golfers April 3 and Lake Tahoe Golf Course opened April 19.

Incline Village's Mountain Course, at the North Shore, is set to open May 1, with the Championship Course scheduled for May 8.

"This is the earliest I've seen the courses open," said Michael McCloskey, senior head golf professional for the courses, said in statement. "The mild winter and lack of snow on the courses contributed to the early opening."

Here's a look at some of the area's golf courses, as well as their projected opening dates:

North Shore/Truckee

COYOTE MOON — May

10685 Northwoods Blvd., Truckee, CA, 530-587-0886,

http://www.coyotemoongolf.com

In a tranquil mountain setting above 6,300 feet, Coyote Moon is a majestic masterpiece designed by Brad Bell. The course is 250 secluded acres of rolling hills framed by towering pines without a home site or structure to spoil the view. The course cascades over a beautiful Sierra ridgeline, meandering among granite bluffs and around crystal clear Trout Creek.

INCLINE VILLAGE MOUNTAIN COURSE — May 1

690 Wilson Way, Incline Village, NV 89451

775-832-4653 http://www.golfincline.com

With spectacular green sites and contours, the Mountain Course demands more accuracy than distance. Shot making skills are necessary to navigate the terrain. A tribute to designer Robert Trent Jones Jr., the mountainous 18-hole course features challenging par 3s averaging over 150 yards and par 4s that challenge even the most proficient golfer.

INCLINE VILLAGE CHAMPIONSHIP COURSE GOLF COURSE — May 8

955 Fairway Blvd., Incline Village, NV

866-925-4653 http://www.golfincline.com

Located in a sprawling mountain setting, this par-72 golf course stretches more than 6,900 yards from the blue tees, which carries a course rating of 72.2 with a slope of 133.

OLD BROCKWAY GOLF COURSE — Open

400 Brassie Ave, Tahoe Vista, CA

530-546-9909 http://www.oldbrockway.com

This North Lake Tahoe golf course was built in 1924 by Harry Comstock. Old Brockway meanders through towering Jeffrey pines with views of majestic mountains and Lake Tahoe. The charm and character of the Old Brockway remains the same today, much as it did in the 1920s and 1930s. In 1934, Old Brockway was the home of the first Bing Crosby Golf Tournament.

OLD GREENWOOD — May 1

12915 Fairway Drive, off I-80 at Overland Trail, Truckee, CA

530-582-6781 http://www.oldgreenwood.com

With Old Greenwood tranquil, natural setting, only one person was considered when it came to designing the golf course at Old Greenwood: Jack Nicklaus. Recently named one of the Best Upscale Courses in America by Golf Digest, the golf experience at Old Greenwood is sure to rival that of other Nicklaus masterpieces.

PONDEROSA GOLF COURSE — Open

10040 Reynolds Way, Truckee, CA

530-587-3501 http://www.ponderosagolfcoursetruckee.com

North Tahoe's best value is the nine-hole course in Truckee. Located just one mile south of downtown, this beautifully maintained course is managed. By the Truckee Donner Recreation & Park District. Fantastic views of the Pacific Crest and the Carson Range along with a snack bar, driving nets and chipping and putting greens. Rental clubs and a full retail shop are on site.

RESORT AT SQUAW CREEK — May 20

400 Squaw Creek Rd. Olympic Valley, CA

530-583-6300 or 800-327-3353 http://www.squawcreek.com

Nestled below the granite peaks of world famous Squaw Valley USA, this Robert Trent Jones, Jr. design demands accurate play. The par 71 championship links layout winds along the valley floor through and around wetlands, providing awesome vistas as well as a severe test of target golf. Resort at Squaw Creek has received Audubon status as a certified cooperative sanctuary and one of Golf Magazine's top 10 courses.

TAHOE CITY GOLF COURSE — Open

251 North Lake Blvd., Tahoe City, CA

530-584-2200 http://www.playtcgc.com

Enjoy a view of Lake Tahoe from every hole at this nice course. Initially designed by May Webb Dunn in 1917, making it the oldest course in the Tahoe basin, the course is 5,261 yards.

TAHOE DONNER —May 15

12850 Northwoods Blvd., Truckee, CA

530-587-9443 http://www.tahoedonner.com

Tahoe Donner 18-hole Championship Golf Course is located high in the Sierra. Cradled among the towering pines, the course narrow fairways and numerous creeks place a strict demand on accuracy for a challenging and enjoyable round of golf. This semi-private course was designed by Roy Williams and Bill Bell Jr. and opened in 1975.

South Shore

EDGEWOOD TAHOE GOLF COURSE — May 6

100 Lake Parkway, Lake Tahoe, NV

775-588-3042 http://www.edgewoodtahoe.com

This George Fazio 18-hole design on the edge of Lake Tahoe has become world renown for hosting the 1985 U.S. Senior Open and the American Century Championship since 1990. With a variety of tee lengths, golfers of all abilities can enjoy some of the most breathtaking views in golf.

BIJOU MUNICIPAL GOLF COURSE — May 1

3464 Fairway Ave., South Lake Tahoe, CA

530-542-6097 http://www.recreationintahoe.com

This nine-hole family course with easy access provides beginners and intermediate players par-3 and par-4 holes that test many of the shots in the bag. Affordable rates and no tee reservations allow for last-minute rounds.

LAKE TAHOE GOLF COURSE — Open

2500 Emerald Bay Road, South Lake Tahoe, CA

530-577-0788 http://www.laketahoegc.com

One of only two 18-hole championship courses on the South Shore, this mountain meadow layout provides spectacular views of nearby Mount Tallac and a challenging array of shots. Players can also spend ample time honing their games at the course's expansive practice facilities.

TAHOE PARADISE GOLF COURSE — Open

3021 U.S. Highway 50, South Lake Tahoe, CA

530-577-2121 http://www.tahoeparadisegc.com

This par-66, 4,034-yard executive course nestled in the Sierra challenges the player to make accurate shots. The scenic par-3 and par-4 holes are made up of rolling, pine-lined fairways, ensuring an enjoyable test of golf.

North Shore/Truckee

COYOTE MOON — May

10685 Northwoods Blvd., Truckee, CA, 530-587-0886,

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In a tranquil mountain setting above 6,300 feet, Coyote Moon is a majestic masterpiece designed by Brad Bell. The course is 250 secluded acres of rolling hills framed by towering pines without a home site or structure to spoil the view. The course cascades over a beautiful Sierra ridgeline, meandering among granite bluffs and around crystal clear Trout Creek.

INCLINE VILLAGE MOUNTAIN COURSE — May 1

690 Wilson Way, Incline Village, NV 89451

775-832-4653 http://www.golfincline.com

With spectacular green sites and contours, the Mountain Course demands more accuracy than distance. Shot making skills are necessary to navigate the terrain. A tribute to designer Robert Trent Jones Jr., the mountainous 18-hole course features challenging par 3s averaging over 150 yards and par 4s that challenge even the most proficient golfer.

INCLINE VILLAGE CHAMPIONSHIP COURSE GOLF COURSE — May 8

955 Fairway Blvd., Incline Village, NV

866-925-4653 http://www.golfincline.com

Located in a sprawling mountain setting, this par-72 golf course stretches more than 6,900 yards from the blue tees, which carries a course rating of 72.2 with a slope of 133.

OLD BROCKWAY GOLF COURSE — Open

400 Brassie Ave, Tahoe Vista, CA

530-546-9909 http://www.oldbrockway.com

This North Lake Tahoe golf course was built in 1924 by Harry Comstock. Old Brockway meanders through towering Jeffrey pines with views of majestic mountains and Lake Tahoe. The charm and character of the Old Brockway remains the same today, much as it did in the 1920s and 1930s. In 1934, Old Brockway was the home of the first Bing Crosby Golf Tournament.

OLD GREENWOOD — May 1

12915 Fairway Drive, off I-80 at Overland Trail, Truckee, CA

530-582-6781 http://www.oldgreenwood.com

With Old Greenwood tranquil, natural setting, only one person was considered when it came to designing the golf course at Old Greenwood: Jack Nicklaus. Recently named one of the Best Upscale Courses in America by Golf Digest, the golf experience at Old Greenwood is sure to rival that of other Nicklaus masterpieces.

PONDEROSA GOLF COURSE — Open

10040 Reynolds Way, Truckee, CA

530-587-3501 http://www.ponderosagolfcoursetruckee.com

North Tahoe’s best value is the nine-hole course in Truckee. Located just one mile south of downtown, this beautifully maintained course is managed. By the Truckee Donner Recreation & Park District. Fantastic views of the Pacific Crest and the Carson Range along with a snack bar, driving nets and chipping and putting greens. Rental clubs and a full retail shop are on site.

RESORT AT SQUAW CREEK — May 20

400 Squaw Creek Rd. Olympic Valley, CA

530-583-6300 or 800-327-3353 http://www.squawcreek.com

Nestled below the granite peaks of world famous Squaw Valley USA, this Robert Trent Jones, Jr. design demands accurate play. The par 71 championship links layout winds along the valley floor through and around wetlands, providing awesome vistas as well as a severe test of target golf. Resort at Squaw Creek has received Audubon status as a certified cooperative sanctuary and one of Golf Magazine’s top 10 courses.

TAHOE CITY GOLF COURSE — Open

251 North Lake Blvd., Tahoe City, CA

530-584-2200 http://www.playtcgc.com

Enjoy a view of Lake Tahoe from every hole at this nice course. Initially designed by May Webb Dunn in 1917, making it the oldest course in the Tahoe basin, the course is 5,261 yards.

TAHOE DONNER —May 15

12850 Northwoods Blvd., Truckee, CA

530-587-9443 http://www.tahoedonner.com

Tahoe Donner 18-hole Championship Golf Course is located high in the Sierra. Cradled among the towering pines, the course narrow fairways and numerous creeks place a strict demand on accuracy for a challenging and enjoyable round of golf. This semi-private course was designed by Roy Williams and Bill Bell Jr. and opened in 1975.

South Shore

EDGEWOOD TAHOE GOLF COURSE — May 6

100 Lake Parkway, Lake Tahoe, NV

775-588-3042 http://www.edgewoodtahoe.com

This George Fazio 18-hole design on the edge of Lake Tahoe has become world renown for hosting the 1985 U.S. Senior Open and the American Century Championship since 1990. With a variety of tee lengths, golfers of all abilities can enjoy some of the most breathtaking views in golf.

BIJOU MUNICIPAL GOLF COURSE — May 1

3464 Fairway Ave., South Lake Tahoe, CA

530-542-6097 http://www.recreationintahoe.com

This nine-hole family course with easy access provides beginners and intermediate players par-3 and par-4 holes that test many of the shots in the bag. Affordable rates and no tee reservations allow for last-minute rounds.

LAKE TAHOE GOLF COURSE — Open

2500 Emerald Bay Road, South Lake Tahoe, CA

530-577-0788 http://www.laketahoegc.com

One of only two 18-hole championship courses on the South Shore, this mountain meadow layout provides spectacular views of nearby Mount Tallac and a challenging array of shots. Players can also spend ample time honing their games at the course’s expansive practice facilities.

TAHOE PARADISE GOLF COURSE — Open

3021 U.S. Highway 50, South Lake Tahoe, CA

530-577-2121 http://www.tahoeparadisegc.com

This par-66, 4,034-yard executive course nestled in the Sierra challenges the player to make accurate shots. The scenic par-3 and par-4 holes are made up of rolling, pine-lined fairways, ensuring an enjoyable test of golf.

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