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South Shore golf courses prepare to open for season

Steve Yingling, Tribune sports editor

With warmer weather predicted to infiltrate the area this weekend, golfers can start to think about taking their clubs out of the garage.

Bijou Municipal Golf Course plans to open today, and three other area courses intend to open no later than May 1.

Here is a look at what the courses have to offer for the 2009 season:

Bijou

The nine-hole layout located in the middle of the city gets a jump on the other South Shore courses by opening today.

A putting green and driving net allow players to prepare for a round of golf that normally takes under two hours.

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Bijou is often a place for family gatherings, and players can work on many of their shots as several par-4 holes break up a series of short par-3 holes. Special rates apply to residents and twilight play, and families can now take advantage of a new season pass.

The course opens at 7:30 a.m. daily, and players can tee off until 6 p.m. No reservations are necessary, and groups are sent off based on their arrival time. Clubs and pull carts are available for rental. Green fees are $20, and locals received reduced rates.

For more information, phone the pro shop at (530) 542-6097.

Edgewood Tahoe

The home of the American Century Championship has again moved up its opening day.

Course operators decided on Wednesday to open on April 24, a week earlier than anticipated.

Tee times are available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with green fees $100, more than half the normal rate.

The early season is designed with locals in mind. The annual Booster Club benefit tournament for South Tahoe and Whittell high schools is May 2-3 and Locals’ Day is May 5.

Green fees will vary throughout the season. For the first month of the season, weekday green fees are $140 and weekends are $160. Twilight rates are initially set for $110 for weekdays and $130 for weekends. Twilight start times vary from 2 to 4 p.m. during the summer. From June 1- July 13, green fees are $200 for weekdays and $220 for weekends. Twilight rates are $150 and $170.

Following the American Century Championship July 14-19, the green fees are adjusted to $220 and $240, while twilight rates are $170 and $190. For reservations, phone (888)-881-8659. To reach the pro shop, phone (775) 588-3566.

Lake Tahoe Golf Course

Until the latest dose of winter, Lake Tahoe Golf Course was planning to open April 22. With warmer weather expected by Saturday, LTGC doesn’t anticipate opening any later than April 25.

When it does, customers can expect to pay $84 to ride in a cart and $59 to walk. Regular twilight rates kick in at 3 p.m. and are $64 for riders and $49 for walkers; super twilight rates begin at 5 p.m. and mean riders pay $39 and walkers $29.

LTGC has one big change from last year for golfers looking for a bargain. The mega-member discount card has been reduced from $150 to $50. This onetime fee allows players to discount their green fees throughout the season.

While golfers wait for opening day, the drive range is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Tee times can be made seven days in advance with no fee by calling (775) 577-0788. There is a small fee for tee times made more than a week in advance.

Tahoe Paradise

With winter lingering, Tahoe Paradise will be impacted the most. Not far from Echo Summit and with pine trees doting the 18-hole golf course, management often opens nine holes at a time.

The tentative opening date for the front nine is May 1.

Green fees will remain as they were in 2008: $42 for walkers and $60 for cart users. Walkers can play another 18 at no additional cost, while use of cart will cost $18 for an additional round of play.

“This has always been the greatest deal in town. This is the place locals come,” said Randy Morrison, Tahoe Paradise’s director of golf.

Several season passes are available. Options are a $250 junior (ages 9-16) midweek pass, good Sunday through Thursday; a midweek pass for Sunday through Thursday is $450 and a full-season pass, which is valid seven days a week, is $575.

Like LTGC, Tahoe Paradise is offering a $50 discount card, which is good for seven days a week. There are also discounts for seniors (55 and over) and juniors (under 16): $8 for 18 holes and $4 for nine holes.

Nine-hole rates are $31 for walkers and $42 for riders.

For the early riser, from 6-8 a.m., players can tee off for an 18-hole round for the nine-hole rate. Twilight rates begin at 3 p.m. and allow players to play 18 holes for $30 if they are walking and $41 if they are riding. Super twilight rates (after 5 p.m.) are $20 for walkers and $31 for riders.

For more information, phone (530) 577-2121.