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Golfers cross fingers

Steve Yingling

Past opening days haven’t been too kind to Lake Tahoe Golf Course, so course superintendent John Stanowski has a backup plan.

“Are we first again. That means we’ll have the biggest blizzard right after we open,” Stanowski said. “I’m going skiing this weekend.”

No blizzards are in the immediate forecast, so Lake Tahoe Golf Course should be able to open today.

The 18-hole course in Meyers has a special opening rate to attract early season golfers.

For $39, customers can play 18 holes with use of a shared cart. That rate is good during operating hours Sunday through Friday. On Saturday, that rate is good except between 9 a.m. and noon when green fees are $49. These rates will remain in effect through May 16.

The driving range also will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Stanowski thinks golfers will enjoy the early season condition of the course.

“The course came through really well … maybe the best I’ve seen,” he said. “What a Miracle March. A while back it was a different kind of miracle. Now we had ours.”

For more information, phone (530) 577-0788.

In South Lake Tahoe, Bijou Municipal Golf Course, a par 3 and 4 layout, plans to open Monday, weather permitting.

Course management delayed their opening because of cleanup work that needed to be done.

“We’re waiting for it to get cleared up. It’s in good shape and it’s a matter of Mother Nature cooperating right now,” said operator Stan Bobman.

Nine-hole rates have gone up to $15 for residents and $18 for nonresidents. Twilight rates $12 for residents and $15 for nonresidents.

Senior day is Wednesday throughout the golf season.

For more information, phone (530) 542-6097.

At Stateline, Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course could open later this month, otherwise the home of the American Century Celebrity Championship is shooting for May 6.

However, there are several ways to get on Edgewood earlier. Locals’ Day is May 5 (applications will appear in the Tribune in the coming weeks) and the cost is $50 per player. In addition, the annual Edgewood Tahoe Community Days Booster Club Golf Tournament is May 1-2.

Proceeds from Locals’ Day go to local charities, while the Booster Club tournament funds are evenly split between Whittell and South Tahoe high schools.

From May 6-31, green fees are $150. Fees will go up to $200 on June 1.

“The course is in excellent condition,” said Edgewood golf director Randy Fox. “

The course remains unchanged, but a log structure was added to the sports bar deck overlooking the lake, driving range and tee area. It was done for shading purposes.

For tee times, phone (775) 588-3566. They are booked 90 days in advance.

Edgewood’s biggest offseason deal was procuring the American Century Celebrity Championship for three more years.

“We get calls all winter long from people looking to plan their vacations with the tournament,” Fox said.

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