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2014 Barracuda Championship Highlights

barracuda championshipThe face of the Barracuda Championship (formerly Reno-Tahoe Open) was made-over just in time for its highly-anticipated 16th year; the annual Reno Tahoe tournament is now named the Barracuda Championship, based off its new title sponsor, Barracuda Networks. Although the name of the game may have changed, the tournament’s esteemed reputation remains as a favorite stop on the PGA Tour for golfers and spectators alike… With a course surrounded by Reno Tahoe’s spectacular snow-capped mountains and sky-high pine trees, how could it not? Better yet, this year’s Barracuda Championship promises to be bigger, better, and more lively than ever due to the wide variety of new on-site activities for spectators to enjoy; with the Mirassou Wine Walk, the Food Truck Stop, the Kids’ Tree House and more, this year is sure to be a hole-in-one for the whole family.

HIGHLIGHTS:

When: July 28- August 03

Venue: Jack Nicklaus-designed Montrêux Golf and Country Club (par 72, 7,472 yards). Montrêux is the third longest course on the PGA Tour and it has also rated the 6th most difficult course among all PGA Tour events.

Purse: $3 million (first place, $540,000) and 300 FedEx cup points

Scoring: Modified Stableford scoring- The Barracuda Championship boasts the opportunity to be the only event on the entire PGA Tour to play with this format. Rather than counting the total number of strokes taken as in typical stroke play golf, Modified Stableford involves scoring points based on the number of strokes taken at each hole. This exciting format encourages the professionals to shoot for the pin every time which creates more excitement for spectators.

Tickets: Season pass (week-long ticket) is $65. Daily tickets are $20. Children 15-under are free with an accompanying adult.

Media: Live Television Coverage will be on The Golf Channel

PLAYERS:

The Barracuda Championship welcomes 132 PGA Tour Professional golfers to Reno Tahoe.

121212Since its start in 1999, the Barracuda Championship has been host to a number of PGA stars, including Gary Woodland, Jonathan Byrd, J.J. Henry, and more.  Displaying incredible playing ability year to year, including a record-breaking low round of 61 for 2011 champion Scott Piercy, and an unprecedented feat on a pair of par 3s by acing two holes in the same round in 2006 by Yusaku Miyazato, all of these athletes have brought excitement to the grounds of Montrêux. This year, the Barracuda Championship is excited to announce that top-ranked amateur golfer, Patrick Rodgers, who recently finished a record career at Stanford University, will start what is sure to be a prosperous professional career at the event. Jason Allred, coming off a top 15 finish at the Memorial Tournament, will also be in attendance.  Lasly, a fan favorite, John Daly, will be there as well! A complete list of all the players can be found here!

SPECIAL EVENTS:

Women’s Day: The Barracuda Championship brings back Ladies day this year on July 27. Much more than simply a ladies golf outing, Women’s Day presented by Barrick Gold invites all women, from avid golfers to amateurs, to enjoy a “tee”-rific day on the green. Welcome back Lisa “Longball” Vlooswyk, the 7-time Canadian Women’s Long Drive Champion, as she gives advice and tips to fellow lady golfers and entertains with an interactive golf demonstration. Enjoy all aspects of this exciting event including a fashion show featuring “bigs” and “little’s” from Reno Tahoe’s own Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern Nevada, a special introduction to Women’s Health by KTVN’s Wendy Damonte, and a chance to tee up with a ball of yarn from Jimmy Beans Wool for a long-drive contest!

Pro-Am Golf Event: The Pro-Am allows you and your guests a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to play alongside a PGA Tour professional at the beautiful Montrêux Golf and Country Club. Tee times and groupings are decided upon at the Tuesday evening Pairings Party the night prior at the Eldorado Hotel Resort, featuring hosted food and beverage in an elegant setting while you play a “Deal or No Deal” game to learn who your PGA Tour professional teammate will be the following day. Each participant receives a valuable gift package and a commemorative photograph with the Pro in your group.

Patriot’s Luncheon 2014: The Barracuda Championship salutes the troops in a very special way with the 5th annual Patriots’ Luncheon featuring the K9s For Warriors program and benefiting the Veterans Guest House.  Come out July 29 from 11:30 am until 1 p.m. for a visiting soldier’s story about war, post traumatic stress disorder and the rescue dog that helps him each and every day, where you will no doubt be inspired and moved while benefiting an amazing cause.

Check out all of the events and activities the Barracuda Championship has to offer this year.

BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW:

Reno Tahoe USA is happy to extend the opportunity to receive $4.00 off a “Good Any-Day” ticket, (no limit on how many you can purchase). Click here to purchase and enter promotional code RSCVA14 to activate the discount.

And don’t forget to save those tickets after the tournament is over- on the back of each ticket is a special discount for Wildcreek Golf Course, a local favorite golf course. After watching golf all week, you now have the perfect excuse to extend your stay in Reno Tahoe and play golf… you don’t want to let this discount go to waste!

25th Annual American Century Championship in Full Swing

The #1 celebrity sporting event in America returns to Lake Tahoe for its 25th year. July 15-20, 2014, over 80 sports and entertainment celebrities will compete at Edgewood Tahoe Gold Course for $125,000 of the 600,000 purse.

Celeb sightings will be of plenty, including these athletes and entertainers:

Golden State Warriors superstar Stephen Curry
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers
World Champion Miami Heat guard Ray Allen
Olympic gold medalist Bode Miller
Comedian Larry the Cable Guy
Current Kansas City Chiefs and former 49ers quarterback Alex Smith
NFL Hall of Famers Steve Young, Jerry Rice and John Elway
Former NY Yankees catcher Jorge Posada

NFL participants include Hall of Fame running backs Emmitt Smith, Marcus Allen, Marshall Faulk; former All-Pros Jerome Bettis, Tim Brown, John Lynch; and current starts Jared Allen of the Chicago Bears, Jason Witten of the Dallas Cowboys, Oakland Raiders kicker Sebastian Janikowski.

The NBA will be represented by five-time NBA champion and coveted coaching candidate Steve Kerr, Brooklyn Nets head coach Jason Kidd and former Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro. Hockey checks in with All-Star goalie Martin Brodeur, Joe Sakic, Hall of Famer and $1 million 2011 tournament hole-in-one winner; former NHL All-Star center Jeremy Roenick, and 1980 Olympic Gold Medal winner and team captain Mike Eruzione.

Major League Baseball greats to appear include Hall of Famers Greg Maddux and Ozzie Smith; future HOF third baseman Chipper Jones; former All-Stars Vince Coleman, Kenny Lofton, Fred McGriff, David Justice, Tino Martinez and Kevin Millar; pitchers Tim Wakefield, Bret Saberhagen and Derek Lowe.

Elway, Wagner, Eruzione and Chicago Bears’ Super Bowl-winning quarterback Jim McMahon return as the four who’ve played all 25 years.

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NBC Sports and NBC Sports Network will televise the tournament live as follows:

- Friday, July 18: 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. ET, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. PT (live) on NBC Sports Network

- Saturday, July 19: 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. ET, noon to 3 p.m. PT (live) on NBC.

- Sunday, July 20: 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. ET, noon to 3 p.m. PT (live) on NBC.

Tournament scoring is based on a modified Stableford format with 10 points for a double eagle, 8 for a hole-in-one, 6 for eagle, 3 for birdie, 1 for par, 0 for bogey, and minus 2 for double-bogey or higher. The 54-hole tournament has been played at Edgewood Tahoe’s 6,707-yard lakeside course since its inception in 1990. Inaugural American Century Championship winner Mark Rypien, a two-time NFL pro quarterback, will return to Edgewood Tahoe for the 25th anniversary with hopes of repeating his victory. Other returning champions include Hollywood actor Jack Wagner, a two-time American Century Championship winner, and eight-time winner Rick Rhoden.

Season Passes and daily tickets are currently available online at www.TahoeSouth.com and www.TahoeCelebrityGolf.com. Season passes are $50 through May 31; beginning June 1, it’s $60. Tickets are $15 each day for the Lake Tahoe Celebrity-Amateur on Tuesday, July 16; practice round on Wednesday, July 17; and the American Century Celebrity-Am on Thursday, July 18; and $25 for each tournament round, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Kids 10 and under receive free admission – limit two — when accompanied by a paying adult.

Discounted Daily Tickets will be available beginning June 1 at 127 Raley’s, Bel Air or Nob Hill Foods locations throughout Northern California and Nevada. Tickets are $12 (regularly $15) for access Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, and $22 (regularly $25) for Friday, Saturday and Sunday tournament action or $18 with a grocery purchase of $50 or more for up to four tickets.

The tournament is also offering complimentary tickets for all military. All active duty, reservists, National Guard and veterans can receive two complimentary tickets, including one for a guest each day of the tournament. All service men and women who would like to attend must apply at https://americancenturychampionship.sheerid.com/ to redeem the special offer. At the events, participants must show photo ID along with the ticket voucher at tournament gates to receive the complimentary ticket(s).

SUMMER AT SPARKS MARINA

Summer is in full swing in Reno Tahoe- the sun’s beaming, the temperature’s blazing, and every day is full of activities to undertake, events to attend, and good times to be had. At the Sparks Marina, all the same rings true! With walking paths, trees, and sandy beaches surrounding a 77-acre lake, the Sparks Marina is a wonderful place for a sunny-day outing and a must-add to your summer to-do list. Better yet, the Marina is conveniently located in the heart of Sparks, right off Interstate 80 and next to Legends Outlet Mall… just a few miles from downtown Reno!

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The Marina contains an estimated 1 billion gallons of water with a naturally occurring aquifer that replenishes the lake with 2 to 3 million gallons of fresh water daily. All this water is put to good use with an assortment of recreational activities offered.

Water activities include:

  • Windsurfing
  • Sailing
  • Swimming
  • Scuba diving
  • Fishing
  • Boating
  • Kayaking
  • Paddle boarding

Furthermore, the marina contains an array of additional activities and facilities. Whether you want to host a large family picnic, throw a friend a birthday party, take the kids swimming, visit the dog park with your pup, stroll the quaint path around the lake, or just relax and soak up some rays, you can do all of this and more at the marina.

Amenities Include:

  • Beaches (2)sparks marina bench
  • Picnic areas
  • Fishing pier
  • 2-mile walking path
  • Volleyball courts
  • Playgrounds
  • Concession Stand
  • Restrooms
  • Canopies (2)
  • Dog Park

Click here for directions and more information on the Sparks Marina.

Circus Circus holds the first annual 24-Hour Mural Marathon

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Stroll by Circus Circus anytime between 10:00am, July 13 – 10:00am, July 14 to witness seven artist battle to create the most unique and vibrant mural on the Virginia Street side of the building shown above.

The idea of the Mural Marathon sparked from a conversation between Howard Rosenberg (UNR Arts Professor) and Richard Bartholet (president of the Regional Alliance for Downtown and UNR faculty member) while the two were observing the blank canvas of Circus Circus.

“This mural concept started when Howard Rosenberg and I walked through the city from the Courthouse to the University. We saw there was a lot of potential to spruce up the Circus Circus Reno building facing Virginia Street, which would in turn do wonders for the community. Those discussions got the ball rolling to this Mural Arts Project with Circus Circus Reno” said Bartholet.

The addition of murals to the outside walls of Circus Circus is part of the greater beautification project that has been taking Reno by storm. Murals in Reno’s Midtown District are found splattered across the map, and the migration to the downtown district is a pleasant sight to see.

“One of the goals of the festival is to see art on every street corner and in spaces where you least expect to see it. This is a wonderful addition to the downtown and excellent use of blank canvases.” Says Director of Artown, Beth Macmillan.

The 24-hour competition will be a new annual event added to Reno’s Artown calendar where each year a panel of judges will pick seven artists, three reserved for locals, to re-decorate the building and compete for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes.

Being on-site during the competition will surely be a ecstatic experience, but between the brush strokes make sure to check out more Artown events available on their website’s event calendar.

HellsGate Grand Prix

Just received news that this EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED. Spectators who pre-purchased HellsGate tickets can expect a full refund.

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Come to Wild West Motorsports Park, July 19, for a day packed with motorsport thrills.  Two main events will be happening, the HellsGate Grand Prix and the DownHill DeathBox Derby.

The HellsGate Grand Prix will leave spectators on edge as they watch 500 horsepower 4WD vehicles and UTVs race about a struggling course of daunting rocky obstacles with a 1,500-foot elevation change!

The DownHill DeathBox Derby is a hardcore take on soapbox derby!  Teams will race each other in this intense event down a steep dirt hill that finishes with a teeth-clenching jump.  These gravity-powered vehicles will be judged on style and speed. With plenty of skilled moves and hijinks happening from the high hill at the starting line to the jump at the finish line, it is an event made to be watched in person.

The Wild West Motorsports Park offers a great seating arrangement for 10,000 spectators who will be able to see 75% of the race course. If that isn’t close enough to the action, head to the pits to closely eye the racing monsters.

General admission is $20 with the coupon discount, and ages 10 and under get in free! For more information and ticket purchases go to the events website.

Schedule for Saturday, July 19

9:00am                          Gates Open at Wild West Motorsports Park

10:00am                        HellsGate Grand Prix Vendor Midway Opens

10:00-10:30am               HellsGate Grand Prix Sportsman Practice

10:45-11:15am               HellsGate Grand Prix UTV Practice

11:30am-12:00pm          HellsGate Grand Prix U4WD Bronze& Silver Practice

12:15-12:45pm               HellsGate Grand Prix U4WD Gold Practice

12:45pm                         DownHill DeathBox Derby Calcutta Auction

1:00-1:45pm                   HellsGate Grand Prix Bronze U4WD Main Event

1:45pm                           DownHill Deathbox Derby Heat 1

2:00-2:45pm                   HellsGate Grand Prix Sportsman Cup Main Event

2:45pm                           DownHill DeathBox Derby Heat 2

3:00-3:45pm                   HellsGate Grand Prix Silver U4WD Main Event

3:45pm                           DownHill Deathbox Derby Heat 3

4:00-4:45pm                   HellsGate Grand Prix SXSPerformance UTV Challenge

4:45pm                           DownHill Deathbox Derby Main Event

5:00-5:45pm                   HellsGate Grand Prix U4WD Gold Main Event

LEX nightclub grand opening

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LEX Nightclub, the highly-anticipated, $15 million, 25,000-square-foot nightlife venue at Grand Sierra Resort and Casino is scheduled to open this Friday, July 11 with a special performance by The Black Eyed Peas’ Taboo!

Billing itself as the place “where elegance becomes unruly,” LEX Nightclub will feature an adult indoor pool with a dance floor that extends over it and creates the illusion of dancing on water, along with 33 VIP tables, three full bars and an incredible, multi-million dollar lighting and sound system. LEX, with a capacity of 1,100 and more than 70 employees, will be open every Thursday through Saturday, from 8 p.m. until 4 a.m. An unprecedented nightlife venue, LEX promises to not only make its presence known as the premier nightclub in northern Nevada, but to also rival top nightlife venues in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami and New York.

As You Like It – Shakespeare Festival 2014

Imagine your toes in the sand, a fantastic bottle of wine nearby, a gourmet meal and first-class entertainment with your friends and family… All while basking in a perfect Lake Tahoe sunset. You’re not dreaming, you’re experiencing the enchantment of the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival at Sand Harbor State Park. This summer’s featured show is “As You Like It”!

Comic twists and turns abound in the fertile Forest of Arden, where a disguised Rosalind seeks refuge after being wrongfully banished by her uncle. Her unfortunate exile is transformed into a charming adventure when she encounters some of Shakespeare’s most beloved characters – colorful fools, witty rustics, and the handsome, lovesick Orlando. A clandestine, gender-bending courtship ensues, changing the lost into unexpected lovers, in a timeless and transcendent tale.

Secure your seats today!

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Shakespeare’s Kitchen cooks up a delicious onsite dining experience. You can even pre-order dinner and save time – just “add on” a meal when you purchase your ticket.

The main gate opens at 5:30 p.m. allowing early access to the concession area which includes Shakespeare’s KitchenThe Bar and BardWare (merchandise souvenirs). This affords you the opportunity to mingle early with family and friends in our newly renovated and expanded dining area. Arrive early and enjoy a pre-show cocktail, marvel at the awesome views of Lake Tahoe or simply bask in the afternoon sunshine. The amphitheater also opens at 5:30 p.m.

“Diverse; unique; powerful; innovative”- Artown 2014 lineup guarantees good time

posterPumped about upcoming Reno Artown? You’re not alone! And if you haven’t given Artown much thought, now’s the time to get excited! Artown takes the stage for its 19th season this July, upholding its reputation as a celebrated comprehensive arts and cultural festival, while promising to push the envelope and change perceptions with its unique 2014 schedule. Whether you’re an avid admirer of the arts, or an art amateur… whether you’ve attended Artown in past years or haven’t heard of Artown until now… there’s an event (or multiple) at this year’s Artown calling your name. With a state-of-the-art schedule that includes over 500-multidisciplinary events, from musical and theatrical performances, interactive presentations, workshops, and clinics, to art exhibits, children’s events and more, Reno’s 2014 Artown is not to be missed. Better yet, the festival runs for 32 days (July1-Aug1) and over 75% of the events are free!

The festival kicks off with a bang Opening Night on Tuesday, July 1 with the performance of up-and-coming country artists Sherrié Austin and Mountain Heart, whose cutting-edge acoustic music is sure to be a crowd pleaser. The free event begins at 7pm and is located right in the heart of Downtown Reno and the Riverwalk area at Wingfield Park.

kid original size!Artown’s array of events for families and kids begin bright and early July 2 with the free children’s educational series, Discover the Arts, which takes place each weekday throughout the month. The variety of activities within the series includes Discover Kidscape’s improvisation, where kids can learn the art of improvisation, Discover Kids music camp, a week-long music workshop of singing, making music, and exploring instruments, and Discover the Art of Magic, where children can learn magic tricks.

Say “bonjour” to a new event set to premiere during Artown in downtown Reno on July 13. Revolution on the River will debut from noon to 5pm along the banks of the Truckee River on Riverside Drive, featuring picnic baskets filled to the brim with locally sourced food and drink, as well as entertainment and a cake-decorating contest celebrating all things French for Bastille Day. The event is free to the public and attendees have the option of brining a picnic to enjoy or purchasing one of 250 French-themed picnic baskets that feature food and drink from Beaujolais Bistro, Dorinda’s Chocolates, Hub Coffee Roasters, Rounds Bakery, Mix Cupcakes, Wedge Cheese Shop, Common Cider Company and many other local businesses. Bon Appétit! You’ll be transported to the banks of the Seine River in Paris with a charming atmosphere full of French music, strolling models in period costume, a puppeteer entertaining families and friends of all ages, and painters creating artwork along the river.

July 12 of ArtTown is a day dedicated to the Visual Arts. The day is comprised of 14 visually-stimulating events that will draw you in. From 10am on, watch local artists create mural art downtown on the side of the Circus Circus, one of Reno’s famous hotels. Pick up a piece of local art at the annual yART sale, anytime from 9am-3pm. Experience Art Rocks, from 11am-3pm, for an open tour of quarry and how rocks are used in the arts.

concertMore into the musical arts? Then this year’s lineup of musical guests for Monday Night-Music Series in the park will be music to your ears.  The talent includes local composers, starting July 7 with an evening of jazz and blue classics by multi-instrumentalists Colin Ross and Mig O’hara, as well as July 21 for Reno Philharmonic’s Boston-Pops inspired program.  Also, check out Grammy nominated vocalist, composer, and arranger Perla Batalla July 14 and Michael Kaeshammer, Canadian pianist and vocalist July 28.

Celebrate Closing Night August 1 at 7:30pm with local favorite, Whitney Myer opening for Latin, Hip Hop and Rock Music seven piece band Ozomatli.

For more information on Artown, visit  www.RenoIsArtown.com or call 775-322-1538.

The 2014 Hydro-Turf Pro Watercross Tour to Make a Splash (Or Two) at Sparks Marina

Starting at 9:00 AM on Saturday, June 28, the Pro Watercross Tour will be providing a weekend full of screaming engines and strong wakes at the Sparks Marina. Deemed as the “NASCAR of Watercross,” this high-adrenaline sport will leave spectators screaming as racers reach top speeds of 90 mph while racing around buoyed courses!

sparks_1The US Open of Watercross is the third stop on the Hydro-Turf Pro Watercross Tour. Top USA and International competitors and race teams will be in attendance.  These riders will utilize some of the most advanced equipment and technology, and engage in a fierce battle of skill, technology and innovation on and off the water.

When the race is set, heavily modified watercrafts and their daring drivers will wait anxiously in the side-by-side gates. Upon command, the half-machine/half-man cyborgs will jolt to life as the opening gates release the racers to scream past the crowd at racing speeds of up to 90 miles per hour. High adrenaline leave the ringing memory of a great experience in your ear.

Witness the potential for history to be made on June 28, as the title for Guinness World Records “Most Consecutive Back Flips on a Personal Watercraft” will be attempted.  This trick-filled day will surely leave any age in awe.

Schedule your visit accordingly to get the best experience out of this full throttle event. For more information visit www.prowatercross.com/sparks.com

Weekend Schedule of Events (Sparks Marina)

Saturday, June 28

9:15am              Practice session for racers

10:15am             Amateur racing begins

11:00am             Opening ceremony with prayer and national anthem, Pro Runabout Open – MOTO 1

11:20am             Pro Ski GP – MOTO 1

11:40am             Pro Runabout Stock – MOTO 1

12:00pm             Pro Freestyle – MOTO 1

1:00pm              Intermission – autograph session with pros

1:30pm              Racing continues, all classes

5:00pm              Racing ends for the day

7:00pm              Guinness World Record setting event (Sparks, NV only)

Sunday, June 29

9:15am              Amateur racing

11:00pm             Pro Runabout Open – MOTO 2

11:20am             Pro Ski GP – MOTO 2

11:40am             Pro Stock – MOTO 2

12:00pm             Pro Freestyle (finals)

1:00pm              Pro Runabout Open (finals) – MOTO 3

1:20pm              Pro Ski GP (finals) – MOTO 3

1:40pm              Pro Runabout Stock – MOTO 3

2:00pm              Amateur racing

4:00om              Awards ceremony

Golf Haven – Lake Tahoe

If ever there was a golf haven, it must be in Lake Tahoe. With 24 golf courses within an hour’s drive of North Lake Tahoe, and the sparkling blue of Lake Tahoe in the background, this is most assuredly one of the most diverse and splendid golf spots in the world.

Diversity is the keynote of this area. One can play golf in mountainous, pine-studded fairways or putt on open desert-fringed greens, all with a backdrop of alpine mountain lakes at the home of the 1960 Winter Olympics.

Here are just a few highlights of some of the best courses around Lake Tahoe.

  • Old Brockway Golf Course: A lakeside course that dates back to the 1920’s and was host of the first Bing Crosby Annual tournament. This course has seen the likes of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and President Dwight D. Eisenhower playing its links.
  • Incline Golf - Talbot.IVCIncline Village: There are two spectacular courses at Incline Village, the Championship and the Mountain course. Robert Trent Jones, Sr. designed the Championship course, calling it “the ideal mountain layout with a challenge you won’t want to miss and views you will never forget.” His son, Robert Trent Jones, Jr., designed the Mountain Course at Incline Village. This course has spectacular green sites and contours and demands more accuracy than distance. A par-58 course that continues to challenge even the best golfers, every hole is unique with many unrivaled views of Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada mountains.
  • The Resort at Squaw Creek: This breathtaking course is located at the base of Squaw Valley, surrounded by six majestic Sierra mountain peaks. Robert Trent Jones Jr. also designed this course. with the purpose to preserve the unique beauty, natural wetlands and wildlife habitat of Squaw Valley. He succeeded with a resulting natural, fantastic golf course that blends harmoniously with its beautiful mountain surroundings. This course features nine holes on the meadow of Squaw Creek and nine in the rolling forest at the edge of the Squaw Valley ski resort, host of the 1960 Olympics.
  • Northstar Golf Course: Designed by prolific golf course architect Robert Muir Graves, this par-72 course serves up a magnificent view of Mount Rose and a variety of nine holes of mountainous, wooded fairways plus another nine of open, meadow-side holes. Built to incorporate Tahoe’s mountainous landscapes with Martis Valley’s open meadows, this is truly a vibrant and exciting course.

Farther north around Truckee, are more noteworthy courses:

  • Martis Camp features a private club with a 2008 Tom Fazio designed, award-winning 18-hole, par-72 golf course. From the longest tees, it presents 7,751 yards of golfing, blending dramatic topography of the High Sierras with the magnificent landscape of the Martis Valley. The front-nine take advantage of awe-inspiring mountain views, while the next seven holes crisscross Martis Creek and wind through the valley floor. Majestic mountain vistas frame the final two holes with the 18th green in the shadow of a 70-foot rock promontory where the impressive 50,000 square-foot Martis Camp Lodge sits.
  • Coyote Moon: This course designed by Brad Bell, takes advantage of the natural setting in 250 acres of secluded rolling hills, with towering pines, enormous outcroppings of granite and the picturesque Trout Creek adding dramatic elements to your golf game.
  • Gray’s Crossing: Located at the Tahoe Mountain Club near Truckee/North Lake Tahoe, the Golf Club at Gray’s Crossing ranked in Golfweek Magazine’s “Top 50 Best New Courses” in 2008. This course combines the feel of a traditional private club with fast greens and tournament-like conditions daily. Peter Jacobsen and Jim Hardy designed this course for fun, yet challenging play and its towering pines and weaving fairways certainly deliver that. The natural mountain views of Mt. Rose in the background are breathtaking.
  • Old Greenwood: Also located at the Tahoe Mountain Club, this Jack Nicklaus Signature Designed masterpiece course was rated among Golf Digest’s “America’s Top 100 Greatest Public Courses” in 2011. Golf Magazine also rated it among the 10 Best New Public-Access Courses in the Country. Situated among 600 acres of towering pines in the mountains near North Lake Tahoe, the Old Greenwood course serves up 18 holes of golfing perfection. Since this course is just across the street from Gray’s Crossing, a golf vacation here could be a double-treat.
  • Tahoe Donner: Also in the Truckee area is this amazing, towering pine-lined course on 200 acres of pristine Sierra landscape. Tahoe Donner provides an 18-hole, 7,002-yard par-72 championship golf course. With stunning views and meandering creeks, granite rock formations, elevations changes and greens so consistently pure they are recognized as the “Best Greens in the Tahoe Region,” this is a true mountain course where golfers can enjoy the serenity of their natural surroundings.

A little bit further away, but still within an hour’s drive of North Lake Tahoe, you can find:

  • Montreux Golf 4x6Montreux Golf and Country Club: Located in Reno, Nevada, at this home of the Reno-Tahoe Open, you will find a Jack Nicklaus Signature Design course that he called one of his top five designs. This course winds through nearly 7,500 yards of rolling greens, drops in elevation and quiet meandering creeks bordered by towering pines. Trying to keep your eye on the ball and not get distracted by the magnificent scenery may be your biggest challenge here.
  • Graeagle Meadows Golf Course: is one hour north from Reno and Tahoe in Graeagle, CA. This location bordering the Tahoe National Forest and along the Middle Fork Feather River in Plumas County, offers more mountain views, tall pines and lots of water with elevated tees across its 6,725 yards of “extreme golf.”

In Conclusion:
No matter what courses you choose to play in this golfing haven, you are sure to find the scenery breathtaking, the courses challenging and your experience at Lake Tahoe delightful.

About the Author: Joe Laing is the Marketing Director for El Monte RV, a nationwide RV rental company.