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Last Updated: November 23, 2018
I've been playing golf since I was about 12, but am still not as good as I should be considering how much I play. Anything mid-80s and below I feel satisfied, but will break 80 from time to time. I love playing courses I haven't played before and recently surpassed 1,000-course mark. I'd much rather play a new course every time than play the same course(s) over and over again.
I am also an avid "road trip" golfer. I've driven up and down the west coast and played many courses in California, Oregon, Nevada and Arizona. I have a personal goal of someday playing golf in all 50 states and I am currently up to 43 (AL, AK, AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, DE, DC, FL, GA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, ME, MD, MA, MI, MS, MO, MT, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NY, NV, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, WA, WV and WY). I have also played every public golf course in Southern California. You can read all about my travel golf adventures and my local golf experiences on my blog at http://bogeysacrossamerica.com and follow me on Twitter @GolfNomadBAA, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/GolfNomadBAA or on Instagram @GolfNomad6pez
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Playing Gray's Crossing the evening before also allowed us to squeeze in a bonus round and take advantage of a GolfMoose voucher for Squaw Creek. Tech... » More
Playing Gray's Crossing the evening before also allowed us to squeeze in a bonus round and take advantage of a GolfMoose voucher for Squaw Creek. Technically, I did play one more round after this at the Tahoe City 9-holer, but that one is not on GK yet. As for Squaw Valley, I wouldn't pay rack here, but the GM deal was pretty solid for a round in season. It was busier than we expected and we were too worn out to slow-play behind other groups, so we did have to get creative with our own layout. It wasn't ideal, but we eventually got all 18 holes in as the groups out on the course were kind of scattered and it allowed us to jump in where we could find openings and play a few holes at a time.
Conditions here were disappointing for a "resort" course. It seems clear the golf course here is somewhat of an afterthought and I'm sure it's difficult to maintain given its location on a major ski resort and a short summer season at the resort. The tee boxes were sometimes OK and sometimes just dirt and weeds. The fairways were generally fine. The rough was a mish-mash of a bit of everything. Then there are some deep native areas (swampland) that you'll want to avoid because it's almost guaranteed a lost ball. The holes up on the hillside had a greener look, but were also pretty soft and chewed up from tee to green. Bunkers were okay enough. Greens weren't too bad. A little thin in spots and sometimes a tad bumpy, but mostly rolling decently.
The lackluster conditions mar what could be a pretty good golf course. The layout is very challenging and unique, and though they bill it as a "links" it really isn't because there aren't many ground-play options. There are a lot of forced carries and false fronts lined with thick grass, so you still have to keep the ball up in the air if you want to have a chance at scoring well. It also got pretty windy as the round went on, which added another level of challenge. In terms of quality, Squaw Creek doesn't come close to measuring up to the region's other great resort courses. It just feels a bit run down and in need of a good renovation.
Also, I should mention the parking situation is rough right now as they are doing a lot of construction outside the resort. You can valet up top or just drop your bags off, then it's a long walk from the self-parking to the pro shop. The signage is lacking here, so there really are no signs to direct you to the pro shop. I wandered around awhile before finally finding it and then it took them about 20 minutes to get my bag from up top to the starter area. Again, golf seems to be an afterthought, especially for those not staying at the resort.» Close
After playing Greenwood on Monday evening, we moved up our Old Greenwood tee time to 7:30 on Tuesday. This was the most expensive round of the trip at... » More
After playing Greenwood on Monday evening, we moved up our Old Greenwood tee time to 7:30 on Tuesday. This was the most expensive round of the trip at $175. They do combo deals with Gray's Crossing and NCGA rates, but because we paid only a twilight rate at Gray's, we weren't able to get any discounts on the round here. Ultimately, it was a wash because the two rounds together were right about what we were planning to pay for the original package deal anyway. They put us out as a twosome behind three foursomes. We ended up playing through 2 of them and then caught up to the other on the back nine and they didn't let us play through. We all caught up to maintenance anyway soon after that, so there was really nowhere to go and we just slow-played the final few holes behind them.
The conditions here were great as this course had the deepest green look of all the courses we played on the trip. Some minor issues when you looked really close and got really nitpicky, but otherwise lush and nicely manicured throughout. Thick rough that provided extra challenge. Fairways also a bit on the soft side with all the watering and morning moisture. Greens very nice. Soft and receptive with the moisture, but rolling great at nice speeds that obviously got quicker as they dried out.
I really liked Old Greenwood, too. Though the course has its demanding qualities and the tricky Nicklaus greens, it wasn't quite as tough as I expected it to be. I was expecting another Montreux, but there aren't really any significant elevation changes at Old Greenwood and thus the diagonal/undulated greens aren't quite as brutal. The back nine is tougher than the front, I thought, with a few more somewhat-elevated greens and blind approach shots a la Nicklaus design. Still a fairly difficult course (especially if you play the longer tees), just maybe not as much as a butt-kicker as I expected. Either way, it's a beautiful track with a great setting in Truckee, so I would easily recommend it to just about anyone.» Close
Was originally planning to play here Tuesday morning, but we finished so early at Grizzly that we decided to come over here Monday evening and take ad... » More
Was originally planning to play here Tuesday morning, but we finished so early at Grizzly that we decided to come over here Monday evening and take advantage of better twilight rate. Still $75 with an NCGA twilight rate, but Tahoe/Truckee golf isn't cheap. We saw a group going off hole 1 as we got over there and hole 10 was wide open, so we decided to start on the back nine. It was a good move because we played the entire back nine without running into anyone. We did play through a few people on the front and had to wait at times, but it worked out to be another quick round to cap off an incredible 72-hole day in the mountains.
The course was in very good condition. Tee boxes and fairways were in really nice shape. Still on the soft side, but definitely better than most of the overwatered courses we played. Rough cut down and not too much of a factor, but great coverage throughout. Bunkers good and greens great—firm and rolling well at medium speeds.
I enjoyed this course on all levels. It's fairly forgiving off the tee and it's not overly tricked out, but there are some fun holes and the greens are quite undulated. Some big bunkers guarding the greens too, so the green complexes are definitely the course's biggest defense. Otherwise, a great resort-level course in a beautiful setting—yet another wonderful Tahoe area course!!!» Close
Of course, you know I was going to finally hit up Grizzly Ranch on this trip. Heard so many great things about it on GK over the past few years, I've ... » More
Of course, you know I was going to finally hit up Grizzly Ranch on this trip. Heard so many great things about it on GK over the past few years, I've been dying to play here. It did not disappoint! The timing worked out well for us because they had a huge ladies' tournament shotgun that started mid-morning and they were just starting to clear the course when we arrived. We were able to get out as the course was emptied (kind of). Somehow, a few other people still scattered out and jumped to different holes ahead of us, so we did have to play through a couple singles on the front and then a back nine group. Still, it couldn't have worked out better to get out after the shotgun cleared. $85 rate a bit expensive, but worth it here and their rack rates are pretty much in the range of what you'll pay at all the other local courses if you don't have some sort of deal. That makes Grizzly a no-brainer if you are in this neck of the woods!
Conditions were great here and it probably played the best of any course on this trip. It wasn't all over-watered like so many other courses we encountered, so it was nice to actually get some roll-out on the fairways. Tee boxes and rough also nicely kept throughout. Bunkers excellent. Greens firm and fast.
The layout is also very enjoyable and the scenery is great. The fairways are fairly wide and forgiving (in other words, not a super narrow-feeling mountain course), though there are some forced carries and plenty of strategic elements to challenge you. Many of the greens are elevated and well-protected, so there is definitely a premium on hitting good approach shots. Friendly staff and a high-end feel. I was wondering if Grizzly would live up to the hype after playing all the other local courses that were generally pretty good to great. It did. I would easily recommend coming out here, though don't overlook some of the others when planning a trip out this way. Such a neat area with plenty of good golf to pair with Grizzly, which will be at the top of your list!» Close
This was round 2 on Monday and it's been a long time coming. I've been wanting to play "The Dragon" for so many years, even though I knew it isn't now... » More
This was round 2 on Monday and it's been a long time coming. I've been wanting to play "The Dragon" for so many years, even though I knew it isn't now what it once was in terms of challenge and conditions. Still, with the great GolfMoose deal, it was finally time to get to Nakoma on this trip. We had a 10:20 tee time, but arrived closer to 9:30. There was a shotgun on the front nine at that time, but the pro shop lady was super cool about squeezing us in right away and starting us on the back. We played through a couple groups along the way and ultimately caught up with the shotgun groups for much of the back nine. Nonetheless, it was another good pace at under 3 hours.
The conditions were definitely a little scruffy around the edges as this is no longer a pristine resort course. You might say The Dragon is a bit "scaly" these days. Overall, it was still fine with decent tee boxes, fairways that were usually more good than bad, and decent rough. Just some patchiness, thin spots, lumpiness and inconsistencies throughout to make it less nice than you'd like it to be given the setting. Also, they water a lot here so there were a number of super mushy spots (especially on the back nine). The greens were playing well, firm and rolling a medium speeds. Bunkers also kind of inconsistent. Some better than others.
As much as I enjoyed the roller coaster of a layout here, I do wish I had played it back in they day before they removed a lot of bunkers and "softened" it up. It is still a very demanding layout with lots of hills and undulations in play. Target layout, though can also play extremely long if you play the big boy tees. Greens are on the small side and they are very undulated/tough to read, so they still provide plenty of challenge. Really fun and dramatic course with some incredible scenery. Even being softened up, it may still be too tricked out for some to enjoy. Either way, I'd love to see this place redo the turf and get back to a more high-end presentation. It could be something special again.» Close
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