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Golf Digest ranks Edgewood Tahoe as the fifth best course in Nevada. The final four holes of the George and Tom Fazio course finish along Lake Tahoe, including No. 16, a par 5 that uses the lake as a beautiful backdrop.


day of vacation? Drink in the mag- nificent first glimpses of a glistening Lake Tahoe shortly after reaching Echo Summit at 7,377 feet, when you plunge down the curvy Highway 50 into Tahoe Basin. Those final 60 miles on Highway 50 from Placerville into Lake Tahoe are pure Northern California, as the winding route cuts through the dense and towering pines, making for an especially enjoyable ride. (And if you have the time, take a leisurely drive around the 75 miles of Lake Tahoe shoreline. It takes about three hours without stops, but enjoy


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e are lavishly spoiled when it comes to golf destinations out West. Golf Digest recently compiled a list of the Top 20 Buddies Trip Destinations in America, and half of them are west of the Rockies.  There are the best-


course-you’ve-ever-played debate starters, such as Bandon, Ore., and Pebble Beach. Then there are your golf gluttony buffets, such as Scottsdale (more than 200 courses in the area) and Palm Springs (more than 100). (And speaking of buffets, let’s not forget Vegas.) Throw in Maui, the Big Island and Kauai in Hawaii, plus Central Oregon, San Francisco and Coeur D’Alene in Idaho, and you’ve got a bottomless bucket list.  But there is a glaring omission. We’re not pointing this out to challenge Golf Digest’s list, or to create a new one. If anything, Golf Digest’s list shows it sure is easy to be overlooked in this gaudy golf region.  But this destination is right in our backyard. Its concentration of quality public golf courses ri- vals anywhere. (I’ll put it this way: I played 10 courses in five days, and I still have a bucket list of more tracks where I can’t wait to peg it.)  Oh, and it’s also one of the most beautiful places in the world.


Here are nine reasons to plan your next golf trip to Lake Tahoe:


For the Drive Into South Lake Tahoe on Highway 50. Want to get sufficiently psyched for your first


breaks at Inspiration Point, Eagle Falls and Sugar Pine State Park for insane vistas, or anywhere else the beauty leads you.)


ing into the Reno-Tahoe International airport instead of driving? The Biggest Little City in the World is a hub of entertainment, with everything from the Triple-A Diamondbacks affiliate Reno Aces, to the Hot August Nights classic car show, the Great Reno Bal- loon Race, the National Champion- ship Air Races, and even a sanctioned satellite of the International Bowling


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For Five Vacations in One. + RENO There is no wrong way to do Lake Tahoe. Fly-


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