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9 Reasons to Plan Your Next Golf Trip to Lake Tahoe


Museum and Hall of Fame. And of course, you can always


entertain yourself with more than 15 casinos in Reno, ranging from luxuri- ous 4-star hotels and spas such as Atlantis and Peppermill, to the family centric and nostalgic Circus Circus.


+ SOUTH LAKE TAHOE But that’s just the first stop. What kind of vacation are you looking for? If you want to continue the party, it’s 60 miles to the bustling South Lake Tahoe and its trio of tempting and tourist-magnet casinos on Highway 50—Harrah’s, Harvey’s and Mont- Bleu. (And for those of you looking to break up the drive, U.S. Open quali- fying site Genoa Lakes—the Lakes Course—is just a short detour outside Carson City. Not a bad idea, since golf is somewhat limited on the South Shore. Your two best options are the world-class Edgewood Tahoe, and the easy-going William Bell-designed Lake Tahoe GC, which is nestled in the meadows of a state park.)


+ NORTH LAKE TAHOE Reno is just 35 miles from the North Shore of Lake Tahoe and Incline Village, where you can soak up the beauty and solitude of the sanc- tuary-like lakeside setting. Are you vacationing to escape life and simply


relax with therapeutic views of Lake Tahoe and majestic snow-capped mountains draped in trees? That’s the North Shore. That’s also the recipe for spectacu-


lar secluded golf courses, from Robert Trent Jones Sr.’s Incline Village (I like to ironically call it a less mountainous Spyglass Hill), to the tight and tree- lined Tahoe Donner, to the exhilarat- ing ride that is Coyote Moon, to the three gorgeous high-end courses that have opened in the last 10 years: Old Greenwood, Gray’s Crossing and Schaffer’s Mill. (And for those of you who are well connected or waiting to call in a favor, fantastic private clubs Lahontan and Martis Camp are also in the neighborhood.)


+ TRUCKEE Truckee is less than 15 miles from the Nevada border on the North Shore, so it’s just a short jaunt to that cornucopia of courses, plus the popular ski resorts Squaw Creek and Northstar Cali- fornia, which both have 18 holes as well. Squaw Valley is especially worth checking out, as the Olympic flame still burns at the entrance, commemo- rating the 1960 Winter Olympics. You can also start your vacation


in Truckee by flying into the Truckee Tahoe Airport, or by taking Inter- state-80, which dumps into town. And


you don’t really have to leave Truckee, either. There are 10 lakes within 10 miles, ideal for paddle boarding, swimming and fishing, plus whitewa- ter rafting on the Truckee River, and endless trails for hiking and mountain biking. It’s no wonder Men’s Journal named Truckee one of America’s Best Mountain Towns. The nights can be just as fun.


Aside from looking up at some of the brightest stars you’ll ever see (since you are so removed from the city lights), Truckee’s quaint downtown on Donner Pass Road is stocked with a Murderer’s Row of restaurants. I’m a sucker for authentic Italian so I loved Pianeta, but you can’t go wrong with Trokay, Golden Rotisserie and Burger Me next door, either. And if you still have some energy left, it isn’t too dif- ficult to find a spot for a nightcap on the main drag.


+ GRAEAGLE If Truckee isn’t remote enough for you, 40 miles northwest and well into the High Sierra is the Graeagle Golf Trail, an isolated but invigorating drive up Highway 89—although you feel a bit like Hansel and Gretel wander- ing deeper and deeper into the woods until you rediscover civilization. (Pro’s tip: study the directions before you leave, as the drive is a bit of a Bermuda


Co-designed by Peter Jacobsen and John Harbottle III, the Lakes Course at Genoa Lakes plays around wetlands and the Carson River on 14 different holes, with the scenic eastern slopes of the Sierra Nevada Mountains as a backdrop. It’s a great detour if you are making the drive from Reno to South Lake Tahoe.


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