Golf is back at Tahoe Donner! Rediscover Tahoe’s most recently renovated course. With over $2 million in course improvements in 2020, golfers of all skill levels can enjoy enhanced playability, an improved pace of play and one of the region’s best alpine golf experiences. Highlights include:
- All new greens
- Expanded + redesigned tees, including forward tees
- Better player shot selection through improved drainage and relocated cart paths
- Wider and more playable fairways + more!
12850 Northwoods Blvd.
Truckee, CA 96161
Tahoe Donner Golf Course Features
18-hole championship course, private lessons and group clinics, driving range, short game practice facility, a fully stocked golf pro shop and Taylor Made golf club rentals.
Black 7,082 | rating: 74.2; slope: 134
Black/Silver 6,827 | rating: 73.1; slope: 132
Silver 6,650 | rating: 72.5; slope: 130
Silver/Green 6,035 | rating: 69.9; slope: 126
Green 5,629 | rating: 72.9; slope: 134
Green/Blue 5,327 | rating: 71.1; slope: 130
Blue 5,021 | rating: 69.6; slope: 126
Course Hole Descriptions
Hole 1: Corridor
Par 4: 452/430/359/328 Arguably the toughest opening hole in the High Sierra, the optimum tee shot should finish on the left half of the canted fairway to provide the best angle into the green. The narrow, tilted fairway kicks shots to the left, and the hole plays much longer than the listed yardage due to the steep incline.
Hole 2: Hilltopper
Par 5: 520/487/430/405 Favor the left side on your tee shot on this tight, slight dogleg right, par 5, which features a blind second shot. Aim your approach shot toward the tall pine that guards the right side of the green. Shots that land 50 yards short of the green will often run down the steep incline onto the putting surface.
Hole 3: The Chute
Par 4: 440/426/349/295 This challenging uphill par 4 generally plays longer than its yardage. Since the second shot is semi-blind, pay attention to the color of the flag which indicates the hole location (front, middle, or back).
Hole 4: White Fir
Par 3: 201/185/109/88 Don’t let this distractingly beautiful par 3 lull you to sleep. The severely sloped double-tiered green is the most dangerous putting surface on the entire course, and keeping the ball below the hole is essential to scoring well.
Hole 5: Meadow
Par 4: 375/364/305/262 This par 4 offers two different looks based upon which tee box (left or right) you play from. The tee shot must carry 190 yards to carry the ditch that crosses the fairway, and longer hitters may opt against hitting a driver as a large fairway bunker pinches the fairway approximately 260 yards from the tee.
Hole 6: The Sentinel
Par 4: 353/340/310/268 This short par 4 offers several options on the tee shot. Lay up with anything from a middle iron to a fairway wood just left of the tall pine in the middle of the fairway, or take the bold route with a driver and try to drive the green.
Hole 7: Overlook
Par 3: 165/146/126/106 Pay close attention to the wind direction, as it is almost always a factor on this short par 3 that generally plays 1-2 clubs less due to the elevated tee shot. The deceptive green slopes away from the tee from the right front to the left rear, contrary to what your eyes may tell you.
Hole 8: Panorama
Par 4: 468/452/337/321 This dogleg right par 4 is not only the longest par 4 on the course but also one of the most scenic, thanks to the panoramic views of Mount Rose visible from the elevated tee. Avoid the rocks and pine trees at the corner of the dogleg.
Hole 9: Bickler’s Bluff
Par 5: 574/537/452/413 Aim your tee shot at the cavernous fairway bunker approx. 280 yards out on the right, and the ball will likely end up in the center of the fairway. The second shot should favor the left side of the fairway in order to avoid the pine tree on the right.
Hole 10: The Glen
Par 4: 421/389/349/324 You may want to keep the driver in the bag, since a ditch crosses the fairway 240 yards from the tee (270 from the tips), and the wetlands adjacent to Trout Creek, marked as a lateral hazard, line the entire left side of the fairway. The hole bends to the right; however the terrain slopes to the left.
Hole 11: Canyon Country
Par 5: 574/537/452/413 A wonderful risk/reward short par 5 that dares you to go for the green in two. Avoid going left at all costs. This hole can offer up an easy 4 or an even easier 8.
Hole 12: Mesa
Par 3: 203/143/135/85 This uphill par-3 plays longer due to the elevated green and prevailing wind that frequently knocks shots down. From the tips, this is the most challenging par 3 on the course. Keep the ball below the hole, if possible, as the putting surface is treacherous.
Hole 13: Big Bend
Par 4: 321/303/280/260 A smartly placed tee shot with a hybrid or mid-iron will leave you with a short iron to a spectacular, elevated, well-bunkered green.
Hole 14: Summit
Par 4: 410/374/333/317 The back tee is the highest point on the golf course, and the highest in the Lake Tahoe/Truckee region. Either lay up short of the ditch (230 yards from the tee) or fly the hazard while avoiding the three fairway bunkers that pinch the landing area 280 yards from the tee.
Hole 15: Double Trouble
Par 5: 510/494/446/393 This dogleg left par 5 is aptly named due to the ditch that crosses the fairway twice. A drive that cuts the corner will allow the golfer to go for the green in two.
Hole 16: Eye of the Dragon
Par 4: 451/439/356/308 Aim left of the pot bunker (Eye of the Dragon) to set up the best angle for your approach on this difficult par-4, the #2 handicap hole.
Hole 17: Landing Pad
Par 3: 227/204/161/144 This scenic downhill par 3 is the longest par 3 on the course and features one of the larger greens. Select two clubs less due to the significant elevation change.
Hole 18: Buena Vista
Par 4: 417/400/340/291 Tahoe Donner’s signature hole, featuring panoramic views and a dramatic change in elevation. Tee off with a fairway wood, hybrid or long iron to lay-up short of Trout Creek. Although the green complex is the deepest on the course, it is ringed by four cavernous bunkers and one lone pine. Occasionally the hole will be played from the forward tee (291 yards), magically transformed into the most spectacular “drivable” par 4 in the High Sierra. What a finish!
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