Course Video Tour + Features
THE GOLF COURSE AND DRIVING RANGE ARE CLOSED FOR THE 2020 SEASON. THANKS FOR A GREAT SUMMER!
YOU ASKED, WE LISTENED: REPAIRING THE TAHOE DONNER GOLF COURSE IN 2020
After much member feedback and years of planning, Tahoe Donner moved forward with the Tee and Fairway Repair Project and Greens Replacement Project in 2020. Golf course construction is substantially complete, and we are looking forward to the opening of our newly renovated golf course in 2021.
PLEASE NOTE: This winter, please remember that sledding, walking and XC skiing is NOT PERMITTED on the Tahoe Donner Golf Course and will be considered trespassing. This is to protect the recent investment in the golf course repair and replacement project and to ensure the course is in great shape for the 2021 season. Please stay off the golf course. If you witness trespassing on the golf course, you can file a complaint here: http://bit.ly/3pTobjT
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 7,002 | rating: 74.1; slope: 134
Black/Silver 6,747 | rating: 72.9; slope: 131
Silver 6,562 | rating: 72.4; slope: 130
Silver/Green 5,947 | rating: 69.7; slope: 124
Green: 5,580 | rating: 72.3; slope: 138 (ladies)
Green/Blue 5,278 | rating: 70.6; slope: 132 (ladies)
Blue 4,997 | rating: 68.9; slope: 127 (ladies)
Course Hole Descriptions
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Par 4: 21/389/349/324 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. Depending on the swirling winds, for the uphill second shot.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 five 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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