Jason Scott Deegan

Senior Staff Writer

Jason Scott Deegan has reviewed more than 700 courses and golf destinations for some of the industry's biggest publications. He is a regular contributor with Athlon Sports and PGA Magazine. His work has been honored by the Golf Writer's Association of America and the Michigan Press Association. His favorite golf destinations are Ireland and New Zealand, along with Michigan and California, where he lives with his wife and two children. Jason rarely touched a golf club until his college days at Eastern Michigan University, but now his passion for the game knows no out of bounds. He got his start writing with the TravelGolf Network in 1999. Follow him on Twitter at @WorldGolfer.

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    Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course

    "Such a gorgeous challenge"

    After several years of transition and construction, Edgewood Tahoe is ready to take its place among the best resorts in golf. The new luxurious lodge, scheduled to open June 14, gives golfers the ultimate place to relax on the southern shores of Lake Tahoe. Last year, Edgewood Tahoe revealed its new ninth hole, its fourth hole directly on the lake. The lodge and its new lawn (replacing the old parking lot) are a part of this new great scene. Playing the course never gets old. I've still not solved a few holes, namely the risk-reward par-5 18th hole. Someday I hope to be putting for eagle like the celebrities in the American Century Championship do every July. more »

    4.0 stars from 5

    Old Greenwood Golf Course

    "One of Tahoe's best"

    Jack Nicklaus painted a masterpiece on a perfect canvass of trees and elevation changes. It certainly belongs in the conversation of the best courses near Lake Tahoe and the best of northern California. The greens were the fastest of the five courses I played in the Lake Tahoe region that week. Some of the bunkers are downright vicious, so make sure you miss greens in the right spots. Like my colleague Mike Bailey, I found the food and beverage service sorely lacking. My group specifically came for lunch, thinking a highly regarded course would have some nice options. The outdoor grill only serves normal fare (hamburgers, wraps, hot dogs, etc.) that tasted fine until you factor in the prices charged. The Academy, which features a massive range, practice park and great indoor studio manned by a top 100 teacher, has become an incubator for junior golf. The range is so long - 400-yards-plus - that three recent world long-drive champions have practiced there. more »

    5.0 stars from 5

    Spyglass Hill Golf Course

    "Play the whites to enjoy Spyglass Hill"

    The first time I played Spyglass Hill in 2003, I was a beginning golfer and the course destroyed me. I have a new-found appreciation for its challenging and interesting holes after a triumphant return. Cool weather and with a playing partner who hadn't played in six months, I wisely moved up to the whites and had a fabulous time. With all the uphill holes and plateau greens, the 6,123-yard white tees still play about 6,400-6,500 yards - plenty tough for most of us. I've not found a better start to a golf course than the first five holes at Spyglass Hill, all roaming through the dunes near the shore. Workers were busy thinning out trees and a few real estate signs have been hung in this corridor, so development of more homes is coming. That's a shame to clutter such a beautiful setting. The rest of the day is spent battling the Del Monte forest and its collection of ponds and bunkers. If you shoot your handicap, you've had yourself a day. more »

    4.0 stars from 5

    The Shaffer's Mill Club

    "My new favorite near the north shores of Lake Tahoe"

    It is a high-class experience getting to play such an exclusive private club - which public players can do on Mondays. The conditions were excellent. With so few players on the course, we were able to whiz through the round and feel like we had the place to ourselves. Starting at no. 9, every hole is a keeper with the back nine as good as mountain golf gets. The visuals are striking. The 10th fairway climbs uphill over a waterfall and the 17th fairway falls downhill to a great reveal, a pond near the green. What a fun round. more »

    4.0 stars from 5

    Saddle Creek Golf Club

    "Find serenity at Saddle Creek"

    To golfers like me stuck in the traffic jams and the stress of the high cost of living in the Bay Area, Saddle Creek is the ultimate value-oriented escape. It's tucked away in tiny Copperopolis in Calaveras County among the foothills of the Sierras. Inside the gated community are welcoming resort-style amenities that help public golfers feel like a member during their visit or stay. Golfers staying in the plush Lodge Bungalows can simply park their car and never leave. The staff will deliver a golf cart to your door for your round. Even if you aren't playing, the clubhouse and its fine Copper Grille restaurant and the practice area are all centrally located within walking distance. The fitness center complex, located a short drive away, features an outdoor pool and hot tub perfect for the family, along with outdoor horseshoe pits, tennis courts and bocce ball courts. The course, designed by Carter Morrish, is the center of this universe. It rolls up and down the surrounding hills amid dozens of spectacular homes. No two holes run parallel to one another. The wide fairways are generous, but if you do go astray, tall fescue will devour your ball. Uphill holes (such as no. 6 and no. 10) and the approach shots over water on the par-5 eighth and the par-4 ninth holes are the toughest challenges. It's about as close to a five-star golf experience as a hidden gem can get. more »

    4.0 stars from 5

    Lake Tahoe Golf Course

    "A muni with great views in South Lake Tahoe"

    What a pleasant surprise and great contrast for the pricey lake views of Edgewood Tahoe. For a third of the price of Edgewood Tahoe, golfers playing this muni might run into some slow play and some rough-around-the-edges conditions, but the views and variety of the holes are special. This spring, at least three fairways are struggling after the long, hard winter. Just take a free drop and move on to enjoy the course. The stretch of holes from nos. 15-17 uses the raging river and water hazards to perfection. For the price, this is the best bargain in the region. more »

    4.0 stars from 5

    Incline Village - Championship Course - Championship Course

    "A mountainous challenge"

    Unless you're an 8-handicap or less, play the white tees. You'll thank me. The course is difficult enough from those tees because of its uphill holes at the finish of the round and the river that always seems to be lurking on six holes. The surrounding houses and development do little to distract from the beautiful alpine setting. The restaurant is good enough that non-golfers stop by to dine on the patio. All in all, a good experience from the first tee to the 19th hole. more »