Rare Crenshaw-Coore-designed mountain course: Clear Creek Tahoe Golf Club in Carson City, Nevada

CARSON CITY, Nev. -- Located on the way up to Lake Tahoe from Carson City, Clear Creek Tahoe Golf Club is a rarity -- a mountain course designed by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw.

The private par-71 golf course, which opened in 2009, isn't your typical mountain course, though. It has a little bit of a linksy, sandhills feel to it, with multiple options to bump-and-run the ball into greens complexes that will hold your interest, to say the least. While the course certainly has elevation change, it isn't one elevated tee after another, with no. 3 being the most dramatic in that department. Clear Creek Tahoe Golf Club's bunkers can be penal, but not overwhelming, although some are pretty deep, like the greenside bunkers on the par-3 eighth, for example.

With only 110 members, this exclusive club doesn't use tee times. Although there is a small clubhouse now with a golf shop, future plans call for a new clubhouse, fitness center, pool and real estate development, including cottages for out-of-town members and guests.

Jun 04, 2014

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Mike Bailey is a senior staff writer based in Houston. Focusing primarily on golf in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and Latin America with an occasional trio to Europe and beyond, he contributes course reviews, travel stories and features as well as the occasional equipment review. An award-winning writer and past president of Texas Golf Writers Association, he has more than 25 years in the golf industry. Before accepting his current position in 2008, he was on staff at PGA Magazine, The Golfweek Group and AvidGolfer Magazine. Follow Mike on Twitter at @MikeBaileyGA and Instagram at @MikeStefanBailey.