Pristine Edgewood Tahoe golf course in Stateline, Nevada -- home of the American Century Championship

STATELINE, Nev. -- Designed by George Fazio and opened in 1968, Edgewood Tahoe, set along the south shore of Lake Tahoe, is one of the most scenic golf courses in the world. It's also the host course of the world's most preeminent celebrity golf tournament, the American Century Championship, which is conducted each summer and features athletes, ex-athletes, politicians and entertainers, many of whom play golf to near scratch or better.

The course can be stretched to 7,555 yards from the back tees, prompting former NFL quarterback and American Century competitor Trent Dilfer to call it a "big boy course" from the back tees. But play it a tee or two up, and the course -- with its many doglegs, water features and views of the lake and Sierra Nevada Mountains -- is playable by all levels.

The course has several memorable holes, especially the finishing stretch of 16, 17 and 18. The 16th is a terrific par 5 that plays toward the lake. The 17th is a par that plays along the lake, where during the tournament, spectators can often be seen watching golf from boats in the water. The 18th is a good risk-reward par 5 with a semi-island green.

The course has an impressive pedigree of tournaments. In 1980, the 55th annual US Public Links Championship came to Edgewood Tahoe (won by Jodie Mudd), the first USGA event to be held in Nevada. In 1985, Miller Barber captured the U.S. Senior Open Championship there. And in the last 25 years, Edgewood Tahoe has been the home of the American Century Championship, featuring celebrities such as Donald Trump, Michael Jordan, John Elway, Mario Lemieux, Charles Barkley, Don Cheadle, Stone Phillips, Lou Holtz, Jim McMahon and Ray Romano.

Arguably the top Lake Tahoe-area golf course, Edgewood Tahoe offers stay-and-play packages with area hotels as well as accommodations on site.

Sep 28, 2015

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Mike Bailey

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Mike Bailey is a senior staff writer based in the Houston area. Focusing primarily on golf in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and Latin America, 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 20 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 @Accidentlgolfer.