Resort at Squaw Creek, The

2.9695411765 3.0 stars from 5 (56)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 71
  • Length: 6931 yards
  • Slope: 140
  • Rating: 72.8
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Pull-carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Appropriate golf attire. Men must wear collared shirts. Denim is not permitted.
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Amex Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Gold 71 6931 yards 72.8 140
Blue 71 6453 yards 70.5 136
White 71 6010 yards 68.5 128
Red (W) 71 5097 yards 68.0 125

Designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr., the Resort at Squaw Creek is a delight not only for its great golf, but for its history and scenic qualities, as well. In fact, the Audubon Society has certified the Resort at Squaw Creek as a Cooperative Sanctuary due to its commitment toward natural greens-keeping methods.

Nestled in a scenic valley with protected wetlands, the Resort at Squaw Creek gives golfers an outstanding day on the links, combining challenging play with awe-inspiring scenery. Forced carries and tight fairways put accuracy at a premium at this course, which holds a mind-boggling slope rating of 146 from the back tees.

For golf travelers looking to make Squaw Valley their home base, the golf action will not disappoint, and the resort has four outstanding restaurants, as well as all the amenities any golf traveler should expect from this legendary golf destination that was a host to the 1960 Summer Olympics.

Accolades

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 3.0 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.2 stars from 5
Value: 3.3 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.0 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.2 stars from 5
Course Layout: 3.1 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 3.0 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 56 Reviews
5 stars:
11
4 stars:
17
3 stars:
16
2 stars:
8
1 stars:
4

recommend this course

36 out of 56 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is at a resort worth the drive   Great for wildlife/ scenic views advanced golfers a weekend splurge   Challenges include narrow fairways forced carries water hazards   Great for drinks  

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"Beautiful location, frustrating golf"


Eric4787141's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/23/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

First of all the service, amenities, and location are all first rate. After 3 holes (and no lost balls) we were saying "we'll have to come stay at the resort sometime and golf a few days". By the time we were starting the back nine though we were second guessing those remarks. It's definitely links style and target golf but the surrounding natural grass just eats up any ball that strays from the fairway and narrow 1st cut. We're both intermediate recreational golfers (I'm a 22 handicap) but my wife and I each lost about a dozen balls. If you can't hit consistently straight and are used to wide forgiving fairways this is not a course for you. We did get a "Hot Deal" for $40 each otherwise I would have been hugely disappointed. Will need to improve my game before returning again.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"Target Golf"


u834327404's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/20/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

But for Golf Now, pricing at this course was ridiculously high.Maintenance substandard;greens diseased.Some tees consist of bare terra firma.While mountain holes are scenic,"swamp" best describes the others.If you hit the fairways,then good for you.If not- the rough is unfair-thick,high swampgrass. Pray that you brought a dozen balls or more.That said,staff was first class.Surroundings scenic.Expected much,much more from a course at a 5 star resort.Just sayin...Don't pay retail...


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"Squaw Valley Golf"


u680862684's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  10-14

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/30/2017
First time playing Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Greens were slow and rough and not typical of a "resort" course. Yardage markers were few and far between. Was ok paying the lower "hot deal" price - but would not pay full price.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"Bring extra balls"


rg2's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/10/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

If you care about your score, play with someone who knows the course as there's a few surprises. Course starts as a mountain course (5 holes) and ends in the valley marshy links with target golf. It was Windy in afternoon, adding to the fun. It's mostly Marsh so if it's not Windy, I suspect you'll need deet or similar.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Great day out"


oldmotor's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/27/2016
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

First time playing this course. After reading the reviews, I was a little concerned about losing a bunch of golf balls. I listened to the golf shop guy and played the vast majority of my drives to 200-220 yard range. Mostly kept it is in ball and lost two balls. Enjoyed the course. Lots of great views from the course. Had a real good time.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Ball eating course"


u172077067's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/20/2016
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The staff was great. The area is beautiful . That said, the fairways are very narrow with lots of thick swamp grass to clear so make sure you have plenty of extra balls in your bag. But it was an interesting and fun course I would play again.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Links shminks"


bobheinen's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/10/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Layouts of holes unfair and very problematic.

Tee boxes old school. Carries way too far and not fun. Losing a dozen balls ridiculous. My worst round in 5 years.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Poor

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Fair


I don't recommend this course


"Target Golf."


sony1951's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/15/2016
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Not for the every day woman golfer. To much carry. Not good condition for where it is. The most positive is the beautiful setting.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Poor

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course


"Challenging mountain and valley course"


jonespar15's avatar
Top 250 Contributor
Age:  65+
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/03/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course in great shape. Would have loved to have had more holes on the mountain, but guess they used all the land up there they could. The valley holes were extremely difficult with long grass and blind landings. Could have used a forecaddie. If you didn't keep it in the fairways, your ball was lost more times than not. Enough water to keep it interesting. Beautiful scenery looking at the ski area and chair lifts. Would probably play it better the second time as would know the layout and where to hit. Would play again if in the area.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Too difficult!!"


ellenvictor's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/21/2016
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

You need to be a golfer who can always land in the middle of the fairway. If not all you are doing is looking for your balls which is impossible to find.

The course is pretty though but I will not play it again.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good


I don't recommend this course


"A challenging, but fun link course."


Sactan001's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/12/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Poor weather

Reviewed on

I played this course on a cloudy and windy day with 25 mph wind. Strong wind and a difficult layout make it very challenging to play. Even so, I enjoyed the course. The fairways and green are well-kept. The course is long, hilly, and is not suitable for walking golfers. It offers fantastic view of wild flower and mountain scenery. You need to bring a lot of golf balls as many fairways are narrow, and the roughs are thick, especially if you are not used to link golf.

The fee may be a little high, but playing it is a worthwhile experience.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Unfair!!!"


dr4horses's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/02/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

I am a 12 handicap who consistently shoots in the high 70's. Unless you are deadly accurate (and long) with long irons and fairway woods this course is not for you. The fairways are narrow and long with OB on both sides on most holes. Granite just off fairways creates some wild bounces, often into areas you need a chainsaw and machete to find your ball. Rarely do I lose more than one ball a round. I stopped counting after 7 and that was on the front nine. Three of those hit the green on approach, rolled off the back, and disappeared into the swamp that surrounds most of the course. I often play with my wife who is not long, but hits the ball dead straight. She only lost 8 balls for the round which, to me, was a great accomplishment. On the upside the pace was great. We tee'd it up at 1 PM and there were no other golfers in sight (I wonder why?). Beautiful views of the mountain and ski slopes. The stream running through the course was lovely.

P.S. Large areas of cart path are wood, over the aforementioned swampland. Bring your power tools, or hip waiters, as multiple boards are loose and the cart could disappear at any time. Have fun! After taking this abuse twice, we won't be back. Twice because I really didn't believe this course could be so cruel. And at my age my memory is no longer reliable.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Poor

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"bad greens"


philneal's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/27/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 9 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

I find this course to be fun but with the poor greens and spotty fairways, it looses a lot. On a chip shot to the green, you will get bounces in all directions. I understand it has a lot of winter snow though. Will come back later this summer and see if the greens have improved.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Short and tight"


atspinelli's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/24/2016
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course plays fairly short and very tight. Narrow landing areas and skinny fairways. Nice greens, good and fast.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"bad greens"


philneal's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/07/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 9 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Except for the greens the course was great shape after a hard winter. Enjoyed the scenery and had a good experience overall.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Spectacular"


philip7898940's avatar
Top 250 Contributor
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/22/2015
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Wow, what a beauty of a golf course.<br/> Unfortunately it wS very windy when we played, so our scores were below expectations. But to be honest some fairways are so narrow even on another day it would be difficult to play our handicap.<br/> We loved every minute of it.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Unreal"


hshawkins's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/20/2015
Previously played Played as a single Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course weather and price were unbeatable! Check in was seamless, clubs and cart waiting for me....no driving range but a net. Course was perfect and the greens were fast!!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Squaw Creek golf course"


pfculver's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/12/2015
Previously played Paired up at course Used cart Played 18 holes Fair weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This is a nice time of year for mountain golf. The crowds have thinned out; but unfortunately so have the pace of play staff. The greens at Squaw Creek were in really nice shape and rolled fast and true; they were also receptive to approach shots. Kudos to the staff.<br/> One slow group of young "hotshots" kind of blemished the experience with slow play. A foursome of ladies was four holes ahead of them with a 15 minute head start. I would recommend this course and plan to play it again. Very nice layout.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Tale of two 9's"


Indymangn's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/05/2015
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This course starts off in the wooded mountainside and ends up like a links course. It's tight at the beginning but opens up in the end. They give you a yardage book which helps a lot if you have never played there. Like any course, the second time around would be easier by knowing the distances from hazards and green layout. The terrain and mountain scenery make this place special.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Great Staff"


mhaddock's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  25+

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/26/2015
Previously played Played as a single Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Bring lots of balls. Narrow fairways, lots of carries and lots of trouble. Nice views. The course was not crowded and the staff is very accommodating. (With the possible exception of the person at the pro shop who checked me in. Both times I was in the shop I was the only person there but I almost felt like I was bothering her.) Everyone else at the resort is really great. My kudos to the starter who really took great care of me and yes, she was a women. They also have a cart "boy". You have to love a golf course where gender doesn't matter.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course



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