Tahoe Donner Golf Club

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4.2
55
5 Stars
26
4 Stars
23
3 Stars
5
2 Stars
1
1 Stars
0
Conditions
4.1
Value
4.3
Layout
4.5
Friendliness
4.7
Pace
4.3
Amenities
4.5
84.5%
Recommend this course
50 out of 54 reviews
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4.0
8
5 Stars
2
4 Stars
4
3 Stars
2
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
0
Conditions
3.9
Value
3.9
Layout
4.5
Pace
4.1
Amenities
4.3
StaffFriendliness
4.5
75.0%
Recommend this course
6 out of 8 reviews
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4.0
8
5 Stars
2
4 Stars
4
3 Stars
2
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
0
Conditions
3.9
Value
3.9
Layout
4.5
Pace
4.1
Amenities
4.3
StaffFriendliness
4.5
75.0%
Recommend this course
6 out of 8 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Par 72
Length 7002
Slope 134
Rating 74.1
Type Semi-Private
Located high in the Sierra among towering pines and meandering creeks, Tahoe Donner Golf Club is a scenic mountain course that is a member of the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary program. The front nine of the golf course moves clockwise while the back nine moves in reverse, providing an interesting change of pace. The unique layout features narrow fairways that are lined with trees and large, undulating greens that putt true and fast. There are bunkers strategically placed throughout and a water hazard comes into play on the last hole. Dramatic elevation changes afford views of the mountainous countryside and the abundant wildlife that call Tahoe Donner Golf Club home.
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Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 72 7002 yards 74.1 134
Black/Silver 72 6747 yards 72.9 131
Silver 72 6562 yards 72.4 130
Silver/Green 72 5947 yards 69.7 124
Green (W) 72 5580 yards 72.3 138
Green/Blue (W) 72 5278 yards 70.6 132
Blue (W) 72 4997 yards 68.9 127
Scorecard for Tahoe Donner Golf Course
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Black M: 74.1/134 452 520 440 201 375 353 165 468 574 3548 421 494 203 321 410 510 451 227 417 3454 7002
Black - Silver M: 72.9/131 430 487 440 185 375 353 165 452 537 3424 421 494 143 321 374 510 439 204 417 3323 6747
Silver M: 72.4/130 430 487 426 185 364 340 146 452 537 3367 389 449 143 303 374 494 439 204 400 3195 6562
Silver - Green M: 69.7/124 359 487 349 185 364 340 146 337 452 3019 349 449 143 303 333 494 356 161 340 2928 5947
Green W: 72.3/138 359 430 349 109 305 310 126 337 452 2777 349 411 127 280 333 446 356 161 340 2803 5580
Green - Blue W: 70.6/132 328 405 349 109 305 310 126 321 413 2666 324 411 127 280 317 393 308 161 291 2612 5278
Blue W: 68.9/127 328 405 295 88 262 268 106 321 413 2486 324 389 85 260 317 393 308 144 291 2511 4997
Handicap 1 9 5 11 17 13 15 3 7 4 6 12 18 14 8 2 16 10
Par 4 5 4 3 4 4 3 4 5 36 4 5 3 4 4 5 4 3 4 36 72
Handicap (W) 2 14 6 16 10 8 18 4 12 1 5 15 9 7 11 13 17 3

Course Details

Year Built 1976
Golf Season Mid June - Mid October (weather permitting)
Architect Joseph B. Williams Cary Bickler (2006)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes
Pull-carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Bunker Yes
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted Amex MasterCard Visa card(s) Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes
Dress code Proper golf attire required.

Reviews

4.2
55

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 8
Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 10
Elevation Changes 10
Narrow Fairways 10
This course/club is great for:
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 13
Advanced Golfers 9
A Weekend Splurge 6
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 12
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4.0
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First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
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Friendliness Good
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Amenities Good
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3.0
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Aug 29

The course is beautiful to look at but the fairways were very wet with many tight lies. Pace of play was very slow even though it was a Wednesday afternoon. We ended up playing the front nine twice to avoid a big backlog on the tenth tee.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Fair
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great find

For the price, this a premier place to play. Greens in great shape, well maintained and great views. Mountain golf at it's best!

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

not what I remember

Had a season pass for this course for 15 years ending 15 years ago......some nice improvements since then like the fairway on number 9 but back then these were some of the smoothest fastest greens around,,,,.don't know if it's because of late snow or heat but they were very slow and not in great shape.....i got a bargain so was happy but had I paid over $100 I would have been real dissappointed

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Tahoe Donner

This is a private course recently opened to public play. It is beautiful, challenging, narrow, and fair. No surprises or tricks. Staff was friendly and helped us off the first 15 minutes early. 3.5 hr round and great weather made it a near perfect day. But I still shot my usual two good one bad and so on. Give it a try you wont be dissapointed.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Windy weather
Used cart

Course not fully recovered from winter?

I would think by mid June the course would be recovered from winter but perhaps I'm wrong about recovery time at this elevation. A number of areas under repair, fairway turf quality generally only fair where not under repair. Greens very firm but generally slow.

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Golf Advisor
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

A pleasant surprise

Tahoe Donner sports the highest elevation (6,200 feet and counting) in the Lake Tahoe region. That might help your ball go a bit farther. Just make sure you hit it straight.

Tahoe Donner's narrow fairways feel like crammed high school hallways in between classes. Instead of a mass of humanity blocking your way, the stately pines and evergreens are what slow any forward progress. It's a guarantee you'll either lose a ball in the woods or get knocked down by a limb at some point.

My only minor complaint would be some serious tee imbalance. Nobody wants to play a mountain course from the too short 5,947-yard green tees and the 6,562-yard silver tees are simply too long with par 4s of 430, 426, 452 and 439 yards. New tee boxes on these holes would be greatly beneficial to pace of play and help golfers go home happy with better scores.

Don't take my mini-rant wrong. This is a great place to play, and for the money, one of the best values in Tahoe.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather

Fun course through the pines

Really fun mountain course. This course winds through the pine trees. Good hole to hole variability, elevation change, and intermittent views. Some tee shots are tight where others open up and allow you to get after it. Many holes have different risk/reward options. The greens are large and pretty fast. Great slightly cheaper alternative to some of the other amazing courses up here. Had a blast playing here

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather

Great course

Excellent condition and nice layout. The greens had significant slope and I found them hard to read. Probably lost 10 strokes putting. You cannot be above the hole. Bunkers had the best sand I have seen in the area - also great condition. Great and more cost effective alternative to some of the pricier courses in the area.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Tight fairways but great

This course was great! 2pm tee time. Course was not backed up and it went smoothly. Greens were a little slow but overall it was great! Great service as well

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 25+
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Excellent weather
Used cart

beautiful

Beautiful mountain course, with some very narrow fairways, lots of obstacles, unique 18th steep downhill hole

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Excellent weather
Used cart

Tahoe Donner Golf Course

On a beautiful autumn day in the Sierras, myself and a buddy took the 40 minute (at most) drive from Reno to Truckee to play this majestic mountain course. The course was in excellent shape in early October. The fairways were in fantastic shape except for the aerating plugs, but did not hamper on fairway shots. The greens were fast and true with the pin placements in challenging yet fair positions. I will highly recommend this course to family and friends and anybody who asks where to play a mountain course.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Excellent weather
Used cart

Tahoe Donner

Absolutely magnificent golf course with tight wooded fairways...First four holes are tough! You start with the #1 hdcp hole #1.Highly recommend this golf course.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Excellent weather
Used cart

great value

I was extremely happy with the whole package. Great condition and friendly for a first-timer on the course.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Excellent weather
Used cart

Beautiful course/very good condition

They had a tourney going on before but got us out pretty quick afterwards. Hooked us up with a father/son twosome and had a great time.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Excellent weather
Used cart

Did not disappoint!

Great course and an outstanding value with the GolfNow hot deal. Difficulty is medium to high, depending on whether you can keep it in play. A wayward driver will put things in the woods with little chance to play a recovery shot, if you can even find the ball. Greens are receptive but tiered and pretty fast, so stay below the hole! Good variety of long and short holes. 18th hole is quite a sight and very disconcerting to the eye from the tee box, but the landing area is actually quite generous!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Good weather
Used cart

Beautiful Course

Able to book this at the last minute while on vacation to Lake Tahoe. First time playing here and will definitely come back. Enjoyed the beautiful condition and scenery of this course. The course also challenged me but not too much.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Poor
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Excellent weather
Used cart

narrow fairways, smooth a tad slow greens

This course is a good test of golf! Narrow fairways, good greens. Fun to getting used to the distances at this elevation, airmailed a few greens NOT GOOD, A local joined our group after nine, local knowledge helped a lot. Nice guy, Thanks!

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 250 Contributor
First Time Playing
Excellent weather
Used cart

absolutely spectaculer layout

this was my first time at this course it was awesome great greens and tree line holes through forest staff was super friendly and they had a cart lady who I actually saw 4 times during my round cant wait to go back

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Excellent weather
Used cart

Nice Course

If you go there to play golf and the mens club is playing dont bother..They hold up the whole course and nothing is done about it..They make the tour look fast

Conditions Good
Value Fair
Friendliness Good
Pace Poor
Amenities Good
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