Tahoe Donner Golf Club

4.3444166667 4.3 stars from 5 (51)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 7002 yards
  • Slope: 134
  • Rating: 74.1
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Pull-carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

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

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Proper golf attire required.
Credit cards accepted: Amex MasterCard Visa card(s) Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

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

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.

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.3 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.8 stars from 5
Value: 4.3 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.4 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.7 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.5 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.2 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 51 Reviews
5 stars:
26
4 stars:
20
3 stars:
4
2 stars:
1
1 stars:
0

recommend this course

47 out of 50 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is worth the drive   Great for wildlife/ scenic views advanced golfers a weekend splurge   Challenges include bunkers elevation changes narrow fairways   Great for drinks  

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"Tahoe Donner"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/18/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Course not fully recovered from winter?"


Reno6208's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/14/2018
First time playing Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"A pleasant surprise"


JasonDeeganGA's avatar
Golf Advisor
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/07/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course



"Fun course through the pines"


u000004721397's avatar
Age:  25-34
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/04/2018
Previously played Walked Perfect weather

Reviewed on

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


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



"Great course"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/17/2017
First time playing Walked Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Tight fairways but great"


smithjustice84's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/17/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"beautiful"


atdacat's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  25+

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/08/2014
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Tahoe Donner Golf Course"


u387837313's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/08/2014
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Tahoe Donner"


u000006334308's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/07/2014
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"great value"



5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/01/2014
First time playing Paired up at course Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Beautiful course/very good condition"


u000003130338's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/18/2014
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Did not disappoint!"


Jonathan7437056's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/17/2014
Previously played Paired up at course Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Beautiful Course"


smithrod256's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  Don't know

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/13/2014
First time playing Paired up at course Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"narrow fairways, smooth a tad slow greens"


u000004328819's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/21/2014
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"absolutely spectaculer layout"


Robert9649232's avatar
Top 100 Contributor
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/13/2014
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Nice Course"


kobeez787's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/09/2014
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Play it if you can"


mclean22's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/09/2014
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Tahoe Donner is simply gorgeous. Great views, excellent course conditions. Greens are challenging. Played with rental clubs which were brand new Taylor Made RBZ. Great stuff. The deal on Golf Now couldn't be beat.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Golf in Truckee"


gurbika's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/07/2014
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Wife & I played Tahoe Donner during our California trip. Had some lunch, got to play on time after being paired with 2 guys from the Sacramento area. A good time was had by all. Course was scenic & in good shape.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great"



5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/06/2014
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great course and beautiful, I would highly recommend this course


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"My favorite in Tahoe/Reno area"


u000001297856's avatar
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/02/2014
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course in wonderful condition - very fair - not tricked out. Challenging for both men and women but challenging.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



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