Schaffer's Mill Club

4.6470588235 4.6 stars from 5 (5)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 71
  • Length: 7010 yards
  • Slope: 139
  • Rating: 72.9
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

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

Policies

Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Appropriate golf attire.
Credit cards accepted: Visa, MasterCard, Amex Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 71 7010 yards 72.9 139
Blue 71 6535 yards 70.7 129
Combo 71 6267 yards 69.2 127
White (W) 71 6010 yards 72.5 133
White 71 6010 yards 67.6 126
Bronze (W) 71 5394 yards 68.7 126

Schaffer’s Mill Club is part of a gated community located between the North Star and Squaw Valley ski resorts, making it conveniently close to plenty of activities for the family. The high-mountain terrain of the course allows golfers to enjoy some spectacular views of the Lake. The landscape is varied, offering a meadow nine accented with pine forests, lakes, and streams and a mountain nine with rocky outcroppings and interesting elevation changes. Small greens and strategically placed bunkers make shot placement essential to doing well. Schaffer’s Mill Club's seventh hole is one of the most notable holes on the course. It is a long par-3 that is inspired by the famous "Redan" hole of North Berwick Golf Links in Scotland with a well guarded green that angles right to left behind and to the left.

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.6 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.7 stars from 5
Value: 4.3 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.7 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.7 stars from 5
Course Layout: 5.0 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 5.0 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 5 Reviews
5 stars:
3
4 stars:
2
3 stars:
0
2 stars:
0
1 stars:
0

recommend this course

5 out of 5 reviews


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"Awesome Course!!!!"


clayjok's avatar
Age:  35-44
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/11/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

This is a must play if you're in and or around the Truckee / Lake Tahoe area. Awesome course!!!! Chase and Jesse in the pro shop were great. Jess (cart girl) was wicked nice! Theodore (in the bar) was super. Once of the nicest courses my brother and I have ever played.

We played on a Monday when the course allows non-members to play. WIth that said, I want to recognize the foursome that teed off at 8:30 am on Monday, September 12. You guys were both awful and painfully slow. It' s not often that it takes 2 hours to play 6 holes, but you guys made that happen. Good job. My brother and I played the next 44 holes in just over 6 hours.

Fantastic course! Can't wait to play it again.


Pace of Play: Good

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


"My new favorite near the north shores of Lake Tahoe"


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 06/08/2017
First time playing Used cart Windy weather

Reviewed on

It is a high-class experience getting to play such an exclusive private club - which public players can do on Mondays.

The conditions were excellent. With so few players on the course, we were able to whiz through the round and feel like we had the place to ourselves.

Starting at no. 9, every hole is a keeper with the back nine as good as mountain golf gets. The visuals are striking. The 10th fairway climbs uphill over a waterfall and the 17th fairway falls downhill to a great reveal, a pond near the green. What a fun round.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"great experience"


Chris7377's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/14/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

Excellent layout--Miller's best that I have played. The staff was very friendly and assisting. Private club but has some public play on Mondays, I think.


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


"Mountain Course Paradise"


TooncesPlays18's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/31/2015
First time playing Paired up at course Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

Schaffer's Mill is not a course I could play often because it was pretty expensive. The do offer public play on Mondays.

The proshop is pretty small with limited selection of items. The facility itself is all you need. Excellent bar/restaurant area.

The practice facilities are great. Big putting green and chipping area. Plenty of balls out at a large range area.

The course is pretty tight and not as open as some of the neighboring courses. there are holes where I wish I had hit a 3 or 5 wood instead of a driver. The fairways were perfect. The rough is practically non-existint. The greens have a lot of undulation and were very quick, smooth.

I really enjoyed Schaffer's Mill!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course



"One my favorites in Truckee"


MikeBaileyGA's avatar
Golf Advisor
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/05/2015
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

Simply put, Schaffer's Mill is a special experience. Excellent conditioning, better views and lots of interesting holes make this a must-play when you're in the Truckee area or Lake Tahoe, for that matter. Formerly known as Timilick Club, the course was renamed Schaffer’s Mill Golf Course in 2011 to commemorate George Schaffer, the man known as the “Father of Truckee.” Designed by John Harbottle and Johnny Miller, the course is located inn the Martis Valley where Schaffer first opened his saw mill. Surrounded by mountains, the course makes use of grassy meadows, streams with plenty of elevation changes, bringing in some magnificent views.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

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



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