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3.8
111 Reviews (111)
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4 Stars
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Conditions
3.6
Value
3.7
Layout
4.3
Friendliness
4.6
Pace
3.6
Amenities
3.9
77.8%
Recommend this course
91 out of 111 reviews
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2.0
3 Reviews (3)
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1.0
Layout
4.0
Pace
3.0
Amenities
3.3
StaffFriendliness
4.3
33.3%
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3.3
7 Reviews (7)
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Conditions
2.9
Value
3.0
Layout
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Pace
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Amenities
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StaffFriendliness
4.7
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About

Holes 18
Type Resort
Style Links
Par 72
Length 6781 yards
Slope 139
Rating 72.4

Northstar California Golf Course has a unique layout that was seamlessly integrated with the rugged, wooded terrain of Tahoe. The front nine plays through a scenic, rolling valley while the back nine plays through the towering pines of the forest. The first nine holes have a classic links layout and the back nine demands precision with its tree-lined fairways and small greens. Native vegetation and scenic water hazards are scattered throughout the golf course. Strategically placed sand bunkers add another challenging element. The signature hole at Northstar California Golf Course is the par-3 15th, which requires a shot over a creek to a small green.

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Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 72 6781 yards 72.4 139
Blue 72 6322 yards 70.7 133
White 72 5849 yards 68.5 125
Gold 72 5390 yards 65.1 119
Maroon 72 5390 yards 64.8 122
Scorecard for Northstar-At-Tahoe
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: 72.4/137 430 540 172 402 390 206 590 395 390 3515 405 348 334 188 525 183 450 371 578 3382 6897
Blue M: 69.5/129 398 520 130 369 356 181 562 375 362 3253 380 330 314 162 489 150 376 359 552 3112 6365
White M: 70.8/136 W: 73.8/142 383 486 128 350 345 161 520 359 346 3078 343 330 314 150 465 122 344 359 510 2937 6015
Red W: 70.8/136 348 475 125 325 333 130 485 332 322 2875 312 305 286 135 445 78 321 307 406 2595 5470
Handicap 5 3 17 13 11 15 1 9 7 8 14 16 10 2 18 12 6 4
Par 4 5 3 4 4 3 5 4 4 36 4 4 4 3 5 3 4 4 5 36 72

Course Details

Year Built 1974
Fairways Blue Grass
Greens Blue Grass
Golf Season May - October
Architect Robert Muir Graves (1974)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - $25
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

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

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard, Amex, Discover Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No

Reviews

3.8
111 Reviews (111)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 12
Patio Dining 9
19th Hole Scenic Views 6
Course Challenges Include:
Narrow Fairways 19
Forced Carries 18
Elevation Changes 16
This course/club is great for:
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 14
Advanced Golfers 11
Locals 8
This Course's Location is:
At a Resort 18
Worth the Drive 15
Near Local Attractions 11

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First Time Playing

Rough Shape

This course reminded me of a typical municipal golf course on the front 9. The front 9 is close to “links style” while the back 9 is tucked into the trees. They gave a small discount for the course being in such rough shape (they had 3 temporary greens at this time). In my opinion, there are too many other courses in this area I would rather play than to play Northstar again.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Fair
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
3.0
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Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
1.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Horrible conditions

Had we have known how bad the course was we never would have paid $60.00 for it. There were at least 5 greens that weren’t open. We should have been told how bad the course conditions were before purchasing our rounds of golf. Shame on you

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Course in Great Shape

It's always a pleasure to play here. Course is in great shape along with really nice greens. Very busy day and slow with a 5 hour pace of play.

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

Bring your A game

NorthStar is a beautiful, well laid out course. The first nine is in the meadow with wide fairways and heavy long grass rough which will eat your balls. The back nine is in the forest and as such is narrow. I am a 13 handicap and did not need driver on the back. Uphill holes play really long so club up. Each hole has a name and a preferred way to play it. I would recommend reading it on the card before each hole. The greens are well protected and several have a ravine in front of them - no rolling the ball up to the green. The front tees are great for a beginner and they recommend which tees to hit from based on your level of experience. Overall a great design and the staff was very friendly and accommodating.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great

Great for both low and high handicappers. Pace of play- 4 hours. Great layout, plays like a private course.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great course, good staff. Extremely slow play with now Marshall’s

We booked 2 tee times with golf now and one directly with Northstar. However, despite confirmations for both, we weee not able to play at 150 due to another 2ssome being also booked. The group in front was so slow (20+ minutes per hole. We were going to quit, as the round would have take ln 6 hours. We returned to the proshop and the head pro Pete gave us a choice of a rain jack or suggested we skip a hole and get ahead of the slow group. That was better, but the round still took almost 5 hours due to slow play. Not sure what the Marshall was doing to instruct players to play ready golf. Course was in great condition and staff friendly and helpful.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Poor
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great day

Course in great condition, greens as good as I can remember.

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

Very enjoyable round

The front nine and back nine are completely different. The front nine is in a meadow and flat, while the back nine goes into the mountain with many elevation changes and target golf. We had a wonderful time.

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

Northstar

Nice course and probably has the best price value in the Truckee area

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Can you say awesome?

Had fun...played the best game ever...and the beer in the bar was really cold.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great value

Excellent customer service and beautiful location, highly recommended.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Target Golf

Beautiful course. No room for error. Interesting layout. I would hate to play it every day but worth @ least one visit

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

The greens were top notch. Super fast like putting on linoleum but they were not hard so they accepted a fair and aggressive shot. Back nine will play u if u don't play it. Club selection key here.

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

Fun and challenging

From the friendly greeting by the efficient staff to the wipedown of our clubs at the end of our round, our golf outing at Northstar was a great time. Even though the course beat me up a little, I loved the challenge it provided. It was tough but fair with true rolling fast greens. Long hitters didn't always have an advantage and accuracy and good course management provided the better scores. Do listen carefully to the marshal's advice as course knowledge will gain you several strokes. Will be back.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
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