Northstar California Golf Course

4.1094294118 4.1 stars from 5 (94)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6820 yards
  • Slope: 139
  • Rating: 73.0
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes - included in green fees
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

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

Policies

Metal spikes allowed: No
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Amex, Discover Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 72 6820 yards 73.0 139
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

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.

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.1 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.6 stars from 5
Value: 4.1 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.8 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.6 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.0 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.2 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 94 Reviews
5 stars:
25
4 stars:
51
3 stars:
11
2 stars:
2
1 stars:
5

recommend this course

77 out of 92 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is at a resort worth the drive near local attractions   Great for wildlife/ scenic views advanced golfers locals   Challenges include narrow fairways forced carries elevation changes   Great for drinks patio dining 19th hole scenic views  

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5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/11/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I don't recommend this course



u726105949's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/07/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I recommend this course


"Fun and challenging"


palahicky7's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/01/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Overall friendly and challenging"


u126226227's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/30/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Nice greens, above average staff, lotta play yet good condition


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Pace of play an issue"


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

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/17/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Marshal was constantly around yet refused to enforce pace-of-play issues for the foursome ahead of us. A 5 hour round is not acceptable. Staff friendly enough


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair


I don't recommend this course



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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/09/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Fun & challenging course"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/27/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The staff were friendly and accommodating, they exceeded expectations as they helped us by putting our clubs on our carts and saw us to the 1st tee.

The course was in good condition as all greens and tees were easily found, with the exception of one holt which we didn't notice the signage. Extremely enjoyable to play the course.

Look forward to returning again. First time playing be sure to have extra sleeve of balls just in case you get wild on tee shots.

We had a great day.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Split Personality - in a good way"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/17/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

What I like about this course is the front nine allows you to get your game together with mostly wide open fairways where you can pretty much "grip it and rip it" and then you go into a back nine that is much more technical and requires significant accuracy.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Tale of 2 n8nes"


WPines's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/15/2016
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Front was open and challenging Some very nice holes Good par 3s on both sides

Back nine is short and tight but fair and rewarding Aim for 150osts from the tees

Try it and you'll like it


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Beautiful, fun and challenging!"


u000003944872's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/25/2016
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This was my first time playing this course and I loved it!! It was like playing 2 different courses in one round. The front nine is played in a meadow setting and the back nine is a mountain course. Both have spectacular views. The starter was very helpful in providing many tips to playing the course. The scorecard also has great tips for each hole, all of which came in very handy. The cart girl was very attentive and very pleasant. The pro shop staff were also very friendly and helpful and so were the golf cart attendants and bartender. Overall this was a wonderful experience and I can't wait to come back and play again. *****


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


"Fun to play!"


dochollidays's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/23/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Two different Nines. Front 9 is open with great scoring opportunities, back is target golf in the pines. Played to rounds, had a lot of fun. Great staff!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Beautiful Scenery"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/16/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Front 9 was pretty open with wide fairways. Back 9 was more challenging with more narrow fairways and more target golf shots. Course was in good shape with very fast greens.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"The Tale of 2 Nines"


scotttarpley2015's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/13/2016
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The front nine is in the valley and relatively straightforward. The back nine on the other hand is in the mountains. It is very beautiful, but quite difficult. If you have not played here, pay attention to the scorecard which gives a nice description of each hole's layout. It is a shot makers paradise and a lot of fun.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Great course and great staff"


ebabb43's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/11/2016
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Staff was super friendly. Had issue with my GolfNow reservation being not acknowledged by the course, so I showed up with no tee time, but they squeezed me in anyway and gave me a discount to boot. As far as the course, the second 9 was very difficult compared to the first due to much more rugged terrain. I played terribly, but not because of course conditions. I would recommend this course and hope to get a chance to play it again.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Back 9 is great"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/08/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Back 9 is beautiful and fun to play, but, local knowledge is required.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"lots of better courses to choose from"


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

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/07/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Average weather

Reviewed on

staff was great, both on the phone and in-person.

course is ok - front 9 is in the meadow and it was soft/mushy in most places - had water coming into my shoes in a dozen shots or so, even as dry as it has been up here. Greens were pretty good and the layout of the front 9 is a good play. Yellow Jackets are everywhere and one of our group was bitten/stung - changed the round going forward as we all were hyper-aware of how many there were around us. Back 9 is tight and almost feels like the resort decided they should add 9 more holes, even through the layout wouldn't be that great. Several blind/tight shots that can cost you strokes and frustration even if you hit a good tee shot. Worth a play if you just have to play it, but bring your bug-spray, and hit a lot of irons off the tee on the back 9.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"Disappointed"


dargeoscience's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/01/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Unfortunately we were treated like Interlopers. Booking on GolfNow tagged us has something other than Preferred Guests. We were told for an additional fee we could go out at a more 'preferred' time, so the Tee Box at the beginning stood open for about an hour --- a completely ridiculous response by the golf course to the good deal we got through golf now. Back nine is a very cool layout while front is barely average, so, overall a worthwhile round in spite of the silly management trick thet tried to pull on us.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Average


I don't recommend this course


Commented on 09/20/2016

Golf rates change depending on time of day. The customer purchased a discounted round, then wanted to go out earlier, in a more expensive tee time period. They were given the option of paying $10 more to tee off early. The real price difference should have been much more. Hardly a trick, as we tried to give the customer a chance to tee off well before their "deal" tee time.


"Very challenging, but enjoyable"


fwymore's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a year

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/28/2016
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Staff was friendly & helpful. A tale of two courses. Front nine was wide open & rather warm; back nine narrow had to lay up but was cooler. Good thing we had a 89 year old man who play the course 3 xs a week , was a great help to how the holes played


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Poor

Course Conditions: Fair

Value for the Money: Poor


I recommend this course


Commented on 07/30/2016

I didn't rate the course, layout, or anything else but excellent. There was not a place for s response like "did I apply". I gave those course an excellent rating


"Greatcourse"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/22/2016
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Beautiful views easier front 9 and challenging back 9 holes. It helps to read the tips when you play.


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


"North Star is very scenic"


Keith0709's avatar
Top 25 Contributor
Georgia Advisor
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/18/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Average weather

Reviewed on

North Star golf resort is truly an enjoyable expirence. I had a tee time at 4 for a twighlight round. The pro shop was great my only complaint for the day was you didn't get many golf balls in the bucket for the range. The range and putting green was great. The hole front 9 was near the he highway and airport. The courses second nine was in the woods and was a little more scenic because you could see the ski lift at the resort. 18 was a buetifully hole with the creek. Nobody in my group played well but we all enjoyed are round.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



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