Old Brockway Golf Course

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3.6
Value
3.0
Layout
3.6
Friendliness
4.9
Pace
3.4
Amenities
3.7
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About

Holes 9
Par 72
Length 6724
Slope 132
Rating 71.6
Type Public
Old Brockway Golf Course is a scenic nine-hole course that offers spectacular mountain vistas and panoramic views of Lake Tahoe. The charming landscape is sprinkled with towering Jeffrey pines, meadows, and meandering streams. It was the first nine-hole course in the country to become certified as an Audubon cooperative sanctuary. The classic layout features tight fairways and postage stamp greens, putting a premium on accuracy and careful strategy. Bunkers and water hazards provide even more challenged. Old Brockway Golf Course has always been a local favorite and it has been host to countless celebrity golfers including Frank Sinatra, Bob Hope and Joe Kennedy.
Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 72 6724 yards 71.6 132
Blue 72 6562 yards 70.6 131
White 72 5940 yards 68.0 122
Red (W) 72 4922 yards 66.9 113
Scorecard for Old Brockway
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out Total
Black M: 36.6/123 364 415 199 512 376 198 578 348 372 3362 3362
Blue M: 35.3/122 364 391 199 497 376 179 555 348 372 3281 3281
White M: 34.6/117 344 376 180 444 279 152 511 323 361 2970 2970
Red W: 33.5/109 320 341 105 432 230 107 410 209 307 2461 2461
Handicap 8 2 3 4 6 7 1 5 9
Par 4 4 3 5 4 3 5 4 4 36 36
Handicap (W) 4 3 8 2 5 9 1 7 6

Course Details

Year Built 1926
Golf Season Open: 4/01 Closed: 11/15
Architect John Duncan Dunn

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes
Pull-carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Walking Allowed Yes

Reviews

3.7
61

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 9
Patio Dining 7
Dinner 5
Course Challenges Include:
Narrow Fairways 8
Elevation Changes 7
Thick Rough 5
This course/club is great for:
9-Hole Rounds 15
Walkers 12
Locals 11
This Course's Location is:
Near Local Attractions 8
Convenient to the City 5
Worth the Drive 4

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Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Old Brockway Course

Decided to play Brockway because I hdt a HotDeal on Golfnow and I could not get a tee time at other courses I like better in the Truckee area. Upon arrival at the course, I was informed the cart is not included in the $70 green fee. So an additional $15.00 for a cart. Push carts were not available as they were sold out. I could have brought a push cart from Truckee but thought the carts were included. Shame on me for not reading the fine print. I was paired with three other ladies and then found out one of the husbands were going to accompany us. At first he said he was injured and would only be chipping and putting. After the first hole, he play the full course. This five some lead to almost a 3 hour round for nine holes. Unacceptable. The three dropped off as we made the turn as we had paid for 18. We skipped the first hole because an employee approached us and said if we were going to play behind the group in front of us - be prepared for a long 9. Skipping the first hole we played a great pace until the 5th hole and we were really bogged down again. This course has many people who are not regular players. The group in front shared clubs, rode three to a cart (one hanging off the back) and hit more trees than fairways. They also played the back tees. Speaking of tees, only the back tees are in good shape. All forward tees have very little grass in the tee box. So I quickly understood why they were playing the back tees. Water on the course is very limited. Water for purchase is limited even though there is a new pro shop and a remodel underway of the cafe at the course. There is no ice provided in the cart which you pay and additional $15 for. Restrooms are limited on the course and the Pro Shop restrooms are not the cleanest in town. Staff are the most friendly and it is hard to write this review thinking of them. I played this course three years ago and remembered it was expensive for the product offered. I will not play this course again - Hot Deal or not. It is not for me. There are so many other choices in Tahoe/Truckee area. Paying $85 was money wasted; glad I had a great golf buddy with me which made the day pleasant.

Conditions Fair
Value Poor
Layout Fair
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

You HAVE to play this course!

If you have the opportunity don't miss playing this course. If you're a high handicapper, like me, don't expect to shoot your average score the first few times you play it. But you will become more and more comfortable with each round. The history of this place is reason enough -- Google it. Beautiful surroundings. Lane, the owner, who is always in the pro shop is an incredibly nice guy and very helpful with whatever you need. Also has a great restaurant/bar and convenient driving range. I love Old Brockway and play it every time I'm in Tahoe.

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

Value and history

I have played this course several times per year for almost 30 years. I have played Scotland, Ireland, U.S.open courses, ultra private country clubs, high end public courses and all the Bandon Dunes courses. Playing Old Brockway is like coming home every time. The pro shop staff and guest services make me feel appreciated and their new pro shop is second to none. I have met and talked to their golf course superintendent (I try to meet as many employees as I can wherever I play) as well as their greenskeepers and they are friendly and hard working from what I can see. The condition of the course is phenomenal, fast poa/bent greens and thick, lush fairways are a pleasure to play. I understand they had an irrigation problem earlier this year but you can't tell that now, it's awesome. I will continue to play here again and again and occasionally treat myself and use my hickory sticks. The history of this course should be appreciated and though it was shaped in 1924 with a horse and laborers it's playing surface is terrific and meets modern standards. The character that the architect, John Duncan Dunn, created is nothing like the cookie cutter courses of today. Treat yourself and play this golf course!

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

Best greens in Tahoe!

Played Old Brockway this morning and it was my best golf experience of the summer! I was very skeptical of the course because of the review on here but I was pleasantly surprised. The staff was very friendly and the greens were amazing. Will definitely make a trip every summer to play Old Brockway!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Fairways are fried to a crisp!

I have played this course many times and have enjoyed all of my prior experiences. Something went very, very wrong this year and all of the fairways are bone-dry, hard pan. Apparently, they have had a major irrigation incident on the entire course. The fairways have been sprayed green so it won't look so bad around the mountain setting. The greens are being hand-watered and are so fluffy they are some of the slowest greens I have ever played... ever!

Typically this is a fun 9 hole course with a nice mountain setting but I would consider it slightly pricey at $70 for 18 holes without a cart. In my opinion, there is a Tahoe premium built into the green fees. I used a popular phone app to prepay our foursome at $35 each player. I would have been pretty furious if I had paid standard green fees. Unfortunately, I think the course is lost for this season. I'll give it another try in the summer of '18... if they book my tee time after reading this review!

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Excellent weather

Great Day

I had a great time at this course. I enjoyed walking and enjoying the great Tahoe scenery.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Shingle Creek
This challenging yet playable David Harman design lies along historic Shingle Creek and features undulating fairways and breathtaking 360° views...
Played On
Handicap 25+
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Excellent weather

Fun course!

This course is a fun course and easy to walk. Course was in fantastic shape. Staff was friendly. Sand Trap on hole 8 is tough to get out of. Only gave four stars for value as the price is a little high for nine holes but worth it, otherwise five star experience.

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

Wish there were 18 holes

Nice layout, excellent conditions. Like playing different courses when I travel. Even though I enjoyed this course, don't think I'd play it again.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 25+
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Excellent weather
Used cart

Wonderful, kid friendly course

This is a beautiful course. The greens are small and challenging. Pretty nice fairways and lots of trees along the sides to deal with as should be expected in Tahoe. I brought my 8-yr old son with me on a second round and the owner was thrilled to see him out there. The red tees made it kid friendly and the course isn't terribly busy so there wasn't a need to worry about slowing things down too much.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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