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Edgewood Tahoe golf course - no. 18
Edgewood Tahoe, home of the American Century Championship, is a George Fazio design set on pristine Lake Tahoe. Courtesy of Rod Hanna Photography
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Edgewood Tahoe golf course - no. 2
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Edgewood Tahoe golf course - no. 2
The second hole at Edgewood Tahoe is a straightaway par 4 with water down the left side. Courtesy of Rod Hanna Photography
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The fourth hole at Edgewood Tahoe is the second of two consecutive par 5s. Courtesy of Rod Hanna Photography
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Edgewood Tahoe golf course - no. 6
At 472 yards with water down the right side, the par-4 sixth is one of the more difficult holes at Edgewood Tahoe in Stateline, Nevada. Courtesy of Rod Hanna Photography
Edgewood Tahoe golf course - no. 10
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Edgewood Tahoe golf course - no. 10
Water down the left side and by the green ups the degree of difficulty on the par-4 10th at Edgewood Tahoe. Courtesy of Rod Hanna Photography
Edgewood Tahoe golf course - no. 14
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Edgewood Tahoe golf course - no. 14
The par-4 14th at Edgewood Tahoe is part of a dynamic back nine. Courtesy of Rod Hanna Photography
Edgewood Tahoe golf course - no. 16
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Edgewood Tahoe golf course - no. 16
The par-5 16th at Edgewood Tahoe plays toward the lake. Courtesy of Rod Hanna Photography
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Edgewood Tahoe golf course - no. 17
With wind usually coming off of Lake Tahoe, the par-3 17th at Edgewood Tahoe can be tricky. Courtesy of Rod Hanna Photography
Edgewood Tahoe golf course - 18th
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Edgewood Tahoe golf course - 18th
At 572 yards and just 501 from one tee up, the Edgewood Tahoe's par-5 18th is a good risk-reward hole. Courtesy of Rod Hanna Photography

Pristine Edgewood Tahoe golf course in Stateline, Nevada -- home of the American Century Championship

STATELINE, Nev. -- Designed by George Fazio and opened in 1968, Edgewood Tahoe, set along the south shore of Lake Tahoe, is one of the most scenic golf courses in the world. It's also the host course of the world's most preeminent celebrity golf tournament, the American Century Championship, which is conducted each summer and features athletes, ex-athletes, politicians and entertainers, many of whom play golf to near scratch or better.

The course can be stretched to 7,555 yards from the back tees, prompting former NFL quarterback and American Century competitor Trent Dilfer to call it a "big boy course" from the back tees. But play it a tee or two up, and the course -- with its many doglegs, water features and views of the lake and Sierra Nevada Mountains -- is playable by all levels.

The course has several memorable holes, especially the finishing stretch of 16, 17 and 18. The 16th is a terrific par 5 that plays toward the lake. The 17th is a par that plays along the lake, where during the tournament, spectators can often be seen watching golf from boats in the water. The 18th is a good risk-reward par 5 with a semi-island green.

The course has an impressive pedigree of tournaments. In 1980, the 55th annual US Public Links Championship came to Edgewood Tahoe (won by Jodie Mudd), the first USGA event to be held in Nevada. In 1985, Miller Barber captured the U.S. Senior Open Championship there. And in the last 25 years, Edgewood Tahoe has been the home of the American Century Championship, featuring celebrities such as Donald Trump, Michael Jordan, John Elway, Mario Lemieux, Charles Barkley, Don Cheadle, Stone Phillips, Lou Holtz, Jim McMahon and Ray Romano.

Arguably the top Lake Tahoe-area golf course, Edgewood Tahoe offers stay-and-play packages with area hotels as well as accommodations on site.

Mike Bailey is a senior staff writer based in Houston. Focusing primarily on golf in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and Latin America with an occasional trip to Europe and beyond, he contributes course reviews, travel stories and features as well as the occasional equipment review. An award-winning writer and past president of Texas Golf Writers Association, he has more than 25 years in the golf industry. Before accepting his current position in 2008, he was on staff at PGA Magazine, The Golfweek Group and AvidGolfer Magazine. Follow Mike on Twitter at @MikeBaileyGA and Instagram at @MikeStefanBailey.

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