13031 Ritz Carlton Highlands Court, Truckee, California 96161, US
(530) 562-3000
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About Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe

The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe, a AAA Five Diamond resort, is nestled midmountain at the ski-centric Northstar California Resort in Truckee. It is located just six miles from downtown Truckee and a half hour from Lake Tahoe, where the Lake Club is an exclusive beachfront hangout with paddleboarding, kayaks and food and drinks included in the daily fee. The Backyard Bar & BBQ and Manzanita, the signature restaurant, serve up tasty fare. A gondola ride from the 170-room hotel leads to the Northstar ski village, which bustles with restaurants, mini-golf, festivals and skating in the summer. The resort offers golf packages to two adjacent courses 12 miles away - the Golf Club at Gray's Crossing and Old Greenwood, site of the PGA Tour's 2020 Barracuda Championship.

Facts

Price Range$$$$
Property Class★★★★★
Year Opened2009
Number of Units100-300

Amenities

RestaurantsFine, Casual
Room TypesSuite, Room
TennisYes
Fitness CenterYes
Practice FacilityYes
Beach AccessYes
Banquet SpaceYes
SpaYes

Services

Kids ProgramYes
Room ServiceYes
ConciergeYes

Rules

Is the resort pet friendly?Yes
Is resort stay required for a tee time?No

Golf courses at Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe

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Reviews

4.6
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Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Reviews 21
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Course Conditions

Easily one of the best-kept and well-maintained courses I've ever played on. The only exception to this was the greens, which I'd give 4/5 but does not detract from my overall rating or experience.

Very challenging course with fantastic views throughout.

The clubhouse was nice and the practice facilities were also fantastic.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
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Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

A + Golf Course

Loved the layout. The course is very well maintained and in great condition..greens are really fast. Highly recomend

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Reviews 21
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Nice Slice of Tahoe

Overall, we had a great round. Course was in fantastic condition, the weather was perfect, and the facilities were very nice.

My only two complaints were that some of the staff weren't pretty cold (maybe because we aren't members?) and the mix of fast walkers + carts + slow walkers caused some pace-of-play issues.

Even though we still had a great time, we had a better overall experience at neighboring Old Greenwood for the same price. If we are back in the area, it won't be a hard choice which course we'll be heading to first.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 9
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
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

One of the Best

I've played a lot of famous courses throughout the U.S. Gray's Crossing is definitely in my top 10. Condition of the course was immaculate. Fast, true greens. Great layout. Fun, risk, reward holes. Incredibly scenic. Great finishing hole. Nice practice areas. Food is also the best in the area.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 512
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Golf Advisor
First Time Playing
Windy weather
Used cart

One of Tahoe's best

Jack Nicklaus painted a masterpiece on a perfect canvass of trees and elevation changes. It certainly belongs in the conversation of the best courses near Lake Tahoe and the best of northern California.
The greens were the fastest of the five courses I played in the Lake Tahoe region that week.
Some of the bunkers are downright vicious, so make sure you miss greens in the right spots.
Like my colleague Mike Bailey, I found the food and beverage service sorely lacking. My group specifically came for lunch, thinking a highly regarded course would have some nice options. The outdoor grill only serves normal fare (hamburgers, wraps, hot dogs, etc.) that tasted fine until you factor in the prices charged.
The Academy, which features a massive range, practice park and great indoor studio manned by a top 100 teacher, has become an incubator for junior golf. The range is so long - 400-yards-plus - that three recent world long-drive champions have practiced there.

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 108
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Georgia Advisor
Top 50 Contributor
First Time Playing

Best Nicklaus design west of the Mississippi

What a buetifuel track! Old greenwood is a great course nestled in magnificent Lake Tahoe. The scenery just heading to the course is just immaculate. The buetifuel trees and magnificent setting set a high bar for course standards. The 7,567 yard course from the tips in a beast and with the elevation changes and elevated greens if your anything higher then a 12 handicap please play from the whites so that you don't hold up play. The mountain views are also very pretty. Jack Nicklaus had lots of land and money for this course and he delivered. The courses prices can range anywhere from 75 to 220$ and with lunch tack on another 15-20$. Overall the course is very enjoyable and a must play if in the area.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 15
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Excellent weather
Walked

Spectacular!

The course was in terrific shape. From tee to green, there was hardly a blade of grass out of place. They have an excellent practice facility with balls on the range, short game area, and multiple putting greens.

I'll be back.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 19
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Good weather
Used cart

Best public coarse at Tahoe

This coarse is always in great shape. I have played at this coarse for years now. Five tee boxes, so pick your difficulty.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 373
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Top 10 Contributor
Previously Played
Walked

Terrific Nicklaus design

If you like Jack Nicklaus designs, you'll love Old Greenwood. The holes are well thought-out and plenty challenging as all Nicklaus courses are. It's also in extremely good condition, which is what you'd expect from a course that charges upwards of two bills to play. Mountain scenery is also incredible. My only complaint -- and I'm always amazed when I see this from a premium daily fee -- is the food and beverage service for the golfers. Stopping at the clubhouse for some food was next to impossible -- and we were later told by the marshal that we weren't supposed to do that (that's a first) -- because you can't hardly get there from the ninth green. The F&B is also somewhat overpriced - I paid close to $20 for a tuna salad sandwich, chips and soda.

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

If I could give 6 stars, I would.

Played the course with a group of friends and had a fantastic time. The staff was great, very friendly and helpful. The facilities are first rate, well stocked pro shop with an incredible seating area above the 18th green to have a drink after your round.

Old Greenwood is not cheap to play, but worth the money. The practice facility is fantastic, with separate putting and chipping greens. The fairways were lush, and the greens fast and difficult.

If you spray the ball, stay away. The rough isn't difficult, but if you stray off the rough you are in the woods and impossible ground cover. There is water on the course that comes into play.

Be prepared to hit the ball much further then you do at lower altitude! I was a club and a half longer then usual which takes some time getting used to!

The only reason I would give Old Greenwood 4 Stars instead of 5 is the pace of play, the first 5 holes were very slow. This may have to do with people searching for lost golf balls, but also from the forward tee's the par 5's are reachable in two.

A must play!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
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