Truckee California should be a golfers household name


TRUCKEE, Calif. – Lake Tahoe's South Shore is home to both Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course and nearby casino hotels, which makes for a rollicking good time in the summer months.

If you're not into the 24/7 nightlife or casino vibe, make Truckee your base. It's a little mountain village a few miles off the North Shore that has loads of accommodation options and concentration of golf courses that has improved in the last few years.

Residential and resort developments have sprouted up around the area, such as Martis Camp, Timilick and Old Greenwood. Ritz-Carlton Highlands also opened in the past year, now offering five-star, four-season lodging near the Northstar ski slopes.

But Truckee's downtown is still just a couple blocks of buildings that look old West, while the river runs through it. It's a charming setting. Stop in for a cup of coffee somewhere before heading out to a nearby golf course.

This particular region of what is still considered the Tahoe region has gotten even better for golfers in recent years. Two courses that
were originally slated to be private, Golf Club at Gray's Crossing and Timilick Golf Club, now offer limited public play. Couple that with Old Greenwood, Coyote Moon and you have one fearsome foursome of modern mountain golf courses, while there are some older and less expensive courses around as well.

The downside to Truckee mountain golf is that sometimes the golf season can be cruelly short, with the high season usually beginning on July 1. Thanks to a strange winter (seemingly all over America), some courses are a little late getting out of the gate. The high-altitude Squaw Creek doesn't even open until this weekend, and Coyote Moon is open but still suffering some spring growing pains.

Truckee is out of view of Lake Tahoe, so it's all the more reason to head an hour or so south to Edgewood Tahoe for your fix of lakefront holes.