Reviewed by: sixpez, Rancho Mirage, CA
Took a side trip to Truckee for the final day of my 1K adventure. You’ll see why in my next review. The morning warm-up round was at Tahoe Donner. I was able to line up a media rate thanks to my blog, so it was well worth it at $65 instead of the normal in-season $100+ rack rates here and everywhere else in town. We teed off at 7:30 as a twosome (third group out), but played through the 2 foursomes ahead. We had the back nine to ourselves. We weren’t in any huge rush, but even “slow playing” we were done in about 3 hours.
The course is in nice summer condition. It is very lush and green throughout here. Tee boxes good. Fairways very good for the most part. A few weak spots here and there, along with a number of roped off GUR areas where they have laid down new sod. Rough lush, but generally not too penal. Greens very soft and receptive, rolling at medium speeds. Speed really varies here whether you are above or below the hole. Uphill putts pretty slow while downhill putts could be fairly slick. I wasn’t in any bunkers, but they looked to be very well maintained.
This is a very enjoyable and pleasant overall layout. It doesn’t feature any huge changes in elevation (except maybe the drive on 18), but it rolls up and down through the trees with a beautiful mountain golf setting. Very scenic as one would expect in Truckee. Layout mostly right out in front of you and not overly challenging (perhaps depending on what tees you play). Still with plenty of character. It doesn’t get the notoriety as some other Tahoe courses get, but it’s a solid course that I would easily recommend to most.