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3.0
112 Reviews (112)
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4 Stars
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3 Stars
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1 Stars
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Conditions
2.7
Value
3.1
Layout
3.8
Friendliness
4.2
Pace
4.2
Amenities
3.4
49.3%
Recommend this course
64 out of 112 reviews
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1.9
12 Reviews (12)
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Conditions
1.6
Value
2.1
Layout
3.7
Pace
3.8
Amenities
3.1
StaffFriendliness
3.9
16.7%
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2 out of 12 reviews
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3.0
30 Reviews (30)
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4 Stars
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Conditions
2.7
Value
3.1
Layout
3.9
Pace
4.3
Amenities
3.4
StaffFriendliness
4.2
46.7%
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About

Holes 18
Type Resort
Style Links
Par 71
Length 6931 yards
Slope 140
Rating 72.8

Designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr., the Resort at Squaw Creek is a delight not only for its great golf, but for its history and scenic qualities, as well. In fact, the Audubon Society has certified the Resort at Squaw Creek as a Cooperative Sanctuary due to its commitment toward natural greens-keeping methods.

Nestled in a scenic valley with protected wetlands, the Resort at Squaw Creek gives golfers an outstanding day on the links, combining challenging play with awe-inspiring scenery. Forced carries and tight fairways put accuracy at a premium at this course, which holds a mind-boggling slope rating of 146 from the back tees.

For golf travelers looking to make Squaw Valley their home base, the golf action will not disappoint, and the resort has four outstanding restaurants, as well as all the amenities any golf traveler should expect from this legendary golf destination that was a host to the 1960 Summer Olympics.

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Course Details

Year Built 1991
Golf Season Open: 6/01 Closed: 10/17

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes
Pull-carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard, Amex Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes
Dress code Appropriate golf attire. Men must wear collared shirts. Denim is not permitted.

Food & Beverage

Restaurant

Available Facilities

Meeting Facilities, Conference Facilities, Banquet Facilities, Spa, Jacuzzi, Internet Access, Wifi

Available Activities

Swimming, Skiing, Billiards

Available Sports

Fitness, Tennis

Accolades

  • Golf Advisor: Top 25 Most Improved U.S. Golf Courses (2015 #15)

Reviews

3.0
112 Reviews (112)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Patio Dining 7
19th Hole Scenic Views 6
Drinks 6
Course Challenges Include:
Narrow Fairways 21
Forced Carries 19
Water Hazards 18
This course/club is great for:
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 21
Advanced Golfers 19
A Weekend Splurge 11
This Course's Location is:
At a Resort 21
Worth the Drive 12

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Reviews 4
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
1.0
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Previously Played

Worst condition course for the price.

I would give this place a few years to get back on track. Conditions were terrible.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Poor
Pace Excellent
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
1.0
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First Time Playing

You should have paid me to play this course!

Greens horrible shape, fairways dry and sprinklers running on numerous holes. Fairways so hard and dry couldn’t keep the ball on the fairway. Most tee boxes dry weeds.
Horrible experience!!

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Poor
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 5
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
1.0
First Time Playing

Play someplace else

The “ice damage” to the greens and the course conditions are embarrassing. The course is challenging to begin with but general maintenance and conditions were terrible. We were fortunate that was not a factor in the day.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
1.0
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First Time Playing

Poor shape

I hope they can resurrect this nightmare of a course

Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 10-14
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Spectacular

I’m writing this because the negative reviews here almost scared me away from coming to this course, which would have robbed me of an unforgettable, awesome time playing it. It’s true that the greens were bumpy, but that’s because the grass takes time to grow back after the snowy season ends. So I’m sure these will be much smoother in the late summer/early fall.

Given the dreadful reviews here, I was pleasantly surprised at the imperfect, but totally playable condition of the tee boxes and fairways. The course is built into the mountain sides and natural wetlands, giving it a really authentic feel. Personally, I would argue that this is how golf was meant to be played, sans a reliance on heavily manicured, human-created landscapes. Overall, I felt like I was hanging out in Yosemite and I got to bring my golf clubs too!

And by the way, I did not find the course conditions to take away at all from how true my score felt at the end of each hole. The course is a great, fun challenge as is. In the wetlands area, just stay out of the thick grass beyond the fairway - it will eat your golf ball.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Previously Played

Golfer beware

I would typically recommend playing this course. Great layout and a beautiful course overall. But what this site failed to mention, was that the greens are in terrible shape. Sanded, bumpy and very patchy! The late snow damaged them to unplayable shape. What's worse, the course still wants top dollar to play it. In my experience in playing mountain courses, they are at least a month away..... Save your money!

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Fair
Pace Average
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
2.0
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Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Course in only fair conditions due to winter weather problems

Course in fair shape due to winter weather problems, many sandy areas on tee boxes, greens, & fairways.
Lumpy conditions on greens should have 2 stroke putting limit.
Course conditions better than easier Northstar Resort which I play a few days ago (only front 9 open). Northstar probably should not have open this season due to their continuing problems with poor grass conditions.

Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
1.0
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First Time Playing

No the business

Staff and mountain surrounds are great. Not busy and pace of play was great but the course condition was terrible. Fairway either overgrown and unkempt or overwatered and soggy. Greens are fuzzy where grass is present or have more sand than grass. It looks like they are letting the course go to build houses on it the next year. It’s a great background with a terrible course. Not worth the discounted $85 but maybe if they posted a $40-50 round you could justify the beautiful surroundings.

Conditions Poor
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Squaw 6/2021

We left after 9 holes due to slow play and poor course conditions. I understand it’s been a difficult year and I am willing to be understanding of the course conditions. However, the pace of play was absolutely intolerable. The staff gave us some of our money back, but we were very disappointed with our overall experience.

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Poor
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart
Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Fair
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 1
2.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Not worth 85 bucks.

Staff were amazing however course was in horrible condition and was not made aware until after paying green fees. Not worth 85 bucks

Conditions Fair
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Fair
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Opening day

It was opening day, the course was a little rough due to the recent weather and damage to the course from the winter. Very difficult course, makes a par feel like a birdie on many of the holes. Majestic grandeur of the mountains is breathtaking. Really looking forward to playing once the repairs and maintenance has been done. So much potential!

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Good layout

Some construction took some off the enjoyment. Course was in good shape generally.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 32
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart

Still underrated

This was my second time playing here, and my first was about a month ago. I had originally come to play with low expectations since so many reviews were negative. I was very happy to find that the course was much better than the reviews would lead you to believe. This time playing here was even better than the first time. I will concede that some tee boxes were a little rough, and some fairways were slightly patchy, but otherwise, the course was in great condition. I had a twilight time as a single, and blew through the course in 3 hours, even waiting on a few groups on a number of holes. I highly recommend this course, although be prepared to use all the clubs in your bag except your driver. Fairways are tight, and the links style really kicks your butt if you don't humble yourself. You have to lay up and be smart rather than hit long, and that makes for an interesting round. The setting in Olympic Valley at the foot of Squaw's ski peaks really makes for a beautiful backdrop.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 119
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Top 100 Contributor
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Worth Playing

First time playing this course, glad I did. The course was in great shape except the sand traps, that is par for the course ( no pun intended). This course doesn’t require you to hit mammoth drives, just hit it straight and keep it on the fairways. There are a few forced carries, over water and protected areas, keeps you on your toes. I hit some great shots but didn’t score well, putting did me in. The pin placements were tough and the greens were fast, but were fair. I also might mention the scenery, beautiful, bring your camera. One more thing to mention, the 17th is a shorter par 4 due to some construction,. They didn’t mention this in their Webb site, not a big deal, just something to be aware of. A little course knowledge goes a long way next time around.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Windy weather
Used cart

Not worth the drive

We had read the reviews,and decided to drive up from South Lake Tahoe. We were treated very indifferently by the pro shop staff, andwhen we asked for a handicap flag we were told they didn't have any. When we arrived at the first tee we saw that they were definitely in need of some TLC. While the scenery is beautiful, that doesn't make up for the state of the course. Fairways had dead spots and greens were spotty. Probably most disappointing were the several holes with long forced carries over what would be swamp areas during the spring. You travelled over these wet areas by wooden trails that were sadly in need of repair. Unfortunately these bridges made up almost half of the cart paths, causing for a bouncing, noisy ride. As my wife said, this was a once in a life experience.....because we would never go back with the course in the condition it is.

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Fair
Friendliness Poor
Pace Average
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 76
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Tough course

I appreciate a tough course, but this one had too many forced carries, ongoing construction and repair issues and worn-out timber bridges. And also, $40 to park for a round? Too much!

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Some rough edges but worth a round

I’d play again at a GN Hot Rate. Lots of variety in the holes, elevation changes, bunkering, and greens. Patchy tees and fairways here and there but compensated for by the views and uniqueness of the course. Friendly and helpful staff as well.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser

More than we expected

Beautiful course very tough lots of work being done on and around the course. The price a little high unfortunately there are fires all over California and Nevada and we spent the day in the most beautiful valley in the world and couldn’t see it way too much smoke.
Other than that, a good time was had by all. Thank you Golf PASS plus!

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 32
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Underrated!!!

I can't speak to previous reviews, they must have been written when the course was in bad shape. I was lucky and played the course when it was in great shape! I came expecting poor cheap muni course conditions and was extremely pleased to find that the tee boxes were in fine condition, greens were fast and true, and overall the course was playing really nicely (aside from my golf game). There was some construction/maintenance work being done on some of the holes, but that didn't bother us or make any difference really except that one hole's tee box was moved up to the reds. Otherwise no complaints whatsoever. I highly recommend this course, especially for those currently in form and/or wanting a test of your accuracy.

Course is super tight, and although staff will tell you to ignore your driver, if you hit your driver 250 yds or less, you can use it on quite a number of holes. There are lots of forced carries, but as long as you stay disciplined and don't go for the long shot every time, you'll be fine.

Loved the links feel, great conditions despite covid, and would love to go back.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
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