The Links at Squaw Creek in Olympic Valley, California, USA | GolfPass
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2.5
128 Reviews (128)
5 Stars
19
4 Stars
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3 Stars
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2 Stars
28
1 Stars
19
Conditions
2.0
Value
2.3
Layout
3.7
Friendliness
3.8
Pace
3.9
Amenities
2.8
27.8%
Recommend this course
66 out of 128 reviews
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1.9
10 Reviews (10)
5 Stars
0
4 Stars
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6
1 Stars
3
Conditions
1.6
Value
1.4
Layout
3.6
Pace
4.1
Amenities
2.6
StaffFriendliness
4.0
10.0%
Recommend this course
1 out of 10 reviews
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2.0
11 Reviews (11)
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0
4 Stars
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6
1 Stars
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Conditions
1.6
Value
1.5
Layout
3.6
Pace
4.0
Amenities
2.4
StaffFriendliness
3.9
9.1%
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1 out of 11 reviews
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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

2.5
128 Reviews (128)

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 1
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Windy weather
Used cart

Not worth the cost

The location is beautiful, but the course wasn't very well maintained, there was crazy grass rough all around it, the greens and tee boxes were very bad, there's no driving range, no drink cart, and generally just played like a lower tier course, but at the price point ($280 for two w/ cart) of more premium course. Tahoe Donner is much better value for the money.

Conditions Fair
Value Poor
Layout Fair
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
2.0
Previously Played

Fun layout but course is in terrible condition

Everything from tee box to greens are in bad condition. Sand traps have weeds. Greens are slow. Definitely not worth $125

Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 8
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 6
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Previously Played

What happened to Squaw Creek??

I am sad to say, ownership has let this once pristine course go to s#!t!! The greens are slow and spotty, and the trap are atrocious. Squaw Creek, whoops, Palacades " is a resort, but the course is no better than the worst muni in your town. Oh did I forget to mention they have the gawl to charge $125 for the "privilege of playing there.
After finishing my round, I made my way to the pro shop. I expressed my displeasure, but that got me nothing more than an "I'm sorry".. And some lame excuse about the "Resorts" and new ownership..
Not what I call stellar customer service!!
I know that picture are worth more than words, so I have attached several photos of greenside sand traps... More like Waste Bunkers!!

Conditions Fair
Value Poor
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Poor
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 10
Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Previously Played

Don’t Bother

Not worth the money. Course is majestic, layout is challenging and fair. Conditions are terrible. Soggy, muddy fairways. Greens have been neglected. Course will need MONTHS to dry out. Maybe play again in September.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 13
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Wait a couple months

only one green was in great shape. bring a lot of balls

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
1.0
First Time Playing

Not even close to being worth $129. Staff was very friendly with getting me out to the course but once out there I was very dissatisfied with the condition of the golf course. Dead patches of grass on the greens, tee boxes not mowed, black tees missing on some holes, grass growing in bunkers, and the list goes on. Just an overall poor experience for paying $129. Will not be returning anytime soon.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Fair
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
1.0
First Time Playing

Most poorly kept course I have seen

I live in the area and came out to play this course with a friend who was visiting. I just can’t believe that people play this course. First, I know it is hard to keep a well conditioned course up here in these dry conditions, but this is another level. There is no real rough around the fairway, so if you don’t hit the fairway then your ball is gone. Also, I hit the fairway many times and still lost my ball as it rolled off into very tall grass or swamp. Even if you did hit a good ball down the middle of the fairway the condition of the fairways and the greens were beyond bad. There were holes and patches everywhere. The greens were the length of a normal fairway, so I should have been chipping instead of putting. The sand traps were unrecognizable because they were over grown and in kept. If my friend was not there I would have stopped and got my money back. If you want to spend 100$ to ride a golf cart, lose all your balls, and drink a few expensive beers then this is the course for you.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Poor
Friendliness Fair
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
2.0
First Time Playing
Conditions Poor
Played On
Reviews 3
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Course review

Played with a friend. Layout was majestic, smoke was not too bad, conditions of greens were poor for the money. Would play a different course for that amount.

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Terrible shape

They need to figure out how to maintain the course. Awful condition

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Fair
Friendliness Fair
Pace Average
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 38
Handicap 25+
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

The best of times and the worst of times...

Amazing experience.

Conditions Poor
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Windy weather
Used cart

Very nice views

This is my first time playing this course but not the first time to this area. We snow ski at squaw every year so we know the area. The course condition was my disappointment. The course was if fair shape at best. I will be playing a tournament there this Friday that's why I did a warm up round. Word on the street is the course is not in great shape.

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Fairly Easy
Played On
Reviews 4
1.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

ski not golf

first hard to find pro shop
second green condition was pre bad
we don' t want play again
good for ski not golf

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Poor
Pace Poor
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 6
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Previously Played

Golfer beware

Great course layout, but not very well maintained. The greens are ragged at best. Bumpy and slow. Most if not all the sand traps appear to have not been raked once this entire season. What the heck Squaw Creek? Get it together Also found several planks on the wooden bridges geenside to be dangerously weak and loose. A serious accident waiting to happen.
I generally play this course several time a year, but its not happening this year. Not wirth the drive and the ridiculous green fees for such a poorly maintained course!

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Poor
Pace Good
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
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
Verified Purchaser
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
Verified Purchaser
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
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