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3.0
152 Reviews (152)
5 Stars
39
4 Stars
68
3 Stars
20
2 Stars
13
1 Stars
12
Conditions
2.6
Value
3.2
Layout
4.0
Friendliness
4.5
Pace
3.9
Amenities
3.3
55.7%
Recommend this course
113 out of 152 reviews
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3.1
27 Reviews (27)
5 Stars
3
4 Stars
10
3 Stars
4
2 Stars
8
1 Stars
2
Conditions
2.6
Value
3.4
Layout
3.7
Pace
4.0
Amenities
2.8
StaffFriendliness
4.4
55.6%
Recommend this course
15 out of 27 reviews
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3.0
34 Reviews (34)
5 Stars
4
4 Stars
11
3 Stars
6
2 Stars
8
1 Stars
5
Conditions
2.6
Value
3.3
Layout
3.8
Pace
4.0
Amenities
2.8
StaffFriendliness
4.5
52.9%
Recommend this course
18 out of 34 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Resort
Style Links
Par 72
Length 6781 yards
Slope 139
Rating 72.4

Northstar California Golf Course has a unique layout that was seamlessly integrated with the rugged, wooded terrain of Tahoe. The front nine plays through a scenic, rolling valley while the back nine plays through the towering pines of the forest. The first nine holes have a classic links layout and the back nine demands precision with its tree-lined fairways and small greens. Native vegetation and scenic water hazards are scattered throughout the golf course. Strategically placed sand bunkers add another challenging element. The signature hole at Northstar California Golf Course is the par-3 15th, which requires a shot over a creek to a small green.

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Course Details

Year Built 1974
Fairways Blue Grass
Greens Blue Grass
Golf Season May - October
Architect Robert Muir Graves (1974)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - $25
Clubs 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, Discover Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No

Food & Beverage

Food & Beverage

Lodging

Lodging Available

Available Activities

Swimming, Billiards

Reviews

3.0
152 Reviews (152)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 12
Patio Dining 9
19th Hole Scenic Views 6
Course Challenges Include:
Narrow Fairways 19
Forced Carries 18
Elevation Changes 16
This course/club is great for:
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 14
Advanced Golfers 11
Locals 8
This Course's Location is:
At a Resort 18
Worth the Drive 15
Near Local Attractions 11

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Reviews 9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
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Previously Played

Love this course

I like that 9 holes in the meadow and nine holes in the pines. Course was not in great condtion, dont know if it was the time of year or due to the corona virus. We played this course in years past and it was one of our favorites in the Truckee area. We will try again the next time we are there.

Conditions Fair
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 10
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 2
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Great round w/COVID and smoke conditions

Easy booking through GN and we got a really good rate. We were greeted by friendly staff who made us feel welcomed. Very courteous, and introduced us to the new normal re the COVID compliance regulations for the course. The fairways and greens were in great shape. We played under smoky conditions given the CA fires, which, under the circumstances, on this day we lucked out and for this area didn’t seem as bad as around the Lake. The front nine has wider fairways and more like links style, open with some trees, but gotta keep it out of the rough. The back nine is a narrow, forest mountain course, keep it accurate and straight. We finished in under four hours. Bathrooms and water fountains not available out on the course, but inside the clubhouse, and prepackaged food (could use some improvement), and beverages at the turn only. All in all, it was a really fun day for this husband/wife twosome.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 6
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather

Fun course

First time playing this course. Fun and challenging layout. Great course to walk.
One of the staffers who was operating the beverage cart stopped and gave a quick swing lesson to a young boy who appeared to be pretty new to the game. Thought that was pretty cool.
Had some pace of play and etiquette issues on the back nine with others golfers but those things come with a holiday weekend.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Fun Track

Course is getting better after a late start. Greens good now. Love the back nine.
Best value in Tahoe!

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 9
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Nice day/new course

First day at Northstar for most of us. Course was in 'ok' condition; the greens were disappointing. The tee boxes are being maintained/moved so for the ladies tees this was not good - some far too close...

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 10
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 2
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 6
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

course needs to be better maintained

i I have played here many times and it is usually in quite good condition. This year it is in terrible shape. tee boxes are awful, greens are hairy, probably not mowed in days. weeds everywhere. fairways in rough shape. very disappointed for the price . If the course is to be in that condition they should be charging $25.

Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Poor
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Not worth it at any cost-Course in terrible condition.

Very disappointing to say the least. Skip this one!

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Poor
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Fair
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
2.0
Previously Played

Very poor condition

Greens were ok, but fairways, bunkers and many tees are in poor condition. Appears to be a victim of little to no regular maintenance due to the lockdown.

Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Fair
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 7
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Pace

So the pace of the game was fantastic and the staff were wonderful. The facility was great at following covid -19 rules. As for the course it self, the layout is fun. If your new watch out there is a lot of blind spots so plan your shots right. The fairways are great, the greens are Poorly keep. Besides that great course to play in Tahoe.

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
2.0

Poor condition

As a pass holder last year and paying customer this year, I can honestly say that this course is long overdue for some much needed maintenance. Last year 3-4 of the greens were closed a majority of the summer months with temporary greens being set up ~100 yards short of the actual green. This year, I had hopes that work would have been performed with the course being closed until July, but my hopes were unfortunately denied. Many of the greens & fairways have dead spots and the overall condition of the course is a 2/5. I won’t be returning here any time soon.

Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Played On
Reviews 6
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Spring conditions but getting close

My understanding is that due to COVID, the course opened later than usual this season. So here in the first week of August, there were some spring conditions, mostly on the greens. They were sanded and slow, but showing signs of life. The rest of the course was in good shape.
I love this track because you get two completely different experiences between the nines. The front nine is open in the meadows, and the wind can present some challenges. The back nine winds above the treeline and tightens up dramatically. Fun challenge.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Beautiful and challenging

We make it a point when we come to Lake Tahoe to play this course.
Staff is always helpful and friendly

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 7
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Not Resort Course Quality

Average clubhouse and practice putting and chipping greens but the driving range was closed. Friendly, helpful staff following COVID-19 precautions. For a mountain resort course in the Lake Tahoe area I expected it to be in much better overall condition: the greens had been punched and sanded weeks ago but they were still very bumpy and slow, the tee boxes were not well maintained with bare spots and weeds. The fairways were the best kept parts of the course. The rough was very deep and weedy. The layout is quite challenging from the blue or back tees.

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Fair
Amenities Average
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