Schaffer's Mill Golf & Lake Club - hole 9
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Schaffer's Mill Golf & Lake Club - hole 9
Don't go left on the ninth hole at the Schaffer's Mill Golf & Lake Club. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Schaffer's Mill Golf & Lake Club - hole 1
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Schaffer's Mill Golf & Lake Club - hole 1
It's a solid opener at the Schaffer's Mill Golf & Lake Club. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Schaffer's Mill Golf & Lake Club - hole 2
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Schaffer's Mill Golf & Lake Club - hole 2
It's a perfect alpine setting at the Schaffer's Mill Golf & Lake Club. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Schaffer's Mill Golf & Lake Club - hole 5
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Schaffer's Mill Golf & Lake Club - hole 5
A bunkers sits in front of the fifth green at the Schaffer's Mill Golf & Lake Club. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Schaffer's Mill Golf & Lake Club - hole 8
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Schaffer's Mill Golf & Lake Club - hole 8
What bunkering on the eighth hole at the Schaffer's Mill Golf & Lake Club. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Schaffer's Mill Golf & Lake Club - 10th tee
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Schaffer's Mill Golf & Lake Club - 10th tee
Players hit over a waterfall on the 10th hole at the Schaffer's Mill Golf & Lake Club. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Schaffer's Mill Golf & Lake Club - hole 10
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Schaffer's Mill Golf & Lake Club - hole 10
The 10th hole of the Schaffer's Mill Golf & Lake Club climbs uphill. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
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Schaffer's Mill Golf & Lake Club - hole 13
The 13th hole at the Schaffer's Mill Golf & Lake Club. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Schaffer's Mill Golf & Lake Club - hole 14
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Schaffer's Mill Golf & Lake Club - hole 14
The par-5 14th hole at the Schaffer's Mill Golf & Lake Club dances around bunkers. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Schaffer's Mill Golf & Lake Club - hole 15
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Schaffer's Mill Golf & Lake Club - hole 15
Bunkers guard the elevated 15th green at the Schaffer's Mill Golf & Lake Club. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Schaffer's Mill Golf & Lake Club - hole 16
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Schaffer's Mill Golf & Lake Club - hole 16
No. 16 might be the trickiest green to hit at the Schaffer's Mill Golf & Lake Club. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Schaffer's Mill Golf & Lake Club - hole 17
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Schaffer's Mill Golf & Lake Club - hole 17
After a blind tee shot on no. 17, golfers face this approach at the Schaffer's Mill Golf & Lake Club. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Schaffer's Mill Golf & Lake Club - hole 18
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Schaffer's Mill Golf & Lake Club - hole 18
Water lurks right of the 18th green at the Schaffer's Mill Golf & Lake Club. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
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Schaffer's Mill Golf & Lake Club: A private club near Lake Tahoe open to the public on Mondays

TRUCKEE, Calif. - Most golfers can't afford being a member or owning a beautiful home at the Schaffer's Mill Golf & Lake Club. But everybody and anybody can experience one wonderful day inside the gates at Schaffer's Mill. The private club near Lake Tahoe allows limited public tee times on Mondays.

What course architects John Harbottle III and Johnny Miller accomplished in the Martis Valley between Lake Tahoe and Truckee is a work of art. The 7,010-yard course (which opened in 2008 as Timlick before changing ownership in 2011) ends with a back nine as good as any in the region (including Edgewood Tahoe's famous lake-front finish in Stateline, Nev.) or in all of northern California for that matter (aside from Pebble Beach Golf Links, of course). While the front nine introduces the beautiful rolling fairways, all lined with impressive homes and towering pines, the back nine turns up the volume on these features. Simply put, these holes boast more personality and charm.

The 10th hole climbs uphill over a manmade water feature, leading to the risk-reward 11th, which is 302 yards of shot- and decision-making fun. The bunkering and shape of the par-5 14th and par-4 15th holes are simply majestic in their presentation. No. 16 looks simple enough until a tricky green repels your ball. The downhill tee shot on no. 17 ends with a picturesque reveal, a green and pond perched below. A stream crossing the 18th fairway feeds into a pond near the 18th green, finishing the day as a stout 605-yard par 5.

A new updated menu stocked with short-rib tacos and millionaire burgers is being unveiled at The Market in the clubhouse: Sound good, right? Life isn't too bad at Schaffer's Mill.

Staff rating of Schaffer's Mill Golf & Lake Club: Review by Jason Scott Deegan | Review by Mike Bailey

Jason Scott Deegan has reviewed more than 1,000 courses and golf destinations for some of the industry's biggest publications. His work has been honored by the Golf Writer's Association of America and the Michigan Press Association. Follow him on Instagram at @jasondeegangolfadvisor and Twitter at @WorldGolfer.
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