Incline Village - Championship golf course - hole 15
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Incline Village - Championship golf course - hole 15
The par-4 15th hole on the Championship Course at Incline Village is scenic, straight and plays toward a mountain backdrop. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Championship Course at Incline Village - hole 18
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Championship Course at Incline Village - hole 18
The finishing hole on the Championship Course at Incline Village climbs to the clubhouse. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Championship Course at Incline Village - hole 6
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Championship Course at Incline Village - hole 6
Don't be short on the dramatic par-3 sixth hole on the Championship Course at Incline Village. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Championship Course at Incline Village - hole 7
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Championship Course at Incline Village - hole 7
The downhill seventh hole on the Championship Course at Incline Village doglegs hard right. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Championship Course at Incline Village - hole 8
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Championship Course at Incline Village - hole 8
The par-3 eighth hole on the Championship Course at Incline Village. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Championship Course at Incline Village - hole 11
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Championship Course at Incline Village - hole 11
The 11th hole of the Championship Course at Incline Village is a short, risk-reward par 5. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Championship Course at Incline Village - hole 13
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Championship Course at Incline Village - hole 13
The par-5 13th hole on the Championship Course at Incline Village stretches to 621 yards. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Championship Course at Incline Village - hole 14
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Championship Course at Incline Village - hole 14
A pond fronts the par-3 14th hole on the Championship Course at Incline Village. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Incline Village - Championship golf course
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Incline Village - Championship golf course
On the north side of Lake Tahoe, Incline Village, designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr., came in second in the state in 2014. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Championship Course at Incline Village - Lake Tahoe
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Championship Course at Incline Village - Lake Tahoe
The Championship Course at Incline Village has some Lake Tahoe views from its higher points. Rod Hanna/Golf the High Sierra
Championship Course at Incline Village - hole 1
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Championship Course at Incline Village - hole 1
The first hole of the Championship Course at Incline Village sweeps right. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Championship Course at Incline Village - hole 3
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Championship Course at Incline Village - hole 3
The third hole on the Championship Course at Incline Village. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
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The Championship Course at Incline Village: A challenge in the mountains surrounding Lake Tahoe

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. - The Championship Course at Incline Village lives up to its name.

It's every bit the championship challenge, despite being a resort-style course near Lake Tahoe. Water lurks on seven holes, giving it a target-golf feel. Five-star reviews outnumber four-star reviews 2-to-1 on Golf Advisor.

I'd recommend playing from the white tees like my foursome did. They might look short on the scorecard (6,000 yards), but that's where the "incline" part of the name rings true. A number of holes - including the first and last - climb dramatically uphill, playing a couple clubs longer. The 7,106-yard layout, originally designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr. before a 2003 renovation, rides such dramatic terrain in the Sierra Nevada Mountains that plenty of lies end up on an incline (up or down) as well, leading to tougher-than-normal approach shots.

The most memorable hole is no. 6, the most difficult of a solid collection of par 3s. It's rare that a par 3 ranks as the no. 2 handicap, but it's so tough to pull the proper club for the downhill tee shot and still fly the large hazard protecting the green.

If you're hungry or thirsty, the Grille at the Chateau inside the clubhouse is popular with local non-golfers who come to dine on the patio. Don't forget about the club's Mountain course, which targets women, juniors and beginners with a scenic collection of short par 4s and 14 par 3s. It's a fun place to play for a more affordable, faster round of golf.

Staff ratings of the Championship Course at Incline Village: 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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