Northstar California Resort
About Northstar California ResortAlthough known as a ski resort first and foremost, golfers will love life in the summer on the mountain. Northstar's Robert Muir Graves course is a tale of two nines with the front in a meadow in Martis Valley and the back nine climbing into the trees. The ski village rocks with live concerts on weekends, multiple restaurants and a kids zone. No matter your age, there's plenty to discover: arts and crafts for the kids or yoga, mountain biking, hiking and spa for the adults.
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They just opened June 9th but probably should have waited until next year. Continuing problem growing grass. Only front meadow 9 holes open and grass on tee boxes, greens, & fairways has too many weeds & dirt!!!
Early season open
My wife and I signed up to play Northstar on Golfnow.com at $50 per only to find that only nine holes of the course had only been open less than a week.. We discovered that only the front nine holes were open and the greens on most of those holes were sanded and in quite poor condition. Neither Golfnow nor anyone at the golf desk mentioned that only nine holes were open. We discovered this when we finished the first nine and made the turn to start the back nine--only to find it closed! We played part of the first nine again but were disappointed in the overall experience. We've played Northstar a number of times in previous visits to the Tahoe area and had good experiences but it was way to early in the season this year.
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.
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.
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.
Course is getting better after a late start. Greens good now. Love the back nine.
Best value in Tahoe!
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...
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.
Not worth it at any cost-Course in terrible condition.
Very disappointing to say the least. Skip this one!
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.
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.
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.
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.