Clear Creek Tahoe course review

Minden, Nevada In the summer of 2009, groupies who follow the golf course architect team of Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw are running to the eastern slope of Lake Tahoe to play their newest golf course creation, Clear Creek Tahoe.

Coore and Crenshaw are picky about their sites and uncompromising on their style of architecture. At first glance, the severe rocky terrain of the Sierra does not seem appropriate for a classic style golf course, but after further inspection, the site off Highway 50 in Nevada has some of the best sandy soil around.

With this key element solved, Coore and Crenshaw went about winding a masterpiece through the rocky outcrops, hills and pine trees on this 1600 acre property. Clear Creek Tahoe has generous, wide fairways, and no rough in keeping with the classic golf course style. Greens are wide open in spots allowing players to run or bounce balls onto putting surfaces.

Variety is key for Clear Creek. Holes play to the left and right, uphill, downhill, short and long. The 222 yard, par-3, 12th has no bunkers, but the short 131 17th hole is surrounded by bunkers and sand.

As with all Cooore/ Crenshaw courses, these architects put a premium on putting with sloping, undulating greens. They are not as severe as on some other courses, but these greens reflect considerable thought. They're all about angles of approach, direction, slopes, and angles. Clear Creek Tahoe is an excellent golf course for any level of golfer, and one that will retain its freshness, no matter how many times he or she plays it.


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