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High Sierra Golf
It’s different here which is why locals like it and live it. There’s 44 courses without a two-hour drive in the High Sierra. It’s mountain, valley and desert golf. It’s spectacular outdoor and natural beauty, a plethora of outdoor recreation combined with the 24-hour lifestyle of Nevada. When the sun drops, the nightlife hops. It’s accommodations options galore with glamorous hotel/casinos, refined resorts, quaint B&Bs, campy motels, quirky joints. If you can’t find it here you’re not looking!
The 29th annual American Century Championship is at Edgewood Tahoe in July. More than 80 sports and entertainment celebrities will be featured on NBC Sports with regular celebrity sightings throughout the week. Justin Timberlake, Steph Curry, Aaron Rodgers, Charles Barkley are among the luminaries. The Barracuda Open, the PGA TOUR stop, comes to Montreux and Golf Channel in August for the season’s only modified-Stableford scoring format.
Buddy trips, Girls’ Getaways, Kids’ specials, bachelor parties, business tournaments. Talk to the people who book golf groups and packages for their most unique tales of woe and whoa!
With their employment reflecting the destination’s winter/summer duality, Eric Veraguth of Resort at Squaw Creek and Ron Blum at Edgewood Tahoe are golf pros as well as ski instructors.
Maybe it’s the water. Could be the altitude but Tahoe has always attracted a special breed of independent types. The vibe here really is different perhaps a bit more casual but locals after a seriously good time. They cross the lines into business, pleasure, leisure and that includes the golf.
A Who’s Who of course designers have plied their trade here: Nicklaus, Palmer, Coore-Crenshaw, Trent Jones Sr. and Jr., Harbotttle III, Cupp, Miller, Jacobsen, Weiskopf, Fazio, Bailey. What are the distinguishing characteristics and which stand out? Rate ‘em!
…And while golf is king on this trip and takes center stage, a visit to Lake Tahoe/Reno also provides the less serious golfer with enough options to make it an annual vacation: Carson Valley is considered one of the country’s top soaring areas due to the air currents caused by the Sierra Nevada ridge that separates Lake Tahoe from the Carson Valley. Talk about hang time — long rides here make flights with Soaring Nevada memorable along with some of the most spectacular scenery in the country.
Known as America’s all-year playground, Tahoe is recognized as a national destination for golf, cycling, mountain biking, and hiking. The Amgen Tour of California has been a Stage through Tahoe on numerous occasions; a network of mountain biking and hiking trails throughout the area earns high praise from beginners to experts. And for fishing, the 21-miles long, 12-miles wide lake features Mackinaw, Kokanee salmon, various trout species and largemouth bass.
Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course is celebrating its 50th with golf/lodging packages and a variety of celebrations.
1968 U.S. Men’s Olympic Track Team
The country’s most iconic Olympic track team prepped for the altitude of the Mexico City Games here at South Lake Tahoe. Bob Beamon, Tommy Smith, John Carols, Lee Evans, Dick Fosbury, Bill Twomey, Bob Seagren, Jim Hines, Willie Davenport, Al Oerter were all here. It was a simpler time when athletic shoe contracts, per diems and steroid use was unknown. Athletes stayed and ate in locals’ homes and a camaraderie and bond were forged that will never be emulated. A few hardy locals still remember…
Tahoe was the host site for recent episodes of The Bachelor and Modern Family, both of which led to increased interest and business for the area via social media. Talk to proprietors of the places they stayed, dined and recreated.
Living on the Wild Side
Nevada is known for its bohemian ways, 24-hour lifestyle and fierce independence. Mark Twain once said, “Anything’s legal in Nevada as long as you don’t frighten the horses.” Well, it also makes sense to live here too, what with its favorable tax structure, wide-open spaces and a state legislature that only meets every other year to keep governance at a minimum. So, what’s it like and why would you live at a golf course community in the Silver State? Whether it’s a primary, second or retirement home, ask the folks at Montreux G&CC, Clear Creek Tahoe, or Somersett what got them here and for their lifestyle perspective.
Sports Book Oddsmakers
What goes into determining the odds for celebrity players at the American Century Championship? How does Dave Cudney, Harrah’s and Harveys Rae and Sports Book manager pick ‘em and pair ‘em? Who’s been a lock, biggest underdog to win, shocking finisher? What’s the largest wager ever? What’s typical action during tournament week? What odds would Charles Barkley need to bet on himself?
History Lives Here
From the Tahoe Tallac Site and the Boathouse Theater to Vikingsholm Castle at Emerald Bay, The Thunderbird Lodge, Hellman-Ehrman Mansion, Bliss Mansion, Donner Memorial State Park, Pope and Baldwin Estates, Dangbeg Ranch, Nevada’s last remaining Pony Express Station — most trace the tracks of the monied elite of the first half of the 20th Century.