Hi, I'm Greg Enholm and I am a PGA Golf Professional and proud member of the Carson Valley Inn Sales and Special Events Team! I'll be posting to the CVI blog this season with news and insights about the many area golf courses used by the 100+ golf groups that headquarter at the Carson Valley Inn each year. Today, I'm starting with the newest course added to our line-up of offerings for this year, Clear Creek Tahoe.
Clear Creek Tahoe, one of the best and most exclusive golf courses in the world, is located within minutes of the Carson Valley Inn! And, for 2014, we have access to this course for a limited number of Carson Valley Inn overnight guests!
Clear Creak Tahoe was designed by arguable the best modern design team of our time – Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore. The Crenshaw-Coore design uses the natural lay of the land as the canvas to produce unique, challenging and breathtaking layouts – I realize this description sounds like it's out of a hi-gloss brochure, but, in this case, it happens to be quite true!Speaking of that, the pictures in this post are not out of a hi-gloss brochure - I took tham last year. If you have any doubts - you'll know by the last picture!
Clear Creek Tahoe is the ultimate golf experience in the
Sierra Nevada mountain range. If lucky enough to play Clear Creek, do not
expect a grandiose clubhouse and other facilities. Simplicity can be found everywhere on the
property. The golf shop and restaurant
are small, classy and well appointed. The driving range has perfect target
greens . . . and the short game area and
putting greens have the appropriate slope to get you ready for what you will
find on the golf course.
The golf course rolls with the natural terrain of the eastern slope of the Sierra. The designers did not move much besides hundreds of pine trees to carve out the par-70 layout. The course can be lengthened to 6900 yards but the four sets of tees allows for an enjoyable game for all abilities. The major defenses of the course are the undulating fast greens. If your ball comes to rest on the wrong section of the green be prepared to play some major break.
There are many reasons to play Clear Creek Tahoe. My favorite characteristic of the course is the lack of rough. From tree line to tree line the grass is fairway high allowing a better chance to negotiate a shot into the green. Another high-end touch is the Pro-V1 practice balls on the practice tee. Don’t even think about taking the range balls to the first tee. Rumor has it Clear Creek employs a Sasquatch which looms in the forest watching your every move. If ‘Satch’ catches you taking range balls – enjoy your time with the Donner’s as you won’t be making it to the first tee.
The Carson Valley Inn has a membership to Clear Creek Tahoe for the 2014 golf season, allowing us access for up to eight people in any day. So, if you are traveling to the CVI with a golf group, come a day early or extend your trip by a day to play Clear Creek.
With the addition of Clear Creek Tahoe to the other area courses the time is now to see why over 100 golf groups stay with the CVI annually. Access to Clear Creek is not guaranteed in 2015 so call me today at 775-783-6615 or post a comment below . . . quick, before 'Satch' gets me!