Lake Tahoe and Truckee Golf Communities
People often think of Lake Tahoe and Truckee as the ultimate ski destination. However, the area is also well known for many pro-designed and championship golf courses. The luxury golf communities that surround these courses offer world class golfing with the added benefit of easy access to skiing, mountain biking, hiking and boating. When you purchase your home in Lake Tahoe and Truckee, you can have it all!
If you are looking for an upscale golf community, the area offers many choices. Each neighborhood has various amenities with upscale, architectural styles and luxury homes. Some of the older golf neighborhoods like Northstar, offer homes in the lower price points. Many are centered around a golf course designed by the world's best golf pros.
Lahontan Golf Community
One of our favorite golf communities is Lahontan. This area appeals to the upscale buyer who loves luxury, but appreciates Truckee's rustic architectural style. Built in the heart of Gooseneck Meadow, adjacent to Martis Camp, Lahontan offers easy access to the lake and the 80 freeway. This exclusive and gated community boats a golf course designed by Tom Weiskopf.
Lahontan is an area where several "Bonanza" episodes were filmed. The rolling landscape of sage, set against the majestic sierras will take you back in time to the 'old West.' The homes must go through architectural review so the neighborhood retains its rustic, but luxurious architectural style.
Golfers will find a course lovingly designed within the natural landscape of gentle slopes and lakes. Blending classical and contemporary styles, Weiskopf created an amazing course that also has a 5 star restaurant, fitness center, pools and ponds. This is one of the most exclusive and sought after communities in Lake Tahoe and Truckee.
Golf buffs will be impressed that Lahontan hosted 20 PGA and Senior tour titles and five foreign championships, including the Senior U.S. Open and British Open. In crafting Lahontan's 18-hole championship course, Weiskopf used his personal mixture of skill, imagination and an uncanny ability to integrate the natural setting into a distinctive and challenging design. Players of all abilities will marvel at this exceptional golf experience.
Lahontan also offers a nine hole, Par-3 course. Weiskopf set the standard for Par 3 courses with his benchmark design at the Olympic Club in San Francisco. Tom has designed Lahontan's courses to be continually engaging by encouraging players to employ new strategies. There are both lots and homes available for sale in Lahontan.
Martis Camp and Tom Fazio
Martis Camp is also a popular golf community with easy access to skiing. It is Truckee's best selling luxurious golf community. Martis Camp has a golf course designed by Tom Fazio. Because it is not heavily played, golfing here can give you a sense of being on a course without the normal pressures of other golfers. The golf course stretches to 7,751-yards and has hosted prestigious tournaments, including the USGA Junior Amateur. Golf Digest named it the 3rd best private design.
Homeowners can enjoy easy ski in and ski out access. Martis Camp is linked to Northstar California, which has over 3,000-acres of skiable terrain and 97 trails. Northstar is known for having the largest snowmaking operation to ensure skiing is available regardless of snow conditions. Martis Camp offers a high speed quad lift that carries skiers to the less used Lookout Mountain side of Northstar. Homeowners can easily spend time in the Village of Northstar prior to taking the lift back home.
The appeal of Martis Camp is their Family Barn and quaint family amenities that offer entertainment, pools, hot tubs, a basketball court and even a movie theater. So while mom and dad are out golfing, kids will be entertained with a plethora of creative adventures and activities. If you love golfing and skiing equally and want the best amenities Lake Tahoe has to offer, Martis Camp is an excellent choice.
Schaffer's Mill Golf & Lake Club emerged in 2008 and was named the #1 New Private Club in California by Golfweek magazine. This signature championship golf course was designed by PGA Tour legend Johnny Miller and the late John Harbottle.
Schaffer's Mill offers custom and semi-custom single family homes on 475 acres. They have a commitment to low density and developed with a focus on preserving the surrounding forest.
The course consists of the “Meadow” which has nine holes winding through the surrounding alpine at the base of a ridge. The other nine holes or “Mountain" leads golfers upward in elevation and offers magnificent 360° views of the Martis Valley, Lookout Mountain, and the Carson Range.
Jack Nicklaus Course at Old Greenwood
Old Greenwood is a newer community, with easy access to and from Hwy 80 and nearby to Northstar for world class skiing. Jack Nicklaus designed the Old Greenwood course and golfers will enjoy his special attention to designing a challenging course for golfers at all levels. The neighborhood has a diversity of custom built estate homes and villas. What makes Old Greenwood unique is that is also offers fractional residences, making affordability accessible to many.
If you want to be near to historic downtown Truckee, Old Greenwood is just a short drive away from the fine dining and the quaint shops in Old Truckee. Another feature is that homeowners enjoy exclusive access to the Tahoe Mountain Club. This makes Old Greenwood 'on par' with what Martis Camp offers but at a lower price. Joining the Tahoe Mountain Club gives homeowners access to a private mountain-top ski lodge at Northstar California, fitness, fishing and a kid's club.
Gray's Crossing, a Peter Jacobsen Course
Peter Jacobsen designed Gray's Crossing championship golf course. Like Old Greenwood, it is close to Highway 80 and Northstar California. This traditional Jacobsen designed course combines his passion for fun with challenge. Golfers will find a fairways lined with pine on a course that weaves through natural mountain surroundings.
Gray’s Crossing promotes their course as a 'return to tradition' and golfers will enjoy an old world feel to the neighborhood. Fast greens and tournament-like conditions allow golfers to take their game to the next level. Big groups and large families will enjoy these larger private homes situated in a meadow with Mt. Rose as a backdrop.
Old Greenwood homes feature 4 bedrooms, a gourmet kitchen, great room with gas fireplace, outdoor living space, washer/dryer, a two-car garage and access to The Pavilion. The Pavilion offers three outdoor pools, fitness center, restaurant and tennis courts.
The townhomes are located next to the 18th fairway of Old Greenwood, with two & three-bedroom floor plans and two & three bathrooms. These homes also feature chef's kitchens, making Gray's Crossing ideal for large family gatherings.
Golfers can also access local community courses in Tahoe City, Kings Beach and Truckee. If you are looking for a vacation home with golf amenities, call me today for a tour of the area.