Incline Village Golf Course (Championship)

Golf Course Review by: Billy Satterfield

Quick Facts

Designer:  Robert Trent Jones Sr. in 1964

Cost:  $95.00 - $179.00 (includes cart) Click for current rates

Phone Number:  (775) 832-1146

Course Website:  Official Website - Visit Incline Village's official website by clicking on the link provided.

Directions:  Get here! - 893 Southwood Blvd, Incline Village, NV 89451

Photos:  See additional photos of Incline Village's Championship course

Accolades:  Ranked 8th Best Public Course in Nevada in 2014 by both Golf magazine and Golfweek.

What to Expect:  The Championship course at Incline Village is a mature layout Robert Trent Jones Sr. crafted in the '60s and subsequently received a complete renovation in 2003. The fairways are wider than most heavily tree lined courses of this age which is a welcome sight. The front nine features more severe elevation changes and chances for uneven lies than the back and boasts some impressive views; none more stunning than the view of Lake Tahoe from the 7th tee. The back nine contends heavily with a creek that wanders through the property and often comes into play near the putting surfaces. Most of the par 5s are reachable in two while the par 3s pose a more formidable challenge. Walking is a challenge on the front nine of the course but is a much smoother stroll on the back; particularly with a push cart. The course conditions are above average and the 36 hole facility plus driving range provide a great venue to spend the entire day.

Signature Hole:  7th - 407 Yard Par 4 - The best view on the course is afforded from the 7th tee where Lake Tahoe sparkles in the background while the surrounding mountains provide extra eye candy. The tee shot plays well downhill which will offer an impressive amount of hang time when combined with Tahoe's high elevation. A creek cuts in front of the green which can cause havoc for long ballers trying to sneak a tee shot towards the putting surface. The tee shot on this hole is one of the iconic views in Tahoe.

7th Hole at Incline Village Golf Club (Championship) (407 Yard Par 4)
7th Hole at Incline Village Golf Club (Championship) (407 Yard Par 4)

By the Numbers:

Tees Par Yardage Rating Slope
Black 72 7106 73.9 146
Blue 72 6640 71.6 140
Blue/White 72 6278 70.2 131
White 72 6004 68.8 129
Gold 72 5424 66.5 124
Green (Women) 72 5208 68.7 127


Individual Hole Analysis

Best Par 3:  6th - 203 Yards - This enjoyable one-shotter plays over a natural ravine to a green framed by a forest of pine trees. It is all carry to the green so players need to take plenty of club, especially if the tee shot leaks to the right towards the green side bunker. This hole represents one of the most exciting shots on the course.

6th Hole at Incline Village Golf Club (Championship) (203 Yard Par 3)
6th Hole at Incline Village Golf Club (Championship) (203 Yard Par 3)

Best Par 4:  15th - 437 Yards - With the tree covered mountains framing the background, the 15th offers an attractive tee shot to a fairway hosting a pair of bunkers. A hazard crosses the fairway and can be a factor for long ballers off the tee or present trouble on a second shot for players that skull it.

15th Hole at Incline Village Golf Club (Championship) (437 Yard Par 4)
15th Hole at Incline Village Golf Club (Championship) (437 Yard Par 4)

Best Par 5:  11th - 494 Yards - Quite reachable in two, this dogleg right par five wisely runs a creek right in front of the green to make golfers pucker when going for it in two. A trio of bunkers rest behind the green which set up the dreaded sand shot back towards a water hazard that so many golfers fear. A well designed reachable par five should have an ability to cave golfers into a double bogey nearly as quickly as it yields a birdie and the 11th hole comes through on that line of reasoning.

11th Hole at Incline Village Golf Club (Championship) (494 Yard Par 5)
11th Hole at Incline Village Golf Club (Championship) (494 Yard Par 5)

Birdie Time:  5th - 509 Yard Par 5 - A straight forward reachable par five is what players are presented with on the 5th hole and they need to take advantage. Other than the trees lining both sides of the fairway, nothing stands in the way of you and a monster drive since the closest trouble is a bunker 300 yards up the left side. Players that keep it in the middle or right side of the fairway will have the prime angle for attacking this green which slopes left to right and begs you to utilize that terrain to avoid the greenside bunkers while going pinseeking. If you screw up your drive or are faced to layup, there is nearly 250 yards of open space from the fairway bunker to the next bunker short of the green to hit to. From there you can wedge it close and take roll in your putt to go one under on the hole.

5th Hole at Incline Village Golf Club (Championship) (509 Yard Par 5)
5th Hole at Incline Village Golf Club (Championship) (509 Yard Par 5)

Bogey Beware:  12th - 423 Yard Par 4 - Unconventional holes can cause you trouble from a lack of familiarity as much as anything and the 12th hole at Incline Village can certainly do that. This par four features a 90 degree dogleg right turn before the fairway takes off towards the green that is fronted by a creek. Hit your tee shot too far and you’ll go through the dogleg into the rough; hit is short and the trees protecting the corner will block you out from a view of the green. Beyond needing a precise tee shot, players are faced with three bunkers around the green to contend with beyond the creek. Two great shots are required here right off the bat, otherwise a bogey is iminent.

12th Hole at Incline Village Golf Club (Championship) (423 Yard Par 4)
12th Hole at Incline Village Golf Club (Championship) (423 Yard Par 4)

Final Cut:  Incline Village has long been regarded as one of Tahoe's most revered public venues. While Edgewood Tahoe is clearly the king in that category, Incline Village makes a strong argument among the Nevada courses as the next best attraction. That being said, Incline isn't as good as some of the tracks northwest of the Lake Tahoe in Truckee, CA. I like Incline Village better than Tahoe's other public 36 hole facility, Genoa Lakes, but the courses across the border in California are worth the extra drive if you have time.   Grade C+

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