Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course, host of the American Century Championship, was made for TV
This weekend, many golf fans will be glued to The Open Championship at Muirfield. But those of you with wandering eyes and itchy remote fingers might want to check out the American Century Championship (July 20-21, NBC).
I know, I know. It’s a made-for-TV event filled with wealthy celebrities trying to win a record first prize of $125,000 and wallowing in the spoils of their celebrity, including golf at the only golf course right on the shore of Lake Tahoe.
But there is a good reason to tune in for a while to watch celebrities posing and pressing and goofing for the cameras: Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course. The course is the centerpiece of Edgewood Tahoe, and is one of the most beautiful I’ve ever played.
This summer, I had the wonderfully good fortune to play this high-end daily fee track myself, and amazingly (given my current game) played pretty well (an 85 with a few mandatory double bogeys).
Even if I had shot 100, though, I think I would have enjoyed the round, given the fabulous company (a couple other golf writers and a local media mogul who is a member of Edgewood Tahoe) and the equally fabulous scenery.
As the only course on Lake Tahoe, Edgewood Tahoe offers simply breathtaking views of the lake and the snow-capped mountains beyond. The course itself is made for TV – even more so than the event it hosts. It was so stunning that I didn’t mind that nearly every hole doglegs left to right, which is not the ideal layout for my normal hook.
Happily for anyone wishing to visit the Lake Tahoe area and play this deservedly famous venue, Edgewood offer a few stay and play packages in two luxury houses that the club rents out to visitors who can afford the very best that the Lake Tahoe area has to offer.
Alternatively, stay at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe, Harvey’s Lake Tahoe, or Lake Tahoe Resort and Spa (all basically across the street from the golf course), and maybe you can win enough at the tables to offset the $110-$240 green fees (which, frankly, are not a bad deal given the scenery and quality).
Beg, borrow, steal, or empty the kids’ college fund: it doesn’t matter how you get on Edgewood Tahoe – you owe it to yourself. Edgewood Tahoe’s 18th hole alone is worth the efforts. It has got to be on the list of top-ten most gorgeous closing holes in North America.
Alternatively, become a big star and play in the American Century Championship. Hell, how hard can it be? Everyone’s got a reality show these days, right?
The breathtaking 18th hole at Edgewood Tahoe (courtesy of Rod Hanna Photography)
(NOTE: This blog was updated a few hours after posting.)
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