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Tahoe vibe. in the world." 22 FALL 2018 | NCGA.ORG A Today, if early snow hasn't blanketed the property and converted the course into its Winter Sports Park alter ego, there's still time to play the friendly little track that for a century epitomized the low key, laid back and welcoming Lake "This is a pretty special place, where everyone in town would give you the shirts off their back if you needed it," says Bob Bonino, now in his second tour of duty as Tahoe City's Golf Course Manager, a posi- tion held by his father, Angelo, between 1951 and 1974. "We're a dog-friendly course that's easy to walk. Since people are usually happy when they're here, I've got the best job A former collegiate golfer at the University of San Francisco with an extremely easy-going manner, Bonino ushers through about 8,000 rounds per year, healthy for a seasonal course, albeit down from the whopping 17,000 during Tiger-mania's peak. "We get a lot of locals who work in the trades or hospitality industry," adds Bonino, "and guys like Dick Ferris, the former United Airlines CEO, Doug Sanders, Robert Trent Jones Jr., and that guy from Countrywide Mortgage, who just loved to play here." The reputed scoundrel notwithstanding, celebrity guests are somewhat fitting given Tahoe City's origins, from a time when wealthy merchants, financiers, railroad barons and industrialists, mostly from San Francisco, came to Tahoe via a railway spur line out of Truckee, to stay at the sumptuous Tahoe Tavern, a legendary lakeside Shangri-La. While continuously BY JAY STULLER lthough the best deal in sports lasted only for a weekend this past spring, the nine- hole Tahoe City Golf Course launched its centennial anniversary with a fifty cent green fee, a rate typical of the early 20th Century. It then hosted putting and driving contests with hickory putters and other antiquarian gear, followed by similar 1918- themed promotions. And in a nod to the femininity of its original designer, Tahoe City hosted a clinic by Annika Sorenstam, arguably the greatest female golfer in the modern era. D I V I N E N I N E

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