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14 SUMMER 2018 | NCGA.ORG DAYtrip Summer and fall are ideal times to visit Lake Tahoe, the largest non-Great Lakes inland body of water in the country. At more than 6,000 feet of elevation, the area offers cooler climes and stunning views of the lake and the mountains that surround it. There are two main routes to get to Lake Tahoe by car from Northern California. Interstate 80 takes you around the north shore of the lake, while Highway 50 leads to the south side. It's a veritable choose-your-own adventure with memorable golf experiences to be found by following either path. If you're bringing the family, why not take I-80 to Old Green- wood and Gray's Crossing , sister courses located just north of Lake Tahoe. Old Greenwood is a celebrated Jack Nicklaus design carved out of 600 acres of moun- tain pines, while Gray's Crossing is a Peter Jacobsen layout running through a meadow below Mt. Rose, and boasting PJ's, a restaurant named for Jacobsen, that has some of the best food and views in the area. The menu is farm-to-table with items such as country poutine and wild boar street tacos, while the post-golf happy hour menu includes cold cans of Pabst Blue Ribbon for just $2.50. I-80 also leads you to Truckee, home of Martis Camp Club . This private club is home to many Silicon Valley titans, but it often hosts charity outings on its well-regarded Tom Fazio layout. Another well-known private facility on the north side of the lake is Schaffer's Mill Golf & Lake Club , which does allow limited public play on Mondays. If you find yourself with an invite or a tee time on either course, make it the cornerstone of your road trip. Meanwhile, road-tripping along Highway 50 leads you to the most visible golf facility on the south side of the lake: Edgewood Tahoe . Each summer, the George Fazio-designed course on the southern end of Lake Tahoe hosts the American Century Cham- pionship, where 80 professional athletes and celebrities compete in front of a raucous crowd. Best known is the par-3 17th, where players mingle with fans on the beach and spectators watch impromptu caddie races from their boats. This year's American Century Championship is July 10-15, but you can play the same track you've seen on TV any other week of the summer. South Lake Tahoe is packed with great dining spots. Heavenly Village – on the California/Nevada border – offers meals that range from cozy breakfasts and lunches at Driftwood Café to hearty Italian dinners at nearby Base Camp Pizza Company. Whatever your taste in food or golf, getting away from it all in the city means getting to Lake Tahoe this summer. Top: The Links at Squaw Creek is surrounded by six Sierra peaks. Left: Raise a glass to the season with the North Lake Tahoe Ale Trail. Bottom: With 72 miles of coastline, Tahoe has water sports for everybody, including paddleboarding. THE ABBI AGENCY FOR NORTH LAKE TAHOE S H A G B A G LAKE TAHOE BY DON JOZWIAK > Northern California's cities are among America's finest places to live. Unfortunately, sometimes it can feel like they're the country's most crowded places. When the urge to grab golf clubs and get away from it all hits, there's a good chance that the Lake Tahoe area straddling the California-Nevada border comes to mind. DAYtrip RYAN SALM

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