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Why Lake Tahoe Should Be Your Next Golf Vacation

Jan. 4, 2019
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When it comes to selecting a golf destination that offers world-class courses plus off-course activities and amenities, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better fit than Lake Tahoe, which stretches into both California and Nevada.

Teeing off at world-class courses

With more than 270 days of sunshine per year, golfers have plenty of opportunities to explore Tahoe’s numerous courses, including six championship courses and four executive courses in North Lake Tahoe and an additional six unique courses in the South Lake Tahoe area.

In North Lake Tahoe, golf aficionados can check out the Links at Squaw Creek, a par-71 course at the base of Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows at an elevation of 6,200 feet.

>>Learn more: Everything you need to know about planning a trip to Lake Tahoe

South Lake Tahoe also has many golf courses, including the renowned Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course, which opened in 1968 as one of the first and only public courses with holes located directly on the shoreline of Lake Tahoe, and it has played host to nationally recognized tournaments.

Setting a course for adventure

Beyond the 18th hole, visitors to Lake Tahoe will find adventure pursuits galore. Lake Tahoe encompasses 71 miles of shoreline, and the impossibly blue water of this alpine lake can be enjoyed in a variety of ways.

Hop aboard a sightseeing cruise to Emerald Bay, a glacially created formation. When it comes to views, don’t miss a ride on the Heavenly Mountain Gondola. And while you’re at the top of the mountain, enjoy a mountain coaster, tubing, a climbing wall, a ropes course and zip lines.

Getting to Lake Tahoe with travel rewards

Lake Tahoe is about an hour’s drive from the Reno-Tahoe International Airport, which is served by many airlines, including JetBlue Airways and Frontier Airlines.

Take advantage of both airline’s frequent flyer mileage pooling options, which let you share miles with several members of the Frontier Miles or the JetBlue TrueBlue programs to earn and redeem miles.

Don’t forget about the rental car, though. Check the member benefits of your go-to airline loyalty program to see if there is a rental car promotion to take advantage of. Also, know your options: Here are nine of the cheapest ways to rent a car.

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