The Lodge at Edgewood Tahoe and its 18-hole golf course lies on the south eastern shore of Lake Tahoe, adjacent to the state border with California. George Fazio and his nephew Tom designed the layout in 1968 and Tom has kept the place in shape ever since, applying the odd touch up here and there as required.
The first USGA event ever played in Nevada was held here in 1980, when future PGA Tour winner Jodie Mudd won the US Amateur Public Links Championship. Five years later, Miller Barber claimed the third of his three US Senior Open titles at Edgewood Tahoe with a winning margin of four shots over his nearest rival, Roberto De Vicenzo.
Since 1991, the course has been the home of the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship, featuring some of the biggest names in sports, entertainment and politics. Broadcast live on television, it’s a fun-filled, star-studded event that has raised around five million dollars down the years for numerous worthy charities.
Fourteen holes have water in play as fairways weave around meadow and forested lakeland areas. The 599-yard 3rd is an epic hole on the front nine, doglegging right to a raised green with two front-protecting bunkers. Holes 17 and 18 conclude the round in fine style by the lake, with the home green somehow squeezed in between a wall-lined pond and the shoreline.
This magnificent course now lies both in Nevada and California. This unique feature came to fruition in 2016 after the 8th and 9th holes were re-routed. Golfers who find themselves as little as just a few feet over the green on #8 will be hitting a chip shot from California to a green that lies in Nevada. Then on #9, the tee box lies in California with the state line bisecting the fairway. Tee shots here that are hit long and hard down the right side will finish in Nevada. Once arriving at the green on #9, one will spend the rest of their round in Nevada. The golf course has many great holes and finishes on both the front-9 and back-9 adjacent to beautiful Lake Tahoe. The lake is so close on #17 and #18, any miss to the right will require the golfer to play back to the green with a blast shot from the adjacent beach.
A very fun course with TV history. The lake side finish is great. Terrific conditions and a beautiful setting.
Edgewood Tahoe receives plenty of attention but frankly it's the scenery -- both internal and external -- that has been the driving force behind the fanfare for the layout.
Interestingly, although the course adjoins Lake Tahoe there's only two holes that have any meaningful connection to it -- the par-3 17th and par-5 18th.
The layout is good but it's more of your basic presentation. One of the other elements that draws attention -- and likely support from those who visit Edgewood is the quality on the conditioning side. The grass cuts are top tier and the smoothness and speed of the greens is also superior.
Edgewood provides an enjoyable experience and clearly when you combine the sensational weather the time on the course will clearly be enjoyable. The tandem of George and Tom Fazio certainly did create a number of stellar courses and Edgewood is a fine layout. It's just not compelling from a design perspective to merit the accolades it has received. No doubt having hosted the annual celebrity event each summer has clearly been a major boost to its standing.
M. James Ward
Edgewood Tahoe is a pleasant layout that only abuts Lake Tahoe on a couple of holes. The rest of the property is relatively wide open with lakes and shallow bunker complexes throughout. There are pockets of holes that play through corridors of trees which does offer an interesting contrast.
Overall though, not much stands out at this resort course architecturally until the routing eventually brings you to the edge of the lake for the last two holes. The most memorable feature was the speed of the greens, being up to 12 on the stimp in places.
The course gets notoriety each year from the annual celebrity golf tournament, but the scenery will be more of a talking point than the golf course.