Before leaving town, squeeze in a morning round at Old Greenwood golf course in Truckee, a Jack Nicklaus Signature design that debuted in 2004 and promptly made several lists of the country's best new courses. It's a good walk amid unspoiled nature, a seamless routing through stately pines and blue sagebrush. If not for the lakefront finishing stretch at Edgewood, Old Greenwood would be the area's course to play if you could play only one. Just be careful to choose the right tees: Even from the third set of markers—one in from the tips—the course plays a hefty 6,944 yards.
Finally, stop in for a fortifying lunch at the roadside, kitschy-chic Rosie's Cafe, a Tahoe City, California, landmark that sits on the site of a former stagecoach corral.
Trip Planner: Lake Tahoe
Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course ****1/2
775-588-3566, edgewood-tahoe.com. Yardage: 7,445. Par: 72. Slope: 144. Greens Fees: $150$200. Architect: George Fazio, 1968.
Old Greenwood **** 1/2
800-754-3070, oldgreenwood.com. Yardage: 7,518. Par: 72. Slope: 149. Greens Fee: $170. Architect: Jack Nicklaus, 2004.
Coyote Moon Golf Course ****
530-587-0886, coyotemoongolf.com. Yardage: 7,177. Par: 72. Slope: 136. Greens Fee: $150. Architect: Brad Bell, 2000.
Incline Village, Championship Course ****
866-925-4653, golfincline.com. Yardage: 7,106. Par: 72. Slope: 144. Greens Fee: $155. Architect: Robert Trent Jones Sr., 1964; redesigned by Kyle Phillips, 2004.
Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa & Casino, 800-553-3288. Rooms, Suites and Cottages: $185$1,495.
Big Water Grille (American), 775-833-0606. $$$$
Gar Woods Grill & Pier (Californian), 530-546-3366. $$$$
Log Cabin Café (Breakfast and lunch), 530-546-7109. $
Lone Eagle Grille (Steak and seafood), 775-886-6899. $$$$
Rosie's Cafe (Eclectic), 530-583-8504. $$
Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, 800-747-4697, laketahoeshakespeare.com.
Truckee River Raft Company, 877-583-0123, truckeeriverraft.com.