Resort at Squaw Creek

Mountain Golf In Its Purest Tradition

Millions of years ago glacial ice carved this rugged mountain terrain in California’s High Sierra, leaving behind a fertile valley full of wildflowers, ponderosa pine, deer and elk. Today, Squaw Valley is known around the world for its crystal-clear air, Olympic-class skiing and championship golf at The Resort at Squaw Creek.


Just minutes from the sandy beaches and glacial boulders of Lake Tahoe, The Resort at Squaw Creek is located at the site of the 1960 Winter Olympics... a year-round playground surrounded by 10,000-foot mountain peaks. The resort is situated at an elevation 6,200 feet. The heady, euphoric feeling guests talk about is partly the altitude and partly the elation of playing a magnificent golf course nestled in an alpine valley in the middle of the High Sierra.


The Resort at Squaw Creek Golf Course opened in 1992 and soon was named one of Golf Digest’s “Top Five New Resort Courses.” Famed golf course architect Robert Trent Jones, Jr. designed a links-style layout of traditional mountain golf which also has won accolades for its unique approach to environmental preservation. Utilizing only 80 acres of playable land, Squaw Creek presents golfers with the challenge of a narrow field of play and specific landing areas.


Tees, fairways and greens at Squaw Creek have been carefully placed to preserve existing wetlands and forested hillsides. In some locations, the course blends so effortlessly with its surroundings it almost disappears into Squaw Valley’s rugged alpine backdrop. 


All 18 holes of Squaw Creek’s championship course wrap around a horseshoe-shaped meadow surrounded by mountains on three sides. Five holes play into rather steep mountain terrain, while others play along natural wetlands and intimidating water hazards. As Robert Trent Jones, Jr. stated, “Accuracy, not length, will be definitely be at a premium on this golf course.”


Beyond golf, there are endless ways to enjoy an invigorating mountain experience at The Resort at Squaw Creek. The hotel, with its Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired design, takes advantage of its alpine setting with ceiling high expanses of glass framing sweeping views of Squaw Valley. In the lobby, the warmth of a blazing fire takes the chill of a cool summer evening. Hotel accommodations include 403 custom guestrooms and suites, some with fireplaces, and all with panoramic windows that open to the fresh mountain air.


All year long, guests soak and swim in the resort’s scenic outdoor water garden, with its three pools, spas, waterfall and waterslide. Squaw Creek’s own Spa and Fitness Center is designed for the personal attention and pampering that guests expect– our signature Tahoe hot stone massage, a quick workout or the relaxation of a redwood sauna. Five distinctive restaurants are situated conveniently throughout the resort grounds and offer expertly prepared cuisine, from pastries and deli sandwiches at Sweet Potatoes to four-diamond gourmet California cuisine at elegant Glissandi.
The crisp mountain air of Squaw Valley encourages outdoor activities– horseback riding along Squaw Creek, mountain biking, croquet on the hotel lawn or a game of tennis at the resort’s Tennis Center. Fly fishing and day hiking are popular pastimes for locals and visitors alike. Nearby Lake Tahoe, Nevada, offers gambling, shopping and non-stop night life. For a more reflective time, take a quiet boat cruise on the crystal-clear waters of Lake Tahoe, which are the world’s 10th deepest, with 72 miles of meandering shoreline.


In all seasons, The Resort at Squaw Creek reflects the essence of a High Sierra experience with protected wetlands, towering granite peaks, meadows resplendent with wildflowers and the scent of fresh pine. This is mountain golf at its very best.

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