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Clear Creek Tahoe Golf Club
Tahoe, NV – Opening 2009 (18 Holes)
www.clearcreektahoe.com

The dry and varied terrain on the eastern edge of the Sierras provides a picturesque backdrop for Clear Creek. Bill and Ben’s routing cleverly maneuvers through rock outcroppings and rugged topography on this mountain plateau. The course is, nevertheless, walk-able. Playing corridors are relatively narrow, due to the open, spacious character of the Jeffrey Pines which dominate the site. The ground is blanketed with pine straw. A sparse combination of sage and bitterbrush litter the forest floor and lend their soft contrasting hues to the landscape.

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The First Hole, January ‘08

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At the par four seventh, the green is nestled into a high saddle. I added the prominent knob in the back right corner to enhance the player’s view and aid playability.

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The short par three eighth has a simple tear drop green with bunkers guarding the start of the approach and hugging the sharp slope off the left side of the green.

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The broad thirteenth green rests precariously short of the mountain plateau’s edge, with a view of the Carson Valley in the background. While the task at hand is approaching the proper side of the green the real trouble lies short and in back of this green.

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The thirteenth green during construction

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The fifteenth fairway tumbles down along a wash which wraps abruptly in front and to the right of the green. A broad slope allows one to run the ball in from the front left, while the green plunges into a lower back section that evolved from Bill’s wish to make it feel as if “someone dropped a cannonball back here.”

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Fifteen green during construction

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"Dave Zinkand is an able-bodied associate of ours, and he is desirous of furthering his career in golf course architecture. He is thoughtful and thorough, and his skill with the "blade" has given us a great deal of satisfaction. Dave is patient and possesses enough skill to work out a problem with care and respect to detail - always working with the natural ground at his disposal.

We highly recommend Dave to whomever he might help, given his experience at working with varied and different locales."

- Ben Crenshaw