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|The Embassy Suites Lake Tahoe Hotel and Ski Resort is the largest all-suites hotel in the area. (Courtesy of embassytahoe.com)|
STATELINE, Nev. - The Embassy Suites Lake Tahoe Hotel and Ski Resort is ready for you summer and winter.
In the summer, there is the magnificent Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course.
In the winter, the hotel is within walking distance to the gondola at the Heavenly Ski Resort, as well as being close to a number of other ski resorts in Nevada and California.
The Embassy Suites is the largest all-suites hotel in Lake Tahoe, with 237 king suites, 106 two-queen bed suites and 21 premium king suites. The hotel also has six conference suites, four lakeview suites and, if you really want to splurge, a "stateline suite" with two bedrooms and two baths.
Guests who stay in the two-room hotel suites have options in the hotel like a fitness center, business center and high-speed Internet access.
They're giving stuff away here. First of all, there is the free, cooked-to-order breakfast, and the manager's reception, held nightly, has free booze.
The hotel is located in the heart of South Lake Tahoe, close to the casinos.
If you want to hold on to your hard-earned money, the hotel has a heated indoor pool, whirlpool, sauna, outdoor sundeck and a ski/snowboard shop in the winter.
Valet parking is available for $20, and you can pick up ski resort tickets in the lobby.
The golf/ski resort also has meeting/banquet room facilities, a concierge service, in-room massage, three garden atriums and airport service.
For eats, there is the Echo Restaurant, serving lunch and dinner daily, with menu items like chicken saltimbocca, grilled salmon and double-cut pork chops.
In the summer, there is live music on the outdoor patio.
Embasy Suites is in the middle of a recreational paradise, so close to the big lake and so high in the sky. Aside from golf and skiing, you have your choice of hiking trails, horseback riding, jet skiing, boating, miniature golf, swimming, fishing and picnicking.
For the kids, there's sledding, sleigh rides and snowman building, among other activities. Also, the resort has a kids' camp, a full adventure camp for kids 6-13 years old.
For you golfers, Edgewood Tahoe is just a short drive away.
It's difficult to imagine a more stunning, natural backdrop for a golf course. It's 6,000 feet above sea level, ringed by the High Sierras and hard by the deep-blue and turquoise waters of the lake.
"The place really is incredible," said John Neale, from just over the border in California. "I come here to get a nature fix. I mean, the golf is really good, the best in the area, I think, but it's the surroundings that make it."
The golf course is only two blocks off the Stateline casino strip, but since most of the gamblers stay inside, and the course itself is relatively free of construction - only the looming casinos intrude on the sense of isolation - the wildlife in this wild area seems to feel it has the course to its own.
The layout has towering pines smack in the middle of fairways, and these are no spindly pines you encounter in the South - these are the big, fat pines that look like oak trees and can be formidable hazards.
In the mornings and afternoons, sunlight slants through the pines like the setting of a novel. The course actually sneaks into California at one point, the ninth green, so both states can lay claim to Edgewood.
The lake itself offers teasing glimpses of itself as you play your way around and through, alternately, deep woods and open spaces, and finally announces itself with trumpets blaring on the latter holes, mainly Nos. 16 and 17.
No. 16 is a 564-yard par 5 that starts out with a fairway lined with thick woods and plays directly toward the lake, culminating at a green that serves as a viewing platform.
The 17th is a par 3 that plays at the very edge of the great lake, with a sandy beach just to the right of the hole and a green that drops off to the lake itself.
"The site is one of the most beautiful in the United States," Tom Fazio wrote in his book "Golf Course Designs." "It's a wonderful place, and no matter when I go there, I never tire of that magnificent setting."
It was designed by George Fazio, Tom's uncle, back in 1968 and is celebrating its 40th anniversary.
Keep your nature-loving to a minimum here if you want to score well. Edgewood Tahoe is 7,445 yards from the back tees with a high slope rating of 144 and still a challenge from the blues at 6,846 yards and even the whites at 6,365.
That's because it has a number of tight, driving corridors and some tricky green complexes, not to mention the artful and strategic bunkering Tom Fazio is famous for.
The greens move around like the wind off the shimmering lake; many of them are multi-tiered, and some are sloped so dramatically that putts can race by like freight trains.
The course has good practice facilities, with a driving range and putting green, and its clubhouse makes a nice effort of matching the natural beauty.
December 1, 2008
Veteran golf writer Tim McDonald keeps one eye on the PGA Tour and another watching golf vacation hotspots and letting travelers in on the best place to vacation.
Any opinions expressed above are those of the writer and do not necessarily represent the views of the management.
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