Truckee-Donner Recreation & Park District
10040 Reynold Way, Truckee, CA
Ponderosa Golf Course is a quintessential Truckee story. The nine-hole public course was built more than 50 years ago by the residents of town. The course was family owned for most of that half-century but was kept from being turned into a subdivision when the Truckee Airport District purchased it in 2008. Now Ponderosa is managed by the Truckee Donner Recreation and Park District with the intention of welcoming duffers for another 50 years. Ponderosa is aptly named because it winds through tall ponderosa pines and other majestic evergreens natural to the high Sierra. With its wide fairways and sloped greens, the course suits putters. There are chipping and practice greens, five tee driving nets, a pro shop and a snack bar. With its management by the Recreation and Park District, Ponderosa offers a robust selection of clinics geared toward kids as young as age 6. The course closes in mid-October for the winter season.