There’s always something to do in Lake Tahoe.  While the skiing/riding season may be winding down, the summer activities get an early start.

For the earliest time anyone can remember, the golf courses are opening. The Tahoe Paradise Golf Course opened right before Easter.  It’s a nice cozy executive course located in Meyers.  Sounds easy but it’s not as it is set on rolling hills.  It’s bound to give you a run for your money, not to mention the exercise of going up and down.  www.tahoeparadisegc.com   530.577.2121 3021 U.S Highway 50

The Lake Tahoe Golf Course is one of two 18 hole championship courses on the south shore.  Set between Meyers and South Lake Tahoe, it provides a great game of golf and terrific scenery. The course also runs by the Truckee River which is very pretty and has quite a bit of bird life to entertain you, instead of watching your partner play.  So as not to confuse you, the Truckee River is also in South Lake Tahoe.  It enters Lake Tahoe from the south, goes through the lake (how do they track that??) and goes out of the lake at Tahoe City, then winds it way to Truckee and down to Reno.  They also have a large practice facility if you’re not quite ready for the 18 holes.  www.laketahoegc.com  530.577.0788 2500 Emerald Bay Road

Edgewood, the site of the American Century Championship and set next to the lake, opens May 6. Edgewood is the best known in our group due to the Century Championship, in addition to being the host for the 1985 U.S. Senior Open.  This is the second 18 hole championship course in South Lake Tahoe and was designed by George Fazio.  The views are breathtaking. If you don’t want to play, you can sit at Brook’s Bar and just look at the lake.  Ok, I like golf but sometimes I just want to look at the lake and Brook’s Bar is a pretty good place to do that.  www.edgewoodtahoe.com   775.588.3042  100 Lake Parkway.

And our little community golf course at Bijou, which is right in the middle of town, opens on May 1. Bijou, which means gem in French, is just that.  It has 9 holes and is very family friendly.  It’s a good course for beginners and intermediates.  It’s also very affordable and does not take tee reservations, so you can drop in on a late afternoon after work, or leave a bit early, and get a few in.  www.recreationintahoe.com   530.542.6097. 3464 Fairway Ave.

So drag out the clubs, if you haven’t already.  Clean them up, practice your swing and get on out there. You may not get an early start like this for a long time.