History of The Lahontan Community
Once a home to the Washoe Indians, the Lake Tahoe
Basin and Martis Valley were once the site of tribal fishing camps and
summer gathering areas. Today,
the Lake Tahoe Basin continues to inspire with the breathtaking beauty
of the Sierra Mountains and the timeless inspiration of the lake itself,
much like it was in the time of the Washoe Indians.
Lahontan Golf Club is located in the spectacular Martis Valley. The
unspoiled meadows here are rich with wildfowl, painted sagebrush, and
mountain pines. Martis Creek
winds throughout the property and leads to Gooseneck Reservoir.
Both the Gooseneck Meadow and
Gooseneck Reservoir are encompassed by the Lahontan Community. Inspiring
forested mountains surround the meadow on all sides and the most
commonly seen mountains are Lookout Mountain, which is the mountain
visible directly behind the meadow. Sawtooth
Ridge runs to the right of Lookout Mountain and its trawling stretch all
the way to Bald Mountain, which is above Gooseneck Reservoir. Directly
South of Lahontan lies the Martis Valley Wildlife Area, featuring 1,050
acres of walking trails and wilderness observation.
The picturesque setting of Gooseneck Meadow was not only the perfect
location for golf course designer Tom Weiskopf, but also for the
television show "Bonanza" back in 1962. The television show was based
out of Ponderosa Ranch in Incline Village. Both Gooseneck Meadow and
Gooseneck Reservoir are featured during several episodes of "Bonanza."