Jacobsen Hardy To Have Big Presence in Truckee

Their courses have been called "environmental gems," and they talk about "letting the land be the hero." Welcome to the world of Jacobsen Hardy, the golf course design team of Peter Jacobsen and Jim Hardy that has been selected by East West Partners to create its new Gray's Crossing golf course in Truckee, Calif.

East West Partners also announced that Jacobsen will serve as director of golf for Tahoe Mountain Club, a recreational club the company is creating to link all its properties in the Truckee-North Lake Tahoe area. Jacobsen will oversee golf for East West's three championship courses, all in Truckee: the existing Coyote Moon, designed by Sacramento native Brad Bell; the now-under-construction Old Greenwood, a Jack Nicklaus Signature Course; and Gray's Crossing, a private layout within a new community.

"I'm looking forward to working with East West Partners and its Tahoe Mountain Club and helping make the Tahoe region into one of the premier golf resort destinations in the country. The combination of Lake Tahoe's beauty, enhanced by these unique resort facilities, makes it one-of-a-kind in the United States," said Jacobsen.

"Peter Jacobsen and Jim Hardy are a good fit for what we hope to create at North Lake Tahoe," said Blake Riva of East West Partners at Tahoe. "We have a long-term commitment to the Truckee-Tahoe area, and we are creating a year-round recreation destination, with golf being an important element. It's clear to us that Peter Jacobsen shares our desire to make golf fun, inclusive and accessible to everyone," said Riva. "Jacobsen and Hardy also share the Tahoe region's and our deep commitment to the environment."

"In selecting Peter as director of golf, we saw in him a person with a unique set of skills that can help us create something that goes beyond golf," said Riva. "We are looking to Peter to create events and promotions and sponsorships that will not only link up with what's already here in the Truckee-Tahoe area, but produce something entirely new." As director of golf, Jacobsen will draw from his varied background as a PGA Tour professional; chairman and CEO of Peter Jacobsen Productions, Inc., a sports event management company; a television sports commentator; and founder of The Fred Meyer Challenge (1986-2002), one of the most successful unofficial PGA Tour events in the nation.

Gray's Crossing is a new community in Truckee, located on gently rolling hills just north of Interstate 80. It will feature a "small town" style and include single-family homes around the golf course, and cottages, studio lofts, townhomes and condominiums around a village green. There will be a neighborhood village connected to public hiking and biking trails which run throughout the community.

East West Partners is a resort development company with substantial holdings in the Truckee-North Lake Tahoe area. East West is in partnership with Booth Creek Ski Holdings, owner of Northstar, to manage the new development at this long-time North Tahoe ski resort. In addition to Gray's Crossing, East West is creating a new golf course community called Old Greenwood, and its holdings include the Coyote Moon Golf Course and the newly refurbished restaurant, Wild Goose, on the north shore of Lake Tahoe. East West Partners is best known for the world-class Beaver Creek Resort in Colorado.

Jacobsen Hardy Golf Course Design was formed in 1995 by long-time friends Peter Jacobsen and Jim Hardy. Jacobsen Hardy is known for creating playable courses that challenge committed golfers and capture beginning players as well. Some of the team's course designs include The Oregon Golf Club near Portland, Cypress Ridge Golf Course near San Luis Obispo, Calif.; and Blackhorse Golf Club in Cypress, Texas.