Former president visits Genoa |

Former president visits Genoa

Tahoe Daily Tribune
Former President Bill Clinton poses for a photo while visiting the Tahoe area. Along with Clinton are (left to right) Willie Twumasi, Alberto Albertos Asencio, AJ Flores-Fraijo and Alexandra Salinas.
Tahoe Daily Tribune |

After word got out that past President Bill Clinton would be stopping in Lake Tahoe Tuesday, the former commander-in-chief opted for a day of golf and relaxation off the hill at Genoa Lakes Golf Club in Nevada’s oldest settlement on Wednesday.

Clinton was reportedly in town to speak at a private event Wednesday evening.

Genoa Lakes course owner Fred Gartrell said they were asked not to make a big announcement about the former president’s visit, that Clinton was just “taking a break.” He said the ex-president wasn’t planning any public events.

“I’m the owner and they ran me off,” Gartrell said on Wednesday, noting Clinton was accompanied by a contingent of Secret Service.

“They’re out there playing right now,” he said.

Gartrell said Clinton was headed up to Lake Tahoe on Wednesday evening for a speech.

On Tuesday, South Lake Tahoe City Manager Nancy Kerry mentioned during a City Council meeting that Clinton was expected on the South Shore for the American Century Championship celebrity golf tournament taking place at Edgewood Tahoe.

This trip was not Clinton’s first to Tahoe. The former president delivered a speech at the inaugural Tahoe Summit in 1997. He returned in 2007 to mark the 10th anniversary of the annual Tahoe Summit.