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Golf in the Sierras draws top architects and plaudits

By Staff

With the influence of some the world's greatest golf architects, the High Sierra golfing region continues to thrive, as it provides a unique experience for all golfers.

Not long ago, the High Sierra was a nearly golf-barren region of beautiful views, pine trees and open fields of sage. The unique geography of the Reno and Lake Tahoe areas, however, helped to attract some of the best golf architects to create a golfing scene unmatched.

"I think Reno and Lake Tahoe courses are great tests of golf," said PGA Tour player Scott McCarron, a Reno resident. "I choose to live and play here because that's the case."

It is an area teeming with active golfers, who get to take advantage of miraculous scenery and quality design. The topography of the area was too inviting for golf clubs to avoid, and now there are myriad choices.

With the unique landscape, it's possible that one could tee it up in High Sierra 70-degree comfort, then plunge into the Reno and Carson City foothills to be challenged by sagebrush rough in 90-degree warmth.

While the area took its time to grow into a golfing destination, now it has options aplenty from modern to old school.

"When I went to school (in Nevada), the area didn't exactly scream golf," said pro golfer Chris Riley. "But it's grown incredibly into one of the best places for golf I can think of."

What they're saying

Golf in the High Sierra raves from people and players that have been on the greatest courses in the world:

"Reno and Lake Tahoe have a golf region that is comparable to the finest in the country."

Tim Finchem,
PGA Tour Commissioner

"Golfing in the Sierra is really inspired. You see scenery and course design that you've literally never seen before."

Peter Jacobsen,
PGA and Champions Tour player

"There is so much movement and elevation change on these courses. It's just really exciting."

Tom Kite,
Somersett Country Club designer

"The courses here undoubtedly have some of the most beautiful natural surroundings."

Chris Rule,
Associate Designer, Nicklaus Design

"The Reno stop is one the players really enjoy. We all love being here, for the beautiful courses and the things to do off the course."

Chris Riley,
2002 Reno-Tahoe Open champion

"The question isn't 'Why would I build a course here?', it's 'Why wouldn't I?'"

Robert Trent Jones Jr.,
Golf Course Architect

The best golf architects

Some of the most distinguished golf architects have contributed their designs to the golf spectacular golf scene in the High Sierra, including:

Robert Trent Jones, Jr.
Mountain Course at Incline Village
Resort at Red Hawk
Resort at Squaw Creek

Dick Bailey
Whitehawk Ranch Golf Club

Brad Bell
Coyote Moon Golf Course

Keith Foster
D'Andrea Golf Club

George Fazio
Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course

Homer Flint
Plumas Pines Golf Resort

John Harbottle
Genoa Lakes Golf Club

Hale Irwin
The Resort at Red Hawk

Peter Jacobsen
Genoa Lakes Golf Club

Johnny Miller
Sierra Nevada Golf Ranch

Jack Nicklaus
Old Greenwood Golf Course

Arnold Palmer
Dayton Valley Golf Club

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