The Sierra Nevada mountain range in northern Nevada and California makes for spectacular natural scenery and a collection of the mountain and desert west's top golf courses.
At an altitude more than 6,000 feet, Lake Tahoe is one of America's most spectacular natural wonders and is a top resort and gaming destination. South Lake Tahoe is home to the region's most famous, golf course, Edgewood Tahoe, which finishes spectacularly on the south shore.
Just north of Lake Tahoe, the village of Truckee has experienced a growth in golf and residential developments in the mountains, including the newest course, Schaffer's Mill Club. Truckee is remote, but Graeagle is more so, a small, laid-back village in Plumas County, which is home to more mountain golf, none better than Whitehawk Ranch.
The golf season can be all too short in the High Sierras, sometimes not opening until late May or early June depending on the course's elevation. For four-season golf and 24/7 gaming and entertainment, Reno-Sparks boasts affordable, sunny high-desert courses year round, including semi-private Red Hawk Golf Resort and D'Andrea Golf Club, while also serving host to the PGA Tour's Reno-Tahoe Open at exclusive Montreux Golf Club.
Here's a look at the many different sides to golf in the High Sierras, Reno and Carson Valley from WorldGolf.com's Brandon Tucker's June 2010 trip.
Montreux Golf & Country Club - hole 6
Host of the Reno-Tahoe Open on the PGA Tour, Montreux Golf & Country Club is a spectacular Jack Nicklaus private design.
Red Hawk Resort - Lakes course - No. 14
The public golf course at the 36-hole Red Hawk Resort in Reno, Nov., the Lakes is a Robert Trent Jones Jr. design.
Dayton Valley Golf Club - No. 6
Dayton Valley Golf Club in Carson Valley is a regular PGA Tour Q-School venue.
Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course - No. 18
Spectacular Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course finishes along the shores of Lake Tahoe's south shore.
Coyote Moon golf course - No. 18
A dramatic mountain golf course in Truckee, Calif., Coyote Moon boasts severely elevated tees and greens.
Schaffer's Mill Club golf course - No. 15
Truckee's newest golf course, the Schaffer's Mill Club, is a private design now offering limited "promotional" play.
Golf Club at Gray's Crossing - hole 6
The Golf Club at Gray's Crossing in Truckee, Calif., is now offering public play daily.
Old Greenwood Golf Club - hole 9
The Jack Nicklaus-designed Old Greenwood Golf Club rolls through tall pines in Truckee, Calif.
Whitehawk Ranch golf course - No. 11
Quiet, secluded and scenic Whitehawk Ranch is the gem of the low-key Graeagle, Calif. area.
Plumas Pines golf course - No. 18
Near Graeagle, Calif., Plumas Pines is a scenic golf course with narrow fairways and some beautiful mountain views.
D'Andrea Golf Club - hole 11
Distractions abound on the 11th hole at D'Andrea Golf Club.
Martis Camp golf course - No. 17
The Tom Fazio-designed Martis Camp is an exclusive, upscale private club in Truckee, Calif.