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Swing Into Reno

Blue skies, fresh mountain air, and a drive to remember. What more could a golfer want? Reno and Lake Tahoe's area courses -- more than 20 in all -- offer the weekend warrior, the seasoned pro, and everyone in between, a challenging round and an incredible sensory experience.

All located within an hour's drive of Reno, the region features a potpourri of course designs -- from the traditional links-style layout, to the long-hitters delight, to the evergreen-lined alpine splendors. And you can rest assured that no one will leave Reno wanting for a greater diversity of golfing scenarios.

For golfers interested in the Reno/Sparks/Lake Tahoe golf scene, the following will provide a taste of what can be found in the area. This is only a small selection with more courses on the drawing boards.

RENO - SPARKS

Wildcreek Golf Course - Rising high along the foothills north of Reno, the Benz and Phelps designed Wildcreek provides a stern challenge to golfers of any skill level. The 7105 yard, par 72 course utilizes a meandering stream, seven lakes and numerous sidehill, uphill and downhill lies for a varied and challenging round. Wildcreek also features a 1420 yard, 9 hole executive course. Wildcreek has been the host course to many well-received events, such as the PGA Seniors Tour and the Gatlin Brothers Tournament.

Northgate Golf Club - Benz and Poellot set out to design a course that followed the natural contours of the foothills west of Reno. When completed, the two famous designers uveiled a par 72, 18 hole championship course created in the traditional links style which challenges even the most seasoned golfer. Northgate, named one of the best new courses by Golf Digest, after its inauguration in 1988, traverses through the high desert foothills and features sandtraps, indigenous rough and more than 100 fescue bunkers. The course has hosted the 1990/91 Ben Hogan Tours.

LakeRidge Golf Course - Golf Digest recommended LakeRidge as one of the "Places to Play" in 1987. The 18 hole, par 71 layout is a classic Robert Trent Jones, Jr. design. Surrounded by natural flora and fauna overlooking Reno and Sparks, the course features trademark large bunkers, sculptured greens and hazards placed to tempt the brave and catch the errant. None will forget Reno's Most Scenic Drive which awaits golfers on the number 15 hole as they tee off toward an island green.
Yardage - 6715/5156 Rating - 71.8/68.5 Slope - 130/121.

Rosewood Lake Municipal Golf Course - Rosewood burst upon the scene in July, 1991, and immediately attracted a loyal following. Rosewood exists in harmony with abundant wildlife in the southeast corner of Reno. It's a links style course which prides itself on demanding well-placed shots, as the fairways are narrow and surrounded by protected fragile wetlands replete with native birds and animals. Playing Rosewood is a heady experience to say the least. From the championship tees the course measures 6693 yards and is a favorite among the ladies and recreational golfers. The course is open year round barring inclement conditions.

LAKE TAHOE

Edgewood at Tahoe - Edgewood's infamy can only be matched by its starting scenery. Settled on the southern shore of Lake Tahoe, the course was designed by George Fazio and opened in 1968. The course has been the venue for two national championships -- the 1980 Amateur Public Links and the 1985 Senior Open -- as well as numerous other high profile events. Edgewood is noted for its spectacular lake views, and as such, was named one of the Top 100 courses and one of the 25 finest public golf courses in the United States by Golf Digest. It is a par 72, 7491 yard beauty.

Incline Village Golf Course -- The essence of mountain golf is captured in two brilliantly designed golf courses: one a par 72 championship course designed by Robert Trent Jones, Sr. while the other, a par 58 executive course was the creation of Robert Trent Jones, Jr. Each course reflects the distinctive style of its designer with a noticeable blend of inegrity and character throughout a challenging mountain layout.

Lake Tahoe Country Club -- Another of Lake Tahoe's courses framed by towering pines, the Lake Tahoe Country Club sits on the southwestern side of the lake. Designed by William Bell, Jr. it is a par 71 public course, and sports 6700 yards of playing field from the championship and blue tees and 6300 yards from the whites.

SIERRA MOUNTAIN AREA

Graeagle Meadows Golf Course -- Long challenging fairways surrounded by the beauty of the Sierra give Graeagle Meadows the reputation it deserves: one of the most beautiful golf courses in Northern California. The 18 hole course is 6680 yards, and remains true to Graeagle's historic roots. Each hole offers a glimpse into the past of the quaint mining community with names such as Indian Grave on Hole 8, Lost Wagon on Hole 10 and Go West Young Man on Hole 14.

Northstar-at-Tahoe -- High country meadows, stands of quaking aspen and proud pine forests make golfing at Northstar a game of the senses. The front nine are open, while the back nine are narrow and demanding. The course was designed by Robert Muir Graves, and challenges players with water hazards on 14 holes. Northstar is an 18 hole, par 72 public course situated in the alpine meadows north of Lake Tahoe, just west of Truckee, California.

CARSON CITY

Dayton Valley Country Club -- One of the newer additions to the local golf arena, this Arnold Palmer designed course opened in May of 1991 to rousing accolades. Construction of the course required 1.8 million square-yards of earth movement, which created a challenging links course over rolling hills and natural terrain. The course is replete with grass and sand bunkers as well as more than 40 acres of water hazards. And depending upon which tees are used (7200 yards from the back tees to 5200 on the front) the hazards will determine whether the ball should be smashed or placed.

Eagle Valley Golf Course -- Both courses at Eagle Valley demand that golfers make straight shots. The course were designed in the links format by the John Hancock Company and can get tricky while winding about sagebrush, water hazards and into a desert canyon. Eagle Valley's course are public and open all year, weather permitting.

Golfing in the Reno-Lake Tahoe region is no limited affair. If you are in the need of a comprehensive golf expedition, a Reno-Tahoe golf vacation could take the better part of a month - without playing a single course twice.
Aside from the excellent golf, the area offers a virtually unlimited recreation menu from which to choose: entertainment, first class gaming, magnificent hiking, biking, fishing, boating, touring along with many scenic photo opportunities.

With thanks to Matt Bonaudi at the Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority.

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