You’ll golf better here. It has been claimed that, at the higher elevations in northern Nevada (Reno is 4,500 feet above sea level), golf balls fly 10 percent farther.
You’ll golf all the time here. With 250 days of sunshine, almost every day is perfect for a round of golf.
You’ll golf everywhere here. Courses can be found all over the state, from lush resort links like the exclusive Wynn Course in Las Vegas to smaller municipal favorites like the donations-accepted nine-hole course in Pioche.
With more than 100 courses, Nevada is a great place to swing the clubs, whether you’re teeing off in Las Vegas or Mesquite in the southern end of the state, or at one of the “Divine 9” courses in the north.
Start your golf tour in Las Vegas, where you have your choice of nearly 50 courses. Among those is the Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort, owned by the Las Vegas Paiute Tribe and home to the Wolf Course, the state’s longest at 7,604 yards. There’s also the Royal Links Golf Club, with holes inspired by 11 different British Open rotation courses, and the Tom Fazio-designed Shadow Creek, home of the Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational.
Remember that Las Vegas is in the Mojave Desert, and here you’ll find many desert courses—links where the fairways are green and narrow with a more natural rough. Sometimes you’ll be shooting over arroyos and across fairways, so no wild slices or hooks!
About 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas, on the Nevada-Utah border, is Mesquite—a town of around 15,500 people and nine golf courses. You can stay in Mesquite for week and play a different course every day. Not only does that make it a popular golf destination, it’s also the host of many national golf events, including the Mesquite Amateur and RE/MAX World Long Drive Championship.
Travel north to the Carson City-Carson Valley area—just south of Reno—to take on the Divine 9, a group of courses nestled on the eastern side of the Sierra Nevada. Plush greens, rolling fairways, and scenic mountain views are the hallmark of these beauties, which together offer 70,000-plus yards of layouts by top designers.
Don’t pack away the irons yet-—you’ll want to check out the greens in nearby Lake Tahoe and Reno. Breathtaking lake views can be enjoyed from such courses as Edgewood Tahoe, host of the popular American Century Celebrity Golf Championship, and the Golf Courses at Incline Village, where the view from the Championship Course seventh tee is definitely camera-worthy. Among the Reno courses is the private Montrêux Golf & Country Club, host to the Reno-Tahoe Open, a PGA Tour summer event.
Swing away—it’s tee time.