North Central Nevada
Traveling Highway 50, known as the “Loneliest Road in America,” becomes something else altogether when you pause to take a few swings at one of the friendly area golf courses. Anchored on either end by the White Pine Golf Course in Ely and The Golf Club at Fernley, golfing in the Pony Express Territory is as relaxing as living here.
To their delight, golfers find the lovely White Pine Golf Course nestled in the Steptoe Valley at an elevation of 6,500 feet, which translates to stunning views – and noticeable yard advantages. The picturesque course, which can be found just north of Ely, has developed quite the reputation for its uncrowded greens, fantastic views and excellent value. Back on the Loneliest Road, travelers heading west will come to Fallon and its fun and friendly nine-hole golf course. Winding along the picturesque Carson River, the lovely Golf Course at Fallon features generous stands of majestic cottonwood and willow trees.
With its great combination of a beautiful setting, clever layout and amiable atmosphere, it’s little wonder that Straightball Magazine ranked the Golf Course at Fallon the number one nine-hole course in northern Nevada. The course is staffed by veteran professionals who can share a knowledgeable expertise with both beginner and seasoned golfers, making it ideal for players at all skill levels. Another trip down the Loneliest Road will take visitors to the small town of Fernley, just 30 miles east of Reno, and its Don Bingham-designed Golf Club at Fernley. Measuring just over 6,500 yards, the lovely course incorporates more than 20 serene – and strategic – lakes that make the layout as scenic as it is challenging. Keep an eye out for the tricky 617-yard par five dubbed the “Smokin‘ Gun,” which requires good shot-making skills and strategic course management. The Golf Club at Fernley is truly northern Nevada golf at its most enjoyable.
No matter where you choose to play, be it Ely, Fallon or Fernley, a round on one of the region’s relaxing and friendly courses is the perfect break from a journey on the “Loneliest Road in America.”