The designers of Zip Yosemite, Experience Based Learning, focuses on adventure and safety in building their courses, but they also take care to look after the environment. The company uses Professional Ropes Course Association–accredited builders, who anchor single cables to trees using the Eco-Wrap system, a bolt-free method that doesn't pierce the tree and invite criticism from its grandparents. Using this system, the company can string six ziplines up to 1,000 feet long at heights of up to 80 feet through the aromatic canopies of incense cedars and ponderosa pine trees. Guides take visitors darting down these single-cable paths and across three suspension bridges. Then, they rappel toward the forest floor at one of two rappelling stations. As visitors glide through the forest, they can catch glimpses of wildlife as well as the Fresno Dome and other natural rock formations.
Surrounded by towering foothills and nestled next to the waterways of scenic Carson Valley, Sunridge Golf Club’s 18-hole, par 72 course stretches across 6,914 yards of picturesque vistas and challenging course play. The layout demands confident swings from the first tee box—the beginning of a 575-yard par 5—where errant shots will find an aquatic abyss to the right of the fairway. Tight fairways and intervening creeks supply the bulk of the challenge throughout the round, requiring golfers to summon sound course management, deft club selection, and one flutist versed in charming pond monsters. A relatively difficult course, Sunridge’s five tee options and photo-op-worthy topography make for an enjoyable round for golfers of all abilities. Players can warm up their swings prior to the round at the driving range, which offers both grass and synthetic-turf hitting surfaces, allowing players to choose whether to infuriate Mother Earth by tearing divots into her cherished dirt or by favoring her inorganic doppelganger.
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Majestic views of the Eastern Sierra Nevada and local rolling foothills greet tee-tackers from the get-go at the scenic Eagle Valley, where their winding spread of two 18-hole courses present various challenges for all skill sets. Their 50 Mile Club pass affords linksters a bevy of benefits including a round of golf with a cart on their picturesque West Course or East Course, ideal places to reenact the east vs. west golf battles seen on MTV in the 1990s. An additional bonanza of four drink tokens, four driving range tokens, advanced tee times, and discounts on lessons, future rounds, merchandise, are all available, as are discounts at the range (see full description and pricing here and daily golf rates here.
Ranked one of the best courses to play in Nevada by Golfweek, Dayton Valley Golf Club's par 3, 4, and 5 course captivates golfers of all ball-whacking potency by placing four sets of tees at each hole. Nestled amid the gently undulating rise of the eastern Sierra Nevada and dotted with tree shadows, the Arnold Palmer-designed course challenges orb strikers with shot-encumbering obstacles such as sprawling bunkers, severe slopes, and pressure from treehouse homeowners' associations. Limber up latent clubs on the driving range and putting green before tackling the championship golf course, which hosts a PGA Tour qualifier each October and boasts a USGA course rating of 63.8–74. Arms recharge at the 15,000-square-foot clubhouse, which features a large bar-and-grill area and outdoor patio.