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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.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 72 course * Length of 6,914 yards from farthest tees * Course rating of 72.5 from farthest tees * Slope of 137 from farthest tees * Five tee options * Scorecard
Since it opened for play in 1963, Camino Heights Golf Course has occupied the same 30-acre patch of land 3,000 feet above sea level. This elevated perch places the nine holes below the snows of nearby Apple Mountain but above the fog line, so golfers can play year-round without the fear of blind tee shots into a foggy abyss or abominable snowmen stealing their golf balls. Prior to embarking on the forest-shrouded fairways, players can limber up on the practice putting green or the hitting net.
Course at a Glance: * 9-hole, par 31 course * Total length of 1,932 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 60 from the back tees * Course slope of 99 from the back tees * Two sets of tees per hole
Cottonwoods and willows reach toward the skies across the nine holes of Fallon Golf Course, their towering branches providing natural evidence of the course's 55-year history. Adding to the scenery is the Carson River, which runs alongside the course, providing a home to wildlife such as white egrets, cottontails, and quails. The river flows beside the third hole and cuts directly in front of the second green, while a smaller waterway cuts the fairways on holes five and seven. Before rounds, golfers can warm up at a practice green or stop by the driving range to pick up tees, dip them in bronze, and sew them into an intimidating sweater vest.
The Ridge Golf Course and Event Center's 6,734-yard course—designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr.—stretches across wide-open, natural expanses, and up and over rippling foothills to reveal breath-taking views. The 18-hole, par 71 course offers challenges for golfers of all levels, daring them to evade the 48 bunkers, water hazards, and oak trees that have been known to hit balls back. Some holes are especially tricky, for instance, on hole 7, an uphill fairway precedes a 26-yard-deep rolling green, prompting golfers to pull their three-wood instead of their driver. But as Greg French—retired director of Golf at The Ridge—said, "It doesn't have to be a difficult course," according to their website. Each hole contains four sets of tees, enabling new players to set up closer, less-difficult shots.
When they're not testing their mettle on the course, players can settle disputes with their empty stomachs at the club’s bar and grill, where cooks grill burgers and sizzle up hot sandwiches.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 71 course * Total length of 6,734 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 72.2 from the back tees * Course slope of 137 from the back tees * Four sets of tees per hole * Scorecard