The par-4 18th hole at the Dragon at Nakoma Golf Resort is called "Englightenment."
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3.7
160 Reviews (160)
5 Stars
87
4 Stars
47
3 Stars
14
2 Stars
7
1 Stars
5
Conditions
3.2
Value
3.7
Layout
4.4
Friendliness
4.6
Pace
4.7
Amenities
4.2
74.5%
Recommend this course
141 out of 160 reviews
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3.8
11 Reviews (11)
5 Stars
3
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5
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0
1 Stars
1
Conditions
3.3
Value
3.5
Layout
4.5
Pace
4.7
Amenities
3.9
StaffFriendliness
4.5
81.8%
Recommend this course
9 out of 11 reviews
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3.9
21 Reviews (21)
5 Stars
4
4 Stars
12
3 Stars
4
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0
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1
Conditions
3.3
Value
3.9
Layout
4.5
Pace
4.7
Amenities
3.9
StaffFriendliness
4.5
81.0%
Recommend this course
17 out of 21 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Public/Resort
Par 72
Length 7015 yards
Slope 139
Rating 72.0

Nakoma Golf Resort (previously known as The Dragon at Gold Mountain) is a scenic wonder that will help golfers realize what's so special about Reno and the High Sierras as a golf destination. Challenging play team with unbelievable scenery, giving players a day on the links they won't soon forget.

Playing to more than 7,000 yards from the back tees, Nakoma will challenge even scratch golfers with an imposing slope rating of 147. With five tee settings, however, Nakoma Golf Resort has proven to be a golf course that will delight all levels of golfers, as its combination of hazards and risk-reward opportunities make it a challenge worth taking.

But the scenery doesn't end on the golf course at Nakoma, which features spa villas and other amenities for golf travelers. Add to that a remarkable clubhouse designed by the legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright, and you'll easily see why Nakoma Golf Resort has its own special place in the Reno and High Sierras golf scene.

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Course Details

Year Built 1998
Golf Season May 1 - Oct. 31
Architect Robin Nelson (1998) Mark Miller (1998)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - included in green fees
Clubs Yes
Pull-carts No

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard, Amex, Discover Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Dress code Proper golf attire. No denim. Collared shirts must be worn at all times.

Food & Beverage

Bar, Snacks, Grill, Restaurant

Available Facilities

Clubhouse

Accolades

Reviews

3.7
160 Reviews (160)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 27
19th Hole Scenic Views 22
Patio Dining 21
Course Challenges Include:
Elevation Changes 33
Undulating Greens 32
Bunkers 27
This course/club is great for:
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 35
A Weekend Splurge 25
Advanced Golfers 25
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 34
At a Resort 20

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Reviews 2
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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First Time Playing

Great course

I’ve played grizzly ranch and now the dragon at Nakoma. Both of these courses are immaculate pro level courses and just gorgeous. Everything is perfectly groomed, and every hole is breathtaking. Definetly a must play. The staff was excellent as well, will try to come back whenever im in the area.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 19
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Previously Played

Average with possibilities

A buddy and I played the Dragon and we walked away perplexed. The fee was $100, but it played more like $45. The carts were old and damaged. Our battery ran out on the 16 tee box. The seats were worn and flat. The tee boxes and greens need maintenance. Lots of sand on the greens due to wear/tear. Fairways were in decent shape. The clubhouse/bar area was nice but I’ll equipped. No cart girl. All the said, the scenery was fantastic. Plenty of elevation changes. Could use more markers for first time players. I would go back if it were less expensive and maintenance was kept up.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 6
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

This course requires some knowledge and strategy.

Beautiful and challenging course, not for the casual player who's just out to hit some balls. It is still recovering from some disease and\or winter kill problems but is getting pretty far along in that recovery.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 26
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Finally played, will play again

This course offers a great challenge to even the lowest handicappers.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 6
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Always challenging

Great time.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

You have to play smart

Nakoma requires some well positioned shots to land GIRs. Pick the right set of tees for your skill level and the course opens up a bit.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Great Course That's Gone to the Dogs

I've played Dragon for more than 10 years and this time the course was in deplorable condition (almost unplayable). The entire course looked like it had not been watered in months. Overall the course layout remains A, but I'd give the course condition an F--. The staff is amiable but lacking in enough personnel to provide an excellent experience.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Fair
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Greens

The greens were very slow and all 18 need lots of
TlC. Looks like they are doing that. Will probably be another month or so before decent shape.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 12
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great Course

Almost didn’t play here because of the reviews about the greens. Glad I did though, because it’s a great course. Staff were up front and said the greens had been aerated around 10 days ago or so. Greens were actually what I would have expected for aerated greens. Course layout is amazing, challenging, and every hole is different. Only issue I had were a few rough parts in the cart path. Just be sure to bring your covers for your woods and you should be fine. Not too many people on the course, as I went out early, so good pace of play. Friendly staff also. Definitely recommend and will play here again.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Great except the green condition

Greens appear to have some form of disease. Course layout challenging due to lots of blind holes.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Tough track in poor condition

Turf conditions in fairways, surrounds and greens is not good. Cart paths are in real poor shape.

Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Fair
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Beautiful course

The Dragon is my new favorite. Spectacular views...just need to get them greens in check.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing

Beautiful course. GREENS NEED SOME LOVE

Great course overall. Very challenging layout with BEAUTIFUL scenery. Only negative is the GREENS NEED LOVE.. Way too nice of a course for them to be in that shape. Alot of fun challenging drives that need to be placed properly if you plan on hitting the GIR.. Will definitely be back FOR SURE.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser

Great course

Great course. Very challenging. Greens are a bit rough.. Will be back again..

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 25+
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Awesome course

This was a great time on a very challenging course. Wish that the bar food was open longer but hey, the time right. I would play here every weekend if possible. Did n't see drink service on course which was disappointing. Overall this was worth the money and I will be back for sure

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Saturday Golfing at Nakoma Dragon

What a beautiful day. Pefect time to tee off was at 9:40 am. The fairways where in great shape. Most greens where great shape, but some had some bold spots on the edge of the greens. Other than this course is a must to play.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
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