The par-4 18th hole at the Dragon at Nakoma Golf Resort is called "Englightenment."
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4.5
177 Reviews (177)
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5
Conditions
4.2
Value
4.3
Layout
4.6
Friendliness
4.7
Pace
4.8
Amenities
4.4
91.9%
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158 out of 177 reviews
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4.8
12 Reviews (12)
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4.7
Value
4.5
Layout
4.8
Pace
5.0
Amenities
4.4
StaffFriendliness
4.8
100.0%
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12 out of 12 reviews
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4.8
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4.7
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4.5
Layout
4.8
Pace
5.0
Amenities
4.5
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4.8
100.0%
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13 out of 13 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

  • Golf Advisor: Top 25 Courses for Pace of Play in the U.S. (2021 #20)
  • Golf Advisor: Top Courses in California (2017 #23) (2015 #22) (2014 #2)
  • Golf Advisor: Top 25 Friendliest Courses in the U.S. (2014 #25)
  • Golf Advisor: Golfers' Choice (2014 #23)

Reviews

4.5
177 Reviews (177)

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 41
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
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Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Reviews 5
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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First Time Playing

Great Track

Nothing more fun than playing a course with well maintained contoured greens. Every tee shot and putt was a challenge. You have to play the course. Brilliant!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
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Reviews 23
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather

One of the Best Courses in California

This is one of the better public courses in all of California. If you are in the area it is worth the trip, and by area I mean anywhere from Tahoe to Reno. It's a beautiful drive from those places, so you won't notice the time. The green fees are a little steep, but they have some golfnow deals every day. So the story goes it was originally designed to be as hard as possible, and has since been tamed a bit to be more playable. I'm a scratch golfer and played from the tips, and certainly didn't find it impossible. Mainly you need to be straight off the tee, or bring a lot of balls. There are a handful of holes they haven't made "more playable" yet, and I actually found those the most interesting. They tend to have humped greens so your approach, or even your putt, could roll right off if not hit exactly right. No matter the difficulty level, it's just a beautiful place - as nice or better than any of those expensive Tahoe-area courses. The clubhouse is a work of art (a Frank Lloyd Wright design). It has a nice range (balls included). It's just the quintessential mountain course, well worth an hour-plus drive. I bet conditions vary based on weather, Spring recovery from snows, etc., but when I was there in mid-July it was excellent. Your pace of play will be whatever speed you want to go, as the place is uncrowded to the extreme. There were 5 players on the entire course in the early morning when I teed off.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 2
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Reviews 2
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
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I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
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Reviews 2
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Sierra Gem

Great course, greens need a couple weeks to get really good. Mountain golf at it's finest. Tips for play on the scorecard were very helpful as some tee shots are deceiving. Not easy to get to, but well worth the effort.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 8
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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First Time Playing

First time , but young lady who check us in was not have friendly service. Actually lousy service.

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Fair
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 15
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Not bad for spring conditions

First time at the Dragon since COVID.
Overall, course is in pretty good shape.
Greens were slow and a bit spongey, but for a mountain course in May, you have to expect some of that.

If you are playing the Dragon for the first time, buy the guidebook, and use a GPS system like Swing U or similar. Playing this course without those aids is just asking for trouble.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
First Time Playing

Great course with work

Staff were great. Layout is fun with picturesque holes. Greens were shaggy and bumpy, many with fungus patches. Most bunkers were hardpan. Would be superb course if greens and the many bunkers were maintained.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

BEST KEPT SECRET IN THE WHOLE AREA!!!!

Absolutely FANTASTIC!!! Every hole is just simply AMAZING. Not like any other course in the whole Northern State..... Better bring your A game because the dragon isn't forgiving. Bought a hot deal and was the only one on my card with NOBODY in front of me. Needless to say the pace of play was no issue. Finished in less than 3 hours. Will DEFINITELY be back playing early here again!!! Do YOURSELF A FAVOR and go check out the Dragon!!!! You will NOT regret it.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 32
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Phenomenal views!

Views and tee shots are spectacular. Course is in pretty solid condition for the value. Very hard course…+15 on top of my handicap.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 6
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Unbelievable

IMHO hands down the best kept secret in the area. best conditoned course as well i hope to be back for a third time soon.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 6
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 6
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Well worth it...

Only issue I had was a couple of holes needed better
Directional signage. That is it. Awesome course extremely friendly staff....

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 6
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Good Round.

Had not played here in a year and half. Course was in pretty good shape. Bunkers were manicured, greens were decent however a tad slow, but overall pretty good. Course was very wet in some areas and a few times had to move ball where there was water in the fairway. I am glad this course is making its way back. As always the views are spectacular. Playing as a single other foursomes were very courteous and let me play through.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
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 20
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 7
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
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