The par-4 18th hole at the Dragon at Nakoma Golf Resort is called "Englightenment."
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4.0
165 Reviews (165)
5 Stars
91
4 Stars
48
3 Stars
14
2 Stars
7
1 Stars
5
Conditions
3.5
Value
3.9
Layout
4.5
Friendliness
4.6
Pace
4.8
Amenities
4.2
80.3%
Recommend this course
146 out of 165 reviews
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4.4
9 Reviews (9)
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5
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3
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0
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0
Conditions
4.3
Value
4.6
Layout
4.8
Pace
4.8
Amenities
4.3
StaffFriendliness
4.9
100.0%
Recommend this course
9 out of 9 reviews
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4.1
16 Reviews (16)
5 Stars
7
4 Stars
6
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0
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1
Conditions
3.7
Value
3.9
Layout
4.6
Pace
4.8
Amenities
4.2
StaffFriendliness
4.6
87.5%
Recommend this course
14 out of 16 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

4.0
165 Reviews (165)

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 22
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 4
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 4
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 4
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 2
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 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 28
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 2
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
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