The par-4 18th hole at the Dragon at Nakoma Golf Resort is called "Englightenment."
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3.7
149 Reviews (149)
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1 Stars
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Conditions
3.2
Value
3.8
Layout
4.4
Friendliness
4.7
Pace
4.7
Amenities
4.3
71.4%
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132 out of 149 reviews
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3.5
18 Reviews (18)
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Conditions
2.9
Value
3.5
Layout
4.3
Pace
4.8
Amenities
4.1
StaffFriendliness
4.6
61.1%
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11 out of 18 reviews
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3.5
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Conditions
2.9
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3.5
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4.3
Pace
4.8
Amenities
4.1
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4.6
61.1%
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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
149 Reviews (149)

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 6
Skill Intermediate
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4.0
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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
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Reviews 1
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
3.0
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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
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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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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
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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
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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
Played On
Reviews 29
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

What great customer service

I played this course years ago, as part of a tournament rotation, and have always had it in the back of my mind as a replay. But, not living in the area, I have been unable to get back.
The opportunity finally came to be, and I jumped at the chance.
I made my reservation online, and showed a rate of $89. I booked as a single golfer, at the earliest tee time available.
The day before play, I received an email stating there was an issue with my tee time, and to call them. I was told there was a shotgun scheduled to start on holes 14-18, starting 2 1/2 hours after my time. They did not feel t would interfere with my time, but wanted to make me aware. WOW!!
On arrival, I was informed there was an issue with mold on a few of the back 9 greens, that they have been battling for some time. For that reason, the greens were rolling at about a 9.
Because of this, the rate I was charge was reduced to $50. Double WOW!
AND, I was instructed to start on hole 14, to avoid the shotgun event. TRIPLE WOW!
Loved hitting the ball so far at altitude. Perfect scenery from every hole.
Enjoy the round, enjoy the scenery

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 5
Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Love this course

I always play good at this course. This year they do have some issues with greens therefore the price to play does not match the conditions. Pace of play was good because we were first out. Food has always been inconsistent. Still love this course but comes with issues that should not happen. Have been playing this course for years

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Previously Played

Course in a sad state

It’s a bummer this course had gone downhill the last couple years. They are building around this course to make it a resort destination but the greens are rotted or just plain dead. $85 on a Tuesday morning to play on greens like that? No thank you.

Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Fair
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 12
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
2.0
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Precision Mandatory with questionable greens

If you can hit precise and long shots like a single digit h-cap and also fade the ball off the tee you can score. If not, it will be a long day. Approx 12 tee shots need very straight or fade shot. Lots of side hill lies and big elevation changes. Many greens had patches of dirt that would hijack your ball’s direction drastically. Many greens need to be completely redesigned/rebuilt to be playable.BTW, if someone is looking for a good salesperson at their company, check out the lady in the dragon pro shop. She was hard selling the course like it was Old Greenwood or other top course and was passionate about it!

Conditions Average
Value Fair
Layout Fair
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

The layout and the staff can't be beat, however the greens were rough

This course will be in much better condition later in the summer. Unfortunately the greens had some severe ice damage and were running slow. That being said, I teed off at 730 by myself and cruised, the layout is unbelievable.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 7
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

GREAT Course...If you spray, stay away!

I've been hearing about the difficulty of the Dragon for over 15 years it seems, and although it has been tamed somewhat it is still a monster of a course.

Let me start by saying we were warned they had an issue with the greens due to a water main outage and funky mountain weather. It wasn't as bad as we expected as the greens were slow but not horrible.

The opening Par 5 may be one of the best/most scenic holes in Northern California, in fact the entire course is absolutely stunning.

There is some room to land the ball if you miss the fairways but it's certainly not generous. The fairways do slope but not severely enough to put the ball OB. The day we played the greens were pretty slow, and they do vary in size from very large to Pebble Beach tiny!

The staff may be some of the BEST I've ever come across. Everyone was extremely nice, helpful and had a smile. The lodge was perfect as well!

Great time, we will be back!

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
1.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Horrible greens

The course from tee to green was in decent condition, but the greens were horrible, like putting on the fairways.I really think before letting you go out they should let you know that the greens are useless to putt on. Doubt I will ever go back to this course again. The course is going downhill fast!

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
2.0
Previously Played

What happened to the Dragon

Greens were in horrible shape. Probably rolling a 5-7 on the stimp meter. Too bad- this use to be a gorgeous layout

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

The Dragon Eats

I love this course and have played it a dozen times since it opened 19 years ago. Besides a little frost delay, our round only took three hours. I lost a couple balls by hitting drives through the fairway on the doglegs from the #4 tees. One green was still frozen. Hit a perfect chip from 20 feet and the ball sounded like it landed on a wood floor. Can't wait until it reopens next year.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Very nice

Course is beautiful, in the high Sierras. Fairways are in excellent shape. Greens are showing the heavy seasonal play, but are true, and very tricky. Staff is excellent, interested in delivering a great golf experience.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
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