Nakoma Golf Resort - Dragon Course

4.4407941176 4.4 stars from 5 (118)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 7015 yards
  • Slope: 139
  • Rating: 72.0
  • Layout

  • 348 Bear Run, Clio California, 96106,
  • (877) 462-5662, (530) 322-3333
  • (530) 832-4356
  • www.nakomagolfresort.com
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Year built: 1998
Architect(s): Robin Nelson
Type: Public
Golf Season: May 1-Oct. 31

Rentals/Services

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

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes

Policies

Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Proper golf attire. No denim. Collared shirts must be worn at all times.
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Amex, Discover Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Dragon 5 72 7015 yards 72.0 139
Dragon 4 72 6573 yards 71.0 135
Dragon 4 (W) 72 6573 yards 77.2 149
Dragon 3 72 6088 yards 68.0 129
Dragon 3 (W) 72 6088 yards 74.5 144
Dragon 2 72 5409 yards 65.8 123
Dragon 2 (W) 72 5409 yards 71.0 136
Dragon 1 (W) 72 4833 yards 67.0 128

Nakoma Golf Resort 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.

Accolades

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.4 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.3 stars from 5
Value: 4.4 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.4 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.7 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.5 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.4 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 118 Reviews
5 stars:
77
4 stars:
29
3 stars:
7
2 stars:
2
1 stars:
3

recommend this course

111 out of 117 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is worth the drive at a resort   Great for wildlife/ scenic views a weekend splurge advanced golfers   Challenges include elevation changes undulating greens bunkers   Great for drinks 19th hole scenic views patio dining  

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"Great Deal"


Joharegolf1's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/19/2018
Previously played

Reviewed on

Got a 40$ hot deal and was worth 3 times that!

Awesome track with perfect greens and views to die for.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Great course, lots of visual challenges, excellent greens!"


u000008204162's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/17/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Starter/cart attendant was not on station. We received no information about pin locations or water for towels. Other than that pleasant golf round.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Try and Slay The Dragon"


Golf7505E's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  25+

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/29/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

We absolutely love this golf course! Although challenging the beauty of the course and the views is worth taking the cart ride on it's own! It's so beautiful that you can't get mad if you don't play well. If you ever get a chance to play it, do it! Excellently maintained and love the green. The staff was so friendly and accomodating! It is a must play course for any golfer to add to their Bucket List!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"The Dragon"


Kenneth9889418's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/28/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This is the 5th summer in a row for teeing it up at The Dragon. The staff was extremely friendly and accommodating. The setting is incredible. The course was not in its best condition. Greens were good. Brown spots in many fairways and a much needed mowing on most tee boxes as clovers were abundant.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Great day at the Dragon"


forgedguy's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/23/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course was in excellent shape and we had a great time


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Good luck slaying the Dragon"


JasonDeeganGA's avatar
Golf Advisor
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/08/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

The Dragon is a beast in every sense. Its par 4s are long and difficult. Higher handicaps probably have a better shot at winning the lottery than hitting some of the greens, many of which are elevated, heavily undulating and surrounded by bunkers.

But the Dragon is still worth playing. The scenery is stunning; the staff super friendly; and boy that clubhouse is worth the trip alone. Our dinner was the best of the week after touring several golf hot spots around Reno/Lake Tahoe.

Our three foursomes played a scramble. Every team shot 61 from the '3" tees, and we had a great time. This is the perfect way to enjoy the Dragon. Either play a scramble or move up a set of tees. There's fun to be had on this difficult course. You just need to manage and lower your expectations to enjoy the day.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course



"Early season round"


u461721291's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/23/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I think they haven’t been open very long after the snow, it was a little rough. Tough layout already made it extra tough. Super friendly pro shop young lady made sure everything taken care of.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"The Dragon"


u6011648's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/05/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

First time out at the dragon and it was nice. The view was good course was in good condition a very challenging course did better than I thought I would for being my first time. Really want to say that the staff their went out of their way to make you fell comfortable and made sure you had a good time. Thanks to the staff for everything I had fun and I will definitely will be coming back.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



j061090s's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/22/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

They need a Marshall. When I played as a single, I caught up to a twosome who would not let me play through. There was a foursome in front of them and five empty holes! A Marshall might speed up play. Golf should not be 5 hour round.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Great course"



5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/11/2017
First time playing Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Windy to add to the difficulty. Hit 'em straight - tight fairways and quick greens. Great fun.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course



u000006357416's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/25/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"My Favorite Course"


rollerg's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/06/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This is the golfing jewel of the Sierra's. A must play for the serious golfer!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Toigh for high handicapper (18)"


Jurkovich's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/01/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Difficult. Long. Really hard to reach par 4's. Beautiful all in all. Neat greens but hard --- and tough pins. Wonderful clubhouse area. Frank Lloyd Wright building. Sort of a mens weekend out place as it is really out of the way.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Awesome !!"


donnatom's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/28/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

My husband and I had heard how difficult this course was, so we decided we would just have a good attitude no matter what. Well we were so pleased to find it was wonderful and not too difficult, We are 14 handicaps and we played the reds. So you can make it any degree of difficulty that you choose. Wonderful, excellent condition. Groomed beautifully, greens were awesome, not easy, but fun. We will be back there to play again. We are in our 70's, so we better not wait too long to get back. Smile !!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Spectacular Experience"


Sherry1245222's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/16/2017
First time playing

Reviewed on

We have longed to play this course for a few years now and finally found the opportunity. What a grand day we had! The course had previously been known as extremely difficult and remains to be so although it appears several avenues have been taken to alleviate some of the hazards and difficulty of play for most range of players. The beauty of this course creates a MUST PLAY course. The entire staff were very accommodating and eloquent, as was the dining prior and following golf. We are eager to return to The Dragon of Nakoma.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



evanbrian's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/14/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"A real treat!"


u00000964670's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/29/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

This is a magnificent course. Each shot demands your best. It is a real "ball-strikers" golf course. Not a course for recommended for beginners. Course was in PERFECT condition and pace of play was as fast or slow as I wanted. Bring your camera and an extra sleeve of balls - you'll want both!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Beautiful golf in the Sierras"


rspears24's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/26/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

My wife and I had a wonderful day of golf at The Dragon. Course was in exceptional condition and the weather was perfect. Staff was very friendly and we were able to go out a little early. We had a great time on this beautiful and challenging Sierra course.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"1 of 5 courses"


u701494270's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/24/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

4 of us (60 somethings) spend 5-6 days in Graeagle every summer and play 5 -6 rounds of golf at various courses, To us, the Dragon is by far the most beautiful and challenging.

Plan on at least 4-10 strokes above your average.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course



carmandan007's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/09/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course



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