Nakoma Golf Resort

 By Thomas Lester · 




Courtesy Nakoma Golf Resort ·

18 holes | Par 72
Rating | 67-72
Yardage | 4,833-7,015
Slope |128-139

Nakoma Golf Resort originally opened in 1998 under the name The Dragon. It was designed by Robin Nelson and set out to be the most difficult course in the region. When it first opened it played more than 7,000 yards and the rating/slope was 74.2/147, which is unusually difficult.

In 2008, the course underwent a complete redesign and renovation; bunkers were removed and made less severe, dog legs were softened and trees were removed. This made the course more player friendly, but it is still a difficult test of golf that demands both accuracy and distance.

The clubhouse at Nakoma Golf Resort is an architectural gem. The planners of the Nakoma community designed the clubhouse using plans that the famous Frank Lloyd Wright drew up in 1924 for a country club in Madison, Wis. The clubhouse is 22,000 square feet and resembles a set of enormous teepees. The massive clubhouse boasts a fully stocked pro shop offering equipment from leading manufacturers, a bar and lounge, and the acclaimed Wigwam restaurant.

At Nakoma Golf Resort, the most challenging hole is par 4 hole 6. It plays 437 yards from the back tees. It is a dog leg left with a set of fairway bunkers at the end of the fairway. Hit a 3 wood or hybrid off the tee to ensure staying short of the ravine. A good drive to the end of the fairway will leave a mid to long iron into this green that has a large waste area short that forces the second shot to be all carry. The green is slightly uphill and is protected by one bunker short right.

The finishing hole at Nakoma is named “Enlightenment,” and the designer said that this is the best hole he has ever been involved with. It is a 559-yard par 5 that usually plays directly into the prevailing wind. Longer hitters can challenge the bunker on the left, leaving the opportunity to go for the green in two. When laying up, stay left of the bunkers and hazard on the right. The green is elevated and protected by numerous bunkers. This hole sees many birdies, but many double bogeys, as well.

The Nakoma community and golf course is located a few miles from Graeagle and an hour away from Truckee and Reno. This is truly a destination with breathtaking views, challenging golf and fine dining.


For tee times and more information, call (530) 832-5067 or visit