In Reno Tahoe USA, outdoor adventures rule supreme. From fly-fishing to downhill skiing, with scuba diving and desert racing in between, the area has it all. And now there is another exciting sport to add to the lengthy list – disc golf!
For those who may not be familiar with the growing sport, disc golf is played much like traditional golf, but with a twist. Instead of swinging at a golf ball with a set of clubs, you conquer each hole by throwing a flying disc (So go ahead, and let your caddy take the day off). Like regular golf, the goal is the same; finish the course with the least amount of swings – or throws in this case – as possible.
Pro’s will appreciate the challenging terrain and elevations changes at Reno Adventure Park and Zepher Cove Park, while beginners can get comfortable with the game at The Ranch and North Tahoe Lions Club.
With ten courses spanning from downtown Reno to South Lake Tahoe, there’s a fairway for everyone.
The Ranch at Rancho San Rafael
Located on the north end of Rancho San Rafael Park, The Ranch is Reno’s first 18-hole disc golf course. Each hole is complete with rubber tees, signs and Mach 3 baskets with multiple pin locations. The course features both uphill and downhill shots, long drives and a fantastic views of downtown Reno and the surrounding mountains.
Holes – 18
Distance from Reno-Tahoe International Airport – 6 miles
Reno Adventure Park
Tucked away in the Virginia Foothills southwest of Reno is one of disc golf’s best kept secrets – Reno Adventure Park. Built on 40 acres of private land by local artist Thomas Hill Frost, Reno Adventure Park features two 18-hole courses and a 9-hole course. The three courses offer varying degrees of difficulty, allowing everyone from beginners to experts to enjoy a great game. Fair warning, the challenging Red course features a 600-foot elevation change from top to bottom, and holes with 10 story uphill and downhill shots.
Blue: Beginner course, 9 holes, some concrete tees
Green: Intermediate course, 18 holes, concrete tees on all holes
Red: Expert course, 18 holes, some concrete tees
Reno Adventure Park is a private course with no charge to play. To set up a tee time and get specific directions, call Thomas at 775-750-0776.
Distance from Reno-Tahoe International Airport – 12 miles
Truckee River Regional Park
One of the few courses in the Reno Tahoe area with a water hazard, Truckee River Regional Park disk golf course offers a unique round of play in the fresh mountain air. The course is complete with concrete tees, Mach 3 baskets, multiple pin placements and informational signs at each hole. For those traveling to or from Reno Tahoe along I-80, stopping off for a scenic round of 18-holes is a great way to break up the trip, and the course’s convenient location off the freeway makes it a simple stop.
Holes – 18
Distance from Reno-Tahoe International Airport – 36 miles
Sierra College Disc Golf Course
Just a few miles west of Truckee River Regional Park is the Sierra College Disc Golf Course. With elevation changes on every hole and trees all around, this course is a fun challenge for every level of player with hole-in-one tee offs, as well as long drives where you can show off your driving distance. As a relatively new course, some amenities are still on the way. As of now, the course features rubber tees and Mach 3 baskets with single pin placements.
Holes – 18
Distance from Reno-Tahoe International Airport – 37 miles
North Tahoe Lions Club Disc Golf Course
Consisting of 18 par-3 holes, North Tahoe Lions Club Disc Golf Course is the newest course in the Tahoe region. Located in Incline Park next to the tennis courts, the course features rubber tees and DISCatcher baskets with multiple pin placements in a moderately wooded area with slight elevation changes. This is a great course for beginners with plenty of ace runs for the more advanced.
Holes – 18
Distance from Reno-Tahoe International Airport – 35 miles
Tahoe Vista - North Tahoe Regional Park
Tahoe Vista disc golf course, located in North Tahoe Regional Park, features heavily wooded holes that reward accuracy over distance, a few open fairways for long drives, rubber tees and DISCatcher baskets with multiple pin placements. Like all the courses around Tahoe, you’ll enjoy great views of the mountains and the lake – especially from hole 17.
Holes – 18
Distance from Reno-Tahoe International Airport – 39 miles
*Note - $3 parking fee for non-residents
Squaw Valley Disc Golf Course
At 8,200’, Squaw Valley Disc Golf Course will take your game to new heights – literally. With panoramic views of the surrounding alpine mountains, this 18-hole course will leave you in awe before you even toss your first disc.
Holes 1, 2 and 18 make up the beginner course, which is a great spot to warm up before a full round. The full course is packed with elevation changes and hazards that will keep you on your toes, as well as a 1,056’ fairway on hole 3. Each hole features a natural tee and Mach 5 baskets with multiple pin placements.
Located at High Camp, the course is free to play but you will need to purchase a ride on the Ariel Tram to get there. Before playing Squaw Valley, be sure to pack some water and comfortable hiking shoes as it takes an average of 3.5 hours to complete all 18 holes.
Holes – 18
Distance from Reno-Tahoe International Airport – 48 miles
Zephyr Cove Park
Overlooking the crystal clear waters of Lake Tahoe rests the disc golf course at Zephyr Cove Park. A combination of uphill shots, long downhill drives, obstacles to shoot around and an overall demanding hike makes this course a challenge. While it might be one of the more difficult courses in Reno Tahoe, it remains a favorite among those who have played it. Just one glimpse at the view from hole 15 and you’ll understand why.
Holes – 18
Distance from Reno-Tahoe International Airport – 50 miles
Bijou Community Park
As the first course in Tahoe, Bijou Community Park set in motion the disc golf craze that’s sweeping across the region. A favorite among locals and visitors, Bijou features 27 holes located near the south shore of Lake Tahoe with great views of the surrounding mountains, including Heavenly Ski Resort. The course is well manicured with most of the brush on the fairways cleared out, making it easy to spot your disc. A few holes have a slight elevation change, but the majority of the course is flat. Multiple pin placements on each hole offer a rewarding game for beginners as well as a challenge for experts, depending on the basket placement for the day.
Holes – 27
Distance from Reno-Tahoe International Airport – 58 miles
DiscWood at Kirkwood Mountain Resort
Commended as one of the most challenging course on the West Coast, DiscWood offers 18 holes that take you on a weaving path over the mountain landscape with tall pine trees lining each fairway. Located above Timber Creek base area, the course features rubber tees and single pin placements. And best of all – it’s free! Visit their website to print off scorecards and a map, or pick them up at the General Store on your way to the course.
Holes – 18
Distance from Reno-Tahoe International Airport – 79 miles