Carson City, the capital of Nevada is very proud of its legendary history, preserved and collected by the Douglas County Historical Society, displayed in the museum and Pink House, and regaled by locals on the street. In between great golf rounds, consider soaring in a glider above the landscape or join Carson Valley Tours by ground with famed wildlife photographer Dwayne Hicks. While he can’t guarantee a bear sighting like his picture, it could happen. Stay at the comfortable Carson Valley Inn for a good old time rambling the valley or gambling on the casino floor. $5 for Chicken Fried Steak and eggs in the morning is as real as the people of Carson Valley.
A new private club called Clear Creek Tahoe will draw retirees and guests to Carson City. The Coore-Crenshaw design will become a favorite among people looking for a mountain fresh air community retreat with luxurious homes and a golf layout worthy of daily repeat play. The fairways are generous, and all the hazards are in plain sight. A journey around the course includes views of the Carson Valley below and the snowcapped Heavenly Valley Ski area above. Stop, smell the fresh pine air and lower the blood pressure. At 4000 feet elevation, you might notice an extra 10 yards on your golf shots, something the club manufacturers can only suggest, not guarantee. There are just a few homes built, but around 30 in design approval and more lots available in this secluded pine forest.
Down in the valley, Genoa Lakes Golf Course is home to two championship layouts by Johnny Miller and John Harbottle III. Carson River babbles along the wetlands for 14 water holes on the Lakes Course while the Ranch Course adds elevation by skirting the Sierra Nevada Foothills. If Bonanza’s Ponderosa Ranch scenery makes you want to ride and imagine that you are Hoss or Little Joe Cartwright, saddle up and move on out. Carson Valley has great golf and good times for all.