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FALL 2017

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12 FALL 2017 | NCGA.ORG Montreux Golf and Country Club is Reno's best- known golf course, and host of the PGA Tour's Barracuda Championship. The Jack Nicklaus design has been updated since opening in the 1990s, with new holes added to the routing (multiple "old" holes are maintained as practice holes) and additional trees planted to preserve the layout's natural look. The course is private, but a limited number of tee times can be arranged through Reno's casinos—do your homework and you may be rewarded with a rare treat at Montreux. An easier tee time to book is Wolf Run Golf Club, the stunning daily-fee facility that is home to the University of Nevada-Reno's golf teams. Wolf Run has remodeled its practice area to include an expanded short game area and chipping green with patio seating. It's a great place to warm up for your round while taking in the rough-hewn beauty of the Sierra foothills. Red Hawk Golf and Resort and Lake Ridge Golf Course also are worthy of your consideration. Once you've holed your final putt, head downtown to enjoy the splendor of Reno. In addition to a casino scene that rivals Las Vegas, there are plenty of non- gaming activities. The National Automobile Museum has more than 200 vintage vehicles on display, making it one of the largest collections in the country—and its central location downtown makes it walking distance from many popular restaurants and bars. If you decide to stay a little longer, Reno's hottest downtown hotel is the Whitney Peak— the city's first and only non-gaming, non-smoking hotel. The guest rooms offer views of the Sierras, and you can get physical with a quick jaunt to the Truckee River Walk two blocks away, or by taking on the hotel's Basecamp Climbing Gym—an indoor rock-climbing experience that includes the world's tallest climbing wall at 164 feet. Reno may still fancy itself a "little city," but there's big fun to be found on and off the course in the foothills of the High Sierras. S H A G B A G Roll the dice on a getaway to Reno and let the good times roll BY DON JOZWIAK N orthern California's neighbor is proud to call itself "The Biggest Little City in the World," and there's no doubt that Reno has a metropolis' worth of sights to see and things to do. The city's transformation from sleepy mountain outpost in the High Sierras has been aided by a pair of historic boom times—the gold and silver mining rushes of the mid-1800s and Nevada's legalization of gambling in the 1930s. Today, this northern Nevada tourist haven is known for mixing indoor gaming and outdoor activities—and has emerged as a golf destination. LEFT, VISITRENOTAHOE.COM; BOTTOM LEFT, VANCEFOX.COM; BOTTOM RIGHT, WHITNEY PEAK HOTEL Montreux, No. 6 Whitney Peak: Basecamp Climbing Gym

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