A round of golf in Reno doesn’t have to drain your bank account—especially if you schedule a tee time when the sun is on its way down.
Most area golf courses offer twilight specials, where players can receive discounted golf for playing in the afternoon. Sierra Sage Golf Course, located in Stead, starts its twilight special rate after 2:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday. For 18 holes of golf, one player will pay $15. Cart rentals are available for $14 per person. This rate runs from now until October 31. The course offers scenic views of the backside of Peavine Mountain and plenty of wildlife. Its wide fairways and limited water hazards make it a good course for beginners and amateurs. Sierra Sage also puts forth various monthly specials.
“We typically will be doing something a little different each month,” Sierra Sage’s Steve Brandon said. “We have a sage club where we will send emails when we have specials coming up. We do a lot of different specials and try different things.”
The sage club allows players to sign up a for a quarterly news letter via email that informs them of special offers before they are made public and a complimentary round of golf on your birthday. For the month of July, the course’s monthly special was entitled “The More The Merrier,” where the more people you had tee off with you, the cheaper the rates were. For this month’s and future specials, Brandon said to call the course at (775) 972-1564 or check their web site at www.sierrasagegolf.org.
For the more advanced golfer, or an amateur not afraid to lose some golf balls, try Rosewood Lakes Golf Course, located at 6800 Pembroke Drive in Reno. The marshlands that surround each hole may seem unforgiving because they swallow up every ball you slice or pull, but the course’s low prices and variety of water fowl make up for it. Rosewood Lakes offers half priced golf every Thursday, where all rates are cut in half. Instead of paying $33 for 18 holes of golf, you’ll pay $16.50. Nine holes will cost you $12 instead of $24. Thursday’s half price rates do not include a cart, which cost $8, and do not apply to Rosewood’s super twilight rates.
“We don’t see an end to it at this point,” Rosewood Lakes PGA pro Bob Force said of their Thursday special. He also said the course is looking to reduce the price of their overall rates, but it hasn’t been approved yet.
If you can’t make it out for golf on Thursdays, Rosewood Lakes offers affordable twilight specials everyday of the week. After 12 p.m., 18 holes of golf will cost you $24. This does not include a cart. After 5:30 p.m., Rosewood Lakes offers super twilight golf, where you can get in as much golf as you want before you run out of daylight for $12. This does not include a cart.
Affordable golf can also be found 20 miles south of Reno in Carson City at Eagle Valley Golf Course, located at 3999 Centennial Park Drive. Eagle Valley offers a more challenging west course that twists through sagebrush along a mountainside and an east course that’s great for beginners. The east course has wide-open fairways that aren’t constricted with sagebrush. A hook or slice on this course will put your ball on the adjacent hole’s fairway, while a slice on the west course will land your ball in the thick sagebrush.
No matter which course you want to play, both are reasonably priced, especially if you join Eagle Valley’s 50-mile club. If you live within 50 miles of the course, you can receive cheaper rates and specials for a $50 initiation fee. For enrolling, the course will offer you a free round of golf and buy you lunch every time you play from Monday through Thursday. A regular round of 18 holes of golf costs $40 on the east course with a cart included and $55 on the west course with a cart included for non 50-mile club golfers Monday through Thursday. Rates go up by $5 to play Saturday and Sunday. 50-mile club members will pay $28 to play the east course and $38 for the west course, carts included.
Eagle Valley offers twilight rates that begin after 2 p.m. where 18-holes of golf costs $25 to play the east course and $28 for the west, both prices including carts. If you join the 50-mile club, twilight starts at 12:30 p.m. and costs $5 less to play the east course. Super twilight is also offered for 50-mile club members only and begins after 4 p.m. During super twilight, players can golf the east course for $15 with a cart included.
“We offer the best product at the best price,” Eagle Valley pro shop manager John Gradert said.
Affordable golf can also be found at Washoe, Wildcreek, Empire Ranch and Wolf Run golf courses. Washoe costs $30 to play nine holes and $47 to play 18 holes with carts. Twilight golf begins on weekdays after 12 p.m. and costs $36 to play 18 holes with a cart. For $20, golfers can play nine holes, including a cart, from 4-6 p.m. everyday.
After 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday, Wildcreek charges $30 to play 18 holes and rent a cart.
Empire Ranch, located in Carson City, offers two twilight rates. The first one begins after 1 p.m. and allows players to golf 18 holes for $25 with cart Monday through Friday. The price goes up to $30 on weekends. After 3 p.m. nine holes costs $15 with a cart included Monday through Thursday and costs $20 on the weekends.
Wolf Run, which is Nevada’s home course for the men’s and women’s golf teams, offers twilight rates that begin after 5 p.m. where players can golf 18 holes for $25 daily.