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Valley ripe with courses worthy of sampling

Carson Valley has been historically known as "cattle-country," but a recent surge in golf course construction has the area pulling itself out of the pasture and into the realm of being a legitimate golf destination.

Most courses in Carson Valley have been built in the past decade, but locals in Carson City haven't exactly taken to strutting around in soft spikes -- most still mosey the streets in cowboy hats, spurs and boots.

The course selection, however, is not so modest.

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South of Carson City is the new Sierra Nevada Golf Ranch, designed by Johnny Miller. The scenic layout offers panoramic views of the Sierra Nevadas and challenges golfers of all skill levels.

Venturing deeper into the mountains, Arrow Creek Golf Club is nestled in the foothills of the Sierra-Nevada's at an elevation of 5,200 ft.

Las Vegas Golf Course - Carson ValleyOther courses worth sampling while in the area include the Carson Valley Golf Club, the links-style Northgate Golf Club and Wildcreek Golf Club, a former Champions Tour stop.

The aforementioned Carson City is in the heart of the Valley and can be reached from the south using I-395. Continuing north on the same freeway for about an hour to leads to the Lake Tahoe area, for those with insatiable appetites for the links.

Carson Valley (unlike Lake Tahoe) is open for golf year-round. Reno and Lake Tahoe are all within an hour of each other, making Carson Valley a veritable golfing hub. Then again, with an awesome arsenal of resort and daily fee courses, golfers may find Carson Valley hard to leave.

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