One of the challenges of picking the best courses in Nevada is there are So Many truly exceptional courses here.
But we do have some listed and if you get a chance to play any of them, you will not be disappointed.

Top 10 Public Courses in Nevada

There are truly some Exceptional courses in Nevada and although most are associated with the casinos, there are some true Gems as well.

Perhaps you've heard tales of this legendary place sculpted from the Nevada desert by renowned architect Tom Fazio. In fact you may have watched the Tiger vs. Phil match broadcast on the Golf Channel a few years ago. But descriptions of the course, however grand, do not begin to do this masterpiece justice. Shadow Creek must be played. Shadow Creek must be experienced. Only then can true lovers of the game begin to appreciate its breathtaking beauty.
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Cascata, Italian for “waterfall,” is aptly named. A 418-foot waterfall cascades over the steep mountainside that towers above the practice ground. The water meanders through the practice facilities, merging into a river that roars through the very heart of the Tuscan-inspired clubhouse, culminating in a tranquil stream after its mile-long journey. The air at Cascata is pure. The silence is beyond description. Welcome to Cascata.
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After finishing all eighteen holes, you are hard pressed to come up with just one signature hole, and more often than not, amazed with the picturesque beauty of the course rather than the score you shot. Playing this course is Truly a One-of-a-Kind Experience.
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Created in 1998, Reflection Bay Golf Club is designated as a prestigious Jack Nicklaus Signature Design course, the only such course located in the state of Nevada. Reflection Bay has hosted the Wendy’s 3 Tour Challenge PGA event several times and has been the recipient of some of the most sought after awards by industry magazines including Golf Magazine and Golf Digest.
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From humble waters to boastful peaks, the great American West is a place of synergy. At Edgewood Tahoe, the vision is informed by this inherent balance—and nowhere is it more apparent than on our acclaimed 18-hole course.
"Years ago I had the unique experience of playing a round here with Slammin' Sammy Sneed. It's one of my most cherished Golf Memories."  Dr. Rick Mayer
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In addition to the wonderful setting and breathtaking views, Coyote Springs, a Jack Nicklaus golf course, offers a golf experience unlike any other, with some of the best golf specials and packages in Las Vegas. As one of the top rated Las Vegas golf courses in the last 10 years it's one of the best locations to play.
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Howls at 7,604 total yards... Longest course in Nevada... Come take a bite. The newest and most difficult, also known as the signature course, leads the pack but golfers can temper the challenge with its five tee options. The most difficult layout at The Paiute also holds the record as the longest course in Nevada. Marrying remarkable length with raw beauty, the course is infamous for its severe undulations, alternate landing areas, and a stunning 15th hole island green.
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Three, nine-hole courses comprise this beautiful 27-hole facility located in the west central mountains of Idaho. Established in 1934, the tree lined fairways give way to small, undulating greens. The terrain is gentle and easy to walk, with many natural hazards throughout the course.
Located next to Ponderosa State Park, it is common to see wildlife enjoying the golf course along with golfers. The views and the wonders of Mother Nature surround and are spectacular. The moderate mountain climate and long summer nights make golfing here a very pleasant experience.
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Open for public play since 1997, the Rees Jones-designed layout at Rio Secco Golf Club quickly earned acclaim as a player’s course routed through steep canyons, desert washes and high plateaus overlooking Las Vegas. In 2017, the “U.S. Open Doctor” returned to refine his original creation to enhance playability for leisure golfers, while improving the legendary test celebrated for two decades by low handicappers worldwide. Speaking of handicaps, Golf Digest’s #1 instructor, Butch Harmon teaches everyone from tour pros to amateurs at the Butch Harmon School of Golf, located at Rio Secco.
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Bear’s Best Las Vegas is a unique golf course made up of 18 holes hand selected by Jack Nicklaus from his 270 designs worldwide. This high-end daily fee course includes manicured bent grass greens, challenging designs, and immaculate fairway/tee complexes.
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The thing about Nevada courses is there are simply So Many Exceptional courses.
We could easily make the top 20 and #20 would rank up with any course in the country.
Here is the Nevada State Golf Association.
Now for the Northern Nevada Golf Association.
Next, the Southern Nevada Golf Association

Rankings as of June 1, 2023.

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