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FIVE FUN WAYS TO DISCOVER RENO

For some, Reno, Nevada is known for the same vibrant nightlife and gambling outlets as Las Vegas – but on a smaller and more intimate scale. Obvious tourist attractions include shopping, restaurants, singers, comedians and magic shows. But beyond the slot machines and flashing lights, there is a plethora of family-fun activities available.

Go just a short distance out of town though and you will find a treasure trove of non-gambling alternatives that are great for all ages. Here are five family-friendly activities you may want to consider for your next vacation to Reno, Nevada.

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Anglers prize the Reno area for some of the best fly-fishing territory around. You can visit one of the many tackle shops in the area for maps of private and public lakes and river access areas. If you are interested in having a true fisherman’s experience, consider taking a class or attending one of the fly tying clinics and tie your own. There is nothing like catching that two-pound trout on a bumblebee you created with your own two hands.

Only 40 miles from Reno is famous Lake Tahoe, which offers spectacular views, clear mountain air and ample fishing holes for privacy or group activities. Guides are available, or you can pack a picnic basket, quilt and fishing gear and head off on your own for an adventurous day on the water. If you have always wanted “to land that BIG one,” consider visiting Pyramid Lake. This lake proudly boasts they have the largest Cutthroat Trout.

Whether you choose Pyramid Lake, Truckee River, Lake Tahoe or one of the other streams, lakes and rivers near Reno, prepare yourself for a day filled with awesome scenery and relaxing outdoor fun.

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Many people think you have to go to Lake Tahoe to enjoy hiking trails that offer hikers challenging terrain. Not true! There are numerous trails in Reno parks and just on the outskirts of the city.  Hikers and trail watchers can find easy, moderate and challenging trails to test their skills and that will suit a variety of levels of physical fitness. You will find short trails that start at about 600 feet and have a gentle slope and more challenging trails that test your endurance.

About eight miles out of town in the gorgeous Sierra Mountains that surround Reno, Nevada, you will find the Tahoe Rim Trail in Galena Regional Park. This trail offers a loop that is just over 9 miles of moderate to mostly steep climbing. Hikers can expect to see desert terrain covered with sage, pine, juniper bushes and the occasional waterfall. Bring lots of film or extra chips for the camera. The views are breathtaking. And remember to pack plenty of water and a few energy bars or a lunch.

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If golf is your game–Reno, Nevada is your destination. There are over 50 golf courses within 90 miles of Reno proper. The PGA stops in Reno for the Reno-Tahoe Open, so you know the greens are great. No matter what your level of expertise, you will be able to find a course to fit your skill. Private lessons are available at most of the courses through resident pros and through guest pass arrangements. Since the high altitude gives golfers a natural advantage, you can expect to hit the ball further with every stroke. Get ready to play the lowest score of your life. If you’re a family with younger kids that aren’t ready for the big green yet, check out the many mini-golf options in the area.

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For a relaxing day with some educational benefits, consider visiting one of the numerous museums in Reno. You can find museums dedicated to a variety of topics. An automobile museum, a museum dedicated to Disney and many others call Reno home. The Wilbur D. May museum is an adventure the entire family can enjoy. The artifacts and collectibles gleaned from years of traveling the world offer an exciting, eclectic blend. The indoor waterfall you’ll find there is always a big hit with kids and adults alike. Remember to check days and hours the museum is opened before planning your day. Some museums have limited hours.

Read, Paint, Write

Many artists enjoy the inspiration they absorb from the desert climate and surrounding rivers and mountains. Writers claim to feel the spirit of the nomadic American Indians. Artist carrying pallet and canvas attempt to capture the delicate yellow flower of the desert cactus in the early morning. Students from the college can be seen relaxing near the river as they search for answers to questions posed by Aristotle.

Visiting Reno is an opportunity to enjoy nature with your family, while having fun and learning, too. Enjoy.

This post was written by freelance writer Martha Keagan who is a full time mother, writer and part time real estate agent. Keagan has assisted hundreds of college students find housing and apartments in Reno for years. Reno is a great city, if you are looking to visit or even relocate to Reno, find a short term apartment to stay in before you decide to purchase a house.

LPGA Legends Ready for Reno’s Hidden Valley Country Club

Patty Sheehan

Patty Sheehan, World Golf and LPGA Hall of Famer, in partnership with The Legends Tour, the official senior tour of the LPGA, announced today a new event on The Legends Tour to be played at Hidden Valley Country Club June 3 – 6, 2011.The official three day tournament, Patty Sheehan & Friends, boasts a field of 40 LPGA Legends competing in a two-day, stroke play tournament for a $225,000 purse. In addition to Sheehan, LPGA Hall of Famer Betsy King, LPGA Hall of Famer Pat Bradley and 2011 U.S. Solheim Cup Captain Rosie Jones have confirmed that they will be teeing it up in Reno this June.

“This LPGA Tour event will, for the first time, bring these ‘legends’ of women’s golf to Reno for a weekend of incredible golf and a spectator experience that is unmatched,” Sheehan said. “The lineup of professionals is incredible, and I’m thrilled with the response we’ve been receiving. We’ve even extended an invitation to Kathy Whitworth to attend. She has the most wins of any professional on the LPGA or PGA TOURS. This inaugural tournament also launches the Patty Sheehan Foundation, established to return funds back to charities in our local community.”

Tournament week begins Thursday, June 2 with a junior clinic for girls of The First Tee as well as professional practice rounds and an evening pairings party for sponsors and guests. The Patty Sheehan & Friends Pro-Am is set for Friday, June 3. The first round kicks off tournament play on Saturday with the final round to be held Sunday. A Monday Pro-Am has been added due to demand.

hiddenvalleycc“On behalf of our Board of Directors, management team and members, Hidden Valley Country Club is thrilled to serve as the host course for Patty Sheehan and Friends,” Ann Marie Sear, Hidden Valley Country Club general manager said. “It’s going to be one powerful weekend of great golf and experiences hosted by our very own Patty Sheehan and her colleagues. Plus, it provides us an incredible opportunity to show off northern Nevada and all that we have to offer.”

According to Tournament Director Rebecca Gaston, “To say we’re excited about this event is an understatement. An LPGA Legends Tour event is completely different than anything this community has seen in recent years. Limited roping along the course will provide an opportunity for spectators to get right in on the action and follow their favorite LPGA Legends along the fairway. Patty Sheehan & Friends provides yet another feather in Reno’s cap of golf achievements.”

Tickets for Patty Sheehan & Friends are $10 per day and are now available at www.pattysheehanandfriends.org. Admission for ages 17 and under and military personnel is FREE.  Tournament proceeds benefit the newly-formed Patty Sheehan Foundation designed to support local charities and the Reno community. Hidden Valley Country Club is a 7,300 yard, 18-hole course designed by Mike Stark and Dick Bailey. For information and sponsorship opportunities for Patty Sheehan & Friends, a Legends Tour event, visit www.pattysheehanandfriends.com

 

About The Legends Tour: The Legends Tour is the Official Legends Tour of the LPGA. The tour began in 2000 by LPGA professionals to showcase the talents of some of the greatest women’s golfers of all time. The Legends Tour has over 100 members, including ten LPGA and World Golf Hall of Fame members. Legends Tour players have a combined 625 LPGA Tour victories, including 65 major championships. In its ten seasons, The Legends Tour has donated more than $10.7 million to charity. The Legends Tour has hosted events in Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Indiana, Iowa, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Wisconsin, Japan and Australia. For additional information on The Legends Tour, log on to www.thelegendstour.com.

-Ronele Klingensmith

Thunder Canyon Named Nevada Golf Course of the Year

Thunder Canyon GolfThunder Canyon, a private golf and country club located in Washoe Valley, Nevada, has been named the 2011 Nevada Golf Course of the Year by the Nevada Golf Course Owners Association (NvGCOA).  In addition to this honor, Thunder Canyon was chosen as one of three finalists for the Golf Course of the Year Award by the National Golf Course Owners Association (NGCOA).

Each year, the NGCOA honors the most outstanding successes of the past year.  These individuals and organizations have helped preserve the tradition of the game while embracing the challenges and opportunities of the golf business.  Each state chapter submits the application for the winner of the state award to the NGCOA who selects a course demonstrating four criteria: exceptional quality of the course, exceptional quality of ownership and management, outstanding contribution to its community, and significant contribution to the game.  The three finalists were Thunder Canyon located in Washoe Valley, Nevada; Hidden Valley located in Norco, California and Walnut Creek located in Marion, Indiana, all finishing ahead of such notable clubs such as Whistling Straits (Wisconsin) and Trump National (New Jersey).

The awards ceremony held in Orlando, Florida on February 9thalso honored David Leadbetter, Lifetime Achievement Award and Congressional Country Club, Bethesda, Maryland, as the Jemsek Award for Golf Course Excellence.  The winner of the 2011 Golf Course of the Year was Hidden Valley, Norco California. 

Thunder Canyon Golf 2Accepting the award for Thunder Canyon were Roger and Gayle Block, Owners, along with Bill Gibson, General Manager.  The Block’s were recognized for their nearly twelve years of ownership of Thunder Canyon as well as their work to promote golf on a local and national level.

- Bill Gibson

A great round of golf doesn’t require a long drive in Reno Tahoe. Check out the 50+ resorts here: http://www.visitrenotahoe.com/reno-tahoe/what-to-do/golf.

Photos: What do the PGA and a Mariachi band have in common?

 

Answer: The same as great golfers, wildlife, great scenery, cardivascular exercise, a kids party zone, awesome food and drinks and of course the Legends Reno-Tahoe Open.

Take a look at these photos and see what you are missing if you don’t get out to the Montreux Golf Course and see this great event for yourself.

Legends Reno-Tahoe Open
Jack Nicklaus Signature Design course, Montrêux Golf & Country Club
August 3 – 9, 2009
http://www.visitrenotahoe.com/reno-tahoe/what-to-do/events/08-03-2009/legends-reno-tahoe-open

PGA TOUR: Legends Reno-Tahoe Open tees off

RENT-07 Print-3cx5-1Exciting PGA TOUR action returns to northern Nevada with the 11th annual Legends at Sparks Marina Reno-Tahoe Open, playing through Aug. 9 at Montrêux Golf & Country Club.

As the PGA TOUR’s only summer West Coast stop, the Legends Reno-Tahoe Open offers fans a fun-filled week of low-scoring professional golf along with the return of many of the tournament’s most popular events including “Fiesta Loco,” “Kidz Par-Tee Zone,” Vino 100 Wine Walk, as well as the charity events “Renown Get Fit Fore Charity” and “Birdies for Charity.”

The 16th hole is once again home to “Fiesta Loco,” a fiesta-themed hospitality area featuring margaritas, a taco and burrito bar and the fan-favorite Mariachi Band. Also back for a fourth consecutive year is the “Vino 100 Wine Walk” beginning each day at 9 a.m. with mimosas at the driving range and inviting spectators and wine enthusiasts to walk the course and enjoy a wine tasting along the way. The “Kidz Par-Tee Zone” also makes its return to entertain the junior fans Friday through Sunday with a play area including a putting green, bounce houses, face painting and more.

While the Legends Reno-Tahoe Open is committed to helping the community in which it plays year-round, tournament time brings two charity events that encourage attendees to join along in the spirit of giving, “Get Fit Fore Charity,” and “Birdies for Charity.”

The “Renown Get Fit Fore Charity” walk is a course-long pedometer walk through Montrêux’s beautiful tree-lined fairways. With a $5 donation, each participant receives a pedometer and a chance to win a prize based on the number of steps taken along the course. “Birdies for Charity” is another way to follow the action and compete among friends while helping a worthy cause as participants are tempted to donate anywhere from 10 cents to $10 or more for each birdie carded during the tournament with the closest guess taking home a prize. Proceeds from both charity events benefit local non-profit organizations.

The following is a list of activities and offerings at the 2009 Legends Reno-Tahoe Open, Aug. 5 – 9:

Thursday, Aug. 6

  • 7 a.m.: First Round Tournament Play
  • 9 a.m.: “Renown Get Fit Fore Charity” Walk begins
  • 10 a.m.: “Kidz Par-Tee Zone” opens
  • 11 a.m.: “Fiesta Loco” on the 16th hole; “Taste of Reno: Beers and Brats” on the 9th hole
  • 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.: Golf Channel Broadcast – Live First Round Coverage
  • 10:30 p.m. – 12:30 a.m. Golf Channel Re-Broadcast – First Round

Friday, Aug. 7

  • 7a.m.: Second Round Tournament Play
  • 9 a.m.: “Renown Get Fit Fore Charity” Walk begins
  • 10 a.m.: “Kidz Par-Tee Zone” opens; “Vino 100 Wine Walk” begins
  • 11 a.m.: “Fiesta Loco” on the 16th green; “Taste of Reno: Beers and Brats” on the 9th hole
  • 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.: Golf Channel Broadcast – Live Second Round Coverage
  • 10 p.m. – 12 a.m.: Golf Channel Re-Broadcast – Second Round

Saturday, Aug. 8

  • 9 a.m.: “Renown Get Fit Fore Charity” Walk begins
  • 9:30 a.m.: Third Round Tournament Play
  • 10 a.m.: “Kidz Par-Tee Zone” opens; “Vino 100 Wine Walk” begins
  • 11 a.m.: “Fiesta Loco” on the 16th hole; “Taste of Reno: Beers and Brats” on the 9th hole
  • 3:30 – 6 p.m.: Golf Channel Broadcast – Live Third Round Coverage
  • 9 – 11 p.m.: Golf Channel Re-Broadcast – Third Round

Sunday, Aug. 9

  • 9 a.m.: Final Round Tournament Play; “Renown Get Fit Fore Charity” Walk begins
  • 10 a.m.: “Kidz Par-Tee Zone” opens; “Vino 100 Wine Walk” begins
  • 11 a.m.: “Fiesta Loco” on the 16th hole; “Taste of Reno: Beers and Brats” on the 9th hole
  • 3:30 – 6 p.m.: Golf Channel Broadcast – LIVE Final Round
  • 6 p.m.: Trophy Presentation on 18th Green
  • 9 – 11 p.m.: Golf Channel Re-Broadcast – Final Round

Monday, Aug. 10

  • 5 – 7 a.m.:  Golf Channel Re-Broadcast – Final Round

**All times are approximate and subject to change.

For more information on this year’s Legends at Sparks Marina Reno-Tahoe Open, including ticket sales, volunteer and sponsorship opportunities, visit www.LegendsRenoTahoeOpen.com or contact the tournament office at 775-322-3900.

PGA ‘legends’ to play Reno-Tahoe Open

For one week a year, some of the best golfers in the game stream into Reno Tahoe, seeking birdies, avoiding bogies and playing on one of the best golf courses in the West.

The Legends Reno-Tahoe Open, a PGA TOUR stop at Montreux Golf and Country Club (Aug. 3-9) in south Reno, offers a unique setting among the pines of the Tahoe forest (just minutes from Lake Tahoe) but is also right at the tree line with the Nevada desert on display in the valley below.

And although the LRTO offers a true PGA experience, this isn’t your father’s – or even grandfather’s – golf tourney. Spectators come out for the laid-back party atmosphere. It’s serious golf without the serious attitudes.

Take the Fiesta Loco-themed hole at #16. Here the margaritas and tequila drinks will be flowing, along with a burrito and taco bar. Oh, and there is also a Mariachi band. What would a PGA TOUR event be without a Mariachi band?

And of course there is plenty of fun for the kids. The Kidz Par Tee Zone offers a bounce house, face painting, putt-putt golf and more. This may be the only tournament where the cheers of the gallery have to compete with the sound of squealing kids having a blast.

If you are a wine lover, the Vino 100 Wine Walk offers the opportunity to enjoy all of the golf action while sampling wines at various tasting stations throughout the course. What could be better than a sunny day, high-level pro golf and wine tasting all at the same time?

On top of it all, the Legends Reno-Tahoe Open is an open invitation to have a great time viewing the game that we all love. Beyond the unique events and attractions – and of course competitive golf (players are competing for a $3 million purse as well as all-important FedExCup points), tickets are reasonable, and transportation from Reno Tahoe hotels is fast and easy.

For more information, visit the LRTO page at VisitRenoTahoe.com.

Two things that go well together: Ice cream and golf

tahoecreamerylogoA partnership between the Legends at Sparks Marina Reno-Tahoe Open and Tahoe Creamery is bringing together two favorite summer pastimes – ice cream and golf.

With the purchase of a pint of Tahoe Creamery coffee or chocolate ice cream (with the tournament logo), earn a $5 discount on tourney tickets. The PGA TOUR stop comes to Montreux Golf and Country Club Aug. 3-9, bringing some of the biggest names in golf as they compete for $3 million in purse money and a chance to earn valuable FedExCup points.

Read the Reno Gazette-Journal story and learn more about the tournament online.

Reno’s new disc golf course tees off

Disc Golf has been part of Reno’s master plan for years but never became a reality – until now, with the partial opening of “The Ranch” at Rancho San Rafael Park.

The Ranch, Reno’s disc golf course, is under construction at the north end of Rancho San Rafael Park behind the Reno Sports Complex. Nine holes are currently open and the other nine will be installed following additional community fundraising. The effort is being spearheaded by the Reno Disc Golf Association.

Disc Golf is on a steep growth curve, with more than 100 new courses installed each year. The game doesn’t require deep instruction or investment, so it is approachable. All you need is a disc or two, and a good attitude.

There are now more than 1,300 disc golf courses in the U.S., with hundreds more around the world. The Ranch is Reno’s first disc golf course, although there are several others in the Reno-Tahoe area

- Photo and post courtesy of Michael Jacobus, president of the Reno Disc Golf Association