Ace a par-fect year-round golf location
On the outskirts of Hawthorne, along Highway 95, the Hawthorne Army Depot is clearly marked by fencing, signage and the differentiated military structures, which include a guarded entry point. In seeing this ammunition-based military facility, many are surprised to learn that the Walker Lake Public Golf Course, which opened in 1952, is located on the base. Checking in advance for the current vetting process, one drives into the main entrance with proper identification and drives west, just blocks from the main entry gate. This course has been referred to as “The best 9-hole course in Nevada,” offering a fair price that is enhanced by breathtaking views for any golfer to treasure.
The well-manicured golf course also offers a driving range, putting green and chipping green for those who desire a little practice time. Golf carts and clubs are available to rent at this year-round course. On premises is the Club House (pictured above), offering snacks and a bar located in a spacious room for visiting. Relax while looking at incredible vistas of the surrounding mountains and open ranges surrounding this golfing oasis.
Surrounded by mature trees and colorful, seasonal foliage, this historic 1930s base presents an overall atmosphere of a Midwest feel, with areas of sprawling grass and stately two-story brick homes. These residences remain on grounds as permanent rentals today, although at one time they housed the commanding officers of WWII and other wartime employees.
Area golfers will say, “This course is the best kept secret,” in that it is never crowded, remains low in price, can please the most experienced golf pro, while still accommodating the beginning golfer who is still learning the game. From sand traps to varying fun challenges, all ages can play, and fundraising events or private parties can easily be arranged in advance.
Check out their website at www.walkerlakegolf.com for future tournament schedules, or call for reservations and advanced access information at (775) 945-1111.
— Sheri Samson