Nevada is one of America's best-kept golf secrets - yet it is one of the most visited states in the whole of the United States.
Yet it's probably true that most visitors to Nevada never escape the obvious delights of Las Vegas.
Still, the Silver State has more than 100 golf courses, ranging from lush lakefront links to high-desert greens and country club resorts.
Most courses are open year-round, thanks to Nevada's warm, high-desert climate.
So with so many choices, narrowing down where you want to go may be harder than sinking that 15-foot putt for a birdie.
A bonus of playing in Nevada is that the high elevation means less air resistance on your ball, so your drives go farther and your scores lower. What better incentive could there be?
Las Vegas hardly needs description - it is a one-of-a-kind city with every attraction and distraction one could want. Aside from all-night casinos, entertainment and more entertainment, it also has world-class golf courses on and off the Strip, such as the exclusive course at the Wynn Las Vegas.
However, you must be a hotel guest to play this challenging par 70 course, so if a stay at the Wynn isn't on your agenda, the Bali Hai Golf Club is a peaceful respite near the Las Vegas Strip.
Fans of golf legend Jack Nicklaus should head to Bear's Best, which offers 18 replicas of Nicklaus' finest holes currently found at courses from Montana to Mexico. It is also home to a clubhouse that features Jack's Place, where photos, plaques and other memorabilia from Nicklaus' legendary career are displayed.
That said, it is certainly worth breaking out of Las Vegas to sample the state's other golfing delights as well as its cultural and scenic highlights.
One of Nevada's best-kept golf secrets is the town of Mesquite, about 80 miles North East of Las Vegas. Five stunning championship courses lure golfers from all over the world to this peaceful resort town.
The spectacular landscape of red-rock canyons and desert plateaus make this area unforgettable, and several large hotel-casinos offer all the amenities of Las Vegas at a slower, more peaceful pace.
The Oasis Golf Club features two courses, the Canyons Course and the Palmer Course, which was designed by Arnold Palmer and is in Golf Digest's list of top 10 public courses. The Oasis also offers a Learning Center, a restaurant at the clubhouse and an exclusive "members only" lounge. The golf club is part of the Oasis Resort-Casino complex, which includes a spectacular gun club and spa.
Another remarkable course is Wolf Creek Golf Club, which was named "The Most Spectacular New Course in America" by Affluent Magazine when it opened in 2000 and is No. 22 on Golf Digest's list of top 100 public courses. The par-72 course's terrain is a challenge to even avid golfers with its dramatic hills and elevated tees.
Deep, blue Lake Tahoe - in the area near to the state capital of Reno - sets the backdrop for some of the most scenic golf courses in northern Nevada.
People travel from all over the world to spend a few days at this spectacular alpine lake, and golfers find a paradise of lush links, cool mountain air and resort hotel-casinos amid towering pine trees. Many hotel-casinos offer special stay-and-play packages so you can reserve your room and round of golf in one easy - and discounted - step.
Edgewood Tahoe is set along the south shore of Lake Tahoe and is home to the annual Celebrity Golf Championship, which welcomes such Hollywood and sports stars as Michael Jordan, Ray Romano and Greg Kinnear. The clubhouse has earned as many honours as the course, and was named among the "Best 19th Holes in America" in 2008.
Edgewood Tahoe is the only golf course situated right on the lake's shore, yet it is just minutes from the shopping, dining and gaming action of south Lake Tahoe.
Near to Tahoe is Genoa Lakes Golf Club and Resort, which is situated in the spectacular eastern foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountain range.
This gorgeous spot, where deer and other wildlife freely roam the fairways, offers 36 championship holes on two semi-private courses built for players in pursuit of the ultimate game.
Just minutes from Carson City and Lake Tahoe, the two Genoa Lakes courses sport remarkable views and a playability that USA Today ranked among the Top Ten Courses to Die For, and Golf Digest calls one of America's best.
Another great option is the Arrowcreek Country Club, near Reno, which is an Arnold Palmer-designed course that boasts 36 holes and a wonderful clubhouse.
Arrowcreek sits in an elevated position in the mountains and offers memorable views of nearby beauty spots such as stunning Mount Rose, which is well-known for its hiking trails, as well as stunning golf.
For more information on golf in Nevada contact the Nevada Commission on Tourism by calling 020-7367-0910 or visit the website: www.travelnevada.co.uk