The Sierra Nevada, a region that once gave rise to the Gold Rush, is experiencing a boom of a different kind. Call it the Golf Rush, an explosion of top-notch courses in some of the most scenic surroundings anywhere. — J.S.

Old Greenwood Golf Course Jack Nicklaus, the Golden Bear, designed this gem, which is a short drive from Lake Tahoe’s North Shore. Lined with towering trees, and playing more than 7,500 yards from the tips, it will test every aspect of your game. www.oldgreenwood.com

Coyote Moon You’ll howl at the beauty of this Brad Bell course, which sits high in the Sierras at 6,200 feet, in the quaint town of Truckee. Try not to get distracted by the scenery, which includes towering granite peaks and babbling streams. www.coyote
moongolfcourse.com

Incline Village Championship Course The celebrated resort just spent close to $5 million renovating its 18-hole Robert Trent Jones Sr. course, resodding greens, restoring tees and fairways, and resculpting bunkers. www.golfincline.com

Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course One of the most acclaimed courses in the West, this George and Tom Fazio track sits along the shore of Lake Tahoe, with breathtaking mountain and water views. If you play poorly, head across the street to the casinos of the lake’s South Shore and try your hand at blackjack, the world’s second-hardest game. www.edgewood-tahoe.com

WhiteHawk Ranch Golf Club Carved through beautiful Mohawk Valley, this Dick Bailey course looks so natural you’d think it had always been there. Wildflowers and native grasses line the fairways — a soothing setting to complement all the demanding shots. www.golfwhitehawk.com

Darkhorse Golf Club (pictured) Set in the Sierra foothills, this course isn’t really a dark horse anymore. It’s received too much acclaim for that. And for good reason — the holes swoop through dramatic elevation changes, curling through forests and meadows along the way. www.darkhorsegolf.com