A view of the 4th hole at Ranch Course from Genoa Lakes Golf Club
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4.3
179 Reviews (179)
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3 Stars
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2 Stars
6
1 Stars
2
Conditions
3.9
Value
4.4
Layout
4.6
Friendliness
4.7
Pace
4.3
Amenities
4.0
91.9%
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165 out of 179 reviews
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4.2
44 Reviews (44)
5 Stars
16
4 Stars
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3 Stars
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Conditions
3.7
Value
4.4
Layout
4.6
Pace
4.3
Amenities
3.9
StaffFriendliness
4.7
88.6%
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4.2
52 Reviews (52)
5 Stars
20
4 Stars
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3 Stars
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Conditions
3.7
Value
4.5
Layout
4.6
Pace
4.3
Amenities
4.0
StaffFriendliness
4.7
90.4%
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47 out of 52 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Semi-Private
Style Links
Par 73
Length 7258 yards
Slope 132
Rating 74.4

Ranch Course at Genoa Lakes Golf Club is a Johnny Miller co-design that's a short drive from its sister Lakes Course. The two courses will never be mistaken for each other though. Ranch Course is a pumped up course that's big in almost every way. There are over 300 feet of elevation changes and in excess of 100 bunkers around the course.

Miller and his design partner John Harbottle III put together a course that plays as bold and showy as Las Vegas. Only it's located in Carson Valley, halfway in-between the more nature resort towns of Reno and Lake Tahoe.

The bunkering can be severe on Genoa Lakes' Ranch Course and the mountain scenery can be even more striking. Even though it's not far from the Lakes Course, the Ranch Course is definitely set up in its own world.

Miller gives golfers a fighting chance though and often the latitude to decide their own fate. Ranch Course at Genoa Lakes is full of risk-reward holes. Most notable might be No. 18. This 561-yard par 5 gives you not one, but two shots (minimum) where you must decide how much lake you want to try and cut.

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Course Details

Year Built 1998
Golf Season Year round
Architect Johnny Miller (1998) John Harbottle III (1998)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - included in green fees
Clubs Yes
GPS Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Bunker Yes
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard, Amex Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Dress code Collared shirts, shorts/proper golf slacks to be worn at all times. No denim/sweat pants.

Food & Beverage

Bar

Available Facilities

Clubhouse, Banquet Facilities

Accolades

Reviews

4.3
179 Reviews (179)

What Golfers Are Saying

Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 10
Water Hazards 10
Elevation Changes 9
This course/club is great for:
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 11
Advanced Golfers 9
Locals 8
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 13

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Reviews 2
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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First Time Playing

Back Nine was Great!

I guess they took out 4-5 holes on the front nine and built houses. The new 4-5 holes are no where near as nice as the other holes. All of the original holes were great and that made up for the 4-5 bad holes.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Fun desert course. But with small hick up

First time here, friendly Staff. Driving range is included, that's a plus. First that I have noticed is that the tee box marking the color is not that obvious. The tee box and fair way is under good maintenance But to my surprise that the green is under par. It looks like the abused municipal course's green. The layout is good.

Overall: I enjoy and like the course , just hope they can make the greens better

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 27
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

a smokey day on the links

The practice facility is great, big putting green, need a few more holes, grass driving range that is very big. Over all the course is in ok shape. There is no sand in the bunkers so free relief is a must. Staying on the fairways is a a must, no looking for errant shots in the sage brush. Now to the greens. Haven't putted on greens that bumpy all summer. I pride myself on being a very good putter, but these greens made me look bad. They need to spend a lot time on their greens before I would come back.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 7
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather

wet and smokey

very calm and smokey day...played as a single and moved along very quickly.....course was very wet mostly, balls plugged and fairways and greens were not very good. loved the layout but was mostly too soggy on greens and fairways. wind came up and blew heavy late afternoon.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 8
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Genoa Ranch Course

This is a fun and challenging course. Greens are fast but fair.. I would recommend this course as part of the hot deals.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Reviews 2
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Previously Played

This course has great length from green and yellow tee boxes.

Front nine requires work on both fairways and greens.
Back nine fairways ok. 3 greens on back nine require work .

Great practice facility.

Conditions Fair
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Good potential but course needs work

Staff and practice area was very good as were the first several holes. Not sure of the problem, but there were large areas of the fairway that were dead and other burned areas on the greens. Also, a number of spots seemed to be over watered and actually muddy. Good layout but needs some TLC

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Hot weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 6
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing

AMAZING Course....greens are worst I’ve ever seen

I play a lot of golf. Very accommodating to conditions as I just need them to be decent. This course is unbelievable. The views and layout are hard to beat

The greens though....I’ve played well over 100 courses and these are .2nd worst greens I’ve ever played on...only in front of sharp park in San Francisco. Definitely worth the trip but the greens are infested, patchy and bumpier than.

Still one of my favorite courses views/layouts I’ve ever played but the greens definitely take the experience down a notch

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 24
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Nature and golf goes well together

The weather was hot somewhere but perfect here except for smoke from fires in surrounding areas. Glad we got out of town to play golf here. After few months of no golf due to COVID, this place was a hit. My hubby enjoyed as much as I did, awesome nature and a place to consider for retirement. Thank you.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
2.0
First Time Playing

Not a Championship Course

The course was in terrible shape. I booked this course because it was ranked as one of the better course in the area and after speaking with the staff in the proshop I was assured the course was in very good condition and I would not be disappointed. This could not be more inaccurate. There are large sections of the course that are completely burned out, other sections 50 by 60 yards that are roped off in the middle of fairways and the bunkers are devoid of sand. One of our players actually hurt himself by trying to hit an actual sand shot. Huge disappointment. Do not play here.

Conditions Poor
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

The Ranch Course

Great deal for $38 on a Saturday. Greens patchy in some places and medium speed but made a lot of putts. Front nine is fairly flat and undulating fairways provide interesting lies. Hole 8 and 9 on the front stand out. Back nine is great and holes 15,16 and 18 are amazing. Wind made things very interesting. Worth the 2.5 hr trip from Sacramento. Will be back for sure

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

The Ranch Course

Grabbed a great deal on GN and drove 2.5 hrs from Sac to play. Practice facilities were great with a very large green to chip and putt. Some bare spots around greens on some holes as we began and bunkers are bare and hard so opt for relief or pay at risk. Course is fairly flat at the beginning but the mountain views are big and rolling fairways can make uneven lies; Greens were medium speed. Back nine climbs into the hills and the views of Carson Valley below are very nice; course is dead silent. Hole 15 is spectacular and 16 is just amazing as the wind kicked up to near 20 mph and makes for an interesting forced carry onto a shallow green. Will definitely play again.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Historical Nevada Location

Next to the oldest settlement in the Silver State,
Genoa Lakes encompasses the grandeur of the western slopes of Lake Tahoe to the west, a wonderful wetlands that runs throughout the course and opens up the Carson Valley to the east with ranches and classic Nevada communities that still linger with one boot in the past.
Stunning views and a stunning course, every hole seems completely different than the last one or the next one; great condition and very challenging, from the water hazards, to the bunker placements, to the layout of the hole itself.
The Clubhouse looks like a Victorian mansion from a distant era - beautiful design inside and out, natural wood throughout and original painting of golf history and mountain mystery. Can't wait to play again; this place is pure class.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Great course for the price!

Course is always fun. Good course for all levels of golf!
Back nine with its elevation change is challenging and beautiful!
Always fun

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 24
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Lovely Course, some areas need improvement

The layout is good and the staff friendly to this first time player.

Most fairways and greens in good shape, except #4. The greens have the potential to be faster, but I didn’t mind their speed.

I regularly walk when playing golf, but this would be a challenge. There are some distance between a few green-to-tee as well.

Recommend using a golf cart here.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great layout. Back 9 more difficult. Windy.

Overall a good experience. Will play it again. Ran into a slow 4some of old geezers. Appeared to be regulars. No marshall present to move slow groups along. But could be short staffed due to COVID.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great Valley course!

Perfect course to mix up with the more expensive courses in Tahoe... for $60 we played in the afternoon and other than the 4th hole which you can tell they are working on it... is a great course!

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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