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3.9
133 Reviews (133)
5 Stars
21
4 Stars
77
3 Stars
22
2 Stars
8
1 Stars
5
Conditions
3.5
Value
4.6
Layout
3.9
Friendliness
4.5
Pace
4.3
Amenities
3.9
88.2%
Recommend this course
118 out of 133 reviews
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4.2
13 Reviews (13)
5 Stars
4
4 Stars
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3 Stars
0
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1
1 Stars
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Conditions
4.0
Value
4.7
Layout
4.0
Pace
4.2
Amenities
4.3
StaffFriendliness
4.5
92.3%
Recommend this course
12 out of 13 reviews
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4.0
28 Reviews (28)
5 Stars
6
4 Stars
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3 Stars
3
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Conditions
3.8
Value
4.8
Layout
4.0
Pace
4.3
Amenities
4.1
StaffFriendliness
4.6
92.9%
Recommend this course
26 out of 28 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Public
Par 72
Length 6733 yards
Slope 124
Rating 71.0

Empire Ranch Golf Course is located just outside downtown Carson City in the scenic Carson Valley. Empire Ranch features 27 championship holes, making three individual nines that are played in three different 18-hole combinations. Sierra/River is one of the combinations, characterized by lakes and wetlands that are scattered throughout the course. The layout sprawls across the landscape’s natural buffs, offering a scenic environment. All of the golf courses provide a fair challenge for players of all skill levels. In addition to the 27 holes of golf, Empire Ranch G.C. also offers extensive practice facilities including a 300-yard driving range and practice greens.

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Course Details

Year Built 1997
Golf Season Year round
Architect Cary Bickler

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes

Reviews

3.9
133 Reviews (133)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 13
Brunch 9
Patio Dining 8
Course Challenges Include:
Water Hazards 17
Bunkers 10
Forced Carries 10
This course/club is great for:
Locals 19
Seniors 19
Playing Multiple Courses 14
This Course's Location is:
Convenient to the City 16
Worth the Drive 10

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Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Previously Played

Good value, fast pace

I’ve played this course a few hundred times, so I’m rather fond of it. Unfortunately, the flood of a few years ago, reduced it from 27 to 18 holes, and there are a lot of holes that still show damage. Today the weather was perfect, but I think most golfers felt it would be too cold and windy to play. That was not the case so the lack of many golfers made for very fast play (which is often the case). My partner was on fire today and shot a personal best 82. He is a 20 handicap, so it was a good day!

Conditions Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Kinda Got Lost

I have played here before but it has been years. I found myself lost on where is the next hole 3 times because of poor direction indicators. The course is alot of fun and golfer friendly. I'll be back many more times going forward.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
Incentivized Review
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
Incentivized Review
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Skill Beginner
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Beginner
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played

I had a good round. Pleasant weather , and good staff.

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

GREAT value

My buddy and I have been playing this course every other Monday. The greens are in great shape, and except for a handful of fairways, the flood damage from a few years ago is minimal. Every round includes a $4 food & beverage credit, so we will either have lunch between 9’s, or get a refillable fountain drink ($2) and a couple of their homemade cookies ($1 each). I’m not a dessert person, but the cookies are “to die for”.We almost always finish in only 3 hours, so pace of play is good.

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

Nice day

I played today. It was a bit warm but there was a breeze. Course conditions are improving but #9 still needs work.
All in all a good golf day..

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

Still Recovering

This was my first time playing the course since Mother Nature wiped out the red course. The rest of the course is still recovering from a lot of water this year and some spots on the fairways were a little soupy to drive on. No marshals on the course to tell the groups (like the one’s in front of us today) to pick up their pace of play. Some people need to swallow their pride and realize they can’t drive a ball 275-300+ Yards so play off the tees that suit your game and while their at it fix your pitch marks on the green, it’s called etiquette and it’s really okay to respect the course as well as the players you’re holding up.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Fair
Played On
Handicap 25+
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once every three months
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Skill Beginner
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great value

This is a course we will play all the time. No need to pay a lot. A good challenging course.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

First timer

Course condition was average at best. Greens were excellent but fairways were rough. Fairways had spots of standing water and bare spots in middle. Played for very low price would not consider at higher green fees

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

15 years later

Staying in the Truckee area and had a chance to re visit Empire Ranch. it still is a great flat course for walking Sadly the red 9 has been taken out of play. The blue and white 9s make a tight fit But I had no problems with wayward shots as the course was virtually empty

The only complaint: there was no water available on the entire course. I took one water bottle thinking a drinking fountain or water coolers would be strategically placed throughout the course, especially in the summer. The
Last couple of holes I was really struggling.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Windy weather

Great value and pace

Challenging at times - green crew has it in good sahpe. Lots of casual water, normal for the area.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

No Marshals

As I made the turn at 9, two twosomes cut in front of me beginning their round. I was following a single and as soon as I finished 9, headed for 10.

No marshal in sight. I advised clubhouse and left after 9 holes.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Needs a little work.

For the what we paid, it was a great deal. Course needs work to get some of the fairways in better shape. The greens were in good shape, so we were satisfied overall.

Conditions Fair
Value Excellent
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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