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3.6
111 Reviews (111)
5 Stars
16
4 Stars
62
3 Stars
21
2 Stars
7
1 Stars
5
Conditions
3.2
Value
4.4
Layout
3.7
Friendliness
4.4
Pace
4.3
Amenities
3.6
83.1%
Recommend this course
97 out of 111 reviews
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3.8
6 Reviews (6)
5 Stars
1
4 Stars
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0
1 Stars
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Conditions
3.3
Value
4.7
Layout
3.8
Pace
4.2
Amenities
3.8
StaffFriendliness
4.5
83.3%
Recommend this course
5 out of 6 reviews
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3.7
10 Reviews (10)
5 Stars
2
4 Stars
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1
Conditions
3.4
Value
4.4
Layout
3.6
Pace
4.1
Amenities
3.6
StaffFriendliness
4.5
80.0%
Recommend this course
8 out of 10 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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Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 72 6733 yards 71.0 124
Blue 72 6370 yards 69.4 118
White 72 5882 yards 66.9 115
Green 72 5356 yards 64.9 103
Green (W) 72 5356 yards 69.6 124
Red (W) 72 4883 yards 66.8 117
Scorecard for Sierra/River
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Black M: 71.0/124 494 340 413 389 170 371 423 165 498 3263 341 523 444 207 355 542 434 194 460 3500 6763
Blue M: 69.4/118 478 316 397 366 157 345 404 157 476 3096 330 487 407 198 313 511 403 181 444 3274 6370
White M: 66.9/115 454 297 368 352 139 302 371 144 452 2879 299 452 394 173 277 464 378 161 405 3003 5882
Green M: 64.9/115 W: 69.9/123 416 265 350 324 128 267 337 117 427 2631 259 430 351 141 250 440 337 144 373 2725 5356
Red W: 67.1/117 351 241 313 289 112 235 328 98 407 2374 236 406 339 124 229 401 325 127 322 2509 4883
Handicap 11 17 3 13 9 5 1 7 15 12 18 4 14 10 6 2 8 16
Par 5 4 4 4 3 4 4 3 5 36 4 5 4 3 4 5 4 3 4 36 72

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

3.6
111 Reviews (111)

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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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
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
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Little windy,water hazards dry

Overall good value played for $20. No starter or beverage cart. 18 0f 27 holes open. No marshal very slow play 4.5 hours for 18

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

Some areas still need work

I had an enjoyable round. I played 9 holes. I was disappointed that the fairway on #9 is still in bad shape. But, overall , a good round.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Coming Back

The staff has done a great job of bringing back the course from the floods. For the first time in a long time, both blue and white courses were open and could be played as designed. Red is still in progress, but coming along.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Fair
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Response from Empire Ranch Golf Club on 06/26/2018:
Awesome! We're pleased that you enjoyed your round with us but we apologize that our sand traps didn't meet your expectations. We hope to have you back again soon!
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 250 Contributor
Previously Played

Course had been flooded and unplayable except the blue 9.

Weather was perfect but the course was not. Been flooded badly and still the damages were being repaired but they seemed to take their time doing it with only a handful of people actually working on the repairs. Even before the flood the red course didn’t have a good condition with a couple of holes not playable. Had to jump from the red course to the white course, This was the third time we played there and never finished. This time we were forced to quit after playing 11 holes. Even with the GolfNow discount, it was not worth. Sorry but we will stay away from this course the remainder of the year.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Poor
Friendliness Average
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
Played On
Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great course

After all of the flooding and other unfortunate events with Mother Nature, this course is committed to repair the damaged areas and bring the course up to snuff.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Fair
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 250 Contributor
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Course damaged but recovering

Showed up and advised they had damage from a flooded river. They made 18 holes out of the 3 9 hole courses. Considering the damage the course was in decent shape. The only problem was the last 4 holes not marked well and had to drive around to find which ones to play. Course should get better as the season progresses.

Conditions Fair
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Under New managment

This is not the course you would want to go to. It's torn up. The old man in the club house did not know anything tried to make me pay 2 times and I booked on golf now. Then practicing chips and putting. Some lady disrespected me because I have tattoos. Mind you I was dressed to golf kaki pants and a button up shirt. Well dressed. And she just profiled me. I have never been disrespected so bad ever in my life. I will not go to this course again. I do not recommend this course for anyone.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Poor
Friendliness Poor
Pace Fair
Amenities Poor
Played On
Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 25+
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Had Fun

Fun Course..
Got pretty tore up by storms the last year but they’ve turned it into a fun 18 Hole Par 70..
Nice little bar inside too, staff is very friendly!

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

A great value

This course had damage last winter due to flooding, but the staff is working on repairs. There are many rough spots, but the course is enjoyable with some challenging holes. Friendly staff!!

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

This course is affordable.

The staff is courteous. The course has some damage but they are doing their best to recondition it. The tee boxes are nice. The greens could use some work around the holes.

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