Sierra/River at Empire Ranch Golf Course

3.4180705882 3.4 stars from 5 (94)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6733 yards
  • Slope: 124
  • Rating: 71.0
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

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

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.

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 3.4 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.8 stars from 5
Value: 4.1 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.4 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.3 stars from 5
Course Layout: 3.6 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 3.0 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 94 Reviews
5 stars:
12
4 stars:
55
3 stars:
18
2 stars:
6
1 stars:
3

recommend this course

84 out of 94 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is convenient to the city worth the drive   Great for locals seniors playing multiple courses   Challenges include water hazards bunkers forced carries   Great for drinks brunch patio dining  

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Reviews


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"Had Fun"


aafreshj's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  25+

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/21/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"A great value"


nancybrat's avatar
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/05/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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!!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"This course is affordable."


nancybrat's avatar
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/23/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Course Improving; Friendly staff"


dgpetty's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  Don't know

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/29/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

After a Spring flood, the course conditions have gradually improved. Still a few extra water hazards. Frozen turf presents some new challenges but today the warm temps thawed the top inch or two of turf. Fairways and greens have a surprising amount of green grass, but are very rough in places.

Staff are very friendly. Cafe serves lunches at a good value.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Recovering Nicely"


JeffCowan's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/14/2017
Previously played Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

They have 9 holes Blue, 5 Red and 4 white.

Nice job making a playable and fun 18 holes.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I recommend this course


"Course was partially closed"


u446248573's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/24/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This is a 27 hole course (3 nine hole courses) 1 Course completely closed. The other 2 courses has multiple holes closed as well. You played a combination of the two courses to make a 9 hole game. We played it twice to play 18 holes. They are punching the course!!! Other areas are very wet and muddy. Greens are recently sanded. Restaurant food was great, as always!!! Best dogs and burgers EVER!!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Flood Recovery"


dgpetty's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  Don't know

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/17/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course was still wet in many places but staff have selected 18 holes to play out of the 27. Conditions are much better than a few months ago.

Staff are friendly, restaurant serves good food at modest prices. Excellent value.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Under repair"


casper007's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/18/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

They have 27 holes, but are repairing 18 of them from the flood. You had to play 4 or 5 holes of each 9hole course. It was marked ok, and enjoyed all 18 holes. The greens were in good shape and the ruff was semi-long and green? I will play it again but it's far from my house.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course



Jerry7954740's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/14/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Terrible"


jrbbjs01's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  25+

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/03/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

This course is NOT playable! Staff did not even mention the bad conditions when we called for tee time and not when we walked in! Then we were handed a list of 18 (all over the 27) to play. The course already has a lot of water, but now even more, not shown anywhere. Sand traps are half weeds, smell is bad and to top it off, there are NO directions on how to find these scattered holes!


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Poor

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"Can't Fight Mother Nature"


u000005134607's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/14/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I like the course very much especially via online deals. Unfortunately with the extreme weather we have had in the Reno / Carson Valley areas, Mother Nature has not been kind to this course. There has been a lot of storm damage, mostly from flooding. I played on 3/14 and only 12 of the 27 holes were open for play. The conditions are obviously not the fault of the course management but rather Mother Nature and I don't see it being back to normal for at least a few months ( my unprofessional opinion).

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Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I don't recommend this course


"Horrible"


MArtin1555400's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/10/2017
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Reviewed on

Water damage from floods has only 10 of the 27 holes available spread out on two courses. The stagnant water smells awful and you can't escape it. Additionally, nobody seems to take the time to repair their ball marks on the greens and they are in incredibly poor shape. Staff has a ton of work ahead of them....


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Poor

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I don't recommend this course


"played here few timesover the years fairly easy"


u155152821's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/19/2016
Previously played Used cart Cold weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

winter conditions so it was so so.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I recommend this course


"no title"


u000001306146's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/16/2016
Previously played Used cart Cold weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Every fairway had standing water and ball would land in it. Very windy and cold. I thought about quitting after the third but played only eight holes. Would not recommend playing this course until drying out and weather gets better.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"Cold"


dodgersharkfish's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/26/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course was in good shape for a November. It was pretty cold and windy but still fun. Greens were in good shape.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Windy Day"


dgpetty's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/13/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Not the best day for golfing with strong winds at mid day. But if you are willing to battle some wind, these three 9 hole courses are a great value. Green fairways are somewhat level and are framed by distant mountains. Today had several small wet spots but no pools on the fairways. Sand in traps is very hard so no raking needed. The carts are reliable but show their age. Pro shop and restaurant staff are always pleasant.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Carson City Bargain"


DHS152's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/18/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Well maintained course with lush fairways and greens. Fast pace of play midday w/cart. Mosquitoes can be a negative but golf shop has repellant for use or sale. Staff was friendly and informative and flexible. With 27 holes we were able to avoid a slow group ahead at the turn and play a different 9 that was wide open.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Impressive"


dewaldconcoinc's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/03/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

I have played Empire Ranch a number of times over the years. I have also played numerous courses throughout California (yes, I did play Pebble) and this course ranks in the top twenty for course layout, course conditions, the staff (including management), pace of play, and level of difficulty (depending on which tees you play from). I would highly recommend this course to any golfer (low to high handicap). My only advice would be to put a lot more sand in the traps.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Empire"


doblerski's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/16/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Average weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

It is a nice course and has 3 nines so you can mix it up on different visits.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Empire red and blue 9's"


Jim4705191's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  25+

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/12/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course was very recently mowed, and lots of loose grass lay on most fairways ( lost two balls in the fairway} Other than this, course was in good condition. Pace of play was good (finished in 3 3/4 hours). Sand traps could use some work as they are very hard packed. Extensive wetlands bordering fairways offer continuous challenges.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



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