Comstock/River at Empire Ranch Golf Course

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3.3
104
5 Stars
14
4 Stars
59
3 Stars
19
2 Stars
7
1 Stars
5
Conditions
2.8
Value
4.1
Layout
3.5
Friendliness
4.3
Pace
4.3
Amenities
3.6
75.6%
Recommend this course
91 out of 104 reviews
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Average Rating
3.1
8
5 Stars
2
4 Stars
2
3 Stars
1
2 Stars
1
1 Stars
2
Conditions
2.8
Value
3.8
Layout
3.0
Pace
3.9
Amenities
3.0
StaffFriendliness
4.0
62.5%
Recommend this course
5 out of 8 reviews
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Average Rating
3.4
16
5 Stars
2
4 Stars
9
3 Stars
1
2 Stars
2
1 Stars
2
Conditions
2.9
Value
4.1
Layout
3.6
Pace
4.3
Amenities
3.4
StaffFriendliness
4.3
81.2%
Recommend this course
13 out of 16 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Par 72
Length 6840
Slope 125
Rating 71.4
Type Public
Empire Ranch Golf Course, situated in the picturesque Carson Valley, features 27 holes of golf that overlook the Carson River. Located just minutes from downtown Carson City, Empire Ranch's three individual nines offer three different 18-hole combinations that have a convenient location but still provide a challenging golf getaway. The Comstock/River layout features lakes and wetlands coming into play throughout. The fairways are also well guarded by strategically placed bunkers. It provides a fair test, but the golf course is forgiving enough for beginning and intermediate players. In addition to the three courses, Empire Ranch also offers extensive practice facilities and a staff of PGA Professionals who can provide golf instruction.
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Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 72 6840 yards 71.4 125
Blue 72 6392 yards 69.5 120
White 72 5923 yards 67.2 116
Green 72 5409 yards 64.9 107
Green (W) 72 5409 yards 70.5 131
Red (W) 72 4854 yards 67.3 122
Scorecard for Comstock/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: 71.4/125 384 510 184 512 446 375 381 192 356 3340 341 523 444 207 355 542 434 194 460 3500 6840
Blue M: 69.5/120 349 490 177 475 411 350 351 178 337 3118 330 487 407 198 313 511 403 181 444 3274 6392
White M: 67.2/116 336 469 155 448 403 304 334 162 309 2920 299 452 394 173 277 464 378 161 405 3003 5923
Green M: 64.9/107 W: 70.5/128 311 453 135 407 378 293 292 128 287 2684 259 430 351 141 250 440 337 144 373 2725 5409
Red W: 67.6/120 256 415 98 393 349 267 268 112 187 2345 236 406 339 124 229 401 325 127 322 2509 4854
Handicap 13 11 3 9 1 17 15 7 5 14 12 4 10 2 18 16 8 6
Par 4 5 3 5 4 4 4 3 4 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

3.3
104

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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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
Top 100 Contributor
Verified Purchaser
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
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

Course Improving; Friendly staff

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.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart

Recovering Nicely

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

Nice job making a playable and fun 18 holes.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Course was partially closed

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!!

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

Flood Recovery

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.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Average
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

Under repair

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.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 25+
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
1.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Terrible

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!

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Poor
Friendliness Poor
Pace Average
Amenities Fair
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$199 Starting price
Valid dates: Oct 19, 2018 - Dec 20, 2018
The package includes overnight accommodations, unlimited rounds of golf for two players, daily American breakfast for two at CORE Kitchen & Wine Bar and 10% savings offered at the Golf Shop.
1875 Fair Way Dr, Carson City, Nevada 89701, Carson City County
(775) 885-2100, (888) 227-1335
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