Lakes Course at Genoa Lakes Golf Club

3.7846352941 3.8 stars from 5 (75)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 7359 yards
  • Slope: 133
  • Rating: 74.0
  • Layout

  • 1 Genoa Lakes Drive, Genoa, Nevada 89411, Douglas County
  • (866) 795-2709, (775) 782-4653
  • (775) 782-5899
  • genoalakes.com

Year built: 1993
Architect(s): Peter Jacobsen (1993), John Harbottle III (1993), Wadsworth Golf Construction (1993)
Type: Semi-Private
Style: Links
Golf Season: Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes - included in green fees
Clubs: Yes
GPS: Yes

Practice/Instruction

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

Policies

Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Collared shirts, shorts/proper golf slacks to be worn at all times. No denim/sweat pants.
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Amex, Discover Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Gold 72 7359 yards 74.0 133
Green 72 6774 yards 71.2 130
Blue 72 6050 yards 67.3 120
Blue (W) 72 6050 yards 73.4 133
Forward 72 5057 yards 62.8 103
Forward (W) 72 5057 yards 68.1 122

The Genoa Lakes Golf Club's Lakes Course brings water into Lake Tahoe-Reno golf. It's found on 14 of the 18 hole on the Lakes Course and it's not always nice tame water of staid old country clubs either. Sometimes you'll be shooting over near swamps with tall gnarly grasses poking out of them. That's the Lakes Course.

It's one of the more natural settings in an area known for its nature settings. You'll see cows along the border of the course - and birds will come flying up that you probably can't identify.

Lakes Course is a Peter Jacobsen and John Harbottle III design with rolling fairways, some tight shot openings and good views. It's 7,359 yards of golf with the Carson River and wetlands riding shotgun. It's located in Carson Valley, an often forgotten town, that's right inbetween the big gaming spots of Reno and Lake Tahoe. That makes Genoa Lakes Golf Club a pretty easy course to get to from most of the popular areas in the High Sierras.

Accolades

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 3.8 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.5 stars from 5
Value: 3.5 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.1 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.1 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.1 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 3.8 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 75 Reviews
5 stars:
38
4 stars:
23
3 stars:
12
2 stars:
1
1 stars:
1

recommend this course

70 out of 75 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is worth the drive   Great for wildlife/ scenic views advanced golfers locals   Challenges include water hazards forced carries bunkers   Great for drinks  

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Kentjgator's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/29/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Wonderful course and the most friendly and helpful people we have expieneced at any course we have played anywhere.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/15/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Liked the course a lot. Worth it with a hot deal on golf now but regular prices seem way overpriced


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Great Course"


None's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/06/2017
Previously played Used cart Wet weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

It is a very good course. One of us is a single digit index and long off the tee. The other is a 24 index with a low drive trajectory. it would be very helpful to know the needed carry on drives. Another suggestion would be a blend of the whites and blues depending on needed carry off the tee. Great course and great facility.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course




2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/02/2017
First time playing Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"Nice greens"


copz1998's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/31/2017
Previously played Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I last played this course about 3-4 years ago. Today, I was disappointed to see the fairways drying up. Most of the ruff areas were mowed so it was not too difficult to find your ball. The greens had a nice feel; soft and smooth. The greens allowed the ball to roll true. Because this is the "Lakes" course, there was plenty of water to provide a challenge. The views of the mountains provided a nice backdrop. Overall, good but not as good as it once was.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



"Great mountain vistas"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/13/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

In spite of a wet winter the Ranch course has faired well. We really enjoyed playing the course yesterday.

The locals buy and 11 round pass.


Pace of Play: Excellent

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


"Good course bad value"


u000004306105's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  25+

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/08/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

A good course, but not worth even the discount we got on GolfNow. There are better courses in the Carson Valley for much less. This is about a $45.00 course.

VERY disappointed that the restaurant was "closed," because the chef didn't show up for work. When you pay $75 for a round, you expect the restaurant and other "extras" will be functional.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"Good round ruined"


Rdaniel21's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/15/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

It was a beautiful day, except there was a 1.5 hour frost delay and I didn't check. Everyone was crammed onto the course in a short period of time trying to catch up. No marshal to be seen or least do anything. Front side took 2.5 hours and backside was even worse pace. We had other things to do and had to quit before the finish. We did find as we made our way in that there was a big gap between the lead group and those that followed. Waited on every shot.

Layout was fun. Very interesting holes and views. Disappointed with the greens. Very bumpy and hard to count on for rolling anything approaching true. They do a great job of growing the rough, however.

We would go back. But I would expect pace of play and conditions to be better or not again.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"genoa lakes"


u00000900748's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/31/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Definitely NOT worth the discounted fee we paid. Used to be a great course, not anymore


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I don't recommend this course


"Great course"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/28/2016
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Awesome course. Fun layout and pretty challenging. Very nice for the price. There were very few people playing on the Sunday I played and the course was in great conditions. I didn't shoot well but I can't wait to play there again.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"not a great choice"


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

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/24/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course was fair for scoring but conditions were less than good. Bunkers were terrible-dirt not sand. Greens were ok. Pace of play was 4hrs 45 minutes. Green fees were reasonable but not worth it to me.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"3 Hour round"


budcarney's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/23/2016
Previously played Walked Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Shot a decent score on a very challenging course in only 3 hrs.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Nice Course, but ..."


u758117778's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  20-24

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/16/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

It was a nice course and I enjoyed the round of golf. However, I ran into a hassle with the starter who initially was not going to honor my Golfnow reservation. Later, I was told they would have to work me in when they were able to do so. After two trips to the golf shop, I was finally sent out on the course with a threesome. So I guess all's well that ends well.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Our First Round"


Eclarkt2's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  25+

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/25/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

We came from Lake Tahoe to see what the Genoa courses were like. The weather was beautiful, the temperature was perfect and we got off early. By the third hole a single came up and we let him through, no problem. The course was in good shape and the greens were clean and smooth. We enjoyed our game.

As we made the turn, we came to a sudden stop. There was a six person group playing the 10th hole in front of us. We dragged on for two holes before we ran across two members who called in the problem.

Shortly, the ranger came along and explained what had happened. He then threaded the six group and us through the problem. It seems a gentleman was teaching his girlfriend how to play golf. The ranger asked and the couple were very cooperative. We ended feeling happy about our experience.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Excellent track"


westgarr's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/23/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course in very good shape for February but should be less expensive for winter golf. Excellent staff.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Great course - not for the faint of heart"


rscottd's avatar
Age:  45-54
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/19/2015
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great course - well set up, but very challenging - I think I really played the wrong tees for my abilities.

Water on 13 of 18 holes and some shots require a lot of faith.

The course was in great shape and the entire staff was very friendly and made you feel welcome.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Beautiful on a non windy day."


MitchJames's avatar
Top 1000 Contributor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/16/2015
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I've the golf now mobile app which allows views of the entire hole. A map really helped plan shots, ( not that I made my shot ). A lot of hazards but easily avoidable. The app made my round enjoyable and score.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Fine, Fun Course... Requires A Brain, Though"


tommyphils's avatar
Top 250 Contributor
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/12/2015
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

The Lakes Course at Genoa Lakes was the second leg of a Navy reunion golf weekend in Tahoe. I believe I speak for all the guys when I say we were very satisfied with this course. Although there are plenty of hazards throughout the course, most of it is right in front of you, and it is just a matter of avoiding it. Whether it be accuracy, bailout, or club selection, this can be done, and therefore, provide good scoring opportunities. Probably the most difficult holes on the course were the par 3s. Three of the four have forced carries. #8 has OB behind the green that is not visible from the teebox-- one club too much and you are in for a frustrating surprise-- lots of room elsewhere, though. #14 is flat-out long (215-230 from green to gold tees). Don't psych yourself out, though. Just hit close to the number you have selected, and you will be fine. The greens are pretty spacious, but with quite a bit of undulation. I had a little trouble reading them, but the mountains definitely affect the break. Be mindful of this. I should have done better. There are some holes where a good shot is required, but for the most part, you can get away with less than your best, especially off the tee, and still post a very respectable score. When in doubt, play it safe, but if you like what you see, feel free to go for it. For the most part, there is a lot more bailout than you think on most holes. I navigated the course fine, but I did notice that some of my buddies, especially the big hitters, found trouble that initially looked out of range. Maybe it is the higher elevation here, but be mindful of how far your ball flies. You may get more distance than your normal club selection warrants. If you like wildlife, there are plenty of deer milling around the course, especially on the back nine around the creek, and they aren't too skittish, so have your camera ready. As for the facilities, they are first-rate. The palatial clubhouse, practice area, restaurant/bar are on par with those of private clubs. I am not sure if it is just a weekend thing, but the pasta buffet looked very tempting. If we did not have other plans, I would have voted for the buffet for dinner. They also had live music in the dining room, and it was not overbearing as some can be. All in all, it was a very pleasant day. One drawback, but not Genoa Lakes fault, was the thick haze from the California wildfires that blocked what I suspect is very spectacular scenery. It was nice anyway, but what are you gonna do?


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Lakes Course"


smokinfive4's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/01/2015
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Excellent day of Golf, great facilities and super staff that was very helpful and accommodating I would not hesitate to play this course again and actually plan to make this a ongoing trip.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Saturday round in genoa"


Allen7521853's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/22/2015
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Have played here most every year for last 10 years as I own a place in Tahoe for vacation. Course was in great shape though a little wet in some spots even for a 10am time. Bunkers were very wet and muddy from the irrigation. Fairways were nicely cut and greens were a tad slow but it's hot in August. My only negative was the pairing up of players. I would up a single behind 2 nice mature women thus had to wait on every shot. Simple pairing up the 3 some ahead or behind would have paced the round better. Felt sorry for the lad they sent out to me to share the bad news. One could tell dealing with issues wasn't his forte.<br/> Still a good round at a nice course beats working.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



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