A view of the 4th hole at Ranch Course from Genoa Lakes Golf Club
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3.6
278 Reviews (278)
5 Stars
99
4 Stars
96
3 Stars
40
2 Stars
16
1 Stars
27
Conditions
3.2
Value
3.8
Layout
4.3
Friendliness
4.5
Pace
3.9
Amenities
3.8
74.4%
Recommend this course
222 out of 278 reviews
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2.6
76 Reviews (76)
5 Stars
9
4 Stars
13
3 Stars
19
2 Stars
10
1 Stars
25
Conditions
2.1
Value
2.9
Layout
3.9
Pace
3.5
Amenities
3.3
StaffFriendliness
4.3
46.1%
Recommend this course
35 out of 76 reviews
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3.0
103 Reviews (103)
5 Stars
20
4 Stars
24
3 Stars
24
2 Stars
10
1 Stars
25
Conditions
2.5
Value
3.2
Layout
4.1
Pace
3.6
Amenities
3.5
StaffFriendliness
4.4
58.3%
Recommend this course
60 out of 103 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Semi-Private
Style Links
Par 73
Length 7258 yards
Slope 132
Rating 74.4

Ranch Course at Genoa Lakes Golf Club is a Johnny Miller co-design that's a short drive from its sister Lakes Course. The two courses will never be mistaken for each other though. Ranch Course is a pumped up course that's big in almost every way. There are over 300 feet of elevation changes and in excess of 100 bunkers around the course.

Miller and his design partner John Harbottle III put together a course that plays as bold and showy as Las Vegas. Only it's located in Carson Valley, halfway in-between the more nature resort towns of Reno and Lake Tahoe.

The bunkering can be severe on Genoa Lakes' Ranch Course and the mountain scenery can be even more striking. Even though it's not far from the Lakes Course, the Ranch Course is definitely set up in its own world.

Miller gives golfers a fighting chance though and often the latitude to decide their own fate. Ranch Course at Genoa Lakes is full of risk-reward holes. Most notable might be No. 18. This 561-yard par 5 gives you not one, but two shots (minimum) where you must decide how much lake you want to try and cut.

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Course Details

Year Built 1998
Golf Season Year round
Architect Johnny Miller (1998) John Harbottle III (1998)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - included in green fees
Clubs Yes
GPS Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Bunker Yes
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard, Amex Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Dress code Collared shirts, shorts/proper golf slacks to be worn at all times. No denim/sweat pants.

Food & Beverage

Bar

Available Facilities

Clubhouse, Banquet Facilities

Accolades

Reviews

3.6
278 Reviews (278)

What Golfers Are Saying

Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 10
Water Hazards 10
Elevation Changes 9
This course/club is great for:
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 11
Advanced Golfers 9
Locals 8
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 13

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Course conditions

Someone turned off the water. The majority of the course was dead grass. The greens were green and played well. There was heavy, dense, smoke coming from the Caldor fire, which was not the fault of the course. It added to the miserable conditions. Talked to the course manager after playing the course. Plans are in place to bring the course back to normal conditions. Seeding, watering, fertilizing, etc., will happen, but will take until spring 2022. I played this course before, when it was in very nice shape. Not sure how this happened, but I look forward to playing it in the spring.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Poor
Amenities Average
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Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
2.0
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Day at The Ranch

We were at Lake Tahoe area for my son's wedding and family was visiting from the east coast. Decided to take them down to Genoa Lakes GC for a round. Admittedly, we got a good deal at The Ranch course booking in advance on a discount site. The Club's website made both courses look great (complete with awesome photos) so we opted for the good deal at The Ranch. What a mess the course turned out to be. All we kept saying was "well, at least we got a good price....even if not a good "deal." We were told that they had some irrigation problems this summer and yes, it has been hot and dry. But the issues we saw went WAY beyond a short (or even long!) term irrigation problem. In many areas of the fairways, grass was not dry, it was non-existent, and has been for quite some time. The bunkers were unplayable, unless you didn't care about destroying your wedges in those rock pits. Balls hit straight down the middle of the "fairways" were sometimes unfindable as they rolled across the barren landscape wandering off to who knows where. Did we have fun? Sure, because we enjoyed each other's company and didn't take the golf seriously. For anyone that DOES take their golf seriously, this would have been a miserable day. Last point: there are houses currently being built along this course. I wonder how many of those home-buyers assume they are buying "golf course homes." Based on what I saw, this club may be putting its resources into keeping The Lakes course open and letting this one just fade away. If that is the plan, they are well on their way.

Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Fair
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Moderate
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Reviews 9
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

No water

Course was in absolutely horrible condition. Apparently no water for some time. Only greens watered.. In very rough shape, seems to be going back to desert. Nothing on GolfNow forewarned
mr how bad it was. I never would have driven 80 miles round trip to play this cow pasture. You should be ashamed for not telling people what horrible condition it is in.. very disappointed.

Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Fair
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Fair
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Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Reviews 1
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once every three months
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart

Being refreshed

They had a water issue which created problems on fairways and traps. The managers are correcting these issues as quickly as possible. The greens are all in great shape and you can still enjoy a challenging round of golf in an absolutely picturesque setting. Worth every penny.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
1.0
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First Time Playing

DON’T WASTE YOUR TIME!

This was the absolute worst golf course I have ever been to in my life, it was a complete waste of money. An employee in the pro shop informed me that they are experiencing issues with the filtration system and that’s why the golf course is dry and the grass is dead. The fairways are in really bad shape, full of weeds and dirt, and each tee box is pretty much dirt with spots of grass here and there. I would rather spend my money elsewhere.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Poor
Friendliness Average
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 1
1.0
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Course has gone down hill, needs a lot of attention. Half the course was dead grass.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Poor
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Tale of Two Nines

Due to lack of water the front nine is almost unplayable. It has lots of bare spots and hole number four has been taken virtually out of play. The back nine up the mountain is in very nice condition. It is well-maintained and has evidently received plenty of water. Enjoyed playing back nine.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Windy weather
Used cart

average golfer

The course is a true links course. Enjoyed the layout. I was golfing with my wife and the pace was such that we really enjoyed the time... A few unusual amenities... the white tees are the women's tees - so she gets to brag she played from the white tees.
Also, rounding the 16th hole was a box of slightly used golf balls that you could pick from to replace any balls you lost while golfing... honor system.
The staff was super friendly- the grees were in good shape and the fairways were... well, it was a links course so I didn't expect much.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 10
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Very dry but tolerable

Have always enjoyed this course. Unfortunately the course could not sprinkle for two and a half weeks, which caused damage. I am certain the course will recover very shortly. Still had a nice time with my best girl.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Course not in good Shape

Course was in terrible shape - Tee boxes yellow and dead - most of greens had dead patches

Greens Keeper needs to be fired immediately!

Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Very Disappointed

This used to be one of my favorite courses in the area, and I have been playing golf around here for over 30 years. The course is in horrible shape. Half of the fairways and tee-boxes are dead, and the rest is filled with clover and weeds. The greens are bumpy and uneven and many of the sand traps are unplayable. It looks worse than a bad Muni course. The views are breathtaking. It is such a shame to see that the ownership has forsaken what once was a beautiful facility and great course. They seem to be way more interested in building new homes than in taking care of their course.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Played On
Reviews 7
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Course Needs Help

Due to water issues, many fairways are extremely dry and crusty, a few green are crusty. Course in sad shape st this time. Maybe in 30 days it will be better.

Conditions Poor
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Hot weather
Used cart

Course has not been well irrigated due to problems with the irrigation system. It is very dry with dead grass in much of the fairways.

Conditions Fair
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 14
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Fair
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Not in good condition

This course was in terrible condition. Some tee boxes were all dead and the fairways were in terrible condition

Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Course was totally dried out!

Apparently there was a watering problem because the course had very little grass. Quite disappointing and it explained why there were so few people there. We finished play at 3pm and wanted to get a snack and use the restroom, but the clubhouse was CLOSED!

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Poor
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Issue with water pipelines made dry course

Course was in bad shape, very dry but sign on the clubhouse explained issues with watering and irrigation pipes, so it was understandable. Good layout, potential for nice course when the course conditions are better. Staff friendly, newer facilities.

Conditions Fair
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing

Nice views

Overall I had fun.
The main issues are hard and dry fairways and sandy Tees.
The greens were pretty good.
Awesome views and a nice new safe neighborhood.
The staff were friendly.
You definitely need a golf cart for this course.
The Par 5 4th Tee was converted to a par 3 due to what appeared to be long term fairway repair issues.

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