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Conditions
2.9
Value
3.8
Layout
3.9
Friendliness
4.5
Pace
3.6
Amenities
3.4
73.2%
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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.

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

3.5
294 Reviews (294)

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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First Time Playing

Awesome

I can't believe this coarse doesn't get more play than it does. The coarse is in great shape and the staff is so friendly and accommodating it's a pleasure just to be there let alone play there. If you haven't played there your missing out. I wouldn't recommend walking this coarse like I did, the back nine is a bit challenging, but I was warned. Great Job folks you guys are Awesome!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 11
Handicap 15-19
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Previously Played

Winter conditions and limitations

Back 9 open only due to water and maintenance conditions on front 9. All players had to play back 9 twice which caused congestion between starters and those making the turn. Round took 4 1/2 hours.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 21
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 25
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Ranch Challenge

Course is in very rough condition, with one par 5 reduced to a par 3 with no end in site for repair. The course needs a lot of work and before spring this course could get a lot worse. Price high for the condition of the course.

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Previously Played
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
2.0
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Previously Played
Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Poor
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 10
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 19
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once every three months
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Reviews 9
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 10
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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First Time Playing
Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 30
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Where is the Marshall?

A threesome and a foursome ahead of me and plat was snail slow. Saw the Marshall on 1st tee, but that was it. Waited 10” each hole 4-9, and 15” on 10,11,12. I quit on 13.

Greens not in great shape and #4 was shortened to a par 3? Yikes. Not a good day out there.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Poor
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 5
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Beautiful setting

You can tell the crew is doing what they can to get this course back in shape. Heading in a positive direction. Great warm up facilities.

Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Good value for the money

The course was in good shape, but the greens were recently punched.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

don't waste your money

Tee boxes and fairways were terrible !! Had to hunt for grass !!
Greens still have heavy punch holes....
Traps unplayable !! Par five played as a 90 yard par 3.
At least 4 fairways cart path only ...
This course just reopened today after months of work.
It should have remained closed...
Staff very friendly, but tell you the course is in good shape...
They posted cart path only holes and temporary green on the par five at the course, but booked online so it didn't help... nothing about punched greens !!
This use to be a great course.. Sierra Nevada golf ranch.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Poor
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 15
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Great course layout!

Course had some rough spots after opening due to water/drainage issues. No carts allowed on 4 holes. Also hole 4 (par 5) was temporarily reduced to a short par 3. Back 9 was a great! Beautiful views from several elevated holes!

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
1.0
Verified Purchaser
Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Fair
Friendliness Fair
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 5
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

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
Played On
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
Played On
Reviews 19
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
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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