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3.5
333 Reviews (333)
5 Stars
65
4 Stars
153
3 Stars
65
2 Stars
29
1 Stars
21
Conditions
3.0
Value
4.1
Layout
4.0
Friendliness
4.4
Pace
4.3
Amenities
3.6
80.9%
Recommend this course
279 out of 333 reviews
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Average Rating
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3.9
43 Reviews (43)
5 Stars
13
4 Stars
19
3 Stars
6
2 Stars
3
1 Stars
2
Conditions
3.5
Value
4.3
Layout
4.3
Pace
4.4
Amenities
3.9
StaffFriendliness
4.5
86.0%
Recommend this course
37 out of 43 reviews
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Average Rating
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3.6
70 Reviews (70)
5 Stars
14
4 Stars
30
3 Stars
13
2 Stars
8
1 Stars
5
Conditions
3.0
Value
4.1
Layout
4.1
Pace
4.3
Amenities
3.6
StaffFriendliness
4.4
81.4%
Recommend this course
57 out of 70 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Public
Par 72
Length 6733 yards
Slope 124
Rating 71.0

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.

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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

Food & Beverage

Bar

Available Facilities

Clubhouse, Banquet Facilities

Reviews

3.5
333 Reviews (333)

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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Reviews 4
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Good pace of play

Great pace of play
Staff friendly
Pro shop was very clean and warming with a lot of bags , new and used club options
Check in was swift and easy.

Only down fall was course was very wet…..too wet actually at the Tees and in the middle of the fairways as if the water was left on accidentally. But after 11 things started to dry up and play went by better.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Commented on 11/30/2022

Hello, Jose23. Thank you for visiting us at Comstock/River at Empire Ranch Golf Course. We appreciate your 4-star rating and review. We hope you join us for another round soon.

Played On
Reviews 7
I Recommend This Course
2.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Used cart
Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Fair
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Difficulty Fairly Easy
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Commented on 11/30/2022

Hello, harrc. Thanks for taking the time to leave us a review. We see you rated the course 2-stars and are interested in learning what we can do to improve for your next visit.

We take customer feedback very seriously at our course. Please reach out to our team in the golf shop and tell us what's on your mind.

Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Commented on 11/30/2022

We love hearing about our golfers' experiences, pstoltman. Please tell us more about what you enjoyed during your round. Thanks for choosing Comstock/River at Empire Ranch Golf Course!

Played On
Reviews 6
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Previously Played

Neglectef

Neglectef fairways. Some have horse poop on them. Greens ok. Very shabby and not taken care of courses

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Fair
Pace Good
Amenities Average
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Commented on 11/30/2022

Hello, janallen. Thank you for reviewing the course. We would like to apologize for your recent experience.

We're sorry to hear you were less than satisfied during your round. We pride ourselves on our providing great service and the high-quality standards we maintain.

We would like to make things right. Please reach out to our management team at the pro shop.

We hope to hear from you soon.

Played On
Reviews 8
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great Value

I am from western Washington. We have dozens of golf courses in a 30 mile radius prices range from $28-$280+. Being a high handicap I choke on $100+ green fees. Empire Ranch is a great course for the more Frugal golfer. The greens were recently punched and sanded, still could get a roll and a decent read. When I travel I like to purchase a divot tool with the course logos. They didn’t have any, please let me know if you get any in.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 11/30/2022

searm2170, thank you for your kind words! We hope to see you again at the course very soon for another 5-star experience. Thanks for choosing Comstock/River at Empire Ranch Golf Course.

Played On
Reviews 6
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Poor

Course in poor condition. Greens good. Horse poop piles on some of the fairways. Unacceptable

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 43
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Poor shape

Unbelievable poor shape. All the grass is dead. A lot of weeds in the fairways. A lot of dry areas.

Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 43
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Fun layout really bad shape

I am not sure what happened. We played this course earlier this year and it was in good shape. It is early October and the grass is dead almost all of the fairways were dead. The greens were not much better. I will not play again until they water and fertilize the grass. Fun layout it’s a bummer.

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 70
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 500 Contributor
First Time Playing
Windy weather
Used cart

HIDDEN LINKS COURSE

I've played several courses in the Carson City area over the years, but had never heard of this course. It is a links style course, that has H2O and blind shots. Fairways are quite wide, but not having someone that has played the course B4 is a handicap.
I was told that the course is still recovering from flooding a few years ago, but all but a couple of holes are in good shape. Greens had been sanded a week or so prior, but still rolled fairly true.
If I lived in the area I would play there on a regular basis.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Commented on 10/14/2022

Thank you for your review, SlicerB. We will pass along your positive experience to our team at Comstock/River at Empire Ranch Golf Course. We look forward to seeing you again soon.

Played On
Reviews 40
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Good Time Had

So the staff was over the top friendly in the Pro Shop & at the first tee. Course was fair to good given time of year. Stay out of the rough! Sand traps were hard and lacked sand. Greens were slightly long but reasonably held the ball and held a line. Cart girl wasn’t always available between the restaurant and cleaning carts. Food in the restaurant was decent and at a good price. Overall for the money we had a very good time.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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Commented on 10/05/2022

Hello, ericaasen. Thanks so much for your review. We're so glad you enjoyed your round at Comstock/River at Empire Ranch Golf Course. That's what we like to hear! We hope to see you again soon!

Played On
Reviews 27
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Perfect weather
Used cart

The rough needs mowing - slows play looking for you ball.

Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Difficulty Moderate
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Commented on 10/05/2022

Hi, bced98! Thank you so much for leaving us with your feedback. We value our customer experience, so your review is important to us. We will make note and we hope to see you back at Comstock/River at Empire Ranch Golf Course!

Played On
Reviews 9
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Windy weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
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Commented on 10/05/2022

Hi, steveB19. We appreciate you taking the time to review the course and rate us. Thank you for the 4 stars! We aim for a 5-star experience, so we always welcome feedback for improvement. Thank you for playing Comstock/River at Empire Ranch Golf Course.

Played On
Reviews 9
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
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Commented on 10/05/2022

Hello and thank you for your 5-star rating! We're delighted you enjoyed your round. Please book another round with us soon, and thanks for choosing Comstock/River at Empire Ranch Golf Course!

Played On
Reviews 30
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Great Course and Staff

Great day on the Empire Ranch Golf Course. Although a tournament was in progress, the staff made arrangements for us to play the back nine first. Good customer relations. Course was in great shape. Rough was a little challenging, but playable. Fun day.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
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Commented on 10/14/2022

Thank you so much for the great review. We are glad you had an incredible time, and we hope to see you again soon! Thanks for choosing Comstock/River at Empire Ranch Golf Course.

Played On
Reviews 9
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Vastly improved

I have to tip my cap to the grounds crew at the course. I started playing this course a few years ago and honestly, it was horrible. But it’s the perfect track to teach my wife, who was new tot the game, the basics. Over the last two years, WOW, quite a turn around. The tee boxes are greatly improved, the fairways still have some rough areas but the greens are in great shape. If only others playing understood how to repair their ball marks. Great work by all involved. It’s a great little course offering a moderate challenge. I will continue coming down to play.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate
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Commented on 09/29/2022

Hello, u756485860. Thank you for visiting us at Comstock/River at Empire Ranch Golf Course. We appreciate your 4-star rating and review. We hope you join us for another round soon.

Played On
Reviews 15
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Windy weather
Walked

Hidden gem to golf with your dog

Easy going golf course with a nice staff and great restaurant and bar

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
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Commented on 10/05/2022

Thank you for taking the time to review us, KrisButtenberg. Your feedback is valuable, and we appreciate your business. Comstock/River at Empire Ranch Golf Course thanks you!

Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing

Empire Ranch; Good Track

Fun course, easy layout, nothing real exciting to expect.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
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Commented on 09/19/2022

Hi, Brockway79. We appreciate you taking the time to review the course and rate us. Thank you for the 4 stars! We aim for a 5-star experience, so we always welcome feedback for improvement. Thank you for playing Comstock/River at Empire Ranch Golf Course.

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

Great course

Great course. Had lots of slow play in front of us so took longer than it should have but loved it. Wide fairways and many different hole lengths allow you to use all the clubs in your bag.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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Commented on 09/13/2022

Hi, u314162840889. Thank you so much for your feedback. We are glad you had enjoyed your time at Comstock/River at Empire Ranch Golf Course, and pride ourselves on delivering the best experience possible.

We hope to see you again soon!

Played On
Reviews 30
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 09/13/2022

Hello and thank you for your 5-star rating, RenoTom! We're delighted you enjoyed your round. Please book another round with us soon, and thanks for choosing Comstock/River at Empire Ranch Golf Course!

Played On
Reviews 6
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Alpine golf at its best!

Fantastic executive course! Short par 3’s and 4’s but makes up for beauty. Some of the best greens I’ve played all year. Hole placement was challenging and lots of fun! Definitely will play this beauty again!

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
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Commented on 08/30/2022

Thank you for your review, bradlypresson. We will pass along your positive experience to our team at Comstock/River at Empire Ranch Golf Course. We look forward to seeing you again soon.

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