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3.9
187 Reviews (187)
5 Stars
37
4 Stars
99
3 Stars
32
2 Stars
10
1 Stars
9
Conditions
3.5
Value
4.6
Layout
4.0
Friendliness
4.6
Pace
4.2
Amenities
3.9
88.9%
Recommend this course
165 out of 187 reviews
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3.7
28 Reviews (28)
5 Stars
8
4 Stars
11
3 Stars
5
2 Stars
1
1 Stars
3
Conditions
3.1
Value
4.4
Layout
3.9
Pace
4.0
Amenities
3.5
StaffFriendliness
4.5
85.7%
Recommend this course
24 out of 28 reviews
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3.8
54 Reviews (54)
5 Stars
16
4 Stars
22
3 Stars
10
2 Stars
2
1 Stars
4
Conditions
3.4
Value
4.5
Layout
4.0
Pace
4.1
Amenities
3.7
StaffFriendliness
4.6
87.0%
Recommend this course
47 out of 54 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

3.9
187 Reviews (187)

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 1
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5.0
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Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 01/19/2021

Hello and thank you for your 5-star rating, keat0011! 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 13
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Commented on 01/14/2021

Hello, u899600140. 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 1
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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Commented on 01/19/2021

Hello, u314161150904. 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
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Poor
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
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Commented on 01/11/2021

Hi, u855240021. We appreciate you taking the time to review the course and rate us. We see you rated the course 1 star and are interested in learning what we can do to improve for your next visit. We take single star feedback very seriously at our course. You are welcome to comment further or reach out to our team in the golf shop. We always appreciate the feedback. Thank you for playing Comstock/River at Empire Ranch Golf Course.

Played On
Reviews 7
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Cold weather
Used cart

Best Value in Northern Nevada

This is one of the very few golf courses that is open year round. The $20 per round twilight (noon or after...summer 1pm or after), includes a cart...really hard to beat. Compared to Reno courses, the pace is excellent! A twosome can usually finish in around 3 hours, a foursome in 3 1/2. I live in Reno, but the the 25 minute drive is well worth it! The Staff is always very friendly too!

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 13
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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Commented on 12/03/2020

Hello, u899600140. 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.

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Reviews 5
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

not bad for winter

the pace of play was good. staff is very good. the layout is also good. for being winter conditions are not to bad. greens are very bumpy

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
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Commented on 12/03/2020

Hi robezra, thank you for your review. We are happy to hear you enjoyed your visit at the course. It's always great to hear nice words about our staff. Please visit us again soon.

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Reviews 2
Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Love the staff!

I hit this course a couple dozen times in past couple years... the staff is 99% on point. Super nice and easy going. Re: course... good greens and challenging course design but not too difficult. The main guy in the clubhouse is super cool and accomodating.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Commented on 12/11/2020

Hi u000007170997, thank you for the 4-star review. We are happy to hear you enjoyed your round at the course. It's also great to hear nice comments about our staff. Please visit the course again soon.

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Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great course

Great course, still in good condition. A bit slow today, but always fun.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 11/23/2020

Hi, mdub191. 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
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Commented on 11/23/2020

Hello and thank you for your 5-star rating, Rockinrmt! 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 29
Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once every three months
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser

Fall weather coyrse

It was absolutely beautiful weathet this time of the year

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 11/12/2020

Thank you for your review, aeyon7511. 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 7
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Needs more grass on tee boxes and fairways. Restaurant needs to stay open later.

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Poor
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Commented on 11/03/2020

Hello, u855240021. Thank you for taking the time to review the course and rate us. We are going to pass along your feedback to the staff. Thanks for visiting Comstock/River at Empire Ranch Golf Course!

Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 10/12/2020

Hello and thank you for your 5-star rating, Kennyg45! 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 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Nice Round, Great Course!

Nice round of golf. Beautiful day. Everyone we encountered were very nice and polite.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 10/12/2020

Hi u364586490. We appreciate you leaving a review and rating us. We will inform the entire team, so they know their hard work is paying off. We look forward to having you back at Comstock/River at Empire Ranch Golf Course!

Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

The course does make you think a little. If you need a boost in confidence, play here every once in awhile.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
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Commented on 10/14/2020

Hi, foreeee! 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 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Course condition is pathetic

Overall condition was poor control of watering with SLOPPY areas throughout. Tee boxes mostly weeds of various types. Fairways extremely irregular with clumps of weeds, dry spots and mud spots. Greens were ok but Very slow.
Pace of play was very slow.
Price was low but given all the negatives As noted would not recommend and will not return

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Fair
Friendliness Average
Pace Fair
Amenities Fair
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Commented on 09/29/2020

Hi, cpfkkf. Thank you for taking the time to review the course. We take single star feedback very seriously at our course. You are welcome to comment further or reach out to our team in the golf shop. We always appreciate the feedback. Thank you for playing Comstock/River at Empire Ranch Golf Course.

Played On
Reviews 27
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Good Value

Beautiful day and it played well (once we skipped around a slow two-some). Staff is always friendly and helpful (even the grounds personnel).

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
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Commented on 09/29/2020

Thank you for taking the time to review us RenoTom. Your feedback is valuable, and we look forward to delivering you excellent service again soon. Comstock/River at Empire Ranch Golf Course thanks you!

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

Great value for the money, but the course needs TLC

I was actually quite pleasantly surprised for the price. The staff was friendly, the course was laid out nicely, and it was easy to navigate for someone playing for the first time. A few things were a bit frustrating, and I guess this is the part where you get what you pay for. First, the grass was so tall on the course and so in need of mowing, that I lost multiple balls on GREAT shots that went straight on the fairway and should have been a breeze to find. That was quite frustrating, to hit a great shot, spend a while looking for my ball in the middle of the course, only to have to play a new ball. I went through 10+ balls on the course, without hitting any truly egregious shots. And I saw tons of other people doing the same thing, riding or walking in circles, trying to find balls that should have been obvious, in very tall grass. So bring lots of extra golf balls if you play here. Another frustrating thing was that people without reservations kept cutting in. There were two guys who didn’t meet any dress code and had no reservation time who cut right in front of me. When I asked what time slot they had, they said “we don’t have one, whatever.” So that delayed my start time and pace of play which was frustrating. The staff in the pro shop was super friendly but definitely could have used someone out on the course. Overall though, this was the best price i’ve ever played a round of golf for, so I feel like I really can’t complain!

Conditions Fair
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
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Commented on 09/30/2020

Hi RJTwo. 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 4
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

like the old days

The way courses used to be: no attitude, everybody friendly, including the other golfers, course is in fine shape and the greens are excellent. Every hole is different as they all meander along the Carson River.
Lots of history here, views are insane and so are the prices...my new favorite spot, hands down, and I'm an hour away. Very pleasant and relaxing, from the folks working there -great little restaurant too- to the course itself. Where have I been?

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
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Commented on 09/23/2020

Hi tunatic. 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 Beginner
Plays Once a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Like playing in a marsh, rude staff

If these guys invested half as much energy into groundskeeping as they do being condescending jerks to their golfers this course could be a Wolf Run or Lakeridge. It was so wet on every inch of the fairways, just full of puddles and torn up grass which was made worse by golf carts. Just ridiculous how wet it was and while we were there they were still watering something, god knows what and why they thought they needed MORE water. We could have caught them on a bad day but that just didn’t feel like the case. Some of the tee boxes didn’t even have a spec of grass, they were just weeds and dirt. The tee times felt very close together and there were a bunch of doubles groups flying through the course. Why they wouldn’t just try to consolidate a few of those groups into 4 to space us out more is beyond me, especially on such a busy weekend. The staff were really rude and were not wearing masks correctly when indoors or talking to golfers in close proximity. They treated us like we were stupid when we’re fully aware of common course courtesy and know how to play. I would go back to pull on whatever sticks are up their butts but I might drown if I ever step on that grass again.

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