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3.6
263 Reviews (263)
5 Stars
51
4 Stars
123
3 Stars
52
2 Stars
21
1 Stars
16
Conditions
3.0
Value
4.1
Layout
3.9
Friendliness
4.4
Pace
4.1
Amenities
3.6
80.6%
Recommend this course
222 out of 263 reviews
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3.2
28 Reviews (28)
5 Stars
4
4 Stars
11
3 Stars
4
2 Stars
4
1 Stars
5
Conditions
2.7
Value
3.4
Layout
3.8
Pace
4.2
Amenities
3.4
StaffFriendliness
4.3
67.9%
Recommend this course
19 out of 28 reviews
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3.4
76 Reviews (76)
5 Stars
14
4 Stars
24
3 Stars
20
2 Stars
11
1 Stars
7
Conditions
2.8
Value
3.8
Layout
3.8
Pace
4.1
Amenities
3.5
StaffFriendliness
4.3
75.0%
Recommend this course
57 out of 76 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Public
Par 72
Length 6840 yards
Slope 125
Rating 71.4

Empire Ranch Golf Course, situated in the picturesque Carson Valley, features 27 holes of golf that overlook the Carson River. Located just minutes from downtown Carson City, Empire Ranch's three individual nines offer three different 18-hole combinations that have a convenient location but still provide a challenging golf getaway. The Comstock/River layout features lakes and wetlands coming into play throughout. The fairways are also well guarded by strategically placed bunkers. It provides a fair test, but the golf course is forgiving enough for beginning and intermediate players. In addition to the three courses, Empire Ranch also offers extensive practice facilities and a staff of PGA Professionals who can provide golf instruction.

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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

3.6
263 Reviews (263)

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 Intermediate
Plays Once a week
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4.0
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First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Commented on 12/13/2021

Hi, Proclerk61. 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 19
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Commented on 12/07/2021

Hi, Gordon5579373. We would love to hear more about your 4-star experience on our course. Please tell us what we can do to earn that last star, and thanks for golfing at Comstock/River at Empire Ranch Golf Course!

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Commented on 12/07/2021

Hi, Gordon5579373. We would love to hear more about your 4-star experience on our course. Please tell us what we can do to earn that last star, and thanks for golfing at Comstock/River at Empire Ranch Golf Course!

Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great value for a new golfer

We love coming here because it is cheap and not usually too crowded. In fact they’ve often allowed us to tee off early if we are ready.

The greens are in questionable shape and there is a bit of an issue with standing water on a couple of fairways, but you just can’t beat the $20-30 cost if you’re a new golfer and just trying to get some rounds in.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Commented on 12/06/2021

Hello, u314162122420. 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 16
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Perfect weather
Used cart

Skins game

This time of year it is expected to be a little rough - some of the greens had significant damage and bumpy.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
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Commented on 12/06/2021

Hi, u314159610164. 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 6
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Cold weather
Used cart

Worse than ever

Sorry, it's worse than after the floods of a couple years ago, Greens are in the worst shape I've ever seen, even had holes of one or two inches in some areas, like something is digging, bunkers are just wet dirt, it was such a nice course just 4 years ago....sorry... I can't come back.

Conditions Fair
Value Poor
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Fairly Easy
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Commented on 11/12/2021

Hi, jghan,

We appreciate you taking the time to review the course and rate us. We are going to pass on your feedback to the teams in charge so they can work to make changes.

Your feedback helps us do better. We are looking into this issue and hope to resolve it promptly.

Thank you for visiting Comstock/River at Empire Ranch Golf Course. We hope you'll give us another try in the future.

Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once every three months
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Difficulty Moderate
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Commented on 11/05/2021

Hello and thank you for your 5-star rating, ThelmaWB! 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
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 11/03/2021

Hello and thank you for your 5-star rating, u314162323282! 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 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
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Commented on 10/11/2021

Hi, 1979htktgn. We would love to hear more about your 4-star experience on our course. Please tell us what we can do to earn that last star, and thanks for golfing at Comstock/River at Empire Ranch Golf Course!

Played On
Reviews 12
Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Empire strikes back

First time at Empire. Overall I was impressed with the layout of the course. Greens are being worked currently. It appears that grounds crew is working hard to get it in better shape. There are times in the fairway there is no grass where there should be. A few areas where water is leaking under ground can make it mushy. Greens are looking better but still not in great condition. Sand trAps have sand, but hard packed from watering. I will definitely play it again.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
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Commented on 09/29/2021

Hello, u314162009892. 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 5
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Good place to practice

Shes rough around the edges but I like playing here. Cheap and open during the week.

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Commented on 09/29/2021

Hello and thank you for your 5-star rating, u000007894178! 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 Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 09/27/2021

Hello and thank you for your 5-star rating, u314160050801! 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 2
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played

Could be worse

I love this course regardless of how janky it can be. Old guy in the pro shop is pretty salty but literally every other employee including the head pro and maintenance have been super friendly. Greens are a little rough but they have gotten considerably better over the last few months. Lots of drive-able par 4s if the wind is right. Great place to come for a quick and affordable 18 if you time it right.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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Commented on 09/27/2021

Hello, jarrodmartinez. 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 4
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Not worth it at any price

Every bit of the course was in bad shape accept he driving range was in OK shape but every other part
of the course was terrible, tee boxes, fairways, greens = all terrible. I've never seen greens in this bad of shape, you had to keep moving your ball to try to avoid the bare spots.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
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Commented on 09/17/2021

Thank you for reviewing the course. Let us first start by apologizing for the poor experience you had during your visit. The current condition is by no means the standard we strive to achieve and are working diligently to improve the course. Thank you for playing and we hope to see you again soon.

Played On
Reviews 25
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
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Commented on 09/14/2021

Hello, bced98. We appreciate the review. You rated us 3-stars which means there is room to improve on your recent experience at Comstock/River at Empire Ranch Golf Course. Let us know, in the comments, how and where you would like to see changes from the course. Thanks for the feedback!

Played On
Reviews 6
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
1.0
Previously Played

Neglected

Course is a nice area. Course is laid out well but is so mismanaged that they should pay you to play this course. Greens are horrible, brown spots everywhere. Spots are super wet and way too thick. Very inconsistent from hole to hole. Cart påtas are in bad shape and wet mown grass everywhere. Holes everywhere too. Could be a great little course but not kept up.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Fair
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
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Commented on 08/30/2021

Hi, mrbigth1! Thank you so much for leaving us with your feedback. We value our customer experience, so your review is important to us. Please know the current conditions are by no means the standard we strive to achieve. We will continue to work towards a 5-star experience and we hope to see you back!

Played On
Reviews 6
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Not the best

Course is on an old marsh filled ranch and is not in decent shape. Ponds, marsh and reeds come into play on every hole so bring extra balls. Very little grass, mostly mowed weeds on the fairways with lots of bald spots so ball goes no where. Rough was so thick you could not find your ball. Greens not in good shape. Not a fun experience.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Fair
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Average
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Commented on 08/23/2021

Hi, Schellshome. Thank you for reviewing the course. Let us first start by apologizing for the poor experience you had during your visit. Your feedback about the course is important to us. We are working to get everything up to par. We have projects ongoing to recover the fairways and greens. The current condition is by no means the standard we strive to achieve. We are going to escalate your feedback to our team so we can make improvements before your next game, and we will continue to work towards an excellent experience by using your comment for guidance. Thank you for playing Comstock/River at Empire Ranch Golf Course. We hope to see you again soon.

Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Poorly maintained course

Very slow play, no Marshall’s, poorly maintained course - would skip it

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Fair
Friendliness Good
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
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Commented on 08/23/2021

Hi, Bmccpa. 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.

Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Previously Played

Wouldn’t waste your money

Played this course a few months ago and had mixed feelings about it then. Came back to play today and my mind was made... I wouldn’t recommend this course to anyone and I won’t be coming back. Don’t get me wrong, I only paid $20 to play 18 holes so you get what you pay for but I’ve played way nicer courses for less. The greens and fairways were absolutely atrocious… unplayable. Didn’t even feel like a golf course. The carts are outdated and overall wasn’t a fun experience. I wouldn’t waste your time or money.

Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Fair
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
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Commented on 08/19/2021

Hi, jddourneau,

We appreciate you taking the time to review the course and rate us. We are going to pass on your feedback to the teams in charge so they can work to make changes.

Your feedback helps us do better. We are looking into this issue and hope to resolve it promptly.

Thank you for visiting Comstock/River at Empire Ranch Golf Course. We hope you'll give us another try in the future.

Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Horrible shape

Basically looks like they're going out of business. Run down and in horrible shape.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Poor
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Commented on 08/18/2021

Hi, u314161634866. 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.

Played On
Reviews 5
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Course on a come back

There is a lot of love being put into this course. Head pro is passionate and customer focused and it shows up in his staff. At $30 it is a great value! Work is going into the course, but practice facilities hopefully are next.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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Commented on 08/17/2021

Hi, u000005307067! 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!

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