A view of the 17th hole at Lakes Course at Genoa Lakes Golf Club
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4.2
210 Reviews (210)
5 Stars
98
4 Stars
78
3 Stars
25
2 Stars
5
1 Stars
4
Conditions
3.9
Value
4.4
Layout
4.5
Friendliness
4.6
Pace
4.3
Amenities
4.2
91.1%
Recommend this course
192 out of 210 reviews
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4.1
55 Reviews (55)
5 Stars
20
4 Stars
26
3 Stars
6
2 Stars
1
1 Stars
2
Conditions
3.6
Value
4.3
Layout
4.4
Pace
4.2
Amenities
4.1
StaffFriendliness
4.7
89.1%
Recommend this course
49 out of 55 reviews
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4.2
81 Reviews (81)
5 Stars
35
4 Stars
33
3 Stars
8
2 Stars
3
1 Stars
2
Conditions
3.8
Value
4.4
Layout
4.5
Pace
4.3
Amenities
4.2
StaffFriendliness
4.7
90.1%
Recommend this course
73 out of 81 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Semi-Private
Style Links
Par 72
Length 7359 yards
Slope 133
Rating 74.0

The Genoa Lakes Golf Club's Lakes Course brings water into Lake Tahoe-Reno golf. It's found on 14 of the 18 hole on the Lakes Course and it's not always nice tame water of staid old country clubs either. Sometimes you'll be shooting over near swamps with tall gnarly grasses poking out of them. That's the Lakes Course.

It's one of the more natural settings in an area known for its nature settings. You'll see cows along the border of the course - and birds will come flying up that you probably can't identify.

Lakes Course is a Peter Jacobsen and John Harbottle III design with rolling fairways, some tight shot openings and good views. It's 7,359 yards of golf with the Carson River and wetlands riding shotgun. It's located in Carson Valley, an often forgotten town, that's right inbetween the big gaming spots of Reno and Lake Tahoe. That makes Genoa Lakes Golf Club a pretty easy course to get to from most of the popular areas in the High Sierras.

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Course Details

Year Built 1993
Golf Season Year round
Architect Peter Jacobsen (1993) John Harbottle III (1993)

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, Discover 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

  • Golf Advisor: Top Courses in Nevada (2015 #8)

Reviews

4.2
210 Reviews (210)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 8
Course Challenges Include:
Water Hazards 16
Forced Carries 11
Bunkers 10
This course/club is great for:
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 13
Advanced Golfers 12
Locals 7
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 13

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Conditions Excellent
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Layout Excellent
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4.0
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Previously Played

Great layout

Spoke to pro shop guys about course. A lot bad spots in fairways and greens. New greens keeper they say. It is back in the right direction. Overall still great course.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
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First Time Playing

Genoa lakes , lakes course

Relaxing course especially for someone playing the course for the first time . Wide fairways that were well maintained, great friendly staff and great pace of play. Had a really fun round.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Reviews 3
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4.0
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Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
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Reviews 1
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a month
2.0
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Course was not in great shape

There are major issues, mostly on the front nine, but throughout the course really. Large sections of fairway are bare/hardpan, many of the greens, particularly on the front nine, have bare patches.

It has been a tough year for growing grass up here, and all courses are suffering a bit, but it appears that the maintenance budget was gutted at this course.

My playing partner had played here before and remembered it being very nice, and other people that I've talked to told me that as recently as last year the course was in pretty good shape. Not the case currently unfortunately.

I'm glad that I didn't pay full price. I would not play this course again in it's current state. It is a nice layout and seems like with some TLC could be a good course again.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
1.0
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Hot weather
Used cart
Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Fair
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Moderate
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Reviews 4
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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First Time Playing

Beautiful local…….needs some TLC

It is in a beautiful location with the Carson River running through it with the Mountains seeming like they are so close! Each hole had a tee marker showing you the hole and distances. They were in some cases had deferent yardage than the sire card. Many of the markers needed to be repainted so I assumed the scorecard was more accurate. Worth the extra cost to play Lakes over Ranch.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart

Great Round despite the mostquitos

Played Genoa Lakes course yesterday after 1pm, and used the Hot Deal from GolfNow. Staff was super nice and friendly, and the amenities, including the bar and restaurant, and clubhouse are gorgeous. Arrived and checked in seconds. Since it was Monday afternoon, the driving range was closed for maintenance, but there are plenty of great practice greens and chipping areas. Hardly anyone there when we were there, so we had the green light to tee off whenever we wanted. We started as a twosome, and after a couple of holes, a single caught up with us who was super friendly, so we asked him join us, which he did. The fairways were in great condition, except for a few problem areas where water collects, but plenty of good grass to hit from. Greens also in very nice shape and rolled nicely. At the turn we added another single, and all enjoyed a fun round. At the price we paid for green fees, it was the best golf value around. Will definitely be playing there again. As far as environmental conditions, there has been a large vegetation fire burning several miles away, but the golf course was blanketed in a cloud of dense smoke, and it was very windy at times(which added to the challenge). The only negative thing I can think of is that there is a lot of mosquitos, so bring bug repellent...and use a lot. I felt like I was getting eaten alive, so I had to reapply the bug repellent. The pro shop was kind enough to supply us with bug spray. But I wouldn't let man-eating mosquitos interrupt a round of golf.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 6
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Twice a year
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart
Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 15-19
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Previously Played

Bunkers Need to be Redone

Every bunker I saw was very wet and firnly packed coarse sand or maybe granite. Super difficult to play out of greenside. They had been raked, but not smoothly. Reminded me of mid-Covid when all golf courses basically gave up on their sandtraps. Issue generally with this course is irrigation. Lots of dry/dead grass next to overwatered areas and soggy bunkers even midafternoon on a 90° day.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 6
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart
Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Poor
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Genoa Lakes Golf course great play

The Genoa golf course provides water hazard challenges , thick secondary grass cuts adding to challenge of course and nicely maintained greens. The play is steady with no backups and no frustrating slow players. Clubhouse provides great amenities and great staff to help answer any questions. Sand traps could use better sand and less water retention. Use a very aggressive shot to carry ball to the green.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 14
Handicap 20-24
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Fun and Challenging

Greens were in excellent condition, fairways a little rough in places, due mainly to drought conditions. Overall great day, love the challenge.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 7
Skill Beginner
Plays Once every three months
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 5
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
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