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Montreux Golf & Country Club - hole 3
It's tough to chose the right club on the uphill par-3 third hole at Montreux Golf & Country Club. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
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Montreux Golf & Country Club - hole 5
The 491-yard fifth hole at Montreux Golf & Country Club is the no. 1 handicap. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Montreux Golf & Country Club - hole 1
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Montreux Golf & Country Club - hole 1
The opening hole at Montreux Golf & Country Club falls downhill to a green guarded by a pond. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
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Montreux Golf & Country Club - hole 6
The PGA Tour's Barracuda Championship at Montreux Golf & C.C. in Reno, Nevada uses the modified Stableford format Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Montreux Golf & Country Club - hole 7
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Montreux Golf & Country Club - hole 7
No. 7 at Montreux Golf & Country Club is a short but tricky par 3 over water. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
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Montreux Golf & Country Club - hole 8
A TV tower behind the eighth green lets golfers know that Montreux Golf & Country Club will be hosting the PGA Tour's Barracuda Championship. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
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Montreux Golf & Country Club - hole 9
Lucky golf fans can watch the Barracuda Championship from a corporate tent near the ninth green at Montreux Golf & Country Club in Reno, Nev. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
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Montreux Golf & Country Club - hole 12
The 12th green sits on a shelf beyond a valley at Montreux Golf & Country Club in Reno, Nevada. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
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Montreux Golf & Country Club - hole 14
There's O.B. right on the tight 14th hole at Montreux Golf & Country Club in Reno, Nevada. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
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Montreux Golf & Country Club - hole 15
Shadows creep across the 15th hole at Montreux Golf & C.C. in Reno, Nevada. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
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Montreux Golf & Country Club - hole 16
Bunkers surround the 16th green at Montreux Golf & Country Club in Reno, Nev. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
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Montreux Golf & Country Club - hole 17
The views off the elevated tee at Montreux Golf & Country Club are incredible. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
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Montreux Golf & Country Club - hole 18
All the gallery gathers at the 18th hole of Montreux Golf & Country Club during the Barracuda Championship. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
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Reno's Montreux Golf & Country Club: The host of the PGA Tour's Barracuda Championship

RENO, Nev. -- The Barracuda Championship, set for June 30-July 3, is one of the more unique tournaments on the PGA Tour. The players compete using Stableford scoring, where they accumulate points for birdies and eagles and lose points for bogeys or worse. Every player is aiming to reach a total high enough to beat the field.

It's only appropriate that the tournament is held on a unique course in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains set up so the pros can go low. Montreux Golf & Country Club, a Jack Nicklaus-designed course, is Reno's premier private club development, but did you know that a high-end casino like Atlantis Resort & Casino can make tee times for groups? For those who want to stay longer than just a round, the neighborhood, located about 20 minutes from the downtown and the Reno Airport, is stocked with beautiful custom-built homes, manors and cottages. The latest building phase will be handled by developer Parc Foret.

During the early years of the development, a new stretch of holes, starting at the gorgeous pine-tree-lined fifth, were built on newly acquired land. The sixth through eighth holes are called the "Bear Trap," although they're not nearly as difficult as the stretch of holes with the same nickname on the Champion Course at PGA National in south Florida played during the Honda Classic. The club's old 10-12 holes, including a daunting par 3 over a gorge, have become valuable practice holes.

Many greens were built diagonally behind hazards (a pond, a bunker), so players must be precise with their approaches. That isn't easy at high elevations ranging from 5,000 to 6,000 feet, which makes club selection a guessing game.

The round's climax comes at no. 17 with a tee shot that drops more than 100 feet to the fairway. Players will lay up short of a creek, setting up a short iron. The par-5 finishing hole can be reached in two by much of the field even at 616 yards long. An eagle could provide the points necessary to secure a coveted PGA Tour win.

Jason Scott Deegan has reviewed and photographed more than 1,000 courses and written about golf destinations in 20 countries for some of the industry's biggest publications. His work has been honored by the Golf Writer's Association of America and the Michigan Press Association. Follow him on Instagram at @jasondeegangolfpass and Twitter at @WorldGolfer.
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