Lakeridge Golf Course

A location just 10 minutes from downtown Reno has been the home of Lakeridge Golf Course since 1969. Designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr., it has seen a city grow up around it. At the same time, the surrounding foothills give it a hidden, away feel. Its location gives it the chance to stay open year-round. It has been a popular location for regular play, outings and weddings. Many tee boxes are elevated, allowing for amazing views of Reno.


18 holes | par 71
Yardage | 5156 to 6715
Slope | 121 to 136
Ratings | 64.7 to 71.6

The course is not long by today’s standards, but the variety of holes keeps it interesting. There are drivable par 4s and par 5s that can be reached in 2, and one of the nicest set of par 3s you will encounter anywhere. Many of the greens have a typical Jones Sr. configuration: they are large, relatively flat and have two different tiers. Get on the proper level and you may have a reasonable putt for birdie, get on the wrong level and you will be lucky to two-putt. The fairways are lined by many mature trees wide enough apart to allow a player to stray, not lose a ball and still have a shot. The greens are well trapped, but only catch really bad shots. Not the case for the water hazards — they are always very much in play.


“This is a popular course with all levels of players. It is interesting,
playable and dramatic all at the same time.”


The 15th hole is a perfect example of a signature hole: a downhill par 3 of 154 to 239 yards to an island green with a stunning view of Reno from the tee. But, I would like to cast a vote for Hole 8, a par 5 of 460 to 536 yards. It is not long, but a high level of skill is needed to play it well. A tee shot needs to be solidly struck between trees and out of bounds on the left and trees on the right. The fairway is wider than it appears and a good tee shot will leave a second shot of around 225 yards. Beware, it is all carry over water. There is the pond in front and a stream just short of the green that you can’t see. Even those who lay up and leave a wedge for a third shot will require an excellent shot for a chance at birdie. It is smart to play to the middle of the green, especially when the pin is in front.

This is a popular course with all levels of players. It is interesting, playable and dramatic all at the same time. Arrive as a twosome and you never know who you may get paired up with — from the fellow who changes the light bulbs on the 1,000-foot radio towers to president of the University of Nebraska Alumni Club. Isn’t that a fun part of golf?


Lakeridge Golf Course is at 1218 Golf Club Drive in Reno. For more information, call (775) 825-2200 or visit


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John Dee
John Dee grew up in Elm Grove, Wis., playing many sports with a strength in baseball. A desire to beat his best buddy in high school led him to take up golf. In the mid-80s he moved into golf as a profession, received his PGA membership and began to teach golf. “My wife and I (and our cats) moved to Lake Tahoe in 2005 to further our careers and eventually found other paths to follow. She started her own business and I spent seven years in Parks and Recreation, but returned to golf in 2015 as Assistant Golf Professional at the Resort at Squaw Creek. Some things about the business has changed a lot, but the game is still hard and people still want to have a good time.”