Founded in 1917, the oldest 18-hole golf facility in the state of Nevada, Washoe Golf Course is a staple of the Reno community, an old-fashioned, genuine-natured golf experience right in the heart of the city.
Par 72 | 18 holes
Yardage | 5,859 to 6,695
Slope | 119 to 134
Rating | 70 to 77.4
The course came to be at the idea and execution of Mrs. Gourtley Dunn Webb, a player and educator of golf, who upon her arrival in Reno was immediately aware of the absence of a golf course in the city. She helped put together the Reno Golf Club, which raised the funds to purchase an 80-acre parcel of land and develop the grounds into a playable course.
The fairways are generally wide, flat, forgiving, feeding the greens, though lined with age old cottonwood trees and seemingly invisible from the tee water hazards.
Eventually, attributed in some regards to the Great Depression, even after surviving a devastating fire and opening its doors for public play, the club fell victim to the dwindling economy. Washoe County, who owned the adjacent land north of the course, sponsored the building of the present day 18-hole course, and the rest is history.
A tale of two nines, the front teeing off from a hilltop, down onto the flats, where the topography remains fairly level until the 9th hole, climbing back up the hill to the clubhouse. The back features more changes in elevation, more twists and offers a more secluded vibe, taking you away from the city, off the road, into the hidden nooks only visible from the course itself.
The fairways are generally wide, flat, forgiving, feeding the greens, though lined with age old cottonwood trees and seemingly invisible from the tee water hazards. Shallower bunkers, in tee shot landing zones, slightly deeper guarding the greens. Overall, the greens are small and feature at least one steep drop off into an abyss.
Hole 3 is the shortest hole on the course, playing just 127 yards from the back tees. It’s severely downhill, onto a plateaued putting surface full of deceiving angles, fading on all sides off into taller grass, surrounded by wave like bunkers. Stick it on the green and you’re in good shape, but a miss in any direction is a difficult up and down.
Hole 14 is reachable in two, 476 yard par 5, doglegging to the right downhill from the tee. From here you’re at the mercy of a steep uphill climb to the green, making for a more often than not completely blind approach shot. If you do hit it good, you’ll have to wait until you get up close to know the outcome.
There’s a clubhouse onsite with a bar and grill, a full driving range, spacious putting green and short game practice facility. PGA professionals are available for lessons.
For more information or to book a tee time, call (775) 828-6633 or visit washoegolf.org.