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Golf course bought by local

Toby Lewis

Incline resident Chip Bowlby, owner of Reno-based Monterey Development Group, recently purchased Sierra Nevada Golf Ranch.

The 450-acre golf course is located in Genoa Valley. Bowlby and his company intend to make many additions and upgrades to the 18-hole course and 19,000-square-foot clubhouse at the ranch.

In addition to a renovation of the clubhouse facility, the company plans to add 400 residential housing units, tennis courts, a fitness center and year-round swimming pools for fitness and recreation.

“We are looking forward to taking Sierra Nevada Golf Ranch to the next level,” Bowlby said. “We want to make it a year-round kind of place to live.”

The company plans on possibly adding an equestrian facility, fishing ponds and a golf villa, designed for seasonal occupation, Bowlby said.

It also plans on changing the name of the golf course as well.

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“We may even add a few extra holes to the golf course,” Bowlby said. “We haven’t done enough research into that yet.”

Monterey Development Group purchased the property from Ron Simek, founder of Tombstone Pizza, who has owned the property since 1986.

Simek acquired PGA Tour legend Johnny Miller and golf architect John Harbottle to design the challenging golf course, which has elevation changes of up to 300 feet, in 1998.

“After putting our heart and soul into Sierra Nevada Golf Ranch for almost 20 years, it was very important to us that the new buyer share our same high-quality vision for the area,” Simek said in a press release. “I feel confident about handing off the torch to such a fine team.”

The homes for the Sierra Nevada Golf Resort will range from 3,000 to 4,500 square feet and will start at around $600,000 and go up to $1 million, Bowlby said.

The Monterey Development Group has already seen success in some of its other projects, including the Versante and Ventana Collection at Somersett.