Wolf Run Golf Club carves own niche
With so many new golf courses cropping up in the Reno and Carson Valley, carving a niche in the industry isn’t as easy as snaphooking a drive.
But the Wolf Run Golf Club, which opens June 27, thinks it’s on to something.
By becoming the 27th university-owned course in the country, Wolf Run plans on catering to a wide range of customers, including university alumni and students, membership players, public players and vacationers.
Besides, where else can players find a 19th hole outside the clubhouse and a tee box shaped like the state of Nevada?
“As far as the number of golf courses in the area, that’s a concern, but it’s like the casinos and water finding it’s own level,” said former Edgewood Tahoe head pro Lou Eiguren, who co-designed Wolf Run with John Fleming, the Olympic Club superintendent in Daly City, Calif. – the site of this weekend’s U.S. Open. “My main thing is we can’t rest on our past laurels. We’re working with the Reno-Sparks Convention Authority and talking about marketing this area as a golf destination.
“We’re going to try and bring in more golfers rather than divide up what’s already here. Golfers, like gamblers, like a little variety, and that’s what I think this area has to offer.”
The 6,936-yard par-71 rolling layout is unique by today’s course standards in that a housing development doesn’t surround the course (only three holes).
“I would call it a traditional golf course. It’s not tricked up and we used the natural elements that were here,” Eiguren said. “We tried to tie in all the mounding with all the surrounding hills to give it a more natural look.”
For Eiguren, it’s his first venture into course design.
“John and I talked about doing something like this for 20 years, but we had to get it done before we got too old,” said Eiguren with a touch of laughter. “One of the reasons we affiliated ourselves with the university is you have a tremendous alumni association, not only in Nevada but all over the West.”
Players may notice some similarities between Wolf Run’s greens and the Olympic Club.
“Instead of a lot of big drop-offs and breaks like a modern courses, this has a lot of subtle breaks here and there,” Eiguren said.
Other characteristics of the course are water on 15 of the holes, 58 bunkers, bent grass greens and four sets of tees. Green fees are $45 and $55 (with cart).
Tee times are available 14 days in advance by calling (702) 851-3301. Directions for South Shore residents to Wolf Run are: Take U.S. Highway 395 onto South Virginia Street. Pass through the Mount Rose Highway intersection and make a left on Arrowcreek Parkway, which turns into Zolezzi Lane. Make a left on Silver Wolf Road , a right on LaGuardia and finally a right on Wolf Run Road.
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