Since opening the back nine in 1972, Lakeridge Golf Course has been known for having the most renowned and unique signature hole in northern Nevada, if not all the western golf region. The par 3 15th hole requires an accurate mid to long iron shot from 225-240 yards from the back tee that drops 130 feet to a well-guarded island green in the corner of Lake Stanley. It's a must play for visitors to Reno and an unforgettable golf experience, especially if you hit land! But if you are drawn to play Lakeridge by the famous 15th, you'll take away other memories of an enjoyable round of golf on a course with a great variety of holes. Most players will use every club in the bag and will be challenged by elevation changes and a mix of short and long holes that require strategically placed shots. The layout has many signature characteristics of course architect Robert Trent Jones, Sr.'s design philosophy, most notably, its playability for all levels of golfers.
The layout could be compared to a good 18-course gourmet meal starting with appetizers and salad on the front nine. Then it builds up to hearty entrees beginning with the par 5 8th and uphill par 4 9th hole. The feast continues with the demanding dogleg right par 4 10th played to a tricky, shallow green. It crescendos up to the chef's specialty at number 15 and concludes with two very playable par 4 holes at 16 and 17 for dessert. After dinner drinks are enjoyed at the risk-reward par 5 18th that flows along a creek on the right side to a multi-tiered green tucked into a tree shrouded corner. Your golf palate will be stimulated and satiated throughout the round. And very likely you'll want to come back for more, especially to hit the tee shot at the 15th again.
Lakeridge is a semi-private course that offers a reasonably priced range of daily fees. For locals there are membership options, even one that also includes playing privileges at Dayton Valley and Wolf Run Golf Clubs, which, like Lakeridge, are owned by Duncan Golf Management. Lakeridge is a popular choice in Reno for group and tournament packages that can include lodging and other options. Advance tee time reservations are highly recommended.
Golfer amenities include a small but well-stocked pro shop, a driving range and a putting green. The 19th Hole restaurant and lounge offers a diverse menu of much more than typical golf course food. It is a comfortable place to dine and relax before and after a round. The facility also offers full planning and services for weddings and special events.