The Carson City, Nev. property is converting its Red Course—part of a 27-hole layout—into a 1,200-yard, par-3 layout that is expected to open by late August. “There’s a lot of golf in this area and we’re bringing more excitement to it,” said owner Dwight Millard. “[The par-3 is] set up for avid golfers, kids or even families. People are talking about it and we’ve wanted to do this for quite some time now.”
Empire Ranch Golf Course in Carson City, Nev. is set to open a new par-3 course in the near future, Carson Now reported. The par-3 golf course will join an 18-hole championship layout surrounded by more than 250 acres of land that overlooks the Carson River.
“It’s going to be a fun course,” owner Dwight Millard said. “There’s a lot of golf in this area and we’re bringing more excitement to it. People are talking about it and we’ve wanted to do this for quite some time now.”
Empire Ranch has been divided into three nine-hole courses—Blue, White and Red, Carson Now reported. The Blue and White courses combine to make an 18-hole layout. With a new vision in mind, the Red Course will be converted to a par-3 course cut down to 1,200 yards. Three sets of tees ranging from 60 to 150 yards will be put in place to make it an enjoyable experience for golfers of all ages and skill levels.
Millard told Carson Now that more work needs to be done, but plans for the course to be ready to open by late August.
“For the good golfer or the average golfer, anyone can play it,” he said. “It’s set up for avid golfers, kids or even families. It’s a way for everyone to play and it’ll be fun.”
Par-3 golf courses can be an enticing option for golfing enthusiasts, Carson Now reported. The short courses offer new challenges at a shorter distance. It also makes for a more affordable and less time-consuming option than playing a round of 18 holes.
C+RB reported on the rise in popularity for short courses in May 2019.
“You can play a round after work and you can be done in just over an hour or so,” Millard said. “People don’t have the time to play five hours. This gives them an option to fit golf into their day.”
In the next eight weeks, Millard hopes the course will be at premiere quality and ready to play, Carson Now reported.
“We want to open it when it’s ready to go without any hiccups,” he said. “From the moment it’s playable, we want to make sure it’s in great condition and up to our standard.”