Control of the Sparks, Nev. property was relinquished by Duncan Golf Management in mid-April amid the coronavirus pandemic, but Mazz Golf Management has now arranged with Washoe County to run the course until mid-November, at which time it will submit a proposal for continued operation. A new high school is being built where 12 of Wildcreek’s holes once were, and Mike Mazzaferri of the new management firm sees the potential for a strong partnership with it. In the meantime, he plans to combine Wildcreek’s executive course with the six remaining holes from its championship course.
The game will soon resume at Wildcreek Golf Course in Sparks, Nev., reported KOLO ABC 8 of Reno, Nev.
On June 23rd, the Washoe (Nev.) County Board of Commissioners approved a professional management services agreement with Mazz Golf Management for control of the Wildcreek property, KOLO reported. Duncan Golf Management had relinquished control of the course in late April amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
“When Wildcreek closed this spring, 99 holes of public golf had closed in Washoe County alone,” Mike Mazzaferri of Mazz Golf Management, a longtime leader in the local golf community, told KOLO. “I just got it in my head that we needed to do something to save this place.”
In 2010, KOLO reported, Mazzaferri did something similar at Sierra Sage Golf Course in Reno, when Washoe County was set to close that course before he stepped in. A decade later, Sierra Sage is flourishing under Mazz Golf Management’s operation, KOLO reported.
“We just made it very welcoming for local golfers,” said Mazzaferri of how Sierra Sage has been operated. “You put good conditions out there with good value, and they’ll come.”
Mazzaferri now hopes the same thing happens at Wildcreek, where the property’s Executive Course—a nine-hole, par-three course—will be paired with six remaining holes from the Championship Course, KOLO reported.
Mazzaferri envisions Wildcreek catering to all skill levels, but especially to new, young golfers and older ones looking for a shorter day.
“We want to grow the game here,” he said. “It can be something special for the community, instead of another shutdown golf course that grows weeds.”
A new high school, Hug High School, is being built where 12 of Wildcreek’s holes previously were, KOLO reported, and Mazzaferri sees the potential for a strong partnership with the new school.
“I think they’ll be great neighbors for a facility like this,” he said. “Hopefully this will be the home of the Hug High golf team as well.”
Established in 1978, Wildcreek GC has long been a staple location in Sparks and all of Northern Nevada, KOLO reported, and Mazzaferri is well aware of its history as he takes over (the new era at Wildcreek begins July 1st).
“I played on the University of Nevada team when [Wildcreek] was brand new,” he said. “We need to find out if this community’s going to support a facility like this. I think they will.”
Mazz Golf Management’s agreement with Washoe County lasts through November 15th, KOLO reported, and after that date, the management firm will submit a proposal to continue operating Wildcreek.
KOLO’s full video report can be viewed at https://www.kolotv.com/2020/06/24/wildcreek-golf-course-reopening-july-1st-under-new-management/