Wolf Run Golf Club Review

Former home of the University of Nevada Wolf Pack golf team, Wolf Run offers one of the more tempting layouts in the Reno/Sparks Valley area. The course presents a balance of all or nothing Par 4′s, finesse driven Par 3′s, and potentially low scoring Par 5′s.   Though always a challenge, unfortunately Wolf Run is seldom worth paying full price for as the course can be hit or miss golfing experience.

1400 Wolf Run Rd.
Reno, NV 89511 (Google Maps)
775.851.3301
Wolf Run Golf Course Website

Men’s Tees Par 72 (rating/slope)

  • Black 7100 yards (73.1/133)
  • Blue 6550 yards (70.4/131)
  • White 6068 yards (68.2/127)

Women’s Tees Par 74 (rating/slope)

  • White 6068 yards (74.1/135)
  • Silver 5133 yards (69/124)

Scorecard: click here
Course Designer: Gourtley Dunn Webb
Course Record: 60

Peak Season Green Fees (May thru Oct)

  • Regular- $35-65
  • Member Guest- $35-60

Off Season Green Fees (Oct-May)

  • Regular- $25-45
  • Member Guest- $25-40

Rental Fees

  • Cart (GPS)- included in fees
  • Rental Clubs- $25

Practice Area

Wolf Run Golf Course offers a matted south facing driving range along the ridge slope towards the valley floor. The range is open air, has limited distance markers, is lacking in targets, and has a maximum range of 315 yards.

An expansive putting green is located on the east side of the pro shop.  The green is fairly representational of the conditions found on the course and can accommodate multiple golfers.  A small chipping and bunkers green is also available next to the driving range.

The Course

Wolf Run offers one of the more tempting layouts in the Reno/Sparks Valley area as the course presents a balance of all or nothing Par 4′s, finesse driven Par 3′s, and potentially low scoring Par 5′s.   Though always a challenge, Wolf Run can unfortunately be hit or miss golfing experience.

Playing conditions at Wolf Run range from average to good for a public course, with less than ideal playing conditions coming during the winter months.  Over half of the well maintained tee boxes are elevated offering extra distance and challenging distance calculations on two of the Par 3′s.  Fairway drainage is excellent and rarely are there “soggy” spots on the course.  Bunkers are adequate, but could use some minor maintenance upgrades.  The slightly predictable greens can be hit or miss depending on the time of year and the amount of traffic on the course.  When rolling true the greens are a pleasure and when not a disappointment for the price of green fees.

With elevation changes on each hole (up to 100 feet), it’s recommended that golfers not interesting in hiking use carts at Wolf Run. Carts also provide a necessary resting place during protracted/slower playing times.

Patrons of Wolf Run tend to be mid-to high handicappers.  Unfortunately golfers can expect a large discrepancy in the time needed to complete 18 holes, with a range of 3.5-6 hours hinging mainly on the amount of traffic on the course.

Staff, Amenities, etc. 

The staff at Wolf Run can be hit or miss ranging from professional and friendly to disinterested and off-putting.  The Pro Shop is stocked to handle most golfing accessory and equipment needs.

The clubhouse has a grill with indoor and limited outdoor seating. The menu (click here) is typical of most golf courses with average food quality.  There is a solid selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages as well.

Beverage cart service is typically available on weekends and is usually available to for the midday hours during weekdays (service during the winter months may vary).

Course Tips

Hole #1- A short Par 4, the opening hole is guarded by OB on the right side and a creek on the left side that eventually cuts across the front of the green.  Ideal tee shot leaves a 100-150 yard approach shot to a green that slopes back to the front.  Bail out is to the left.

Hole #2- The first Par 5 at Wolf Run presents a challenging uphill tee shot that is visually protected by the hill on the right and drop off on the left. Though reachable in two with favorable wind conditions, most golfers would do well to play for accuracy off the tee.  The large green is split by a ridge down the middle sloping from left to right.

Hole #3- Longer drivers of the ball will be tempted to bomb the ball off the tee.  However, all golfers would do well to play for the meat of the fairway, leaving a 100-150 yard approach shot into a green that slopes from right to left and is protected by front and rear bunkers.

Hole #4- The #2 handicapped hole is a challenging risk reward hole from elevated tees with a creek/hazard splitting the fairway.   Aggressive play off the tee will need to leave no less than a 110 yard approach shot to clear the hazard, while conservative play should leave a 165+ yard approach shot to stay short of the hazard.

Hole #5- Wind direction can be crucial in determining distance to this slightly downhill and exposed Par 3.  Ideal tee shot will be to the right side of the green which slopes from front right to back left.  Bailout is to the front right side.

Hole #6- The shortest Par 4 on the course is as easy or as difficult as a player makes it with the fairway being split twice by a creek.  Longer hitters should be aggressive off the tee and go for the green, while others should play for an approach shot between 120-150 yards.  Green slopes severely from back to front.

Hole #7- The longest Par 3 at Wolf Run can be extremely challenging when playing into a head wind.  With bunkers and slope protecting the mid and back of the green, it’s best to play for the middle of the green or short right.

Hole #8- The 8th hole can be a challenging tee shot with a severe drop off on the right, OB on the left, and a split fairway 245 yards from the green.  Accuracy off the tee will be rewarded with a chance to reach the green in two.  Approach shots should be short and to the right, as the green slopes from left to right, with a slight drop off on the front right of the green.

Hole #9- Another split fairway Par 4 finishes the front nine and is best played for a 150 yard+ approach shot from the left side of the fairway.  The peanut shaped green slopes from left to right is protected by a drop off on the right side and back right bunker.

Hole #10- A slight dog leg to the right, long hitters can reach the 10th green with a tee shot along the fence line of the houses on the right.  All others are best served to place their tee shots along the left side of the fairway leaving a 100-150 yard approach shot.

Hole #11- A straight downhill Par 4 can be complicated by a cross or head wind.  Playing to the most comfortable approach shot distance is a must as the right to left sloping green is protected by a drop off surrounding the front half and bunker on the back side.

Hole #12- The #1 handicapped hole is a downhill dogleg left that rewards golfers who able able to cut the corner leaving the best angle for one’s approach shot.  Conservative approach shot is around 150 yards.  The back right to front left sloping green is protected by a creek in front and two bunkers.

Hole #13- The slightly uphill Par 4 is complicated by a fairway that meanders from right to left with the landing area being in the narrow part.  Leaving a 170 yard+ approach shot stays clear of the holes dangers.  Green slopes from the back right to the left, with a left drop off and back right bunker protecting the green.

Hole #14- The longest Par 3 on the course demands that the golfer hit into a green located in a bowl protected by a front bunker and creek.  Tee shots hit to the right side of the green will feed back to the left as the green slopes towards the front left.

Hole #15- The mid-lengthed Par 5 doglegs to the left around the creek that eventually crosses in front of the green.  All the danger off the tee exists on the left and the ideal tee shot is just to the left of the fairway bunker.  Green is split in two from the back bunker feeding to the front right and front left.

Hole #16- Slightly downhill to right the 16th green is nearly reachable off the tee for longer hitters.  Aggressive tee shots will go over the right bunker, while others to the left.  Green slopes from right to left and is protected by bunkers on left and back right.

Hole #17- The shortest Par 3 on the course demands only an accurate distance of the tee to safely reach the green which is surrounded by bunkers and slopes from the back right to front left.

Hole #18- Wolf Run concludes with a reachable in two Par 5 for the majority of golfers.  Tee shots should be played to the right side of the fairway leaving no less than a 170 yard approach shot to remain short of the creek dividing the fairway.  Approach shots long will avoid the bunkers in front of the green, but will have to deal with the slope back towards the fairway.

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