Located in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountain range in a high desert and forest pine setting (at an altitude of 5,500 feet above sea level) the Nicklaus Signature course at Montrêux Golf & Country Club is routed around a private residential development which is easily accessed from Reno to the north or Lake Tahoe to the south.
Fairways, tees and greens are carpeted in a variety of bent grasses, with rough areas on the periphery of the holes comprising a mix of fescue and bluegrass. More than seventy fairway and greenside bunkers are furnished with a special blend of white sand that’s shipped in from Idaho.
The PGA Tour’s Barracuda Championship – founded as the Reno-Tahoe Open in 1999 – is held annually at Montrêux as an alternate event, opposite the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, and it’s the only tournament on the men’s main professional circuit that employs a Modified Stableford scoring system to encourage aggressive play.
The signature “Bear Trap” is a dramatic trio of holes that starts with a slightly doglegging par four at the 6th, continues with a short par three to a shallow, pond-protected green at the 7th, and ends with the longest hole on the card at the 636-yard 8th.