Inside the course: Montreux Golf and Country Club

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Montreux Golf and Country Club is about halfway between Reno, Nev., and Lake Tahoe.
July 30, 2012
PGA TOUR Staff
Fast facts
Course Superintendent Doug Heinrichs
Original architect Jack Nicklaus (1997)
Course remodel Jack Nicklaus (2004)
Number of TOUR events as host venue 14 (including 2012)
Course ranking Ranked 26th (out of 51 courses) in difficulty on the PGA TOUR in 2011
Yardage history 7,552 yards (1999)
  7,472 yards (2002)
  7,060 yards (1979-1982)
  7,055 yards (1983)
  7,102 yards (1984-1995)
  7,112 yards (1996, 1998-2000)
  7,222 yards (2004-2008)
  7,472 yards (2009-present)
Grass Bentgrass, Poa annua (tees, fairways, greens); Kentucky bluegrass, perennial ryegrass, fescue (rough)
Tournament Stimpmeter 11.5 feet
Sand bunkers 62
Water hazards 6
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Course record
Player
Scott Piercy
Year
2011
Round
3rd
Finish
Won
Holes-in-one
Player Hole Year
Omar Uresti 16 2008
Jose Coceres 7 2007
Yusaku Miyazato 7 2006
Yusaku Miyazato 12 2006
Michael Long 12 2005
Garrett Willis 16 2004
Tom Byrum 16 2002
Pat Perez 7 2002
Montreux Golf & Country Club2011 rankings Other 12 years
Hole Par Yards Avg. Score Rank Avg. score Rank
1 4 494 4.128 5 3.950 13
2 5 584 4.744 17 2.997 11
3 3 186 3.131 4 4.083 6
4 4 355 4.017 7 4.699 18
5 4 491 4.091 6 3.994 12
6 4 477 4.01 9 4.063 7
7 3 183 3.2 3 3.205 2
8 5 636 4.796 15 4.239 1
9 4 429 3.936 13 4.835 16
10 4 413 3.919 14 4.060 8
11 3 171 3.005 10 4.750 17
12 4 429 4.012 8 3.105 5
13 5 518 4.638 18 4.009 10
14 4 367 3.951 12 4.142 4
15 4 439 4.002 11 4.039 9
16 3 220 3.266 1 3.196 3
17 4 464 4.224 2 4.858 15
18 5 616 4.768 16 3.906 14
Course origins
Montreux Golf and Country Club's 18 championship holes of 7,472 yards sit at an elevation between 5,000 and 6,000 feet. The Sierra setting has towering pine trees, creeks, seven lakes, four waterfalls, and it drops and rises in elevation. Montreux is Northern Nevada's only Jack Nicklaus Signature Design golf course. Nicklaus has stated that Montreux is one of his top five courses. The PGA TOUR stop at Montreux is also the only West Coast TOUR event held in the summer.
During the Reno-Tahoe Open, the front and back nine are reversed for tournament play. A flood destroyed No. 8 in January 1997, which had to be rebuilt in the spring of 1998. The design of the hole is similar to No. 14 at Muirfield. After the flooding in 1997, the creek that now runs through No. 8 was found to be a natural waterway and was worked into the redesign, as it was not part of the original design of the hole.
In 2002, more property was acquired, and three additional holes were added to the course to the right of No. 15. These scenic holes were added to replace the previous Nos. 10, 11 and 12, which had more of a high desert open design. Since the addition of the new holes, Montreux is almost entirely in the forest. -- Source: Golf Course Superintendents Association of America
Tournament course history
Course Location Years
Montreux Golf and Country Club Reno, Nev. 1999-present

The TOUR heads in two directions this week -- one group to the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational and the other group to Reno, Nev., for the Reno-Tahoe Open. Here's all you need to know about the host course -- Montreux GCC.

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