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.
August 01, 2011
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 13 (including 2011)
Course ranking Ranked 6th (out of 52 courses) in difficulty on the PGA TOUR in 2010
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
John Rollins
Bill Glasson
Parker McLachlin
Joe Ogilvie
Year
2009
2005
2008
2006
Round
2nd
2nd
2nd
4th
Finish
Won
T18
Won
3rd
Holes-in-one
There have been eight aces recorded at Montreux GCC
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
2010 Rankings
Most Difficult Hole
This beautiful and intimidating par 3 doesn't play as long as it looks. The tee shot on this 220 yard, downhill hole is to a narrow two-tiered green that slopes away from you on the back half. Any shot that carries past the middle of the green could slip off the back. Be careful of the difficult greenside bunker on the right.
2010: 0 eagles, 33 birdies, 220 pars, 124 bogeys, 8 double bogeys, 3 others.
Easiest Hole
Your tee shot on the par 5, fourth hole must be played down the right side of this narrow fairway to have a clear shot at reaching the green in two. The tee shot must carry the bunker on the right-hand side, or be played with a left to right trajectory. Should you pull or hook your tee shot to the left side of the fairway, your view of the green will be blocked by a stand of pine trees. Should you go for the green in two, your second shot must carry the pot bunker that guards the front left of the green. If you lay up, you'll be playing to a narrow fairway on the right, which will leave you a tricky pitch shot to an elevated green, protected on the right side by a huge bunker.
2010: 8 eagles, 154 birdies, 184 pars, 28 bogeys, 13 double bogeys and 1 other.
Montreux Golf & Country Club2010 rankings Other 11 years
Hole Par Yards Avg. Score Rank Avg. score Rank
1 4 413 4.008 13 3.936 13
2 3 171 3.057 11 2.997 11
3 4 429 4.082 7 4.083 6
4 5 518 4.709 18 4.699 18
5 4 367 4.054 12 3.986 12
6 4 439 4.064 9 4.067 8
7 3 220 3.299 1 3.205 2
8 4 464 4.284 2 4.239 1
9 5 616 4.956 14 4.835 16
10 4 494 4.206 5 4.071 7
11 5 584 4.845 16 4.750 17
12 3 186 3.222 4 3.105 5
13 4 355 4.075 8 4.009 10
14 4 491 4.142 6 4.164 4
15 4 477 4.059 10 4.042 9
16 3 183 3.227 3 3.190 3
17 5 636 4.84 17 4.858 15
18 4 429 3.897 15 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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