Montrêux Golf Course

Montrêux Golf Course

Nestled in the Sierra Nevada Mountains between Reno and Lake Tahoe, this private, gated community surrounds the unparalleled Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course. Designated by Nicklaus as one of his top four or five courses, the private Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course at Montreux is the site for the Barracuda Championship- an official PGA TOUR event in its seventeenth season – which will be held August 3rd to the 9th 2015.

Montrêux Hole-By-Hole Descriptions
By Peter Jacobsen
Hole No. 1 – 494 yards, Par 4
This downhill Par 4 features a large driving area and plays shorter than you think. After a driver or possibly a fairway wood off the tee, you face a middle to short iron shot to a two-tiered green that runs away from you in the back. The green is well protected by the two bunkers and the lake on the right, as well as a large, free form bunker which carves around the left-hand side of this tricky putting surface.
Hole No. 2 – 584 yards, Par 5
The tee shot on this uphill straightaway Par 5 must avoid the lone pine that sits in the middle of the fairway. Should you make a play at the green after your tee shot, it must carry the pot bunker short and left of the green, as well as the large greenside bunker on the right. This large two-tiered green drops off sharply on the left and could offer some very difficult and tricky hole locations.
Hole No. 3 –  186 yards, Par 3
Hole #3 is a 186 yard, uphill par 3 with a beautiful green site nestled in front of a natural rock outcropping.  The medium-sized green has a transition through the middle with the back of the green elevated.  The green surround is forgiving as balls hit long will tend to bounce back onto the green but steer clear of the deep bunker in front.  There are many pinnable areas on both the upper and lower half of the green but the upper half pin placements will demand an accurate tee shot.
Hole No. 4 –  355 yards, Par 4
Hole #4 is a short, uphill par 4 with an elevation change of over 80 feet and an incredible view of Mt. Rose.  Though the hole only plays to 355 yards from the back tee, it carries with it a good deal of strategy.  From tee to green, this hole will play more difficult than it appears.  You long-ball hitters who can clear the bunker will definitely have the advantage here as long as your accurate.  The fairway bunkers are very penalizing if your caught short, and you’ll need a rope and some good hiking boots if your right.  The easy drive is left of the bunker but make your approach shot count.  Balls hit short are in the bunker and those too long  –  well  –  get the rope and hiking boots back out!  Due to the short length of the hole, the green was designed to be small and undulating.  This will be a fun hole to play as shot selection is a must!
Hole No. 5 –  491 yards, Par 4
Hole #5 is a long, downhill par 4 that doglegs to the left.  The hole measures 491 yards from the back tees though it won’t play that long due to the elevation change.  The key to this hole is a good drive down the middle past the fairway trees on the left side.  The hole looks very narrow but the landing area is larger than it appears.  Your approach shot, requiring a middle to long iron, will be quite forgiving as the fairway slopes toward the green and even the green slopes toward the front and the right, holding balls hit slightly long.  Outside of a bunker on the right side of the green, the surrounds are fairly open and trouble free.  Most balls hit to this green will flow to the back right, therefore taking the bunker out of play on most pin placements.  There is a pinnable area on the back left side of this green that will provide some challenges.
Hole No. 6 – 477 yards, Par 4
This beautiful Par 4 plays from right to left and is the start of the “Bear Trap.” Your tee shot must be played down the right side to take advantage of the sloping fairway. There are no fairway bunkers here so you can pretty much let loose with your driver. Your approach to this loping green must avoid the left side bunker that is extremely deep. Any shot played from the right side of the green will slope back to the middle of the green. The players can be very creative here.
Hole No. 7 – 163 yards, Par 3
This tricky Par 3 is the shortest hole on the course, but club selection here is critical. You’re faced with a long carry over water to a narrow, shallow green that is divided in the middle by a large ridge. You’ve got more room on the right half of this green, but the toughest hole location will be tucked into the left-hand corner, underneath the huge pines. Hopefully, you’ll avoid the pot bunker that protects the left-hand side as well.
Hole No. 8 – 636 yards, Par 5
The longest and straightest hole at Montrêux, this Par 5 challenges you for its entire 636 yards. Your tee shot must avoid the lake to the left of the fairway. Your second must be played slightly left of the center to avoid the deep, cavernous bunker on the right of the green. It is the largest and most undulating green on the course and will offer many interesting hole locations. You’ll probably have the wind at your back most of the time, so an eagle three isn’t out of the question.
Hole No. 9 – 429 yards, Par 4
The Par 4, 9th hole is a great finishing hole for the RenooTahoe Open because it is the ultimate decision situation. If you play a 3-wood off the tee, it must be left toward the small bunker on the hill to avoid the large fairway bunker on the right. If you take a driver, you’ll have to carry that bunker on the right and possibly run off the fairway into the right-hand rough. Once at your tee shot, your second will be to an undulating green separated down the center by a slight ridge. The deep bunkers both front-right and back-left will keep you on your toes.
Hole No. 10 – 413 yards, Par 4
The Par 4, 10th hole is a fairly straightaway hole and, depending on the wind conditions, the tee shot will probably be played with a fairway wood. You must avoid the fairway bunker in the landing area because you can’t see the putting surface from there. The bunker in the front-left of the green protects the back-left pin position. It’s a mildly sloping green which runs sharply from front to back.
Hole No. 11 – 171 yards, Par 3
The 11th hole at Montrêux is a semi-blind, uphill Par 3 that features a very large green protected on the front left by two bunkers and a ravine to the far left. There is a premium on hitting the correct club here, because a shot that misses the green will cause a lot of problems. Two majestic pine trees frame this beautiful hole.
Hole No. 12 – 429 yards, Par 4
To avoid the trouble on the right, you must drive down the left-hand side of the fairway on the Par 4, 12th hole. Any shot missed to the right will run down the slope into a lateral hazard. Club selection on your second shot is most important here, as it must carry all the way to the green to avoid the deep ravine in the front. The front-right pin position on this difficult two-tiered green is protected by a huge pine on the right that will catch more than its share of errant approach shots.
Hole No. 13 – 518 yards, Par 5
Your tee shot on the Par 5, 13th 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.
Hole No. 14 – 367 yards, Par 4
The Par 4, 14th hole is a true risk/reward hole. This narrow, slightly downhill, tee shot requires great accuracy and forces the player to make a choice. Either lay up off the tee with a long iron, or try to drive the green with a left to right trajectory. The green is narrow, but deep, and is softly undulating. If the wind picks up, it makes for an interesting decision.
Hole No. 15 – 439 yards, Par 4
This is one of the most demanding holes on the course and, again, tests even the best of drivers. It’s a tight driving area, guarded on the right by pine trees and on the left by two large bunkers. Your second shot will be a short to mid-iron into a sloping green from left to right. Your approach must favor the left-hand side of the green to avoid the ball spinning off the green down into the subtle chipping area on the right. An up and down from the left-hand greenside bunker will be difficult.
Hole No. 16 – 220 yards, Par 3
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.
Hole No. 17 – 464 yards, Par 4
A dramatic tee shot from an elevated tee about 100 feet above the fairway gets your attention on the Par 4, 17th. You must drive it as far as possible to get the shortest club you can to this very narrow green. The fairway is wider than it looks and is protected on the left by Galena Creek. The difficult green sets against Galena Creek with two deep bunkers on the left side. Getting the ball up and down from these left-hand bunkers will be difficult.
Hole No. 18 – 616 yards, Par 5
The downhill dogleg left Par 5, finishing hole forces a decision on your second shot. Your tee shot must be played with a slight hook to run the ball as far down the fairway as possible. Once you reach your tee shot, you can take the gamble and go at the green in two. If not, you’ll lay up with a middle iron that will leave you a short shot to a large, undulating green that features many difficult hole locations. The green is protected by bunkers and water to the right, so left and long is a good place to miss.