Golf Course Architecture - Issue 67, January 2022

25 Schmidt-Curley Design has developed a renovation plan for Wildcreek Golf Course in Washoe County, Nevada. Originally an 18-hole course by Phelps Benz & Associates, until a large portion was used for a new high school, Wildcreek is now nine holes and has been transferred to First Tee’s Northern Nevada chapter, with Mazz Golf Management in charge of operations. Curley says his new design, which he hopes will enter construction in 2022, will not bear any resemblance to the current layout. “Apart from three corridors, the rest are new holes on land not previously used, or playing over old golf terrain at a different angle,” said Curley. “The change is substantial.” The new course will be a par 34 of 3,200 yards, with an emphasis on walkability achieved through simple green-to-tee connections. “The course works its way up to a higher elevation with commanding views of downtown Reno and then descends back to the clubhouse,” said Curley. “This begins at the sixth, a par four featuring a dramatic drop shot to a half-hidden but wide landing area. “There will be an emphasis on solid, visually stunning golf holes that feature ‘find-your-ball’ turf areas before transitioning to native in a welcoming manner to speed pace of play. Bunkering will be visually evident but not too extensive or penal.” Curley’s plan also calls for a new 1.5-acre putting course, some renovations to the executive course, a new double-ended driving range and an extensive short game area. Schmidt-Curley draws up new plan for Wildcreek course The sixth will play from an elevated tee towards a wide but slightly hidden fairway Image: Harris Kalinka Image: Schmidt-Curley Design