Sierra Sage is Northern Nevada's most affordable golf! We're located off Stead Blvd beneath the eastern slopes of Peavine Mountain. We're eighteen holes and very walker-friendly. Open year round weather permitting. We provide an excellent golf experience and have a terrific practice facility that offers two full practice holes, two putting greens, and a grass tee driving range. A full service pro shop and a brand new resturant that provides excellent food and service. Sierra Sage has a great Men's and Ladies club with fun and welcoming tournaments. We're open to private tournaments and encourage you to come golf Sierra Sage!
The Golf Course is open with no controls. For Tee Time reservations and current conditions, please call the Golf Shop at (775) 972-1564 or book on our website.
Golf Shop hours are 6:00am - 7:00pm.
GOLFERS FIND OASIS IN THE DROUGHT AT SIERRA SAGE
THANKS TO WATER RE-USE PROGRAM
(Reno, NV, June 22, 2015) -- As drought conditions continue to put more restrictions on water use and limit outdoor irrigation throughout the region, golfers can expect one oasis of green at Washoe County's Sierra Sage Golf Course in Stead.
The Sage has been irrigating its 140 acres with recycled water from the City of Reno's Stead Water Reclamation Facility since 2000. The course uses an average of 600,000 gallons a day during the summer.
The golf course is the treatment plant's largest customer for the sand filtered, biologically treated and disinfected water that is pumped into the Sierra Sage lakes and ponds for on-course application. Treated effluent from the plant is also used for irrigation at the North Valleys Regional Park sports fields, Mayors Park in Stead and by dust control trucks operating at local construction sites, according to Robert Zoncki, plant operator for the City of Reno.
"While this isn't a potable water product, we abide by Nevada Department of Environmental Protection standards for public safety." Zoncki said. "It costs about 30 percent less than potable irrigation water and its keeping 350 to 500 acre feet of surface or ground water in our drinking water systems each year."
A typical home uses about one half of an acre-foot of water annually. Golf courses a lot more. As the West struggles with leaner snow packs, water reuse and recycling are just one of the tricks golf operators must use to keep the players happy and the course open for play, said Mike Mazzaferri, president of Cal-Mazz Golf which operates Sierra Sage for Washoe County.
“If everyone else is cutting back their water use and their lawns are going brown, golf courses can’t have a bright green course, unless the water is recycled," Mazzaferri said. "Sierra Sage and Wildcreek are two public courses that have the recycled water program in place. Arrowcreek and Wolf Run are the two privately owned courses in the Reno-Sparks area that take advantage of reclaimed water. It just makes sense, and the industry will be using it at more courses."
Sierra Sage employs many other water savings tricks in the way it manages its acres of grass, Mazzaferri said. The course has reduced turf areas, employs sophisticated computer-aided sprinkler systems and has planted new drought tolerant trees.
"Our philosophy is that we’d like to see a dry spot on our course before we see a wet spot and we always push the 'less water' envelope," Mazzaferri said. "What people need to understand is that turf will do better long term being a little hungry for water than giving it too much."
"The recycled water does pose some minor chemistry issues," he added. "But we are able to adjust PH levels and with proper application and turf management we can actually get a greener product than if we used potable water."
The Stead Plant treats about 1.4 million gallons of sewage each day and has a capacity of about 2 million gallons.
"We see a lot of potential for water reuse not only for irrigation use but also for industrial use," Zoncki said. "Its just another option to keep from tapping more into our surface and ground water supplies."
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