Empire Ranch Nostalgia

Red House

As I come upon the Red House near Hole #2 on the Comstock Course, I can't help but remember the little city that became a refuge and oasis for the wagon trains destined for California.  Empire City also helped our nation prosper during the "Gold Rush" days. Built on the Carson River, Empire City, in its earliest days, gave comfort to the courageous yet weary emigrants traveling west. They would stay long enough to resupply and regain their strength and spirit for the last leg of their journey over the Sierras into California.

Later, nearby Virginia City was growing and timber became essential for fuel, digging mines and constructing buildings . Soon, Empire City became the recovery depot for millions of feet of timber which were cut from the Sierra Nevada forest. Loggers would float the logs down the nearby Carson River to Empire City. The giant logs were then loaded onto wagons and hauled to Virginia City by 8 to 10 mule wagon teams. Later on the logs were transported by rail cars on the historic Virginia & Truckee railroad, which has recently been reopened for tourist rides.

Soon after gold and silver were found on the Comstock the first quartz mill, called the Mexican, was built in Empire City, on the Carson River. The Morgan Mill came shortly after that. Then over the next few years several others followed. For many years the thunderous noise of the mills and the roar of the train rang out day and night, keeping this important yet small town and the people very busy.

The population of Empire City reached a peak in the early 1870's of 350 to 400 people. It had two general stores, a dance hall, four saloons and a school house that taught 40 to 50 children. In 1886, the V & T railroad built a station to accommodate all of the traffic. Later, when the Comstock declined and the mills slowly started to close, Empire City began to diminish and eventually was taken back by the desert. The immense mills, the homes, the stores, the businesses and then eventually the school house were all gone. The Red House stands as a monument and reminder that their was an Empire City full of industrious friendly folks who reached out to others in need. In its day, Empire City added a large supply of gold and silver to the economy, which helped the area and nation prosper.

The Red House was built to accommodate the superintendent of the Mexican Mill and still stands as a landmark of Empire City. It is now a very proud part of our Empire Ranch Golf Course.

Golf Course News

Beginning now, (August 7, 2014 through December 31, 2014)
Purchase your Ranch Card for ONLY $100 - See the pro shop
for more details.

- Four rounds free (includes cart)
- Every eleventh round free
- $25 rounds April-October (non-member rate $45)
- Winter rates $20
- 10% off all pro shop merchandise
- Fun Ranch Card member tournaments through out the year

Nine & Dine
***Change of dates for Nine & Dine
June 27th, July 11th, 25th, August 8th, 22nd, and September 5th

(Subject to change due to weather, etc.) Please call to confirm.
Beginning at 5:30pm with dinner following around 7:00 p.m.
You are welcome to come earlier for cocktails.
We look forward to your company.
Contact Sean Boggs in the Pro Shop for information. 
                    RSVP 775.885.2100

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Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner Meetings, Golf Tournaments, Fundraisers
Indoor and Outdoor Venues Available
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Six different varieties on tap: Sierra NV Pale Ale, Icky, Stella, Shock Top, Bud Light, and Coors Light. We also have one of the largest selections of can and bottled beers. Make everyone happy and choose Empire Ranch Golf Course and Mallards Restaurant. Eat lunch while overlooking our beautiful lush greens and panoramic view of the Sierras. To go order? Call in your order 775.885.1019

Monday Night Football dinner buffets, beer specials and raffle prizes too!
Watch the games on our TEN Large Screen TV's!!! Gaming at the bar.
Family friendly. Six beers on tap and so much more. Why go anywhere else?

Family Friendly Sundays!!!
Kids play free with an 
adult fully paid green fee.
(After 12:00 p.m.)

Awesome Tuesdays!!!
Play Golf for only....
$25 from 10 a.m. - 2 a.m.

Thursday Fun Days!!!
Ladies Day and
Men's Skins Game

Raffle Fridays!!!
Five raffle prizes 
will be given away.
See the pro shop
for further details.

Mallards Restaurant
@ Empire Ranch
We will email our
delicious Mallard's
menu to you upon request:
Feel free to call in your to go
order @ 775.885.1019
Call about our daily

Just a few favorites listed:

*The Marshall's Special
Traditional BLT with 
3 Bacon Strips, two eggs 
over hard and your choice
Melted Cheese.  $6.99

*Empire Burger
Our half pound Angus 
Beef Patty with lettuce,
tomato, onion and mayo.

*Rodeo Beef Wrap
Tri-tip beef, Havarti Cheese,
Jalapeno Bacon, Carmelized
Onions, fresh bell peppers,
@ Chipotle Ranch.

*Empire Wrap
Grilled chicken, avocado,
bacon, tomatoes, ranch,
Swiss Cheese. $ 6.99

*Savory Chicken Fried Steak
with Mallard's Certified Angus
All Beef Patty, served with
two eggs your style, Home Fries,
and your choice of toast. $8.99

Kiwanis Carson City invites
you to the First Annual...
Know It. Fight It. End It.
Fight Pancreatic Cancer
Golf Tournament to be
held at Empire Ranch
0n  Sept 20, 2014
5 k Walk/Run & Bench Press
6  Golf Divisions $75 entry
Benefitting the Pancreatic
Cancer Action Network
& the Carson City Kiwanis
Scholarship Fund.
Contact: Stevan Lyon @
or Robey Willis @
Applications available
 at Empire Ranch Golf Course