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The ultimate guide to Las Vegas golf

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

Golf in Las Vegas is plentiful. Before, golf wasn’t really a big reason to come to Las Vegas. Most of the people coming to Las Vegas were there hoping to make a big roulette winning of just wanted to play video poker. As nowadays gamblers can play online roulette from home, more and more people are coming to the Sin City for other attractions, such as golf. At last count, there were more than 60 golf courses within an hour of Las Vegas.

These are the very best golf courses in the United States. In 1967, there were only fourteen golf courses. In 1984, they built Spanish Trail and that was the first golf course that had been built here in 19 years. That opened the floodgates. After that they opened one after another. Here are some of the most popular golf courses.

The Wynn

3131 Las Vegas Blvd. South
Las Vegas, NV 89109
888-320-7122
www.wynnlasvegas.com
Courses: 1 (18 holes)
Rates: $500
Comment: It’s very exclusive. It’s like Shadow Creek used to be. I believe you have to be staying at the Wynn to play there. It’s expensive, but it’s very reminiscent of Shadow Creek. As I understand it, it’s as good as or better than Shadow Creek. It’s got to be great. Plus it’s a Fazio course, which is as good as it gets.

Cascata

One Cascata Drive
Boulder City, NV 89005
702-294-2000
www.caesars.com/Cascata
Courses: 1 (18 holes)
Rates: $300–$500
Comment: Cascata is spectacular. It winds right through the mountains and it’s hard to believe that they built a golf course there. They have a river that goes right through the clubhouse. It’s just amazing. Each hole practically sits by itself. You can hardly see any other hole except the one you’re playing. You’re hitting it down these canyons and around and they’ve got waterfalls. When you finish, you drive your cart in underneath the clubhouse and they take good care of you.

Rio Secco

2851 Grand Hills Drive
Henderson, NV 89052
888-TO-SECCO
www.harrahs.com/our_casinos/rlv/rio_secco/
Courses: 1 (18 holes) Rates: $100-$150
Comment: Rio Secco is also home of the Butch Harman School. It’s a demanding little golf course that goes in and out of these little arroyos. It’s a beautiful layout that overlooks the city. At certain holes you can see right through the city. One of the hardest holes up there is number five. It’s a demanding little dog leg left with a tough tee shot and then you’ve got an elevated green. The Rio Secco has a beautiful little clubhouse. It’s very well decorated and has a nice meeting room and a second bar sitting in the dining area.

The Falls at Lake Las Vegas

600 Lake Las Vegas Pkwy.
Henderson, NV 89011
877-698-4653
www.lakelasvegas.com/golf_falls.asp Courses: 1 (18 Holes)
Rates: $160-$275
Comment: The Falls is a spectacular venue. You play an uphill par five up in the far corner of the golf course. The hole that you see in all the magazines is a sharp dog leg right. From the tee, you’re looking over the entire city from east to west. The clubhouse was voted best golf shop in the chapter. They have all the amenities. They have a beautiful brand new driving range and the area is so beautiful because it’s right on Lake Las Vegas. It’s absolutely gorgeous.

Reflection Bay at Lake Las Vegas

1600 Lake Las Vegas Pkwy.
Henderson, NV 89011
877-698-4653
www.lakelasvegas.com/golf_reflection.asp
Courses: 1 (18 Holes)
Rates: $160-$275
Comment: Reflection Bay goes right around the Hyatt Regency Hotel. They have five or six holes right on the lake. They go right along the lake and they have a spectacular par three, which carries on the water to almost an island green, about three-quarters water. They’ve got everything: a beautiful clubhouse, a golf shop that is second to none, and with all the staff you never have to touch your golf clubs.

Bali Hai

Golf Club
5160 Las Vegas Blvd. South
Las Vegas, NV 89119
888-427-6678
www.balihaigolfclub.com
Courses: 1 (18 holes)
Rates: $125-$325
Comment: Bali High is probably one of the finest resort golf courses in the world. Number one, it’s right on the strip. On a lot of the holes, you’re looking up towards the Mandalay Bay Hotel. They created the golf course in a South Pacific style. They have lagoons and waterfalls and the clubhouse is spectacular. It’s all done in south seas décor and tiki hut fashion. It’s extremely upscale and the service is unparalleled. When you sign up in the golf shop, you are escorted to your personal caddie and cart at your starting time. When you’re on the course, you’ve got club hosts, which are checking up on you to make sure everything is okay. Their golf shop is also nationally recognized.

Revere Golf Club

2600 Hampton Road
Henderson, NV 89052
877-2Revere
www.reveregolf.com
Courses: 2 (36 holes)
Rates: Lexington: $130-$240, Concord: $115-$200
Comment: It’s all done after colonial times. The golf shop kind of runs that theme out. The golf course is very player friendly and a few holes carry ravines. It just sits up on the side of the hill in the southeast part of the valley, so you’re looking back over the whole valley in a lot of the venues. It’s a very playable golf course, an enjoyable golf course to play.

Badlands Golf Club

9119 Alta Drive
Las Vegas, NV 89145
800-470-4622
www.badlandsgc.com
Courses: 3 (27 holes) Rates: $50-$70
Comment: Badlands is a shorter target golf course. By that I mean you have a lot of holes you need to lay up on. On the first eighteen that they designed (Johnny Miller designed it) there are a lot of lay-up holes by virtue of the fact that there is not much land. By that I mean there are washes that go through there, so you have to work around that. There are definitely a lot of lay-up shots where you can’t really let it go with the driver. They built a third nine which is probably the best of three.

Paiute

10325 Nu-Wav Kaiv Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89124
866-284-2833
www.lvpaiutegolf.com
Courses: 3 (54 holes)
Rates: Sun $85-$165, Snow $85-$185, Wolf $105-$215
Comment: Paiute has three eighteen-hole golf courses (Snow, Sun, and Wolf). They’re all done by Pete Dye and they’re spectacular. You can tell they were designed by Pete Dye, there’s no question about that. It’s hard to believe, but they have a lot of water features out there. A lot of lakes, which is interesting in the desert. It’s about twenty miles out of town, so it’s a really peaceful setting. There is nothing between the mountains and that golf course, so it is very desolate and peaceful. All three golf courses are very well done. The amenities here, because they get so much play from out of town people, are great. They have a huge golf shop.

Tournament Players Club at Summerlin

1700 Village Center Circle
Las Vegas, NV 89134
702-256-0111
www.tpcsummerlin.com
Courses: 1 (18 holes)
Rates: Inquire within
Comment: That’s where they hold the Las Vegas Invitational. It’s a really good tour course. By that I mean they have all kinds of shops. The course plays pretty fast and has the Bermuda fairways, which play pretty quick. They just redid the greens and they’re very fast. It’s an extremely well done championship layout. You can shoot low number, but you can’t make any mistakes. There are holes there that require attention. You can’t just let it fly.

Dragonridge Country Club

552 South Stephanie Street
Henderson, NV 89012
877-855-1505
www.dragonridgegolf.com
Courses: 1 (18 holes)
Rates: Inquire within
Comment: Dragonridge is way up in the corner by Anthem. It has a lot of elevation to work with. So you get a lot of shots you hit down into a fairway. You’re going up over hills, so it’s a very challenging golf course. It’s well done. It’s got some different kinds of shots that you’re going to have to play. It’s relatively new for the area and they’re just now getting their membership filled out.

Wolf Creek Golf Club

403 Paradise Pkwy. Mesquite, NV 89027
866-252-4653
www.golfwolfcreek.com
Courses: 1 (18 holes)
Rates: $85-$180
Comment: The second tee there is 100 steps up from the number one green. So you’re hitting down at this fairway and you’re up there so high it’s almost hard to take a swing, you feel like you’re going to fall off. They’ve got three or four holes like that. You hit way down into a valley and it’s unbelievable. You’ve got waterfalls going up through the mountain side and it’s incredible. It’s an attraction to get you to go to Mesquite, which sits about 80 miles from Las Vegas.

Siena Golf Club

10575 Siena Monte Avenue
Las Vegas, NV 89135
888-689-6499
www.sienagolfclub.com
Courses: 1 (18 holes)
Rates: $145-$175
Comment: The Siena is a real playable golf course. It’s not exceptionally long and it’s a beautiful venue. The layout is done really well. They have some lake features, beautiful rolling greens, and it’s a fun golf course to play. You don’t have to break your back playing it. It’s a joy.

Bear’s Best

11111 W. Flamingo Road
Las Vegas, NV 89135
866-385-8500
www.bearsbest.com/vegas/
Courses: 1 (18 holes)
Rates: $195-$245, twilght rates available
Comment: Bear’s Best copies the holes that Jack Nicklaus designed for other courses. So you get all these different venues. It’s very attractive to play. They’re set up extremely well for golf. The clubhouse is modest and it’s designed for the player who comes into town. They have all the amenities; the driving range is really nice. Then when you get out on the golf course, you get a chance to look at 18 pretty unique holes.

Tournament Players Club at The Canyon’s

9851 Canyon Run Drive
Las Vegas, NV 89144
702-256-2500
www.tpc.com/daily/the_canyons
Courses: 1 (18 Holes)
Rates: $75-$265
Comment: TPC Canyons, as the name implies, has a canyon that goes right through it. It’s very demanding on your tee shot and it’s also one of the golf courses they use for the Las Vegas Invitational. If the wind blows a little bit up there, you’ve really got all you can handle. It’s a good golf course, nicely designed, and it’s relatively difficult. It’s a golf course that you need to do some thinking on. You can’t just stand up there with your driver. You’ve got to put it in position and go from there.