Las Vegas Golf: Las Vegas is more than a gambling oasis and the world's largest adult playground. With its great year-round weather, there is a bevy of fine golf courses, too. Narrowing down the list of places to play to 10 was no small task. So, to ensure the best interest of our readership, we forthrightly reserve the right to add more Las Vegas championship golf courses in due time.
Wolf Creek Golf Club in Mesquite
Wolf Creek Golf Club is so beautiful that God himself may have done the landscaping. However, after playing the course, many golfers feel that the designer might have been a little less than holy! USGA ranked Wolf Creek as the third most difficult course in America. The lush grass of the mountainous desert is so beautiful that it is mind altering. Since Wolf Creek is open to the public, all golfers can get a whack at this very demanding course. Depending upon the tee boxes chosen, the course ranges from 4,169 to 7,108 yards.
It is northeast of Las Vegas and about a one-hour's drive away. Selecting the most eye-captivating vista would probably be as difficult as playing the course calmly. Bring your clubs, camera, and therapist!
Cascata is among the championship level golf courses of Harrah's Golf. Rees Jones, who is known as The Open Doctor for redesigning seven sites on the PGA Tour, designed this par-72 course. Having opened in just 2000, Cascata is viewed as a "desert classic" by such notable publications as Golf Magazine and Golfweek. The course ranks in top-100 lists of many regarded sources. The Tuscan-styled, 37,000-square-foot clubhouse is the epitome of Old World charm. But don't let the elegance of the layout be a distraction.
The seventh hole of Cascasta is a downhill par three with water to the front and left of the green. Hole 18, which is a par five at 559 yards, offers an opportunity for a birdie for gamblers, but playing it safe is advised.
Bear's Best Las Vegas golf course receives high marks in all facets. The par-72 championship course, which was designed by the Golden Bear, Jack Nicklaus, is made up of some of the greatest holes designed from the 200 plus golf courses designed by Nicklaus Design. The best include a hole from the PGA West in Palm Springs, California; Cabo del Sol, in San Jose Del Cabo, Mexico; the Desert Highlands of Scottsdale, Arizona; the Castle Pines in Castle Pines, Colorado; and the Old Works Golf Club in Anaconda, Montana. Each of the 18 holes hole has a historic reference.
The fairways and greens are immaculate. The staff is both professional and courteous. The forecaddies can improve a player's game. Green fees are $205 Monday through Thursdays, and $255 on weekends. There also is a Bear's Best in Atlanta.
TPC The Canyons
The TPC Canyons is part of the prestigious Tournament Players Club Network. Playing here is an opportunity to play on the same turf as PGA pros. The par-71 course just north of Las Vegas is co-host to the yearly Frys.com Open. Course designer Bobby Weed and Raymond Floyd, who was a consultant, set out to raise a golf course with minimal disturbance to the desert. It worked splendidly, as the course fits in as if it just sprouted up after the gods bellowed, "Let there be golf!"
Hole 18 is a downhill, par four at 447 yards that can either make a golfer feel like a champ or a run amok like a chimp. With its tight fairway and water preceding the green, it is a true test of a player's mettle. Tiger Woods won his first PGA tournament here in 1996.
Rio Secco Golf Club
This beautiful championship course, which is located at the foothills of the Black Mountain Range, is approximately 14 miles southeast of Las Vegas. Rees Jones designed the 7,400-yard, 18-hole course in 1997. Four teeing boxes ensure that golfers of all levels have fun playing. Rio Secco is balanced quite well. Six holes take players through canyons; six holes overlook Las Vegas; and six holes take golfers through the desert.
This public course has received numerous accolades from local and worldwide publications. Bruce Harmon, a highly regarded instructor, teaches at Rio Secco. Tiger Woods is among Bruce's former students. Is it just by coincidence that Tiger currently holds the course record of 64?
Siena Golf Club
The Siena Golf Club, which opened in 2000, incorporates the charm of various championship level courses from around the world. However, there is definitely a Tuscany-styled decorum on the course, the surrounding grounds, and the huge clubhouse. The elevated terrain provides players with stunning views of the mountains and the sparkling cityscape of Las Vegas.
This golf course synthesizes enchanting and challenging in one breath. A twilight tee-time puts infuses a surrealistic slant to a golf outing. But don't let the atmospheric beauty prompt a slice off of the fairways.
Las Vegas Paiute Course
Having just one Pete Dye golf course is great. Having three at the same golf complex would be like playing on the fairways of heaven! Pete Dye, the designer of some of greatest championship golf courses ever built, is the golf architect for 12 of Golfweek's 2006 Best 100 Modern Golf Courses. The Las Vegas Paiute Golf Course is a golf resort that prides itself in having a setting where there are no distractions to golfers except for the stunning natural beauty if its courses.
The Wolf course, which is over 7,600 yards, is the longest course in Nevada. Golf Digest placed both the Snow Mountain and the Sun Mountain courses in its Top 200 Best Daily-fee Courses to Play in North America.
The Revere Golf Club
The golfers are coming! The golfers are coming! And the Revere Golf Club welcomes one and all. The Revere Golf Club, which is named after Paul "You say you want a revolution!" Revere, offers two revered, par-72 championship golf courses: the Lexington and the Concord. The Lexington is 7,143 yards, while the Concord is 7,043 yards. With several tee-boxes offered, the course is both fun and challenging to players of all levels. Casper/Nash & Associates designed both courses.
The Revere is managed by Troon Golf, an industry leader of golf-club management with over 140 facilities located in 26 states and 11 countries. The Troon group named The Revere its Best Facility of the Year in 2005.
Primm Valley Golf Club
Primm Valley Golf Club tees up two championship golf experiences with its Lakes and the Desert courses. The Lakes is a par-71 course with numerous lakes and river ways on 11 holes. Primm Valley keeps it simple in regard to naming its courses. Players can pretty much expect the layouts to be indicatively profound. The par-72 Desert course stretches out 7,131 yards and offers only five holes involving water.
Primm Valley has been well received by pundits of the golf industry since opening its doors. Tom Fazio is the designer of both courses.
Lake Las Vegas Resort
The Lake Las Vegas Resort has three championship golf courses on one complex. The Reflection Bay Golf Club, which is a Jack Nicklaus design, is the site for the Wendy's nationally televised Three-Tour Challenge. It also is the first public resort course in Las Vegas designed by Nicklaus. Each hole is a vista worthy of a series of postcard.
The Falls Golf Club is a par-72 course designed by Tom Weiskopf that goes from subtle to dramatic in two parts. Its elevation over the first nine holes is gradual, while the back nine add an extra, perhaps even unexpected, challenge to staying the course.
The private SouthShore Golf Club offers another of Jack Nicklaus' masterful designs. The course seamlessly blends into Mother Nature's lay of the land, as if she personally assisted Jack with the nuances and intricacies of this stunning course.
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By James Rothaar