Wednesday, September 21, 2016


Vegas' Best Public Golf Courses

The public golf courses in Las Vegas offer some of the best value for your vacation dollars. You’ll only lose $50 to $500 in six hours. The multitude of excellent courses to choose from will have golfers feeling as at home in the desert as the card sharks. With most courses in the valley having just completed overseeding, the Las Vegas golf season is underway. Follow along as we rank Sin City’s best public courses.


Shadow Creek

Shadow Creek is one of Las Vegas’ best golf courses. Designed by Tom Fazio, of Lake Nona and Pinehurst fame, this course is beautiful. Nearly every hole would be the signature hole at other courses, like the 553-yard, par-5 No. 4. The dog-leg left brings water into play on the tee shot, second shot and approach. No. 15 also prominently features a water hazard. It’s a 438-yard par 4 with a long second shot over the course’s namesake. This is technically not a public course, but MGM Grand guests can book tee times and receive complimentary limousine transfer to and from the course and a personal caddie to guide them through the course.
(Greens fee: ~$500)

The Wynn Golf Club

Another Tom Fazio design, The Wynn Golf Club feels more like a secluded oasis cut off from civilization than its Strip-side location would lead you to believe. The 18-hole, par-70 course was conceived with the rolling hills of South Carolina or Georgia in mind. It is the only course on the Strip attached to a resort, meaning you can go from room to tee box without leaving the Wynn property. For those who prefer not to lug their clubs across the country, The Wynn offers complimentary Callaway rentals and a pair of Foot Joys. Interested golfers should act soon as the head honcho himself, Steve Wynn, announced earlier this year plans to replace the course with a water park.[http://blog.vegasdaze.com/2016/04/new-things-to-come-for-wynn-las-vegas.html]
(Greens fees: ~$500)

Cascata

The par-72 course provides stunning vistas at every turn, including the 3,600-foot peak of Red Mountain, lush fairways, lakes, and streams. Located just outside of Boulder City, this track is consistently named one of the best public courses in the country. It meanders up and down the steep rocky mountainside along Railroad Pass, originally used to transport materials for the construction of Hoover Dam. More than 600 feet above the clubhouse, the ninth tee box is no stranger to snow days.
(Greens fee: ~$250)


Rio Secco

Home to one of the most famous golf instructors in history, Butch Harmon, Rio Secco offers golf tourists a sincere challenge. It can play to more than 7,400 yards and tends to fall along the more difficult end of the spectrum. From the tips, Rio Secco boasts a slope rating of 153, just shy of the 155 maximum. Features include six holes through steep canyons, six holes on a plateau overlooking the city and six holes in a broad desert wash. Janelas Restaurant & Bar, located in the 30,000-square-foot clubhouse, is one of the finest 19th holes in the city.
(Greens fee: ~$110)

Paiute Golf Resort

One benefit of opening a golf course on tribal lands is the lack of municipal water restrictions. These fairways drink dromedary levels of water. Three 18-hole, Pete Dye-designed courses make up this massive facility just 30 minutes north of the Las Vegas Strip. Snow Mountain, Sun Mountain and Wolf are some of the longest tracks in the state – Wolf is the longest course in Nevada at a whopping 7,604 total yards. The secluded location affords golfers pristine mountain views in every direction and a nearly eerie silence.
(Greens fee: ~$80)

Highland Falls

This quaint course in Vegas’ western suburb of Summerlin, offers some of the best city views in the valley. The stunning panorama from the tee box of the par-3 14th boasts one of the few unobstructed views of the entire Las Vegas Strip. The course is fair yet challenging, thanks to more than the average amount of bunkers. A round at Highland Falls will typically cost less than a Strip seafood buffet.
(Greens fee: ~$50)

With fall temperatures hovering around 75 degrees, there is no better time to golf Las Vegas than the present. Let us know some of your favorite courses to play in Las Vegas in the comments section. Follow VegasDaze on Twitter for more Las Vegas travel advice, recommendations and fun facts!

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