Las Vegas Golf Courses
In Las Vegas, it’s easy to get blinded by the bright lights, superstar names, and green felt tables and forget about the emerald green fairways and greens of the city’s many golf courses. But don’t fall into that trap (golf pun intended). More than 60 golf courses stretch from the area around the Strip to such other Nevada cities as Mesquite (77 miles north), Boulder City (30 miles south) and Laughlin, (90 miles south).
The biggest and most-respected names in golf have twirled golf design magic in Las Vegas, including such master architects as Tom Fazio, Pete Dye and Rees Jones, and player/designers like Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Billy Casper and Raymond Floyd.
Plus, when you add the golf experience to with everything else that defines Las Vegas, you get what golf insiders like to call the World’s Ultimate Golf City. And thanks to a still-shaky economy, there may not be a better time to stay and play in the entertainment capital of the world. Here is a range of options for different budgets.
Cascata features a stunning clubhouse complete with a “river running through it” and a Rees Jones course to match. The course weaves through desert mountains and offers a private journey on each hole. Groups find themselves isolated from other golfers. In a 2009 ZAGAT survey, Cascata earned top-ranked status among all golf courses in America. Rio Secco Golf Club is a sister course to Cascata and was also designed by Jones.
Shadow Creek was once called the “World’s Best Golf Course” by the Robb Report, a respected luxury publication. Golfers leave stunned at this secluded and secretive course that was seemingly plopped down from Carolina (pine trees, lakes, lush vegetation) into the barren Vegas desert. Recently, Michael Jordan held a star-studded tournament here and called it one of his favorite courses in the world. Those staying at an MGM Mirage hotel can play here where the rate includes a limo ride to the course.
Wynn Las Vegas Golf and Country Club is located in the shadows of the Wynn and Encore resorts, and only those staying there have access to this course, an oasis located seconds from the bustle of the Vegas action. It features lush trees, a jaw-dropping waterfall on the 18th hole, and conditions that are PGA Tour-ready.
TPC Las Vegas has hosted PGA Tour events. The course features canyon holes and long carries over rough desert gorges.