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Sin City. When I was younger, it was one of my favorite places in the world. And the fact that it’s only a few hours from my home in Phoenix didn’t help. In those days, I was partial to the Blackjack tables and late nights out with my friends.
Not anymore. I still make it to Vegas whenever I get the chance, but the nights are a lot more subdued than they used to be. While I still get my fix in the casino, I come more for the entertainment off of the gaming floor. That includes great food, taking in the occasional show, and of course, golf.
I’ve found that most people don’t realize just what a great golf town Las Vegas is. There’s plenty of quality courses to choose from and you don’t always have to spend a small fortune.
Below is a list of my 10 favorite golf courses in Las Vegas.
Discover the unparalleled luxury and breathtaking landscapes of Cascata, a golfing oasis nestled in Boulder City, Nevada. Designed by the legendary Jack Nicklaus, Cascata offers one of the best desert golf experiences in Las Vegas. The course’s immaculately maintained fairways and greens contrast with the surrounding desert, creating a visually stunning and challenging golfing experience. The green fees might be on the higher end, but the views of the Las Vegas skyline and the overall experience make it worth the price.
When you arrive at Cascata, you’ll be greeted by a world-class practice facility, allowing you to warm up and fine-tune your game before your tee time. The 37,000-square-foot clubhouse enhances the experience with its elegant restaurant and luxurious cigar lounge. You’ll find that Cascata’s attention to detail extends beyond the golf course, creating an atmosphere of opulence and refinement. The course pays homage to nearby Shadow Creek with its turfed areas, immersing you in an authentic Nevada landscape.
Cascata truly stands out as one of the best golf courses in Las Vegas, offering a golfing experience that’s unparalleled in luxury and beauty.
TPC Las Vegas
As you shift your focus from the unparalleled luxury of Cascata to the striking backdrop of Red Rock Canyon, you’ll find yourself drawn into the scenic and challenging landscape of TPC Las Vegas.
This course, voted a Golf Digest Best Places to Play, offers an unforgettable golfing experience. Designed by Bobby Weed and Raymond Floyd, TPC Las Vegas features wide fairways and elevation changes, providing stunning views and a challenging round. The course’s highlight is the par three-second hole, known for its difficulty.
TPC Las Vegas has hosted prestigious PGA Tour and PGA Tour Champions events, adding to its allure. It’s no wonder why this course is worth playing.
With its convenient stay-and-play packages, TPC Las Vegas makes it easy for visitors to enjoy a golf getaway while tackling the forced carry-over canyons and taking advantage of a variety of tee options suitable for all skill levels. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned player, TPC Las Vegas offers an exhilarating and memorable round of golf.
Bear’s Best Las Vegas
Nestled just a short drive from the bustling Las Vegas Strip, Bear’s Best Las Vegas offers a captivating golfing trip meticulously designed by Jack Nicklaus. This course is inspired by Nicklaus’ favorite 18 holes worldwide, providing ample room off the tee and large greens that require precise approach shots.
The desert-flanked fairways offer stunning views of the Spring Mountains, making it a challenging course that demands quality ball-striking. Equipped with golf carts featuring Bluetooth speakers, GPS, and charging ports, Bears Best Las Vegas enhances the overall golfing experience.
The course also provides a friendly staff and convenient cart service at the driving range, adding to the enjoyable atmosphere. If you’re a golf enthusiast seeking a challenging yet fun course to play near the Las Vegas Strip, Bears Best Las Vegas is a top choice.
With its unique design, this course stands out among other renowned golf destinations in the area, such as Hai Golf Club, Paiute Golf Resort, and Red Rock Country Club, all designed by top architects like Raymond Floyd and Bobby Weed.
Mountain Falls Golf Club
Situated in the town of Pahrump, Mountain Falls Golf Club offers a serene environment for golf enthusiasts seeking a relaxing getaway from the hustle and bustle of the Las Vegas Strip.
The club has garnered national accolades for its friendly atmosphere, making it an ideal destination for avid golfers. With a mix of holes featuring trees, lakes, and bunkers, the course provides a diverse and scenic golfing experience.
Mountain Falls Golf Club also offers affordable stay-and-play packages, catering to those seeking a convenient golfing retreat. The relaxing environment allows players to immerse themselves in the natural beauty of the area while enjoying a round of golf.
Whether you’re a local or visiting Las Vegas, the Mountain Falls Golf Club presents an opportunity to enjoy a top-tier course in a tranquil setting. It’s a must-visit for those seeking a memorable golfing experience away from the city’s hustle and bustle.
Rio Secco Golf Club
Explore the challenging and exciting Rio Secco Golf Club, designed by Rees Jones and offering expansive waste areas and wide fairways for golfers of all abilities. The club provides multiple teeing grounds, making it suitable for both experienced players and those new to the game.
Home to Butch Harmon’s world-class golf schools, Rio Secco is the ideal destination for refining your skills. Renovated in 2017 for enhanced playability, the course features exciting elevation changes and offers stunning views of the Las Vegas Strip. If you haven’t played the course yet, it’s a must-visit on your next trip to Las Vegas.
With its well-maintained grounds and challenging layout, Rio Secco consistently ranks among the top golf courses in Las Vegas. The Butch Harmon School of Golf on the property is a valuable resource for golfers looking to improve their game. Don’t miss the opportunity to experience the thrill of navigating the island green and discovering why Rio Secco is a standout among Vegas courses.
Wynn Golf Club
Conveniently located in the heart of the Vegas Strip, Wynn Golf Club offers a premier golfing experience amidst the vibrant atmosphere of Las Vegas. This renowned golf course has hosted various high-profile matches and tournaments, solidifying its reputation as a top choice for golf enthusiasts. The 2019 renovation, made to accommodate casino and hotel expansion, demonstrates a commitment to providing a top-notch golfing experience. With a 4.5 rating by 40 panelists, Wynn Golf Club ensures a high level of satisfaction and quality play for visitors.
The location of Wynn Golf Club makes it an attractive option for golfers seeking to combine their game with the lively Vegas experience. Whether you’re an experienced player or new to the game, Wynn Golf Club promises an exceptional golfing experience in Las Vegas. Its central location and excellent facilities make it a standout choice among the numerous golf courses in Las Vegas.
If you’re looking to tee off on a world-class course while enjoying all that Las Vegas has to offer, Wynn Golf Club is the perfect destination.
Mountain Course at Angel Park
Angel Park might be Las Vegas’ finest municipal facility. The Mountain Course is my personal favorite.
Designed by Arnold Palmer (my favorite player of all time) and opened in 1990, the Mountain Course affords stunning views of the Red Rock Mountains.
Compared to the other courses at Angel Park, the strength of the Mountain Course lies in the par fours and fives.
It’s safe to say this course gets pounded with play. With that being said, it’s well maintained and always a treat.
Rhodes Ranch Golf Club
Since it opened in 1997, Rhodes Ranch has continued to gain in popularity with both Las Vegas residents and out-of-towners.
Designed by Ted Robinson Sr., the course has plenty of water and risk and reward opportunities to make for a flat-out fun round.
Much of the course’s difficulty lies in its par threes. Several play over water and all are well protected by deep bunkers.
If you’re looking for both fun and value, Rhodes Ranch is sure to deliver.
Snow Course at Paiute Resort
Located on the outskirts of Las Vegas is the burgeoning Paiute Golf Resort. All three courses at this property are worth playing but the Snow Course might be the best.
As the original course, it’s not hard to see why golfers have flocked here since it opened.
Wide fairways let you swing away off the tee. However, water comes into play on seven holes and the greens are well guarded.
This track gets really fun at the end as holes 16, 17, and 18 all have elements of risk and reward that can make or break your round.
Even though it’s a bit of a drive from the strip, a round at the Snow Course isn’t one you’ll want to miss.
Highland Falls Golf Club
There are plenty of golf courses in the community of Summerlin, but locals rave about Highland Hills.
Designed by Billy Casper and Greg Nash, Highland Hills isn’t going to kill you with its length. Instead, tight fairways and plenty of water hazards are this course’s defense.
This spot is perfect for beginners or players looking for a fun, casual round at a reasonable price.
The staff are friendly and accommodating and on-site PGA instruction is available for players wanting help with their game.
An all-around fun course to play that won’t break the bank.
There’s more than enough to see and do in Las Vegas. From the frenetic party on the strip, to the nostalgia of downtown, to no shortage of great golf, it’s hard to be bored in Sin City.
I used to come here to stay and awake all night and sleep all day. Thankfully, those days are behind me. While I still get a rush from splitting aces, I’d much rather take in everything else that the city has to offer – especially the golf.