If there’s a state in the Lower 48 where the romance of the Cowboy still lives on, it’s Nevada. Sure, the Silver State is best known for the glitz and glamor of Las Vegas, but there’s oh so much more to discover in this vast state.
As remote and desolate many parts of Nevada are, there’s some great golf waiting to be discovered. I’ve spent some time in Nevada with my clubs, and so has one of our writers. Together, with the continued help of our readership, we’ve compiled a list of the best courses anyone can play.
Saddle up little buddy, we’re going on a ride.
Wolf Course at Paiute Las Vegas Golf Resort
There are three outstanding courses to choose from at this wonderful property. The consensus is that the very best is the Wolf Course.
Not only is the Wolf Course the longest in Nevada, it’s considered one of the most difficult. If you’re really looking to test your game mettle, tee it up here.
The course isn’t meant just for good players though. Five sets of tee boxes allow golfers of all abilities to choose a yardage that suits their game.
Truly a remarkable experience, you won’t want to miss a chance to play here.
Rio Secco Golf Club
Considered one of the premier public courses not just in Las Vegas, but all of Nevada, Rio Secco is a course not to be missed.
It was designed by Rees Jones and opened for play in 1997. To this day, it’s considered a player’s course.
The features are dramatic and missed shots are penalized. If you’re not on your game, scores can add up in a hurry.
If you’re struggling though, you don’t have to go far for help. The facility is also home to one on the world’s foremost instructors, Butch Harmon.
Rio Secco has everything you need and a whole lot more.
Falcon Ridge Golf Club
Just 90 miles east of Las Vegas is the town of Mesquite. This is a golf destination. One of the most highly acclaimed courses is Falcon Ridge.
Like a lot of courses in Mesquite, Falcon Ridge wanders through vast hills and canyons to create a most picturesque and enjoyable golf experience.
Designed by Kelby Hughes and Cresent Hardy, this course takes advantage of the natural terrain. As a result, you’ll experience elevation changes of hundreds of feet on some holes. This can be a little scary, but it’s fun when your ball stays in the air for so long.
Truly an experience unto its own, you won’t forget a day spent at Falcon Ridge.
Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course
Let’s leave the hot, dry southern desert and escape to the alpine paradise of Lake Tahoe.
While this area, nestled high in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, is known as a winter wonderland, there’s equally as much to do in the summer.
One of those warm weather activities is golf at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course.
Set right on the shores of its namesake lake, this track boasts some of the most pristine mountain golf to be found anywhere in the country.
The fairways are lined by elegant Ponderosa pine trees. The greens are on the smaller side and well protected.
If you get a chance to play here on a bluebird day, you just might think you’ve died and gone to heaven.
Mountain Falls Golf Club
If you find yourself in Las Vegas and are looking to get out of town, Pahrump is only a short drive away.
Here you’ll find Mountain Falls Golf Club.
Considered one of the best values anywhere in the state, it’s little wonder golfers venture here from near and far.
Called ”Nevada’s Desert Jewel” by Golf Digest, the course presents a reasonable challenge but is enjoyable to play too.
The staff here are also considered some of the best in the business. They’re knowledgeable and eager to serve.
You can’t go wrong with a side trip to Mountain Falls.
Wolf Creek Golf Club
No other course on Earth is quite like Wolf Creek. There are truly 18 signature holes at this facility.
Emerald greens are accented by white sand bunkers and shale colored desert canyons and arroyos.
Just like Falcon Ridge, you experience elevation changes here like you’ve never seen.
When you come to this track, it’s for the experience. To be honest, it’s unlikely you’re going to play well. The slope from the back tees is 154.
Every golfer should get to Wolf Creek at least once.
Coyote Springs Golf Club
Coyote Springs is one of the most underrated Jack Nicklaus designs in the country.
This track is as scenic as it gets in the southern part of the state. Views of surrounding desert mountain ranges can be found in every direction.
On the course, some 11 lakes come into play.
The course is always kept in spectacular shape.
If you like to practice, there’s an astounding 22 acres of space dedicated to the pursuit. You heard that right, 22 acres! That includes more than 100,000 square feet of tee space and 13 target greens. I’m not usually one to practice a ton, but this place makes me want to!
A day at Coyote Springs is definitely on my list next time I’m in Nevada.
Dayton Valley Golf Club
One of the most recognized courses in Northern Nevada is Dayton Valley.
Designed by Arnold Palmer, this course is set in the breathtaking high desert. It’s been named a Golf Digest “Best Places to Play”.
More than 40 acres of water come into play as well as a plethora of strategically placed bunkers.
The greens are known for being lightning fast too. Stay below the hole if you want to putt aggressively.
Truly an oasis in the desert, I’ve never had anything but fun at Dayton Valley.
Desert Willow Golf Club
Another iconic course in Henderson is Desert Willow.
A short course designed by Billy Casper and Greg Nash, this course is the perfect spot for beginners, or just a casual round with your family of friends.
Featuring six par fours and 12 par threes, you won’t need your driver much. Instead, this course is a great spot to work on your scoring clubs.
The practice facilities are first rate too. They include one of the largest ranges in Henderson, an expansive short game area, and a 9,500 square foot putting green.
The perfect place for a day of fun.
Royal Links Golf Club
You don’t have to travel across the pond to play some of the most iconic holes in links golf. They can be found in Las Vegas.
If you’ve ever dreamed of playing the Postage Stamp or Road Hole, this is the place to do it. All 18 holes are inspired by famous ones in the British Open Rota.
Everything about this place screams links golf (apart from the warm weather). Even the clubhouse resembles a castle.
Truly a unique experience not to be missed.
Nevada is home to much more than the bright lights and bad habits of Las Vegas. In fact, the state’s golf courses are as diverse as its geography.
Whether you’re looking for a warm round in the arroyos of the southern desert, or an experience under bright blue skies surrounded by peaks covered in snow, it can be found in Nevada. I love this state and can’t wait to get back.
Thank you to everyone that contributed their thoughts to this article. If you have additional insight you’d like to add, we’d love to hear from you in the comments.