A detailed look at some of the valley’s golf courses
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Vegas baby, Vegas! You hear it and instantly think the Strip, but this city has more to offer than just glitz.
Beyond the gambling, dining, shows and nightclubs, there’s golf. Las Vegas and its surrounding areas are home to more than 50 golf courses, and if you’re a local or planning a Las Vegas golf trip, you’re in for a treat. Rates vary during peak and off-peak seasons, and with hot conditions during the summer months, you’ll find bargain prices at many facilities.
From private to public, championship to tradition, here’s a look at some of the valley’s courses:
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In the northwest valley, the park features three courses. Angel Park Mountain and Angel Park Palm are 18-hole natural-grass courses accompanied with bunkers and water hazards. Cloud Nine is a 12-hole, par-3 lighted course. Built in 1989, both 18-hole courses were designed by Arnold Palmer. A redesign by Bob Cupp and John Fought occurred in 1993 to make room for Cloud Nine. Other park amenities include a pro shop, practice facility, and a Mediterranean clubhouse offering beverages and food. Greens fees for locals range from $40 to $60 and $70 to $100.
Location: 100 S. Rampart Blvd.
One of only two golf courses on the Strip, it was designed in 2000 by Lee Schmidt and Brian Curley. The par-71 championship course measures 7,002 yards. If you’re a tourist staying on the Strip, your savings in transportation costs may be offset by the green fees that start near $100 and go upward to $295. Discounted locals fees range from $100 to $185. The Bali Hai Golf Shop offers a boutique shopping experience, and it carries a full line of hardgoods from Callaway, Titleist and Taylormade. Other amenities include the Cabana snack bar offering beverage, small bites and cigars, complimentary valet or self-parking, caddies and forecaddies.
Location: 5160 Las Vegas Blvd. South
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Less than 15 minutes from the Strip, Desert Pines is an escape from the usual desert landscaped course and boasts more than 4,000 mature pine trees. Designed by Perry Dye to resemble the landscape of the Carolinas, nine of the 18 holes are adjacent to water, making this a unique course. Greens fees for locals range from $45 to $75 and nonlocal rates are $45 to $180. Amenities include a pro shop, on-course food and beverage service and Duffers Restaurant, where breakfast and lunch are served daily.
Location: 3415 E. Bonanza Road
Las Vegas National
Las Vegas National opened in 1961 as the Stardust Country Club when it was owned by that resort. The course has gone through four name changes since its inception. The 80-hole, 6,815-yard course designed by Bert Stamps is known to have hosted several professional events, most notably Tiger Woods’ first professional win when he took home nearly $300,000 at the final Las Vegas Invitational. Rates for locals and nonlocals are reasonably priced, ranging from $35 to $99.
Location: 1911 E. Desert Inn Road
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Las Vegas Paiute
Thirty minutes northwest of downtown, Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort is home to three championship courses, including the longest course in Nevada, measuring 7,604 yards. Designed by Pete Dye, the courses feature plenty of water hazards, bunkers, and dogleg finishing holes. Greens fees for Nevada residents range from $55 to $65 while nonresidents can expect to pay $70 to $90. A military discount is offered as well. Amenities feature a 50,000-square-foot clubhouse, restaurant and lounge.
Location: 10325 Nu-Wav Kaiv Blvd.
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Open to the public, Rhodes Ranch Golf Club is one of the most affordable golf destinations in the area and is popular among locals. Designed by Ted Robinson, the 18-hole course is challenging, yet fun for beginning golfers. Opened in 1997, the greens were resurfaced with Tiff Dwarf Bermuda a few years ago, making for great play. Greens fees for locals are in the $50 range while out-of-state visitors should expect to pay closer to $100. For special offers, visit its website at rhodesranchgolf.com.
Location: 20 Rhodes Ranch Parkway
Owned and operated by Caesars Entertainment, Rio Secco Golf Club lays at the foothills of the Black Mountain Range in Henderson. Designed and built in 1997 by golf course architect Rees Jones, it offers 7,400 yards of challenging play.
2011 peak season rates range from $140-$225. Offseason rates are typically $60-$175. Greens fees include shared golf cart, practice balls and more. You can join their e-club to get special discounts and offers.
Location: 2851 Grand Hills Drive
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Located in the heart of Green Valley, Wildhorse Golf Club is home to one of the oldest courses in the valley. The Henderson-owned course is affordable, with rates ranging from $30 to $50 for locals and $40 to $80 for nonlocals. The property was originally known as Paradise Valley, beginning under the direction of land developer Hank Greenspun, who also founded the Las Vegas Sun. Once owned by Howard Hughes, the club hosted the Sahara Invitational PGA Tour stop from 1970 to 1972. In 2004, the course received a makeover by golf architects Brian Curley and Lee Schmidt and offers a variety of challenging holes on its par-70 championship layout.
Location: 2100 Warm Springs Road