With nearly perfect weather in the spring, fall and winter, many head to Las Vegas to tee off at one of the nearly 50 golf courses scattered around the metro area. Here, a look at eight of the must-play golf courses and some of their unique features.
While nearly impossible to get into (you must be a guest a MGM Resorts’ properties), Shadow Creek brings a Tom Fazio-designed course 15 minutes north of the Strip. The par five fourth hole features a left bend to a lake, while the dramatic 17th hole leads golfers up a ridge to the green, surrounded by rocks, water and a waterfall.
3 Shadow Creek Drive, North Las Vegas, 702.399.7111.
You may just run into big horn sheep at Cascata, which skirts along the 3,600-foot Red Mountain slopes 30 miles southeast of Las Vegas. Rees Jones designed this par-72 course that features lakes, streams and a 37,000-square-foot clubhouse.
Cascata Drive, Boulder City, 702.294.2005.
Architect Pete Dye designed the 18 holes that pay homage to the great courses found on the British Open. Look for Troon’s “Postage Stamp” and “Road Hole” and “Hell Bunker” from the Old Course at St. Andrews at Royal Links. Get to know what courses you’re hitting by reading the plaques on each tee box.
5995 E. Vegas Valley Drive, 702.765.0484.
Wildhorse Golf Course
Water circles the ninth hole, a 398-yard, par-four, making it the most difficult on the course that opened in 1959 as the Paradise Valley Country Club. During the 1960s, the former Showboat Country Club co-hosted the PGA Tour’s Sahara Invitational, an honor it received again in 1983, when Fuzzy Zoeller won. Wildhorse Golf Course features mountain views.
2100 W. Warm Springs Road, Henderson, 702.434.9000.
Spanish Trail Country Club
Mix and match the 18 holes you play at Spanish Trail. Three nine-hole courses designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. use the 27 holes here. The longest—The Canyon—gets its name from the sloping fairways and greens. Those last three holes are a real challenge. The Lakes offers water features on six of the nine holes, with water bordering the greens on five. The par-three third hole requires soaring across two lakes.
5050 Spanish Trail Lane, 702.364.5050.
Seven acres of water features and Augusta white sand make up this destination golf course right off the Strip. Brian Curley and Lee E. Schmidt designed Bali Hai with its 32,000-square-foot clubhouse that contains Cili Restaurant & Bar.
5160 Las Vegas Blvd. S., 1.888.427.6678.
Reflection Bay Golf Club
Reflection Bay at Lake Las Vegas in Henderson has the distinction of being the first public golf course designed by Jack Nicklaus. The course hosted the Wendy’s 3Tour Challenge from 1998 to 2007, won by the likes of Bubba Watson, Fred Couples, John Daly and Phil Mickelson.
75 Montelago Blvd., Henderson, 702.740.4653.
Chimera Golf Club at Tuscany
This Ted Robinson designed par-72 course opened in 2003 and sits in the foothills of the mountains on the eastern edge of the valley with stunning views of the Las Vegas Strip. Find water features on the ninth and 18th holes at Chimera Golf Club at Tuscany.
901 Olivia Pkwy., Henderson, 702.951.1500.