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Whether a seasoned professional or novice, every golfer can find a course to love in Nevada, especially Las Vegas. Here are Culture Trip’s recommendations for the best golf courses in the “Silver State”.
Designed by the late Robert Trent Jones and his son, Robert, Jr., the Southern Highlands Golf Club is one of the most exclusive country clubs in Las Vegas. This 7,510-yard private golf course takes advantage of the jagged, mountainous territory for 18 holes of picturesque play. The country club is part of the Southern Highlands housing development and was named one of the best residential golf courses in the country by Golf Digest.
Originally owned by Steve Wynn, Shadow Creek golf course remains one of the most exclusive courses to play on in Las Vegas. Designed as an oasis in the desert, Shadow Creek’s landscape is filled with trees, creeks and waterfalls. Shadow Creek is open to all guests of MGM Resorts properties, which includes: MGM, Mandalay Bay, ARIA, Bellagio, Vdara, The Signature, Delano Las Vegas, Mirage, Monte Carlo, New York-New York, Luxor, Excalibur, and Circus Circus, but entrance fees still apply.
Just a half-hour outside Las Vegas, the Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort is open to the public for golfing and hosting events. This resort is owned and operated by the Las Vegas Paiute Tribe, and consists of three different courses: Snow Mountain, Sun Mountain and the Wolf. The Wolf is the most popular out of all three, but you can’t go wrong with any of them.
TPC is the place professionals and students can play side by side. Guests can book vacation packages through TPC Las Vegas to the neighboring JW Marriot or a handful of hotels on the Las Vegas Strip.
Also located in Mesquite, the Casablanca Golf Course is part of the hotel property of the same name. As one of 11 courses in the small town, the 7,000-yard course is appropriate for players of all levels. Guests of the Casablanca receive a discount on golfing packages if booked at the same time.
Approximately 30 miles outside of Las Vegas, you’ll find Boulder Creek Golf Club, home to three separate courses: Desert Hawk, Coyote Run and Eldorado Valley. Eldorado Valley is considered to be ideal for both beginners and pros alike, and Coyote Springs is the most difficult. With affordable rates and beautiful, challenging courses, Boulder Creek Golf Club is well worth the drive.
Designed by world-famous course architect Gary Panks, Conestoga strives to maintain its surrounding environment while offering guests a unique golfing experience. The course stays true to the natural peaks and valleys in the landscape, giving it the appearance of being cultivated over time. Conestoga is approximately a 90-minute drive from Las Vegas, so leave early if you book a tee time in the morning.
Located down the street from Mandalay Bay and the Little Church of the West, you’ll find Bali Hai Golf Club. As the only golf course located right on the Strip, Bali Hai is designed to stand out. The 7,000 yards of rolling fairways and man-made volcano are more reminiscent of Southeast Asia than the American West. You can book tee time and hotel packages through Bali Hai if you stay at the Hard Rock, Luxor, Bellagio, Venetian or Mirage.
Revere is home to two courses: Lexington and Concord. Concord is the newest addition to the club, but both par-72 designs ensure players of every level will find a challenge on the greens. Revere also offers “stay and play packages”; with hotels such as the South Point, Palms, Sam’s Town, Orleans and Downtown Grand.
The 6,781 yards of sloping greens and lake at Painted Desert are a great way to spend a morning or afternoon on the north side of Las Vegas. The landscape surrounding each hole varies at nearly every turn, and their practice facility includes a driving range and bunker.
As the first course built in Mesquite, Palms Golf is recognized as the beginning of the golf obsession in Mesquite. It is one of the many courses available through Casablanca Resort, and their hotel and golf package offerings. Palms Golf Club is also home to one of the largest amateur tournaments in the country.
The view from DragonRidge Country Club is enough reason to visit this sprawling, four-course country club. The length of each course varies; the longest, Dragon, is 6,975 yards and slopes range from 118 to 138. The scenic views of the Las Vegas Strip also make DragonRidge an ideal place to host weddings or parties.
Coyote Springs has been featured in nationwide publications such as Golf Digest. Names of the club’s 18 courses are as unique as the courses themselves; such as Splash the Pot and Stickman. Coyote Springs also offers free replay specials and a free driving range.