There is way more to do in Las Vegas than gamble, see a show or frequent the buffets. In fact, the warm weather and award winning golf courses might make Las Vegas the best place to plan a golfing vacation. But, be warned, many golfers testing out the local golf courses have sought out realtors and purchased homes. Some of finding vacation homes and others permanent residents, so they can play great golf, year round.
Painted Dessert Golf Club offers it’s patrons cactus and mesquite (native desert vegetation) along with lakes and bunkers dotting the course. This 18-hole public golf course was designed by Jay Morrish and opened in 1982. It’s open year round with a golf pro on site. If you’re traveling and didn’t bring your clubs, not to worry rental clubs are available and carts are included in the fee price. It’s a frindly par 72 layout with traditional mounding framing the fairways.
Black Mountain Golf and Country Club is located in the shadows of the Black Mountains in the Mohave Desert – just 25 minutes from the strip. The original nine holes were built by Bob Baldock in 1957 which makes it one of the oldest courses in Las Vegas. The Dessert Golf Course was added in 2002 making it a combined 27-hole course. You’ll also find the Jeff Symmonds Golf School at this location and a pleasurable bar and grill to enjoy after a long day of golfing. This year round golf course is semi-private with rental clubs available and golf cart included in the fee.
Aliante Golf Course is an 18-hole award winning Las Vegas golf course designed by Gary Panks. It is both challenging to the expert golfer as well as enjoyable for the intermediate golfer. The Aliante Golf Course features four T-boxes on Bermuda grass, built in 2003. It’s a public course with green fees ranging from $125 to $140. Recently chosen as the best “new” golf course in Las Vegas by Vegas Golfer Magazine.
Highland Falls Golf Course is an 18-hole, public course designed by Billy Casper and Greg Nash in 1992. It’s open year round and offers beautiful panoramic views of the Las Vegas valley with a peak elevation of 3035 feet. The front nine holes offer rolling hills with the back nine getting steeper. You’ll enjoy bunkers on the left and beautiful lake on the right as you play.
Badlands Golf Club includes three golf courses, Diablo, Outlaw and Desperado. They are located in the Red Rock Canyon with scenic views of the Las Vegas valley and they are only ten minutes from the “strip.” The 1995, year round courses were designed by Johnny Miller. The Badlands courses are a collection of three 9-hole courses with rates of $105 at all three courses.
Arroyo Golf Club at Red Rock is the “premier” private gold course. Designed by Arnold Palmer in 2003, it is one of the Las Vegas new courses. Don’t let the word “private” deter you. This course allows daily-fee golfers a chance to enjoy some of the best golf in the city. It is set up to allow every level of golfer a fun as well as a challenging day of golf.
Silverton Golf Club is located just 20 minutes from the Las Vegas Strip. There are three 9-hole courses, the Valley, the Desert and the Mountain. The Bob Cupp designs all have lush rye grass fairways with bent grass greens. Stop once in a while when you are playing to enjoy the scenic views of Sheep Mountain while you are playing this 5-star course. It’s created to make it an enjoyable golf experience for any gold level.
Bali Hai Golf Club is located at the south end of the Las Vegas Strip. This upscale course is right across from the McCarran International Airport so you can get that last game in before you head back home. You’ll enjoy their 2,500 palm trees that were imported from around the world, accented with white sand and volcanic black rock. The tranquil landscape also includes ponds, streams and waterfalls. Try Bali Hai’s clubhouse for upscale cuisine.
Desert Pines Golf Club was designed by Dye Designs International in 1996. Surrounded by mature pine trees and four lakes, you may forget you are in Las Vegas while your golfing here. It’s located less than ten minutes from down town and fifteen minutes from the strip. It was named one of the best new upscale golf courses by Golf Digest. Locker rooms and showers are available for both men and women. This is a public, daily fee golf course with rates starting at $45.
Legacy Golf Club opened in 1989 and designed by Arthur Hillis with tee boxes in the shape of card suits, spade, heart, diamond and club. There are rolling fairways and rock outcroppings that make the course enticing to play and a dream to look at. This course offers PGA golf instructions and a great restaurant that offers Southwestern culinary classics as well as deli sandwiches and homemade soups. It’s also open for breakfast to fill you stomach before a full day of golf.
Royal Links Golf Club is located less than nine miles from the Las Vegas strip. It’s one of the city’s most unique 18-hole courses. It’s designed by Dye Designs International who have recreated the famous Hell Bunker and The Road Hole from the St. Andrews Course. The castle-like club house includes a golf shop and Stymie’s Pub which is a British style pub serving American and English cuisine. This public golf course is open year round with rental clubs available and the cart included in the fee.
Sienna Golf Club offers a flurry of bunkers, making the course both challenging and fun. This 18-hole public golf course is new and budget friendly. It has plush greens and beautiful landscape with cascading waterfalls and white sand bunkers. The fourteenth hole is the most beautiful of the course. The club course offers a golf shop and restaurant. It’s open year round with rental clubs available.
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