Las Vegas is widely known for its 24/7 casinos and entertaining nightlife, but one thing that is often overlooked is the quality golf courses the city offers. In fact, Las Vegas was rated the #3 golf city in the United States by GOLF.com. With year-round access to an abundance of award-winning Las Vegas golf courses and plenty of sunshine, it’s easy to see why golfers of all levels flock to this desert city. This guide to golf in Las Vegas will pinpoint the best golf courses, benefits to playing during different seasons, and who you might get to rub elbows with. We will also outline the best days to play, common tee times, and even some group deals to take advantage of for you and your gang.
This par-72 Rees Jones designed course, located 30 miles southeast of Las Vegas, offers lush fairways and an accompanied on-course Tour-class caddie. Cascata, Italian for “waterfall,” is appropriately named. A 418-foot waterfall flows from the steep mountainside and stunning vistas, such as the 3,600-foot peak at Red Mountain. Cascata’s scenic backdrop only adds to its luxury and unparalleled service. The 37,000-square-foot Tuscan-style clubhouse offers an Old World charm and it’s clear why Sports Illustrated called Cascata, “golf’s hidden treasure.”
Shadow Creek ($500+)
This desert delight turned lush oasis, designed by architect Tom Fazio, has hosted everyone from out-of-town MGM guests to Michael Jordan. This immaculate course offers no shortage of stunning holes. Sparkling creeks and lush gardens are surrounded by mountains and just behind the green on the 17th is a cascading waterfall. Playing this modern masterpiece is a must for the golf enthusiast. To land a tee time, you must be a guest at an MGM Resorts International hotel and play Monday through Thursday. If golf is your favorite past time, this course should be on your bucket list.
Arroyo Golf Club ($45-149)
This Arnold Palmer-designed course is one of Las Vegas’ premier golf courses, situated in the 738-acre private community of Red Rock. Its well-manicured fairways and outstanding service provide daily-fee golfers a chance to experience a public course with a private club atmosphere. Nestled alongside the stunning Red Rock Canyon, Arroyo Golf Club at Red Rock offers breathtaking vistas and a challenging round of golf.
Royal Links Golf Club ($59-$225)
One round at Royal Links transports you to another time and place. Architect Pete Dye designed 18 holes that pay homage to iconic British Open courses like the Road Hole at St. Andrews and the Postage Stamp at Royal Troon, making this course one of the most distinctive in Las Vegas. A castle-like clubhouse honors the game’s home as much as the course itself, with the same rich stylings and authentic atmosphere. Even more, this once-in-a-lifetime golf experience is 30 minutes from One Las Vegas and Downtown Vegas.
In the peak spring and fall seasons, you’ll be hard pressed to find a morning tee time at a top golf course for under $175, unless you’re willing to make a drive far beyond Downtown Las Vegas. However, if you don’t mind an early afternoon tee time, you may be in luck. While the summer months are definitely the hottest, they offer some of the best golf deals, sometimes as much as 50-70% lower than peak-season fees. Additionally, the further the course, the lower the price. Las Vegas golf courses can get pricey, and because weekend rates are often 3x that of weekday rates, golfing during the week is the most affordable option.
A handful of Las Vegas golf courses offer discounts to local residents. While the actual discount may vary, golf courses like Coyote Springs, Siena Golf Club, and a handful more cut locals a break and offer the best deals.
Maybe it is not about how well you play, but who you play with! While friends and family may make great company, choosing a course based on the celebrity sightings is okay, too. Forget the red carpet! Las Vegas golf courses have had many A-List celebrities walk down the greens, hoping to score that illusive hole-in-one. Past presidents such as Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush have been spotted playing 18 holes on Las Vegas golf courses. Many actors, including Samuel L. Jackson, Joe Pesci, George Clooney, and Matt Damon, also flock to the area. Basketball players like Michael Jordan and Charles Barkley have traded hoops for holes, while the MLB’s Derek Jeter has swapped out his bat for a club.
Endless sunshine and golf courses go hand in hand. As a Vegas local, your chances of finding the best value far exceed those of a tourist and you’re sure to get the best value of your “green” on the greens. How lucky we are to live in one of the best places for a round of golf, in the world.
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