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A lush oasis in the Mojave Desert, Black Mountain Golf & Country Club has challenged golfers for more than half a century. The 27-hole layout was built gradually over the course of 45 years, starting with the establishment of the original nine holes in 1957 and culminating in the second nine-hole addition in 2002. Today, players send balls hurtling against the backdrop of the Black Mountains, taking care to avoid hitting the water or slicing their ball into the Las Vegas strip 25 miles away. Since each course features its own unique style, players must adjust their games accordingly. Whereas the Horizon course tempts sharpshooters with several birdie opportunities, the Desert course—ironically—features the most water, requiring golfers to select their clubs carefully and shake off the mirages of caddies appearing as khaki-wearing cacti.
Course at a Glance:
Desert Willow Golf Academy’s experienced teaching staff demystifies the subtle art-science of the golf swing for all types of players, from greenhorns to green jackets. During 45-minute private lessons conducted by either Pam or Dale Bowers, the golf gurus dig to the root cause of any swing imbalances, revealing the technical deficiencies that result in errant shots and mutinous irons. Along with hitting and receiving feedback on a variety of shots, lessons may also cover some strategic elements of the game, including course management quandaries such as when to hit a driver and when to hit a three-wood against a tree trunk. After the lesson, pupils can commit new techniques to muscle memory at the driving range with the repetitions extracted from a large bucket of range balls.
The Revere Golf Club celebrates the legacy of the Revolutionary War hero with two 18-hole championship golf courses that extend for more than 7,000 yards apiece through the desert canyons of the Las Vegas valley. Players drink in the scenery as they take on the Lexington course, opened in 1999 on the same date Paul Revere made his famous ride, or the Concord course, opened in 2002 on the same date Paul Revere discovered text messaging. Each layout was carved into the rugged terrain by Casper Nash & Associates, the prolific design team of Greg Nash and 51-time PGA tour winner Billy Casper.
Once visitors have holed out on either 18th green, they can take to the 23,000-square-foot clubhouse. Floor-to-ceiling glass windows span the entire north side of the facility, allowing for magnificent views of the course and the Las Vegas strip from Buckman’s Grille. Diners enjoy breakfast and lunch options amid Revolution-era ambiance, complete with lanterns that shine overhead and signal whether to order surf or turf.
Lexington Course at a Glance:
Concord Course at a Glance:
The swing scientists at Nicklaus Academy at DragonRidge hone in on fostering club mastery, helping golfers of all levels sharpen their game in a climate-controlled coaching studio. Students focus their 45-minute lesson on one of three aspects of their game. The full-swing lesson employs high-speed video capture and analysis in the Jack Nicklaus coaching studio to correct flaws in stroke and dissect the most celebrated sports bloopers. Clients can also choose to galvanize their greens game with a putting lesson, complete with computer-generated stroke capture and analysis in the TOMI putting lab, or smarten their short-shot approach with in-depth instruction in the Nicklaus Academy Short Game Training Area.
King Putt takes the rigors of an outdoor ground game and translates them into an indoor glow-in-the-dark experience. The ultimate mini golf package spoils players with two rounds of mini golf, two glow-in-the-dark necklaces, and one game of air hockey. King Putt's northwest course encourages birdies and eagles amid a jungle environment of jolly, golf-enthused animals. The southeast locale near Henderson provides an Egyptian backdrop, with Anubis heads and black-lit sarcophagi setting the scene for each stroke. Mini golfers can also celebrate the earth's habit of walking in circles by purchasing a birthday package ($215, not included with the cost of this Groupon), then use this deal to invite two additional friends after filling the allotted 10 spots. Partiers enjoy 18 holes of putting-green navigation, a magic show, pizza and beverages, and a private party room.