Most golf courses aim to showcase a signature hole—the one hole they think will linger in golfers' memory banks long after they've sunk their final putt. The pros at Painted Desert Golf Club can't choose just one; they've anointed five holes as their course's signatures, a tribute to the inventive course design by architect Jay Morrish. The quintet of memorable holes includes the 538-yard, par-five third hole, where golfers launch golf balls towards a three-tiered green surrounded by sandstone-hued peaks and their tusken raider inhabitants. Two additional "signatures" boast intimidating water hazards; a pond is stationed menacingly in front of the green at the par-three eighth, and a large body of water hugs the entire right side of the par four, 14th hole, complicating golfers' tee shot into a fairway that dog-legs sharply to the right. Hemmed by desert sands and the adobe roofs of surrounding homes that line the course, the 6,781-yard layout incorporates large mounds and difficult, hard to read greens across all 18 holes.
Golfers can prepare for rounds at Painted Desert's practice facility, putting green, and bunker practice area. The club complements its multifaceted golf complex with a golf shop and a clubhouse restaurant, where clubbers can fuel up before taking to the first tee or replenish after long bouts of breaking their bucking golf carts.
In some respects, Aliante Golf Club's 18-hole, par 72 course embodies everything you might expect from a Las Vegas desert course. The grizzled sands of an arroyo that comes into play on 14 holes. The sparse water hazards. The dazzling mountain views. But the layout also has the look of a course that, like a word processor that yearns for an acting career, refuses to be typecast. Contrary to the more open terrain common to most arid tracks, Aliante Golf Club stitches its fairways with pear and purple locust trees, which can be intimidating on holes such as the 2nd, a 472-yard par-four that all but requires an aggressive lash with a driver off the tee. As a reward for its unique character, the course has gained a host of award and accolades since it opened in 2003.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 72 course * Length of 7,022 yards from the tips * Course rating of 72.8 from the tips * Slope rating of 133 from the tips * Four tee options
From the framed photos of legendary players lining the walls of the stately clubhouse to the last putt on the meticulously manicured 18th green, Desert Pines Golf Club surrounds players with tradition. Named one of the Top 50 Public Courses in the nation by Golf Digest, the Pete Dye design opened in 1997 and received a major overhaul 10 years later, complete with 18 newly designed and rebuilt greens. The course features rolling mounds and thousands of mature pines that delineate narrow fairways, yielding beautiful views and occasional lucky bounces back to safety. Unlike other area courses and driving ranges that double as airport runways, wind isn't much of a factor at Desert Pines, thanks to its low elevation, dense foliage, and zero-gravity tee boxes.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 71 course * Total length of 6,810 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 70.6 from the back tees * Course slope of 125 from the back tees * Three sets of tees per hole * Scorecard:m]]
Recognized as the Best Course in Las Vegas in 2006 by the Review-Journal, Royal Links Golf Club honors the game’s centuries-old traditions with a links-style labyrinth of holes modeled after 11 British Open rotation courses. The Dye International design transports players to such famous holes as the Road Hole at St. Andrews and the Postage Stamp at Royal Troon, and commemorates great moments in British Open history with monuments interspersed throughout the course. As players crush their drives down hilly, narrow fairways, professional forecaddies illuminate the hole’s history, warn players of hidden pot bunkers, and squelch rumors about a local ball-eating Nessie lurking in the waterways.
After completing a round, golfers can head to the elegant clubhouse, which borrows architectural details from Scottish castles, or load up on gear at the pro shop, named one of America’s 100 Best Golf Shops in 2004 and 2005 by Golf World.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 72 course * Total length of 7,029 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 73.7 from the back tees * Course slope of 135 from the back tees * Three sets of tees per hole * Scorecard:m]]
The Putt Park Miniature Golf Course takes putt-putt posses careening across 18 undulating greens that challenge ball rollers of all abilities. The slick faux-grass corridors snake through shady trees and craggy rocks, surprising par hunters as they attempt to sink deviously sloped putts and covertly falsify their scorecards. At nightfall on Fridays and Saturdays, The Putt Park swaps out their standard balls in favor of phosphorescent orbs, which players tap towards illuminated cups during cosmic mini golf. After a day of sinking dramatic holes-in-one or stunning six-putts, players can retreat to the indoor snack bar for icy sips of soft drinks or velvety tastes of ice cream before lounging around indoor or outdoor picnic tables.
KISS concerts notoriously rock fans with more than just music: through the years, the band's shows have featured pyrotechnics, dazzling light displays, and levitating drum kits. Golf, on the other hand, has carved out its place as a quiet, relaxing getaway. At KISS by Monster Mini Golf, these two very different worlds clash in a custom-designed, glow-in-the-dark adventure. The indoor experience presents 18 holes of rock 'n roll miniature golf, complete with music from a live DJ and luminous shades of purples and blues that beam around players like lasers at a KISS concert. Away from the course, the KISS-centric fun continues with arcade games, a KISS museum, and spacious rock 'n roll-themed event rooms for hosting parties and unraveling Gene Simmons' tongue when he visits.
3D Family Fun Center rescues people from the doldrums of mundane mini golf and laser tag by filling the glow-in-the dark complex with glowing pirate ships and floating blue spots. Erupting volcanoes, pixies flying over colorful castles, and bright-yellow windmills await on the mini-golf course's 18 holes, all given form with 3D glasses. Journeys into the laser-tag arena require complete sensory immersion as players navigate fog-filled hallways in search of opponents to blast with point-scoring laser beams. In the fun-center's arcade, rows of ski-ball machines, basketball hoops, and racing cabinets give players opportunities to test their hand–eye coordination and practice jumping cars over ravines for upcoming driver's exams.