Designed by World Golf Hall of Famer Billy Casper and course architect Greg Nash, Palm Valley spans 6,849 yards of undulating fairways set against a dramatic backdrop of striking mountainscapes. Relatively generous fairways entice aggressive tee shots throughout rounds, but particularly ill-struck drives are likely to find the shadows of encroaching pine trees or the grizzly sands of 68 bunkers peppered throughout the course. Nine ponds loom ominously throughout the course, occasionally forcing golfers into tricky course-management decisions and granting golf balls a chance to pursue their lifelong dream of becoming dinner for fat fish. The course’s emerald corridors play their way into expansive greens, where bentgrass surfaces, subtle breaks, and shape-shifting holes can complicate even the simplest putts. Together, these attributes are what make the course a popular destination for players of all skill levels, and what prompted the Southern Nevada Golf Association to select it as its home course.
Course at a Glance: * Designed by Billy Casper and Greg Nash * 18-hole, par 72 course * Length of 6,849 yards from the farthest tees * Course rating of 71.6 from the farthest tees * Slope rating of 123 from the farthest tees * Four tee options * Link to scorecard
Designed by World Golf Hall of Famer Billy Casper and course-planning guru Greg Nash, Eagle Crest Golf Club's 18-hole, 4,067-yard executive course offers scenic city views from some of Las Vegas's highest points. The par 60 layout fluctuates in elevation as it cozies up to an amber mountainside, demanding confident club selection and a passing capacity for Bavarian yodeling. Throughout the round, 12 par 3s reward pin-high iron shots, while 4 par 4s allow players to unleash aggression with flush drives. Rounds conclude at the straightaway, 370-yard, par 4 18th hole, where the fairway plummets 40 feet into a large, bunker-fortified green that lets you punch it if it flinches in anticipation of a craterous ball mark.
Course at a Glance: * Designed by Billy Casper and Greg Nash * 18-hole, par 60 executive course * Length of 4,067 yards from the farthest tees * Course rating of 60.6 from the farthest tees * Slope rating of 95 from the farthest tees * Three tee options
Since 1967, the Southern Nevada Golf Association has served as the best source for deeply discounted greens fees and golf deals for public and private courses throughout the region. A licensed representative of the United States Golf Association, the SNGA carries out a number of official duties, including administering the USGA Handicap System, organizing tournaments, and arbitrating golf-related disputes, such as whether or not grass hulas qualify as appropriate club attire. The not-for-profit organization counts more than 50 courses and approximately 10,000 individuals among its membership ranks, and continuously strives to expand its reach while protecting the game’s integrity and traditions.
Bear’s Best Las Vegas is a daily fee public 18-hole golf course found on West Flamingo Road in Summerlin. The name – Bear’s Best – comes from the longtime nickname of legendary links man Jack Nicklaus, who oversaw construction of this beautiful course. In fact, each of the eighteen holes have been individually pulled from one of Nicklaus’ previous courses across the world, making Bear’s Best a true sampling of the greatest course designs to ever come from the hall of famer. Both luxurious and upscale, the course provides golf enthusiasts with breathtaking views of the mountains and trees, a 10,000 square foot clubhouse, a lounge and grill, as well as staggering water hazards dotted throughout. Weddings and special events are also offered at Bear’s Best, allowing locals the opportunity to experience their special day at one of the city’s best greenspaces.
When newly minted golf director Orrin Vincent assembled a team of sharp course management minds in 1972, he couldn’t have expected the reach he and his brain trust would one day possess. The enterprise formed that day at a course on the banks of Lake Tahoe now spans the nation, encompassing 41 courses scattered across 15 states, from Florida to Washington. In keeping with the standard set forth 40 years ago, the organization is made up of experts with experience across all aspects of golf course management—from construction and maintenance to design and soundproofing tee boxes. Their signature flare for perfectionism amid naturally dramatic settings can be witnessed at each course in the OB Sports directory, including the Robert Trent Jones Jr.-designed Monarch Beach Golf Links in California, the 36-hole Gamble Ranch in Washington, and the Arnold Palmer-designed Angel Park Golf Club in Las Vegas.
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.