One of Utah's first off-course golf retailers, Uinta Golf has been equipping putt enthusiasts with specialized apparel for more than 40 years. Tops from Nike (starting at $39.98) cloak swinging torsos, and TaylorMade hats (starting at $19.99) let players don their favorite brands or combat distracting perspiration with a moisture-wicking sweatband. As the Nike Women's Dri-Fit visor ($18) eliminates sweat and adjusts to cranium circumferences with a velcro fastener, Nike Tech skorts ($60) sheath lower halves with shorts' length and a skirt's aesthetic.
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:
Framed by the amber peaks of distant mountains, Wildhorse Golf Club's 18-hole course winds through rugged desert wilderness for 6,525 yards of challenging tee-to-green terrain. Eight ponds loom at the edges of seven holes, including the majestic ninth, where water hazards occupy both sides of the fairway as it draws nearer to the green, luring wayward approaches and contributing to the hole's rating as the course's most difficult. Sands, rocks, and tumbleweeds with dreams of becoming golf balls await misguided orbs in the unsown desert that flanks each pristine fairway, offsetting the course's lack of imposing tree lines.
Imbued with more history than Gene Sarazen's divot-tool time portal, the course counts Howard Hughes among its past owners and was once a regular stop on the PGA Tour, where players enjoyed its beautiful scenery and the compassionate waterfowl that helped earn the course honors as an Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary.
Course at a Glance:
18-hole, par-70 course
Length of 6,525 yards from the farthest tees
Course rating of 71.4 from the farthest tees
Slope rating of 136 from the farthest tees
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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. 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 one course tempts sharpshooters with several birdie opportunities, the other 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:
Junior Golf Academy's experienced teaching staff inducts young golfers aged 6–18 into the lifetime sport's eternal mysteries with a six-tiered kids' golf curriculum. In small classes of 4 to 10 tykes, instructors help beginner and intermediate students learn swing fundamentals and start to develop a short game, absorbing sportsmanlike character traits such as respect, integrity, responsibility, and a firm but friendly handshake. Advanced students begin to work on strategy and advanced shots while continuing to hone preexisting skills, such as properly accessorizing a green blazer. Although not included in today's Groupon, kids can stick with the program beyond the initial month to earn small prizes each time they graduate to a higher level or take out a pesky groundhog with their chip shot.
Staffed by experienced coaches and computers who’ve sworn allegiance to the three laws of golfing robotics, GolfTEC’s motion sensors and high-speed cameras monitor swings and break down each individual’s form on a video display to get results. Sensors chirp with approval whenever they detect the perfect stroke or an especially witty golfing joke. GolfTEC’s certified personal coaches will point out flaws and strengths while providing golfers with tips on how to permanently improve their game from tee to green.