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]]
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
Four tee options
Staffed by experienced professionals and computers who’ve sworn allegiance to the Three Laws of Golfing Robotics, GolfTec’s syndicate of golf training centers grooms games with a five-pronged approach enhanced by technological refinements. Score-shaving wisdom resonates within the walls of the indoor facilities, where certified personal coaches point out flaws and strengths while providing golfers with tips to permanently improve their game from tee to green. By utilizing video swing analysis and motion-measurement software, instructors can assess pupils’ abilities with objective data and a fact-based tact superior to traditional hearsay-oriented coaching strategies. To further enhance performance, GolfTec offers club-fitting services to match each swing profile with its ideal set of sticks.
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
Surrounded by towering foothills and nestled next to the waterways of scenic Carson Valley, Sunridge Golf Club’s 18-hole, par 72 course stretches across 6,914 yards of picturesque vistas and challenging course play. The layout demands confident swings from the first tee box—the beginning of a 575-yard par 5—where errant shots will find an aquatic abyss to the right of the fairway. Tight fairways and intervening creeks supply the bulk of the challenge throughout the round, requiring golfers to summon sound course management, deft club selection, and one flutist versed in charming pond monsters. A relatively difficult course, Sunridge’s five tee options and photo-op-worthy topography make for an enjoyable round for golfers of all abilities. Players can warm up their swings prior to the round at the driving range, which offers both grass and synthetic-turf hitting surfaces, allowing players to choose whether to infuriate Mother Earth by tearing divots into her cherished dirt or by favoring her inorganic doppelganger.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 72 course * Length of 6,914 yards from farthest tees * Course rating of 72.5 from farthest tees * Slope of 137 from farthest tees * Five tee options * Scorecard
Situated on 7,082 lush yards of undulating hills bordered by mountainous vistas, the par 72 course at Mountain Falls Golf Club entertains golfers of all levels with challenging shots in a serene setting. Limber up a stiff swing with a bucket of 35 practice balls on the course's all-grass driving range, which features a chipping and putting area designed to improve short game and acclimate players to the cheerful chirps of their clubs. Commandeering a one-cart motorcade across the bent-grass fairways, golfers engage 18 holes, each equipped with four sets of tees to accommodate different backgrounds and handicaps (up to a $65 value). Bunkers and water hazards pepper the greens, providing formidable obstacles for players, who can refuel with a hearty third-pound burger, fries, and a soft drink (a $9.95 value) from Mountain Falls' rustic Grill Room. The on-site dining facility boasts a flavorful menu, elegant décor, and an undefeated high score at Golden Tee.