Like the Vegas Strip 10 miles down the road, Wildhorse Golf Club arose from a stretch of desert wasteland, and along the way, developed a vibrant and extravagant history. The 18-hole course opened for play in 1959 before original developer Hank Greenspun sold the property—then called Paradise Valley—to famed aviator and uncanny Leonardo Dicaprio impersonator Howard Hughes 9 years later, forever steeping the turf in the sprinklers of stardom. The course would undergo numerous name changes over the years, and even hosted the PGA’s Sierra Invitational in the ‘70s, until finally settling down as Wildhorse Golf Club in 1994.
Today, the course is home to lush fairways that appear as oases to the surrounding desert sand, punctuated by eight glimmering water hazards. The ninth hole presents a prime example of the course’s delicate balancing act, luring golfers along a fairway that narrows into an isthmus just ahead of the green, bookended by two large lakes. The ninth and the fourth hole occupy spots on the Las Vegas Review-Journal’s Fantasy 18, composed of the best 18 holes in the Las Vegas area that aren’t slots.
In October of 2011, Wildhorse was also designated an Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary, a distinction earned for environmental excellence and a commitment to conservation of natural resources.
Course at a Glance:
Surrounding sandstone peaks create a distant wall that echoes the piercing sound of practice balls being hit above Siena Golf Academy’s all-grass driving range. Over the intermittent percussion of clubfaces striking their target, golfers will likely hear the instructional musings of instructor Tony Emma, who uses Siena Golf Academy’s range, practice green, short-game area, and championship-length course as the venue for lessons that cover all aspects of golf for players of all abilities. A PGA Class A member for 16 years, Tony strives to improve players’ ball-striking skills by studying video playback of each swing, which reveals any flaws in the golfer's motions as well as whether subjects have a future in the film industry. Players can tinker with their technique in private lessons held at the practice facilities or use a divot tool to pick Tony’s mind about course strategy and club selection during on-course playing lessons. In addition, the academy hosts small-group women’s-only clinics and short-game lessons.
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:
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.
Majestic views of the Eastern Sierra Nevada and local rolling foothills greet tee-tackers from the get-go at the scenic Eagle Valley, where their winding spread of two 18-hole courses present various challenges for all skill sets. Their 50 Mile Club pass affords linksters a bevy of benefits including a round of golf with a cart on their picturesque West Course or East Course, ideal places to reenact the east vs. west golf battles seen on MTV in the 1990s. An additional bonanza of four drink tokens, four driving range tokens, advanced tee times, and discounts on lessons, future rounds, merchandise, are all available, as are discounts at the range (see full description and pricing here and daily golf rates here.
The First Tee, an international youth non-profit organization, helps to promote life-enhancing values and healthful choices among youth by introducing them to the game of golf and its inherent values. Since 1997, The First Tee has delivered its golf and life-skills curriculum to more than six million young people at more than 700 locations, including golf courses, elementary schools, and military installations, in 200 different communities across the United States
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