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
Nestled within the gated Los Prados community in the northwest corner of the Las Vegas Valley, Los Prados Golf Course challenges golfers with a track of tight fairways and desert surroundings. Designed by course architect Jeff Hardin in 1987, the course was strategically sculpted to incorporate fast-moving greens and golf carts that shape-shift into jousting steeds.
Before each demanding round, players can practice chipping and putting into the facility's practice areas, and afterward, they can drop by the restaurant to feast on a menu of steak and seafood. Guests can also visit the pro shop to pick up a new glove or replace clubs that have signed a peace treaty with all golf balls.
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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.
King Putt takes the rigors of an outdoor ground game and translates them into an indoor, glow-in-the-dark experience perfect for any age and weather. The northwest course encourages birdies and eagles amidst a jungle environment of jolly, golf-enthused animals. The southeast locale near Henderson provides an Egyptian backdrop, with Anubis heads and black-lit sarcophagi gracing each stroke.
Silverstone Golf Club swathes the desert sands with three distinct 9-hole golf courses?the Mountain, Valley, and Desert?each dotted with palm trees and surrounded by sweeping mountain views. The longest of the three, at a distance of 3,599 yards from the back tees, the Mountain course boasts one of the club?s most memorable holes: the third?a 653-yard par 5 that doglegs to the left at the end, hiding its bashful green behind a vast pond. Measuring in at 3,398 yards, the Valley course is the shortest of the three but still packs plenty of tricks and novel designs, including the finishing hole, which butts up close to a water hazard along the right side to make each shot a possible splash and each journey down the fairway a struggle against urges to skinny dip. Two back-to-back right doglegs present players with a unique start to the Desert course, a 3,560-yard masterpath hemmed by grizzled sands. Carts equipped with GPS technology help clubbers navigate the 27-hole complex, informing them about their distance from upcoming greens and hazards.