Golf Summerlin operates a triumvirate of courses that roam the desert tundra just east of Red Rock Canyon and showcase the fairway-carving vision of renowned course architects Billy Casper and Greg Nash. All three courses—Palm Valley, Highland Falls, and Eagle Crest—present their own brand of tee-to-green challenges as golfers aim for fairways framed by sandstone-hued peaks.
Palm Valley Golf Course spans 6,849 yards of undulating fairways and bent grass greens. Relatively generous fairways entice aggressive tee shots throughout the course, 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 also populate 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.
Highland Falls Golf Course measures a modest 6,512 yards, yet manages to present a gauntlet of treacherous greenery. Throughout the course, golfers may notice that their drives carry a few extra yards, a product of the dry, thin air—the course perches at an elevation of 3,000 feet—and golf balls galvanized by the electric lure of the Las Vegas Strip, visible from certain vantages across the layout. Careful club selection and a keen eye for distance are critical throughout the round, as dramatic elevation changes complicate basic readings of yardage and legions of sand traps await to ensnare misplayed shots.
The shortest of the three courses, Eagle Crest Golf Course cozies up to the amber mountainside with an 18-hole, 4,067-yard executive layout. The par 60 layout features 12 par-threes—where golfers can zero in with pin-high iron shots—and six par-fours, where players can 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.
Sister courses Siena Golf Club and Arroyo Golf Club are challenging, but at the same time, approachable for beginners and beautiful destinations for golfers of any level. Recognized for its serenity, Siena frames rounds with views of the Spring Mountains and the Las Vegas skyline. The course presents holes that vary in both routing and pacing. Hole five poses a particularly stiff test, since water surrounds its green on three sides, making it tough for golf balls or misplaced skydivers to land on.
Arroyo Golf Club, meanwhile, sets itself apart in one major way: it was designed by golf legend Arnold Palmer. Like a mailman who wears slippers on his route, the course weaves quietly through the community of Summerlin, and alongside Red Rock Canyon. Amidst these favorable views, golfers take on the course’s challenges, including at the 400-plus yard tenth hole—the first of three holes on the backside that calls for players to launch shots over water right off the tee.
Siena Golf Club Course at a Glance:
Arroyo Golf Club Course at a Glance:
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:
Designed by Dick Wilson and Joe Lee—the duo responsible for famed courses including Doral Blue Monster and Cog Hill’s Dubsdread—Desert Rose Golf Course spans 6,511 yards of tight fairways and player-friendly terrain. Runaway swings gain traction before the round at Desert Rose’s driving range, where players can warm up by hitting a bucket of practice balls or save them for later use in a seasonal cobbler. Nimble carts traverse the course’s emerald corridors, allowing clubbers to save their stamina for treacherous approaches and breaking putts. After the round, players can replenish energy with a tasty handful of sand out of the practice bunker or a nosh from the Desert Rose Grill or quench their appetite for sounder swings by heading to the onsite practice facilities or signing up for a private lesson.
Course at a Glance:
18-hole, par 71 course designed by Dick Wilson and Joe Lee
Length of 6,511 from the farthest tees
Course rating of 69.6 from the farthest tees
Slope of 117 from the farthest tees
Three tee options available
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.
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