Sunday, January 1, 2006
3 Days In Las Vegas
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Playing golf has quickly become a must for Vegas visitors. It’s easy to see why. Some of the country’s most challenging and exciting courses can be found in the Greater Las Vegas area. If the steep price tags of Vegas’ high-end courses are too much green to part with, we suggest heading to where the locals play (yes, people actually do live in Las Vegas). They’ve got the inside scoop on the city’s best bargains.
Here are our picks for an outstanding three days of golf in Las Vegas.
Day 1: Practice
Angel Park is considered "Las Vegas' Most Complete Golf Experience."
Get up early so you can catch the sunrise, a sight visitors rarely see. Today’s the day you ease into your game by getting out the kinks.
Just 15 minutes from the Strip is Angel Park Golf Club, one of the most popular local courses in all of Nevada. It’s also widely considered “Las Vegas’ Most Complete Golf Experience.” There are 36 holes of Arnold Palmer championship golf, a “Cloud Nine” 12-hole short course and an 18-hole natural turf putting green replete with bunkers, rock outcroppings and water hazards.
After you’ve loosened up at the practice center, it’s time to tee it up on either the Mountain or Palm Course, both designed by Arnold Palmer and Ed Seay. The Palms’ 6th hole stands out as Angel Park’s most unique design. The 525-yard, par-5 double-dogleg demands players to hit three good shots to reach the green.
If you choose to play the Mountain Course, you’ll be treated to eye-catching views of the adjacent Red Rock and Spring Mountain ranges. Conditions are challenging around the greens, especially the 10th, a 428-yard, par-4 that features a small, crowned green.
Since this is your first day in Vegas, head out to the Bob Cupp-designed Cloud Nine Short Course to hone your scoring skills. Its 12 holes draws inspiration from some of the world’s most famous short golf holes. If the sun is setting, don’t worry, nine of its holes are lighted for after-dark fun!
Mountain Course: Par 71, 6,722 Yards,
Palm Course: Par 70, 6,525 Yards,
Contact: (888) 4-GOLF-LV, www.angelpark.com
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