Las Vegas, Nevada
America's most exciting city has great golf too
Learn Something. Tiger won’t be stopping by anytime soon, but that isn’t to say a bunch of other professional golfers won’t. The Butch Harmon School of Golf is located at the fabulous Rio Secco Golf Club—a great place to test your new skills after a session at the school. For more information on how to book an individual or group lesson, visit the Butch Harmon School of Golf online at www.butchharmongolfschools.com.
Themed Golf. Las Vegas is the most artificial city in the United States. (We’d say “planet,” but it seems Dubai now has that distinction.) At least Las Vegas takes pride in its showmanship, and its faux reproductions of varying terrain, landscapes and plant life are done so well that you can’t help but marvel at the achievements in architecture and design. Among the favorites are the aforementioned Bali Hai Golf Club, the UK-inspired Royal Links, Bear’s Best (a collection of Jack Nicklaus-designed holes) and The Revere at Anthem (a Revolutionary experience). For a review of the above, check out www.lasvegasgolf.com.
For a comprehensive overview on what to do in Las Vegas, how to get there and where to book a room, check out the Web’s best resource for Sin City at www.visitlasvegas.com.
5 Best Stay And Plays
1. Lake Las Vegas Resort
Even though it’s only 20 minutes from The Strip, this place feels worlds away. Decadent is a good word to describe it.
2. Mandalay Bay/Bali Hai GC
Enjoy the view no matter where you are at The Strip’s most tranquil resort. The golf, accommodations and cuisine are all worth the few extra bucks.
3. Wynn Las Vegas Resort
The new Wynn course is so exclusive, we haven’t even played it. Beat us, and you’ll be in “the know.” The hotel, however, has some of the best rooms on The Strip.
4. The Rio Secco Golf Club
The Rees Jones-designed Rio Secco track is an absolute thrill ride. The hotel and casino aren’t too shabby, either. Just remember, the course is a short drive from the hotel.
5. Primm Valley Resort
Check out 36 holes designed by Tom Fazio, and don’t miss the 22-acre ESPN Learning Center. Everything you need is here.
5 Most Challenging Courses
1. Badlands Golf Club
With three nines designed by the diabolical Johnny Miller, you can expect a serious challenge with demanding greens.
2. TPC At The Canyons
Arguably the toughest layout in Las Vegas, the TPC forces golfers to negotiate over and around natural arroyos and barrancas. Even Tour pros sometimes struggle here.
3. The Wolf At Paiute Golf Resort
Pete Dye did just about all he could to make the Wolf a stiff challenge, especially from the back tee markers. You think you can tame all 7,604 yards of it? Yeah right.
4. Bear’s Best
This replica course of Nicklaus-designed holes is no gimmick. The course is tough, varied and usually maintained to exceptional standards. (They have caddies to help you.)
5. The Falls At Lake Las Vegas
Holy schnikes! This course has some insane elevation changes, making it even more critical that you hit the fairway off the tee.
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