Now that the intense summer heat is starting to let up in Las Vegas, it’s time to start thinking about all the great golf courses waiting to be played. With well over 100 courses n the surrounding areas, there’s a sweet spot for every skill level. We’ve picked our haute five for you to try this prime golf season in Sin City.
Shadow Creek is as challenging as it is beautiful. This course is the go-to destination for high-rollers and celebrity golfers like Michael Jordan when they’re in town. That’s because just about every hole here has a signature statement to offer. From flowing creeks and waterfalls, to well placed bunkers, you’ll have plenty of challenges in front of you. The fairways and putting greens are groomed to perfection, complete with a scenic view of the vast Nevada mountains in the background. The only caveat to playing Shadow Creek is that you need to be a guest of an MGM-owned hotel. Also, tee times can be pretty hard to come by on the weekends, so we recommend you plan to book early.
3 Shadow Creek Dr., (702) 399-7111
Designed by legendary golfer Jack Nicklaus, Coyote Springs is considered one of the toughest courses to play in the Las Vegas area. There are 11 lakes throughout this hidden gem, which is located about one hour outside of the city. The fairways are pretty wide open, but strong winds can seemingly come out of nowhere, so you’ll really need to focus on the game here. The course itself is always pristine and you’ll be engulfed in one of the most serene golf environments you’ll ever encounter.
3100 NV-168, (702) 422-1400
The TPC Las Vegas let’s you play where the PGA pros practice their craft. The layout designed by Bobby Weed and Raymond Floyd provides for plenty of challenges and even the best of putters will need to adjust for TPC Las Vegas’ notoriously fast greens. As you’d expect from a professional PGA-approved course, the grounds and greens are immaculate all year long. So when you’re ready to test your skills and see if you can play with the best of the best, the TPC Las Vegas awaits.
9851 Canyon Run Dr., (702) 256-2000
Craving a more tropical golf paradise in Sin City? Bali Hai is exactly where you want to go. Golf Digest has called it, “one of the top 50 courses in the world.”
Just like the Indonesian land of enchantment it was named after, golfers will find plenty of that here. Bali Hai is spread across seven acres of land, including 4,000 imported trees (of which over 2,500 are Palm trees), copious amounts of soft sand traps and flowing water hazards to navigate through. Don’t let the tropical looks deceive you though, as your game will be tested throughly.
5160 South Las Vegas Blvd., (702) 450-8191
If you long for the European experience of a good links course, then the Royal Links is going to be your new favorite spot to tee off at. For avid golf fans, Royal Links will give you the feel of playing in the PGA’s third annual major tournament, The Open. You’ve never encountered fairways this narrow, or bunkers as rough and deep as those found at Royal Links. There are even exact replicas of the famed St. Andrew’s “Road Hole” and “Hell Bunker,” which are every bit as difficult as they sound. When you take your game to the Royal Links course, you’ll get the best European golf experience possible without even having to provide a passport.
5995 Vegas Valley Dr., (702) 450-8181