If you’re in the Las Vegas area, we’d wager that you’ll be spending your time on the casino floor, catching an extravagant show, enjoying the pool party scene, and/or hitting up the clubs.
However, the next time you make your way to the Entertainment Capital of the World, there several other “clubs” that we suggest you add to your list of the best things to do in Las Vegas. Drive just a few minutes away from The Strip, and you’ll find a seemingly endless assortment of golf clubs that deserve to be on your radar whether you’re in Las Vegas for work, pleasure, play, or a combination of all three.
To help you sort through the best Las Vegas golf courses, we’ve pulled together a few of our favorites to highlight in our Las Vegas Golf Guide.
LAS VEGAS PAIUTE GOLF RESORT
Rate Range: $69-$199
Course Design: 4.5/5
The first highlighted golf club in our Las Vegas Golf Guide includes all three courses at the Paiute Golf Resort. A ~30-minute drive to Paiute will take you away from The Strip toward a quiet, expansive desert landscape lined by desolate and beautiful mountainsides. Tucked within this wasteland of rock, dirt, and sand are three immaculate golf courses. The “Vegas Trifecta,” as it has been affectionately dubbed, consists of the Sun Mountain, Snow Mountain, and The Wolf courses—each designed by the legendary Pete Dye.
While each track presents the heightened challenge and signature features that have become expected within Dye designs, Paiute Resort isn’t completely “Dyeabolical.” Each course is equipped with at least four sets of tees, so you can choose the yardage and the difficulty that best suits your group.
The original Snow Mountain course features many of Dye’s signature railroad-tie bunkers and plenty of risk-reward opportunities to keep things interesting (if the dramatic views aren’t already enough). The Sun Mountain course offers perhaps the most dramatic natural views on the property, naturally framed within the desert landscape. The Wolf Course is truly an animal. Not only is the Wolf Couse the most difficult you’ll find at the Paiute Resort, but if you choose to tip it out, you’ll be faced with the longest course in the state of Nevada at a monstrous 7,604 yards. However, don’t let the yardage scare you away—the course feature five sets of tees to accommodate every golfer.
If you’re looking to make Paiute a destination on your next Las Vegas golf trip, be sure to check out their “Golfapalooza” rate. Starting at just $199 in peak season, you get the incredible value of playing TWO rounds of golf with a FREE lunch and 50% off club rentals. The Golfapalooza package is a no-brainer if you want the full golf experience at the Paiute Resort.
BEAR’S BEST GOLF CLUB
Rate Range: $69-$229
Course Design: 4.5/5
Bear’s Best Golf Club is an exceptional Las Vegas golf course, both in concept and experience. To create the 18-hole course, Jack Nicklaus hand-selected 18 of his favorite holes from other courses he’s designed to deliver a variety of his best holes all in one place. Featuring design inspiration from PGA West, Cabo del Sol, Castle Pines, Desert Mountain, and more, golfers will be transported to Scottsdale, Colorado, California, Montana, Mexico, and beyond.
Among the standout-holes is the long par-3 fourth hole—based on a design from Old Works Golf Course in Montana—that is beautifully framed by rich, black sand. Perhaps the hole with the most stunning view is the eighth hole—inspired by 14th hole at Castle Pines in Colorado—which is a downhill par-5 that dramatically differs from the Colorado landscape with a stunning panoramic view of the Vegas Strip.
If you happen to be a member of the ClubCorp family of golf clubs, Bear’s Best Vegas offers a great reciprocal rate—just cover the cart fee and you’ll enjoy all 18 hand-selected Nicklaus holes. But even if you’re not a ClubCorp Member, Bear’s Best is open to the public and easily accessible during your next trip to Las Vegas.
REVERE GOLF CLUB
Rate Range: $49-$139
Course Design: 4/5
Looking for a good value that’s relatively close to the action? Revere Golf Club offers 36 holes of quality golf that typically runs twice the price in Vegas. Inside the clubhouse, you’ll find a loaded pro shop, friendly staff, and a bar/restaurant that meets a vacationing golfer’s high expectations.
Outside, you’ll find two tracks carved into rugged desert canyons with a stunning backdrop featuring Vegas’ Strip. The 7,143-yard Lexington is the signature course (and the more challenging of the two). There is plenty of risk/reward, as most holes require you to lace driver or lay up to a safer landing area. If ripping driver and hitting approaches into massive greens is more your style, the 7,023-yard Concord Course is an excellent alternative.
Even in peak season, an AM tee time at Revere can be had for around $100 if you’re a savvy enough shopper. Revere is especially recommended if you don’t have access to a car as an Uber will only run you about $20 each way.
THE LEGACY GOLF CLUB
Rate Range: $69-$149
Course Design: 3.5/5
Located just an 18-minute drive off from The Strip in nearby Henderson, The Legacy Golf Club presents a nice escape from neon lights and 3x5 fliers to go play a little golf. While The Legacy Golf Club may not have the same allure as Paiute’s desert setting or Bear’s Bests’ design prestige, it is a fun, accessible track that maintains a strong standard of course conditions—it’s a place that golfers of any skill level can enjoy.
The greens are known to be so good that the Major Series of Putting (MSOP) even hosted their 2018 championships at The Legacy Club.
BUCKET LIST EXPERIENCE: WOLF CREEK
Considering it’s located about 1h20m away in Mesquite, Wolf Creek doesn’t quite meet our criteria for our “Las Vegas” Golf Guide, but we still feel it deserves an honorable mention. After all, it is truly a desert gem and should be on the radar of any passionate golfer.
Recently, TaylorMade’s Brand Manager of Irons & Putter, Cameron Bosson, had the opportunity to experience Wolf Creek first-hand and wrote an entertaining and insightful guest blog into his experience in Mesquite:
“I have rarely been this excited to play a course in my life, and I have played some great places. What proceeded was a 4.5-hour delight of unbelievably scenic views and hitting shots that are rarely found on any course in the world. From 240-yard forced carries over rock outcroppings that have stood for millions and millions of years to having to hit a 6-iron (185 stock yardage) 140 yards up a 40-degree slope on the par-3 2nd hole – every shot at Wolf Creek is completely unique.”
To read more about Cameron’s experience at Wolf Creek, click HERE.
We hope this Las Vegas Golf Guide helps you narrow down your choices for your next (or first) Vegas golf trip. If there are other accessible and (relatively) affordable courses that you would recommend in the Las Vegas area, please include a breakdown in the comments section.
And before you book your next golf getaway, be sure to check out TaylorMade’s latest Travel Gear and Accessories—we have several new lifestyle backpacks, duffle bags, etc, as well as our signature Players Travel Golf Bag.
Stay tuned for more Golf Guides, Course Highlights, and Golf Trip Tips coming in the future to help you make the most of your rounds on the road.
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