Don’t Forget the Clubs: A Quick Guide To Las Vegas Golf Courses.
As the convention capital of the world, it is no wonder that the many golf courses in and near to Las Vegas do so well. Yet this is not a new phenomenon. For decades, Sin City has played host to thousands of golf tournaments and has seen its greens graced with such golfing legends as Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Tiger Woods. If you are looking for the perfect 18 holes to try out your new Irons, try out one of Vegas’ exclusive golf clubs.
The National: One of the oldest Golf Clubs still standing strong, The National first opened in 1961 under the Stardust Country Club name. This is a traditional course conveniently located close to the strip so there is now worry about making it back to the hotel in time for dinner. Thousands of trees scattered around the lush grass make ball position a big factor, with a multitude of sand traps and ponds to throw you off track. Considering you are walking the same ground as the rat pack used to, the prices are very reasonable, ranging from $39 to $129 depending on tee time.
The Wynn Golf and Country Club: If you’re lucky enough to have your convention held at the Wynn, then sneaking off to play a round of 18 will be a breeze. The only golf course in Vegas that is attached to a hotel, guests from both the Wynn and Encore are welcome along with everyone else. Architects Steve Wynn and Tom Fazio made great use of the tight space by lining the fairways with thick pine trees. They even managed to fit in a magnificent waterfall. Swinging on this 70 par course will set you back $500, but if you’re in town on business just figure out a way to claim it as an expense.
Badlands Golf Club: Just 20 minutes out of the city you will find what many golf enthusiasts refer to as the thinking man’s green. Located in the valley, you get the best of both worlds, an amazing view of the strip on one side, and the spectacular mountain view on the other. Once you get over your surroundings you can choose from 3 nines, aptly named Desperado, Diablo and Outlaw, each with its own set of complexities and challenges. If you are here on a business with a group, this is a perfect setting for a relaxing get-a-way from the work side of your trip. One of their many specialties is creating golf outings for both small and large groups.
Royal Links Golf Club: British open fans will love the opportunity that this 18 hole links style course gives to try their hand at the more notorious holes. Make your own champion shots at a replica of the “Postage Stamp” from Royal Troon and “Hell Bunker” from the Old Course at St. Andrews. They are so exact that swing master Tiger Woods was able to name them on site as he played his record breaking 67 par round. Kilts are optional, but with the English castle serving as the clubhouse, you will feel like you have crossed the pond to experience a whole new realm in golf.
Golfing has been a tradition in Las Vegas for almost as long as gambling has. The next time you are in town for business, make sure you set aside a few hours to try one of the many unique and challenging courses scattered on and around the strip.