Sin City isn’t just heaven for gamblers. With 52 golf courses dotted around and annual events like the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, it’s also a mecca for golfers. Whether you’re looking for a uniquely challenging golfing experience or just a fun round with your buddies, you’ll find a golf course for everyone in our roundup of the 10 best golf courses in Las Vegas.
10. Royal Links Golf Club
Royal Links Golf Club’s list of credentials is almost as long as its 7,029 yards of golf: as well as winning the title of one of “America’s Best Courses” by GolfWeek, it also won “Best Course in Las Vegas” in the 2006 Review Journal’s “Best Of Vegas” poll, and topped “America’s Best 100 Golf Shops” in 2004 & 2005 by GolfWorld Business. If you fancy a bit of the award-winning action, you can for just $159 on weekends and $129 on weekdays.
9. Bali Hai Golf Course
Voted by GolfWorld readers as one of the “Top 50 Resort Courses”, the primely situated Bali Hai Golf Course takes guests from golf to hotel in just 10 minutes. The meticulously maintained course offers stunning scenery, world-class amenities, and a challenging play over 18 holes. “We want to give guests an opportunity to loosen up and enjoy their surroundings before we begin challenging their skills,” owner Brian Curley has said. “This will be a fun course … you’ll know you’ve been tested, but it won’t beat you to death. It’s the kind of golf course you could play day after day and never tire of its charm.”
8. Las Vegas National
What do you get for $159 on the weekend, $129 weekdays, or $79 at twilight? If you’re in Las Vegas, it’s a game of golf on the superb Las Vegas National. Located just a few miles from the strip, this is the perfect spot for a quick round in between sessions at the city’s myriad of other entertainment venues. As the host of more than 20 LPGA and PGA Tour events, the course has been walked by everyone from Jack Nicklaus and Lee Trevino to Davis Love and Tiger Woods; if you fancy walking in their shoes, get yourself down to this 18-hole championship golf course now.
7. Tournament Players Club Las Vegas
If you enjoy a good view as much as a good game of golf, then make your way over to Tournament Players Club Las Vegas, pronto. The magnificent views of the surrounding rugged terrain are enough to keep even those with only a casual interest in golf happy, while true enthusiasts will no doubt get a thrill from walking the same course as the pros from the PGA TOUR Champions Las Vegas Senior Classic and the PGA TOUR’s Shriner’s Hospitals for Children Open have walked for so many years.
6. Arroyo Golf Club at Red Rock
If you manage to drag your eyes away from Arroyo Golf Club’s breathtaking views over Sin City, you’ll find yourself on an expertly designed course offering some of the best golfing in Nevada. Until recently, the amenities of the clubhouse were strictly private, and it still has that exclusive, luxurious feel that adds the cherry to the top of an already very edible cake.
5. Wolf Course at Paiute Golf Resort
Costing a very reasonable $109 at weekends and an even more reasonable $99 on weekdays, Wolf Course at Paiute Golf Resort blends affordable prices with first-class golfing. The brilliance of the stunning layout (designed by landscaping extraordinaire Pete Dye) is equaled only by the challenging game of golf offered by the longest golf course in Nevada (which comes with a course rating of 76.3 and a slope rating of 149).
The 72 course Cascata offers a truly unique golfing experience. Set in a landscape of sparkling streams, calm lakes, and expertly planned fairways, you don’t even have to be a golfer to get a thrill from walking its grounds. Once you’ve tired of practicing your swing beneath the majestic Red Mountain, retire gracefully to the 37,000-square-foot clubhouse, a luxurious spot that’s the perfect place for a relaxing after-game beverage (or two).
3. Topgolf Las Vegas
“Topgolf takes everything good and great about every driving range you've ever been to, puts it all together and serves it up in a sleek, modern package,” so says one enthusiastic reviewer on Trip Advisor, and with 731 other reviewers saying much the same, we’re inclined to believe him.
2. Shadow Creek
Granted, it may be one of the most expensive entries on our list (expect to pay around $400-500 per round on weekends during peak season, which will include a caddie but not tips), but Shadow Creek is unquestionably one of the best golf courses in Sin City. Designed by Tom Fazio, the course is a masterpiece of lush gardens, majestic waterfalls, and peaceful creeks, with each hole offering breathtaking views across the surrounding desert mountains. If you’ve got the dough, you’ll not regret spending an afternoon at this once in a lifetime golfing experience.
1. Wynn Las Vegas
The newest golf course to hit Las Vegas is the newly reimagined Wynn Las Vegas. At $550 for a round, it’s certainly not cheap, but thanks to lithium battery-powered golf carts, caddies, a cash prize for anyone who lands a hole in one on No.18. and a fleet of Rolls-Royce to deliver guests to and from the site, it’s the kind of luxurious golfing experience every keen golfer should try at least once in their lifetime. “We’d never create a ho-hum golf experience at Wynn,” Wynn President Marilyn Spiegel told the LA Times. “We take huge pride in everything we do, and we’ve done the same thing with the golf course. This is going to be a flawless experience.”
Written by Garrett Parker
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