By Brian Patrick
LAS VEGAS IS WHERE PEOPLE COME FOR A GOOD TIME—to gamble, to luxuriate in fabulous resort and spa settings and to see incredible shows. But don’t forget to bring your clubs if you’re a golfer. There aren’t as many golf courses as in Arizona and California but there are some wonderful designer golf courses located in and around the Vegas area. Whether you’re looking to play a course that is right in the heart of the glitz and glamour of the Strip or whether you prefer to play in a beautiful desert landscape outside the city limits, you won’t be disappointed. There are a variety of golf courses and resorts with an amazing choice of amenities, and with 300-plus days of sunshine a year you won’t be disappointed in the weather.
ARROYO PUBLIC GOLF COURSE thearroyogolfclub.com Designed by Arnold Palmer, the Arroyo Course is located at Red Rock Country Club, part of the master planned Las Vegas community of Summerlin. The course takes golfers through rugged desert and mountain terrain with subtle shifts in elevation that make for rollicking challenges and panoramic views of the Las Vegas cityscape. The daily-fee-only clubhouse features a full-service golf shop, men’s and women’s locker rooms and a bar and grill with an expansive patio that features excellent views of Red Rock Canyon and the city below.
THE WOLF COURSE AT PAIUTE GOLF RESORT lvpaiutegolf.com Owned by the Las Vegas Paiute Indian Tribe, the Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort boasts three award winning championship golf courses, all designed by Pete Dye. The Wolf course opened in 2001 and is the toughest and longest of the three, given 4.5 stars by Golf Digest each year since its opening and also part of Golf Magazine’s top 15 courses in Nevada in the “Best Public Golf Courses” listing. Touted as the longest course in Nevada, it is located 22 miles northwest of Las Vegas in beautiful natural surroundings The resort also has two complete “all grass” practice facilities, including full swing, chipping, pitching and putting areas.
BALI HAI RESORT COURSE balihaigolfclub.com Recognized by Golfweek as one of the “Top 40 Resort Courses in America,” Bali Hai was designed in 2000 by Lee Schmidt and Brian Curley and is the only championship course located right on the Strip. The 18-hole course features seven acres of water hazards, a total of 4,000 trees, including 2,500 stands of towering palms and 100,000 tropical plants. Transition and out-of-play areas are accented with Augusta white sand and black volcanic rock outcroppings.
Additional amenities include the club’s pro shop that’s been recognized as one of the “100 Best Golf Shops” in America by GolfWorld Business for 12 years in a row and the award-winning Cili Restaurant and Bar. Cili, which is Balinese for prosperity, good health and great fortune, is a gourmet restaurant that features South Pacific décor and American dishes with Thai and Asian influences. Located on Las Vegas Boulevard, the year-round patio seating overlooks the blue lagoon, palms and exotic foliage of the golf course.