Discover 54 holes of playable Pete Dye golf in the desert at Las Vegas Paiute Resort

By Travel ArticlesDecember 7, 2012, 3:37 pm

LAS VEGAS -- Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort is tailored to host tournaments and groups of all sizes.

Paiute's unique combination of 54 holes of Pete Dye golf, a mammoth clubhouse with one of the largest selections of merchandise in the Southwest, two practice facilities and a separate tournament department to sort out the details continues to attract major amateur events.

The ESPN National Golf Challenge finals have been held here five straight years. The 10th annual Duel in the Desert, a successful Golf Channel Amateur Tour event, is already sold out for 2013. Paiute will host 70 weddings this year alone in its 5,000 square-foot banquet facility, said Chad Gunier, the general manager at Paiute.

Whether you're a one-man band looking for a relaxing round or an army of players in an outing, Paiute (pronounced PIE-yute) aims to please.

'We tell people Paiute is 2,800 feet above stress level,' Gunier said. 'Las Vegas is usually a higher dollar golf market. This is high-end conditions at a midrange price. You can really enjoy the beauty out here. You get away from traffic and houses. This is an experience on a golf oasis.'

The three golf courses at Paiute -- Snow Mountain, Sun Mountain and Wolf -- all bask in a gorgeous setting about a half-hour's drive from the Las Vegas Strip.

Getting here is easy, and falling for the place is even easier. Don't be embarrassed if you zone out staring off at the panoramic views of the Sheep and Spring Mountain ranges. It happens.

Paiute's remote desert location tends to be windy. Thankfully, Dye showed a softer side by creating memorable resort courses that are very playable. Golf Digest ranks all three Paiute golf courses among the top 15 in Las Vegas.

If you only have time for one round, choosing can be difficult.

'They are all great and they are all different,' Gunier said.

Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort's Snow Mountain Course

The 7,146-yard Snow Mountain Course put Paiute on the map in 1995. Dye sprinkled water on seven holes. The three waterlogged finishing holes are the most challenging. Golf Digest ranked Snow Mountain No. 15 among the top golf courses in Las Vegas in 2011.

'Snow Mountain has more doglegs and water than the other courses,' Gunier said. 'It has three of the best finishing holes in golf, a par 3, par 4 and par 5. They are just gorgeous.'

Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort's Sun Mountain Course

Paiute's Sun Mountain Course, which opened in 1996, has been branded the easiest of the three. At 7,116 yards, Sun Mountain is the shortest, and generally the most manicured, of the Paiute trio. Golf Digest ranked it No. 12 among the top 25 courses in Las Vegas in 2011.

'A lot of people say it is the less difficult,' Gunier said. 'When you talk to members and the staff, most will say it is their favorite.'

Two ponds add drama to three holes, especially the par-4 18th. The bunkers lined with railroad ties on the sixth hole are quintessential Dye.

'Each hole has its own qualities,' said Robert Goldstein, who played the course recently while visiting from Los Angeles. 'It's unique compared to the other courses I've played in Palm Springs. It's definitely a return [to play again] course.'

Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort's Wolf Course

The Wolf Course at Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort can stretch to 7,604 yards, playing as the longest layout in Nevada.

Karrie Webb and Annika Sorenstam celebrated its 2001 opening with a match on Shell's Wonderful World of Golf. Golf Digest ranked the Wolf No. 6 among the top 25 courses in Las Vegas in 2011.

Even straight tee shots can find trouble in bunkers in the middle of the fairway at holes No. 1 and No. 10. Dye's island green -- the 182-yard 15th hole -- is bigger but plays much longer than the famous island green on the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass.

'People assume yardage equals difficulty,' Gunier said of the Wolf. 'It is more mounded but wider. Ladies prefer [the Wolf] because it is more receptive.'

Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 3:52 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.

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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.

The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.

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Rose leads Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose completed the final two holes of his second round early Saturday for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose, who had a first-round 62, was among a quarter of the field forced off the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course after weather delays on Friday.

The Englishman, who bogeyed his last hole, had a two-round total of 13-under 131.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who completed his 64 on Friday, was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters. He has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season.

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 2, Donald Trump

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 1:00 pm

Even away from the White House, President Donald Trump generated plenty of headlines this year.

Trump’s first year in office didn’t dim his enthusiasm for the game, as he made splashy appearances at two big events, tweeted about golf to his more than 44 million followers, teed it up with some of the sport’s biggest stars, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Lexi Thompson, and fired a few eyebrow-raising scores. Logging more than 75 rounds since his inauguration, the 3-handicap has only bolstered his reputation as the best golfing president, particularly after his alleged 73 with Sen. Lindsey Graham.

None of his appearances created a bigger stir than when he attended the U.S. Women’s Open. Despite protests and calls for the USGA to move its premier women’s event from Trump Bedminster – the president reportedly threatened to sue – his weekend there went off without incident, as Trump watched the action and hosted players in his private box near the 15th green.

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Despite his controversial rhetoric on a variety of national issues, Trump has remained a staunch supporter of women’s golf, and he became the first sitting president to attend the U.S. Women’s Open.

An honorary chairman of the Presidents Cup, Trump also flew to Liberty National for the biennial team event, where he presented the trophy to the U.S. team and dedicated the victory to the hurricane victims in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.

In late November, amid tweets about the national anthem, Turkey, Egypt and Time Magazine, Trump announced that he was playing a round in South Florida with Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.

Yes, that too became a headline, just like everything else Trump did in 2017.

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