Par-4 14th hole at Wolf Creek
Heres a secret about Sin City: Its a sin what many courses charge to play a round of golf. Everything associated with the gaming industry is calculated within micro-pennies to separate you from your cash, and the golf is no exception. Here are some golf options that actually will make you feel as though you got your moneys worth, or at least reasonably close.
In 1996 Pete Dye built Desert Pines. By importing mature pine trees and building several large lakes and deep bunkers guarding severely undulating greens, Dye gave this course instant credibility. At $60 on weekends and $50 during weekdays, the course may be the best value in the entire state of Nevada. Their multi-level state-of-the-art practice facility is reminiscent of New York Citys famous Chelsea Piers.
The next-best value in the state is the pair of courses at The Revere at Anthem. Greg Nash designed wide fairways with multiple strategic options over some of the most rugged terrain youll find in Nevada. With two courses, the Lexington and the Concord, and a rack rate of $150, The Revere at Anthem is an affordable alternative to the more overpriced, under-designed layouts that litter the region.
Since opening a few years ago, Wolf Creek Golf Club, designed by Dennis and John Rider has become the number one destination course in the Vegas area. Stunningly beautiful said golfer Charles Pearson. The holes tumble up, down, around, and through the rugged mountains. The course is offering a special $85 rate between now and Sept. 1. The course will close from Sept. 1-14 for overseeding.
Of the two courses at the Lake Las Vegas Resort, Tom Weiskopfs The Falls, is the better choice. Though it charges $275 for the high season rack rate, shoulder season rates drop to $150.
If youre a high roller or a spendthrift, youll have no problem parting with the $500 it takes to book a round on either Tom Fazios Shadow Creek, or Rees Jones Cascata, two of the highest tickets in golf. Taking the country club for a day theme ad absurdum, exorbitant greens fees at each course include transportation to and from the course, lunch, a yardage book from the course, views of manufactured waterfalls, and a locker with a celebritys name on it so you can impress your friends by telling them you changed your socks in the same place as Dennis Haysbert or Edward Norton.
Since launching his first golf writing website in 2004, Jay Flemma's comparative analysis of golf designs and knowledge of golf course architecture and golf travel have garnered wide industry respect. In researching his book on America's great public golf courses (and whether they're worth the money), Jay, an associate editor of Cybergolf, has played over 260 nationally ranked public golf courses in 39 different states. Jay has played about 1,649,000 yards of golf - or roughly 938 miles. His pieces on travel and architecture appear in Golf Observer, Cybergolf and other print magazines. When not researching golf courses for design, value and excitement, Jay is an entertainment, copyright, Internet and trademark lawyer and an Entertainment and Internet Law professor in Manhattan.