Nevada is perhaps best known for its gambling, so it’s not surprising that a sport where betting occurs frequently like in golf, has integrated so well into the state. Golf in the Silver State is a relatively recent phenomenon but nonetheless Nevada compliments the entertainment of the famed Las Vegas Strip with equally entertaining desert style courses! Near Lake Tahoe, a scenic lake on the California/Nevada border, are courses that include the mountain terrain of the Sierra Nevada’s. Courses in this area include the renowned Edgewood Tahoe home of the Celebrity Golf Championships.
One of the biggest tourist destinations in the world, Las Vegas is known for its gambling, night clubs, fine dining, and resorts. However, the area surrounding the City of Lights has plenty of entertainment as well in the form of golf courses. Wolf Creek in Mesquite, just outside of Vegas, has a setting surrounded by barren rock that has been formed by the wind into fascinating shapes. The landscape has determined where the holes were put and how they were oriented, so there can be considerable space between them. According to the USGA, only two layouts in America are more difficult than Wolf Creek, so you may want to leave the card and pencil at home and let the thrillride carry you away. Next stop in Vegas is Shadow Creek, which if you’ve never been to Augusta or Sawgrass, this is a good approximation of the experience. The private course is open to those who stay at the MGM Grand Hotel, where a room comes with limousine service to and from the clubhouse, we’re being serious. Another must play is just outside of Vegas in Henderson, Rio Secco. Not only is this an incredible desert course experience it is also home to legendary swing coach Butch Harmon! We also suggest the famous Wynn Golf Club, an 18-hole, par-70 course with that has rolling greens, white-sand bunkers and rushing streams. This Tom Fazio designed course is the only course attached to a resort on the strip!
Everyone has to experience Las Vegas at least once in their lifetime. Famed for its casinos, golf in Nevada is often overshadowed but with so many great courses surrounding the city and so many great courses throughout the state, what’s a Vegas trip if you don’t pack your clubs too!?