While Las Vegas might be renowned for its neon lights and casinos, it is not short on amazing golf courses. Some of the country’s best course are located in and around the greater Las Vegas Area. No matter what calls you out to Las Vegas, golfing in the area is a must. The weather in the fall through spring make Las Vegas a desired location for golf. If you can brave the heat the same beautiful golf course that are normally over a hundred dollars in the prime months are dirt cheap in the summer. Below you will find our picks on the best golf course in Las Vegas. Most of which you will find are nearby to all the major casinos.
1. Reflection Bay Golf Club
A short drive to Henderson, NV is Reflections Bay Golf Club. The golf course is approximately 20 minutes from the Las Vegas Strip. This beautiful golf course is located on Lake Las Vegas. Several of the fairways and greens are located right on this beautiful lake. Rated one of the top golf course in the country this is a must golf course.
2. Bear’s Best Las Vegas
Bear’s Best Las Vegas is a Jack Nicklaus designed course and only 10 miles from the Las Vegas Strip. The course is always in great shape and you won’t be disappointed. Also a great place to take your corporate clients golfing with views of The Spring Mountains. Many VIP Golf Packages ranks Bear’s Best in their top three course in the area.
3. Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort
A quick 26 mile drive northwest of The Strip you will find Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort. Paiute has three 18-hole course to choose from. The Wolf Course is one of the most popular but you really cannot go wrong with either of the Snow Mountain or Sun Mountain Course. Service is outstanding at this resort from the moment you get to the bag drop to when you leave. No matter what time of the year the fairways and green are in impeccable condition.
4. TPC Las Vegas
TPC Las Vegas is an 18-hole par-71 golf course in Las Vegas that has often been referred to as desert elegance. The 7,063-yard course provides gorgeous views of the mountains and canyons around the Las Vegas area. Formerly known as the TPC at the Canyons, this course opened in 1996. It has featured some very rich PGA Tour history. It has also hosted the Shriner’s Hospitals for Children Open, the Bard Capital Challenge, and the Las Vegas Senior Classic. This course is open to both resort guests as well as the public, and offers some very unique fairways that are sure to provide you with a challenge.
5. Wolf Creek Golf Club
It will take about one hour and twenty minutes to drive there but Wolf Creek is well worth it. This course is on just about every top 100 golf course list ever made. The course elevation rises and drops through the canyons of Mesquite, NV. Once you have played here you will understand why it’s on every golfers bucket list.
6. Arroyo Golf Club
The Red Rock Country Club is one of the premier private golf communities in Las Vegas, but the Arroyo Golf Club course at Red Rock is open to the general public. This gives both Las Vegas locals, and visitors, an opportunity to experience some of the best golf the city has to offer and experience what private club life is like. The course is 6,883 yards with a par-72. It was designed by Arnold Palmer and Ed Seay, and opened in 2003. The course itself is fair yet challenging, and you are provided with some spectacular views. The clubhouse is solely dedicated to daily-fee players, and features a golf shop, locker rooms and a bar and grill.
7. Las Vegas National Golf Club
Built in 1961 and designed by Bert Stamps, the Las Vegas National Golf Club can be found right in the middle of the city of Las Vegas. The course itself is located fairly close to the Strip. While the surrounding area has built up around the course, the essence of the time the course was built still remains. This is particularly evident in the pastel stucco clubhouse. This 18-hole course has a traditional, oasis style, as well as thousands of trees, which provide you with the challenge of proper ball placement. Greens are flanked by sand and bunkers, and two lakes come into play along four of the holes. There are plenty of holes for a good challenge.
8. Royal Links Golf Club
One of the most distinctive courses in Las Vegas is the Royal Links Golf Club. This 18-hole golf course is modeled after the holes you can find on the British Open courses. Along with plaques at each hole to provide you with information and entertainment, the Royal Links Golf Club also features a clubhouse designed to look like a Scottish castle.
9. Bali Hai Golf Club
The Bali Hai Golf Club is a long course, measuring in at just over 7,000 yards. Located right on the Strip, this golf course is unique in its tropical paradise design. It features an island green as well as over 100,000 tropical flowers and plants. White sands and black volcanic rock outcroppings make up the transition zones of this amazing course.
10. Rhodes Ranch Golf Club
Located just a minute outside of the famous Las Vegas Strip, the Rhodes Ranch Golf Club is one of the most well-known golf courses Las Vegas has to offer. The 18-hole 6,909-yard course opened in 1997 and was designed by Ted Robinson. It is characterized by water features, multiple elevations, and rolling fairways, and it has a reputation for being one of the most immaculately kept courses in Las Vegas. It offers amazing views of both the mountains as well as the city. While the course has its share of challenges (there is a set of par-3s that Robinson has said are the best he has ever designed), it is still playable, and enjoyable, for golfers of every level. In addition to its playability, Rhodes Ranch is also very affordable.
Bonus: Desert Pines Golf Club
The Desert Pines Golf Club offers a truly unique experience for those golfing in Las Vegas. This 18-hole, 6,222-yard course features Carolina sandhills, yet is located minutes from the Las Vegas Strip. With over 4,000 pines, the course is modeled after Augusta National. Even without forced carries, water is prominent at 9 of the 18 holes. It features railroad ties and undulations that are sure to provide you with plenty of challenges. This course has also been recognized by Golf Digest as one of the best upscale courses in the country.
Bonus: Shadow Creek Golf Course
If you are more of a big spender, you might find Shadow Creek Golf Course more your speed. Shadow Creek Golf Course used to be one of the near impossible to get onto courses, but is still considered to be one of the best in the United States. Located about 15 minutes north of the Strip, this course is open to guests of the MGM Resorts International, which include the Bellagio and Mandalay Bay.