The public golf courses in Las Vegas offer some of the best value for your vacation dollars. You’ll only lose $50 to $500 in six hours. The multitude of excellent courses to choose from will have golfers feeling as at home in the desert as the card sharks. With winter beginning to subside, the Las Vegas golf season is underway. During your next Vegas vacation, be sure to book a tee time at one or more of these tracks, Sin City’s best public courses.
Shadow Creek is one of Las Vegas’ best golf courses. Designed by Tom Fazio, of Lake Nona and Pinehurst fame, this course is beautiful. Nearly every hole would be the signature hole at other courses, like the 553-yard, par-5 No. 4. The dog-leg left brings water into play on the tee shot, second shot and approach. No. 15 also prominently features a water hazard. It’s a 438-yard par 4 with a long second shot over the course’s namesake. This is technically not a public course, but MGM Grand guests can book tee times and receive complimentary limousine transfer as well as a personal caddie to guide them through the course.
Greens fee: ~$500
The par-72 course provides stunning vistas at every turn, including the 3,600-foot peak of Red Mountain, lush fairways, lakes, and streams. Located just outside of Boulder City, this track is consistently named one of the best public courses in the country. Cascata meanders up and down the steep rocky mountainside along Railroad Pass, originally used to transport materials for the construction of Hoover Dam. More than 600 feet above the clubhouse, the ninth tee box is no stranger to snow days.
Greens fee: ~$250
Home to one of the most famous golf instructors in history, Butch Harmon, Rio Secco offers golf tourists a sincere challenge. It can play to more than 7,400 yards and tends to fall along the more difficult end of the spectrum. From the tips, Rio Secco boasts a slope rating of 153, just shy of the 155 maximum. Features include six holes through steep canyons, six holes on a plateau overlooking the city and six holes in a broad desert wash. Janelas Restaurant & Bar, located in the 30,000-square-foot clubhouse, is one of the finest 19th holes in the city.
Greens fee: ~$110
This quaint course in Vegas’ western suburb of Summerlin, offers some of the best city views in the valley. Highland Falls is no exception. The stunning panorama from the tee box of the par-3 14th boasts one of the few unobstructed views of the entire Las Vegas Strip. The course is fair yet challenging, thanks to more than the average amount of bunkers. A round at Highland Falls will typically cost less than a Strip seafood buffet.
Greens fee: ~$50
With spring temperatures hovering around 75 degrees, there is no better time to golf Las Vegas than the present. After your round, take an exhilirating helicopter tour of Las Vegas. Maverick’s Vegas Nights flight offers unparalleled views of the Strip and its extravagant resorts.