Las Vegas immediately conjures images of high rollers, oh-no-you-didn’t impromptu weddings and seafood buffets big enough to satiate Elvis (and impersonators) after a show.
Glitz, glamour, dancing water fountains and Wayne Newton’s scintillating smile are Sin City staples.
If you make the trek to this Nevada oasis of most anything goes, do not forget the golf clubs. Doing so would be as savvy as folding at the poker table with a pair of aces off the deal.
As there is no shortage of casinos in Vegas ready and willing to entertain your bankroll, golf courses are also abundant in and around this pleasure paradise.
Let’s spin the roulette wheel and see what random Las Vegas area courses fall in the slot for mention.
TPC Las Vegas – Multiple major champion Raymond Floyd, along with Bobby Weed, designed this challenging, canyon-laden course that has hosted the Shriner’s Hospitals for Children and Champions Tour events in its recent history. Test your skills on a course where top professionals Mickelson, Daly and Irwin, among others, have teed it up. Just choose the right set of tees to play from or prepare for the golfing equivalent of a death-defying SkyJump leap from the top of the Strip’s Stratosphere Hotel and Tower.
Rio Secco Golf Club – Located in nearby Henderson, this mesmerizing design is home to the Butch Harmon School of Golf. Lessons from the former architect of Tiger Woods’ golf game would benefit even double-digit handicappers. Stunning views of the Las Vegas strip greet golfers on various holes around the layout. Stunning views of the LPGA’s Natalie Gulbis, a regular at the club, are possible but not guaranteed in the greens fee.
Wynn Las Vegas – Spending $500 for a round of golf that ends on the 18th hole with a roaring man-made waterfall in the middle of the Mojave Desert is a microcosm of the Vegas experience. Anything can be created; anything can be bought. Put this impeccably groomed Tom Fazio course on your golf to-do list if being a big-spender pulses through your veins.