Swing for a Birdie on Nevada’s Golf Courses
Apr 23, 2009
Nevada has more than 100 golf courses ranging from lush lakefront links to high-desert greens and country club resorts. Most courses are open year-round, thanks to Nevada’s high-desert climate. So with so many choices, narrowing down where you want to go may be harder than sinking that 15-foot putt for a birdie.
There is one Web site that condenses information on all the golf courses in Nevada into one easy-to-navigate site. At http://golf.TravelNevada.com, you can browse a map of the state to find courses in the area you want to visit, or search for courses with the features and amenities you want. It should be your first stop in deciding where to play in the state of Nevada.
A bonus to playing in Nevada is that the high elevation means less air resistance on your ball, so your drives go farther and your scores lower.
Las Vegas hardly needs description – it is a one-of-a-kind city with every attraction and distraction one could want. Aside from all-night casinos, entertainment and entertainment, it also has world-class golf courses on and off the Strip, such as the exclusive course at the Wynn Las Vegas. You must be a hotel guest to play this challenging par 70 course, so if a stay at the Wynn isn’t on your agenda, the Bali Hai Golf Club is a peaceful respite near the Las Vegas Strip.
One of Nevada’s best-kept golf secrets is the town of Mesquite, about 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas. Five stunning championship courses lure golfers from all over the world to this peaceful resort town. The spectacular landscape of red-rock canyons and desert plateaus make this area unforgettable, and several large hotel-casinos offer all the amenities of Las Vegas at a slower, more peaceful pace.
The Oasis Golf Club features two courses, the Canyons Course and the Palmer Course, which was designed by Arnold Palmer and is in Golf Digest’s list of top 10 public courses. The Oasis also offers a Learning Center, a restaurant at the club house and an exclusive “members only” lounge. The golf club is part of the Oasis Resort-Casino complex, which includes a spectacular gun club and spa. The sister property of the Oasis is the CasaBlanca Resort-Casino, which also boasts an 18-hole course, Golf Academy and spa.
Another remarkable course is Wolf Creek Golf Club, which was named “The Most Spectacular New Course in America” by Affluent Magazine when it opened in 2000 and is No. 22 on Golf Digest’s list of top 100 public courses. The par-72 course’s terrain is a challenge to even avid golfers with its dramatic hills and elevated tees.
Deep, blue Lake Tahoe sets the backdrop for some of the most scenic golf courses in northern Nevada. People travel from all over the world to spend a few days at this spectacular alpine lake, and golfers find a paradise of lush links, cool mountain air and resort hotel-casinos amid towering pine trees. Many hotel-casinos offer special stay-and-play packages so you can reserve your room and round of golf in one easy – and discounted – step.
Edgewood Tahoe is set along the south shore of Lake Tahoe and is home to the annual Celebrity Golf Championship, which welcomes such Hollywood and sports stars as Michael Jordan, Ray Romano and Greg Kinnear. The clubhouse has earned as many honors as the course, and was named among the “Best 19th Holes in America” in 2008. Edgewood Tahoe is the only golf course situated right on the lake’s shore, yet it is just minutes from the shopping, dining and gaming action of south Lake Tahoe.
On the north shore of Lake Tahoe is the serene resort community of Incline Village. This is where many celebrities own lakefront homes and play only the best golf courses, the Championship Course and Mountain Course. Towering pine trees line the fairways of the par-72 Championship Course, requiring precision in addition to distance. The Mountain Course is a short course, a par-58 that demands accuracy rather than power. Many holes on this course overlook Lake Tahoe, making it a truly breathtaking experience.
Nevada is a vast state with varied landscapes and diverse attractions, but great golf is one constant throughout the state. Take your time to try all the more than 100 courses in Nevada, and enjoy your visit to the Silver State.