Southern Nevada

With the largest concentration of golf resorts and clubs, both public and private, in the entire Silver State, the Las Vegas Territory is truly a golf Mecca. Thanks to a selection of world-class, year-round courses, Las Vegas and its surrounds are high on the must-play lists of anyone and everyone who fancies themself a golfer. The hardest part will be choosing where to play first.

You can start things off by hitting the links at the Jack Nicklaus designed  Reflection Bay Golf Club which overlooks the Las Vegas Strip and Lake Las Vegas. Or try your luck at any or all of the three Pete Dye-designed courses at Las Vegas Paiute Resort. If you don’t want to stray too far from the action or your hotel, glam it up on The Strip at the $500-a-round Tom Fazio and Steve Wynn-designed Wynn course. If the lights, buzz and endless options in Las Vegas aren’t quite your speed, it’s easy to find peace and quiet in southern Nevada without venturing too far from the beaten path. Mesquite, Boulder City, Primm and Laughlin, all no more than two hours from fabulous Las Vegas, offer courses that compete with the biggest and best around. Take Cascata in Boulder City, a magnificent course considered one of the finest not only in Nevada, but the entire country. And for a golfing experience unlike any other, try Wolf Creek in Mesquite. This stunning layout was described in the May/June 2007 issue of Nevada Magazine as a course where “if grass could grow on the moon, you’d have Wolf Creek.”

Once the sun has set on your first or fifteenth day of superb golfing, don’t forget, this is still Vegas, baby! With dining, shopping, entertainment and nightlife as abundant and varied as the region’s many golf courses, you’ll have no time to rest.