Lexington course at Revere Golf Club is high and hard enough to make you dizzy

By Tim McDonald, Contributor

HENDERSON, Nev. -- Revere Golf Club's two courses wind their way through the rugged Las Vegas foothills, about a thousand feet above the booming city.

18 Holes | Public | Par: 72 | 7143 yards
Lexington course at Revere Golf Club - No. 3
The Lexington course at Revere Golf Club made Golf Magazine's "top new course you can play" when it opened.
Lexington course at Revere Golf Club - No. 3Revere Golf Club's Lexington course - Hole 7

Gamble low, golf high.

The courses slither up, down, around and through deep canyons and arroyos, giving up vistas of distant mountains and the city. Most tee boxes are elevated and the views through the clear, mountain air are panoramic. See the smog hanging over Sin City like a condemnation of its wicked ways.

You could walk these courses or drive a cart and the view alone would be worth it.

Revere Golf Club's Lexington course is one of two at the club, near the master planned community of Sun City Anthem, not to be confused with Sun City Alianta or Sun City Summerlin. Thus, the courses are set amidst yet another Las Vegas-area retirement community, but the houses are mostly set back more unobtrusively than similar projects.

The Lexington course at 7,143 yards is a little less forgiving than Revere Golf Club's Concord course. It throws most challenges one would expect from a high and hard desert course - forced carries over craggy canyons, rolling and sharply banked fairways, uphill shots to dramatically elevated greens that drop off sharply to oblivion.

The Revere's theme is based on Paul Revere: "a revolutionary golf experience." It made Golf Magazine's "top new course you can play" when it opened in 1999.

Billy Casper and Greg Nash designed the Lexington, and if you're looking for some tough golf, you can find it here from the back tees. If you don't want such a daunting challenge, there are four other sets of tee boxes.

Many of the fairways are mounded, helping to keep the ball in play. But there are enough hazards and forced carries to keep you digging into your bag of balls.

No. 7 is a doozy. It is a relatively short, 489-yard par-5 that's downhill off the tee and has a long bunker on the left and a deep gully to the right. The second shot is uphill to an elevated two-tiered green guarded by bunkers in front and a waterfall behind. It's reachable in two but requires precision on your tee shot.

No. 10 is tricky, too. "You'll either love this hole or hate it," said Wally Russell, a veteran Vegas golfer.

It's downhill and only 379 yards, but you must avoid the deep arroyo and the bunker complex that guards the green. No. 11 is another downhiller and the fairway twists and turns like a Western diamondback rattler. The fairway is vast, but has islands of desert in the middle and other spots that can catch even your good shots.

The Lexington course at Revere Golf Club: The verdict

The Lexington course at Revere Golf Club isn't overly long, but the scenery is terrific and the course can be very challenging; it's one of the toughest courses in the area, in fact. If you're a fan of target golf, forced carries and serious elevation changes, you'll enjoy the Lexington course.

Tim McDonaldTim McDonald, Contributor

Veteran golf writer Tim McDonald keeps one eye on the PGA Tour and another watching golf vacation hotspots and letting travelers in on the best place to vacation.

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