Tuscany Golf Club: Savor your next round of golf in Las Vegas like a fine wine
(EDITOR'S NOTE: IN 2015 THIS COURSE WAS RE-NAMED CHIMERA GOLF CLUB.)
HENDERSON, Nev. -- Welcome to wine country, Vegas style.
Tuscany Golf Club, a Ted Robinson design, is a wine-themed layout from start to finish with tee marker names like Verde, Lilla, Rossa and Giallo; wine barrels serving as tee signs; and wine cork bag tags.
So sit back, pour a nice glass of Chateau Mouton-Rothschild Jeroboam (sold at an auction for $114,614 in 1997) and enjoy your next round of golf at Tuscany Golf Club. But don't just play golf. Like a fine wine, savor the experience. Chances are you'll be back for more.
Tuscany Golf Club: On the course
The golf course stretches out to 6,906 from the tips. While that may not seem intimidating, Tuscany G.C. has a pair of finishing holes that will make or break your round - count on it.
But before getting to the ninth and 18th holes, players will wind their way through Tuscan-style neighborhoods and take on a golf course that will test every player's ability, from the scratch player to the newcomer.
On many holes, the golf course gives players options off the tee. Take out the driver and let it fly? Or play it smart and hit a hybrid for position? Beware, perfect bunkering all around the course will penalize those who hit errant shots. If players do find the fairways, large, receptive greens will let players take dead aim at flagsticks.
"The high-handicap golfer won't lose a lot of golf balls out here and the low-handicap golfer has the chance to shoot the round of his life if he can make putts," said Tuscany Golf Club General Manager Chad Gunier.
The opening hole on each nine offers players the chance to get the nine off to a great start with a birdie opportunity. The first hole is a dogleg left par-4 with a green perched some 50 feet above the fairway. The 10th is a straightaway par-4 with the green some 50 feet below the fairway. Take those elevation changes into account and birdies are possible.
The par 5s on this golf course let players grip-it and rip-it, but with an asterisk attached. Bunkers either left or right (or sometimes both sides) will catch that errant shot if it's a little off line. Find one of them and that birdie chance may fly away as you may be forced to just chip out of the trouble.
Don't whine about the water at Tuscany Golf Club
You might notice we haven't talked about water on this golf course. That's with good reason. It doesn't really exist until the final hole on each nine (unless you hit a really wide shot right on No. 8 or top your drive on No. 17).
But when the water does come into play, it does so not with a whimper, but with a bang on those two finishing beauties.
The ninth is a 404-yard, par 4 with a pond on the left side off the tee all the way to the green. On the right is a fairway bunker some 220 yards off the tee. Needless to say, hitting the fairway is a must as that pond also guards the left side of the green with a bunker long and right.
Tuscany Golf Club's 18th is a monster at 440 yards. Also a par 4, the fairway is wide and inviting. The problem is at 240 yards the fairway slopes down toward a pond that protects this almost-an-island green. Bomb the driver and then test your courage as you take aim at this smallish green. Needless to say, short is not an option.
"There's no doubt the ninth and 18th holes are two very challenging holes," Gunier said. "They are also picturesque and you will finish your round off wanting more."
Dave Hutchings and his grandson, Chase Fayeghi, were playing Tuscany on a crisp fall day. "I really like the layout here," Hutchings said. "It's challenging but it's very playable."
He adds that the design is one that will appeal to all golfers. "The par 5s are very fair," he said. "And there are two short par 3s and two long par 3s and that makes for a lot of variety. The greens really roll true."
After the round
Grab a burger or wrap in the clubhouse and talk with members and guests who are more than happy to talk about their rounds and what could have - or should have - happened.
Tuscany Golf Club: The verdict
Tuscany G.C. doesn't have all the bells and whistles of the high-priced golf courses in Las Vegas. What it does have is a solid round of golf at an affordable price. With green fees, players also receive range balls, towels, a GPS system on each cart and a couple of bottles of water.
"We've got great rates and there are no hidden fees," Gunier added. "You get it all here."
Throw in great customer service, stunning views of the surrounding mountains and the Las Vegas Strip topped off by a four-hour round and you've got a winning combination.
Now, how about another round?
November 24, 2009