Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort's Sun Mountain Course shines brightly

By Bill Bowman, Contributor

There are more than 310 days of sunshine each year in Las Vegas. But at the Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort, the "Sun" shines for golf fans 365 days a year.

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Las Vegas Paiute's Sun Mountain Course has teeth, but it's playable for everyone -- and that's a big selling point.
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That's because Paiute's Sun Mountain Course -- one of three Pete Dye-designed, 18-hole golf layouts at the resort -- is a shining star on the Vegas golf scene.

Sun Mountain joins Snow Mountain and The Wolf to form a golf trifecta that will match any golf destination.

Paiute Sun Mountain: On the course

The Sun Mountain is the second of the three courses, with the Snow Mountain the original 18 holes and The Wolf the most recent addition. At 7,112 yards from the tips, it's certainly got teeth. But, with the forward tees coming in at 5,465 yards, it's playable for everyone -- and that's a big selling point.

While the par 3s and par 5s will certainly test players, it's the par 4s that really spice up the round and make this a formidable task. There are short par 4s, there are long par 4s, there are uphill par 4s and there are downhill par 4s. So no matter which hole players are facing, they will need to take elevation changes (as well as the wind) into account before pulling the trigger both off the tee and on the approach shots.

A great example is the 465-yard 12th. It's the longest hole on the course, and it plays slightly uphill. Bunkers left and right off the tee will catch errant shots, and the large green is guarded short and right by two more bunkers. Needless to say, accuracy is a must. It's also the centerpiece of a three-hole stretch called Paiute's Amen corner. The stretch includes a par 5 and a pair of par 4s that will test players' strategy.

The finale on the Sun Mountain Course is one of those holes that is both beautiful and deadly. At 404 yards (from the tips), it's not a long challenge. But with water guarding the left side from tee to green, along with four bunkers (two off the tee and two around the green) also providing defense for the hole, it's a hole that can make or break the round.

Then there's the par-3 holes. They all tip out at around 200 yards, so playing the proper set of tees is imperative to scoring well -- and having a great time.

Overall, the Sun Mountain Course is a crowd favorite.

Michigan's Pete Shields, playing with a large group over a three-day outing, has been impressed with the Sun Mountain Course for many years.

"This course is just lovely," Shields said. "We've been coming out here for five years. It's a trip I would never miss."

His one bit of advice for players? "The greens are always perfect," he said. "They are fast, and they roll true. If you miss a putt, it's on you."

In the Paiute clubhouse

If you're looking for an ideal spot for that special occasion, this is it. With a spacious clubhouse (try 50,000 square feet), fine dining options and solitude, your wedding, retirement party, or any other gathering of family and friends will be treated like royalty.

The dining options are as varied in the restaurant as the golf holes. From salads (Cobb, chicken Caesar and more) to wraps to sandwiches (including Rueben, prime rib and more) and burgers, there's something to satisfy any appetite.

Want a little appetizer variety for the group? Well, they also serve the sampler platter complete with chicken wings, chicken fingers, potato munchers and mozzarella sticks.

Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort's Sun Mountain Course: The verdict

When you're in Vegas, the golf choices are limitless with more than 50 courses to tempt players. You've got desert courses and resort-style courses.

But at the Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort, players will have three distinct layouts to choose from that incorporate everything Vegas has to offer: from desert landscaping to lush fairways and greens to beautiful water and bunkering features.

The Snow Mountain and Wolf Courses are also great places to tee it up. But remember: It's the Sun that may shine the brightest.

Bill BowmanBill Bowman, Contributor

Bill Bowman is a Las Vegas-based writer who has more than 40 years in the sports-writing business. He's spent the past 16-plus years covering the golf scene in Vegas and has teed it up for magazine profiles with celebrities including comedian Bill Engvall, actor Jeffrey Donovan (USA's Burn Notice), ESPN personality Colin Cowherd, NASCAR's Kurt Busch, Collective Soul's Ed Roland, the Baltimore Ravens' Jonathan Ogden and many others.

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