Breaking the mold: Revere is not your normal desert course
HENDERSON, Nev. -- Hills and golf make for an interesting mix
Golfing in the Las Vegas Valley doesn't usually lend itself to experiencing 500-foot elevation changes. Desert courses are the norm for Las Vegas, except at Revere Golf Club, formerly the Revere at Anthem.
Revere features two 18-hole championship courses with its Lexington course being a little more target-oriented than its Concord course. Everything at the resort goes along with the Paul Revere theme, including names on each of the 36 holes.
But if Paul Revere were making the ride through the Concord course, he rarely would find level footing for his horse.
"It is certainly not flat at all. It gives you sort of a bowl effect," said Amy Spittle, Revere's director of leisure sales. "If you hit your ball in the rough it could roll back to the fairway. Or if you hit it too far in the rough it could get over the mound, but you won't be too far away to save a good score."
The Concord is Revere's newest course, opening in June 2002, about three years after the Lexington course.
Balls in the middle of the fairway or in the rough are all either sitting above or below your feet. Rarely is there level ground for the golfer to stand on.
"The Concord is a little more forgiving than the Lexington," said Mollie Gibson, assistant general manager at the Revere. "There are some large greens out there, but you could spend all day three-putting if you don't get on the correct tier of the green."
The greens are enormous on the Concord, with three measuring more than 50 yards deep. The smallest green is 28 yards deep and sits on the par-5, 18th hole, a memorable finishing hole.
The 18th hole measures 551 yards from the back tees, so eagle is possible but not probable. The hole is called "Independence" and certainly can liberate a scorecard or crush it.
A blind tee shot is forced over water to a fairway that is on the down slope of a 100-foot drop. Once the tee shot clears the water it can roll a long way down the hill and leave the daring with a chance to "go for it" in two.
But don't expect to hit an approach shot that will roll onto the green as a 25-foot wide rock gorge guards the entry to the green. Any shot reaching this green will have to do so on the fly and will have to stop quickly because nine sand bunkers wait behind the green for any shots coming in hot.
With the large greens and wide fairways, the 7,034-yard Concord course is popular among locals.
"I play here all the time. I love this course," said Charlie Neilson, a Henderson resident who said he plays at Revere about once a week. "The Concord is more forgiving than the Lexington, but you get some great views of the Strip and the whole valley from the Lexington."
Billy Casper and Greg Nash designed both courses and Troon Golf purchased the courses from Del Webb in September 2002.
"We want to make people feel like they've entered a country club and make them our members for the day," Gibson said. "Troon Golf has just been great for us here. They really know the business and all of our staff is trained in their high customer service standards."
The customer service starts when checking in for the round. The 23,000-foot clubhouse features a number of stations where golfers can check in. Always more pleasing than standing in a never-ending line at one check-in station.
The driving range is next. Appropriately named the "Battlefield," there is a full-service practice facility available. Natural grass hitting stations, a chipping green with a sand bunker and large, undulated putting greens get you ready to go on a ride at Revere.
With the views of the Strip, Revere also hosts numerous parties. Spittle said there is 6,000 feet of banquet space available and there is even a green set apart from the course where special ceremonies can be performed.
There are also five certified instructors on staff to offer lessons for any golfer needing some help. Chris Eastman is the head golf instructor and he and his assistants can set up individual or group lessons.
"They will take you and break down every aspect of the game with you," Gibson said. "And isn't every golfer always looking to improve some aspect of their game?"
Buckman's inside the Revere Golf Club offers breakfast and lunch menus for the hungry golfer. The breakfast burrito comes recommended for the morning duffers.
From McCarran International Airport: Get on Interstate 215 East. Travel about five minutes to Eastern Avenue. Exit on Eastern Avenue and turn right (south). Follow Eastern to Anthem Parkway and enter Anthem Parkway on the left. Follow the signs (about five minutes) to Revere Golf Club, not Anthem Country Club.
From the Las Vegas Strip: Take I-15 South to I-215 East. Exit Eastern Avenue off I-215 and turn right (south). Follow Eastern Avenue to Anthem Parkway and enter Anthem Parkway on the left. Follow the signs (about five minutes) to Revere Golf Club, not Anthem Country Club.
May 19, 2003