With Revere Golf Club's Lexington and Concord courses, Billy Casper and Greg Nash score big
HENDERSON, Nev. - Billy Casper is one of the great putters in the history of golf. He won 51 times on the PGA Tour, the seventh most ever, including a Masters championship and two U.S. Open titles.
But at Revere Golf Club, he designed a pair of golf courses that fit the John Daly style of golf. With their numerous elevated tee boxes and wide fairways, both the Lexington and Concord courses at Revere encourage players to let it rip.
Casper hasn't been nearly as renowned as a designer as he was as a player. One of his contemporaries, Jack Nicklaus, became nearly as good a designer as he was a player, which is quite a feat considering he's one of the three greatest players ever.
Casper's playing skills have largely outpaced his work in designing courses, though that's not obvious to those who play at Revere.
That's because Casper and partner Greg Nash have designed a marvelous 36-hole facility that leaves you wanting more. The courses fit the surroundings perfectly and look as if they were natural outgrowths instead of man-made designs.
Both tracks play through rugged desert terrain, with sweeping elevation changes. You frequently stand on elevated tee boxes hitting down to an inviting fairway.
There is plenty of trouble on the course, to be sure, but these aren't courses designed to beat you up.
They're designed for fun and to make you aware of how beautiful Southern Nevada can be. Casper and Nash scored big on both accounts.
Comparing Revere's Lexington and Concord courses
There are few more stunning views anywhere on a golf course than there is from the fairway of the seventh hole on the par-72 Lexington course. The 489-yard par-5 has a gigantic waterfall behind the two-tiered green, a scene which makes it difficult to concentrate on the shot at hand.
The Concord course is the more forgiving of the two, playing shorter with wider fairways and, on average, larger greens.
But don't take that to mean that Lexington is a bully, because it's far from it. You'll wind up with more odd lies than you will in most place in Las Vegas because of the numerous undulations in the fairways, which means you'll have a significant advantage over your playing partners if you're good at shots with balls above or below your feet.
The Lexington requires you to use every club in your bag, but it's hardly an ordeal. If you play your average game, you'll definitely be able to shoot your handicap.
One of the temptations with so many elevated tee boxes is to try to pump it up even more, but that is where problems come in. Balls that slice severely often are gobbled by the foreboding desert.
Casper and Nash mounded many of the fairways so that balls headed for the rough or the desert are gently turned back onto the short stuff.
The par-5 11th on the Lexington is another favorite. It has a large rock formation in the center of the fairway that splits it in two and gives the player a choice of direction to the green.
Most wind up choosing the right, though it makes for a much more difficult approach. But the thing that makes this course fun is that you have to stop and think for a second what you're going to do before you swing the club or you'll wind up in big trouble.
The course is in excellent condition and the greens roll true. Getting on the right level is imperative and there are several false fronts, which probably mean you'll play them better the second time out.
I have no hesitation recommending either course at Revere, though I like the Lexington course better for its variety of holes, its challenge and the quality of its par-5s.
January 3, 2008