Revere Golf Club's Concord Course is a Las Vegas shot-maker's dream
HENDERSON, Nev. -- Welcome to golf's shot-making 101. Your course: the Concord at Revere Golf Club. Your mission: Navigate 18 challenging golf holes with elevation changes that enhance the experience and toughness.
This Billy Casper/Greg Nash design -- the second of two courses at Revere Golf Club (along with the Lexington Course) -- plays 7,143 yards from the tips, but with a variety of tee choices, it is playable by everyone. Revere G.C. is managed by Troon Golf, the world's largest golf management company, overseeing operations at properties located in 31 states and 26 countries.
"Groups like to play Concord because it fits all levels of players," said Greg Kinney, general manager at Revere Golf Club. "The average guy who's teeing it up for the first time in months gets helped out a little, and the scratch player will be challenged on the green."
Revere Golf Club: Comparing the Concord and Lexington Courses
At Revere Golf Club, the Lexington layout may be the tougher of the two golf courses, but the Concord still has its share of challenges, especially the par 5s. While they are relatively short in length with wide landing areas off the tees, elevation changes, bunkers, water and undulating greens force golfers to think hard before going for the green in two.
The ninth and 18th holes, both par 5s, offer stark contrasts in design and challenge. The ninth plays just 508 yards. No problem here, except it's all uphill and a dogleg left. The tee shot must avoid bunkers. Approach shots are tough with a bunker on the right and an elevated green that allows players just a glimpse of the flag. Par here is a good score. Put a birdie on the scorecard, and you've played the hole perfectly.
On the other end of the spectrum is the 18th. The 551-yard par 5 sees players tee off over a pond. A big drive will allow some players to go for the green in two, but here's where the trouble begins. At about 250 yards, the fairway starts sloping downhill -- severely. That means awkward lies for players taking aim at a green with a dry creek bed cutting all the way across the fairway.
Surrounding the green are nine -- count 'em, nine -- bunkers that add to the difficulty. Wind up in one of these and it's a downhill bunker shot to a narrow green with that creek bed right in your sights. It makes for an intimidating shot.
The better play is to lay up to the flat spot in front of the creek bed and hit a wedge onto the green. You may not like the idea of laying up, but giving yourself a birdie putt with this approach is the smart move. Kinney pulled no punches here: "The Concord has the best finishing hole in Las Vegas."
Revere Golf Club's Concord Course: The verdict
The Concord's par 3s can be intimidating, especially for those playing from the tips. The two par 3s on the back, the 12th and 16th, stretch out to 242 yards and 225 yards respectively. Good luck.
In the end, players will have an outstanding time on Revere Golf Club's Concord Course. With amazing views of the Vegas Valley, dramatic elevation changes, beautiful foliage lining greens and fairways, and just enough hazards to cause trouble, players will find a course that is as tough as it is beautiful.
If you haven't played the Concord in awhile, it's time to come back and check it out. If you've never teed it up here, you don't know what you're missing.
This playable golf course welcomes golfers of all abilities and gives players the chance to score well -- and have a great time. It's a winning combination that shouldn't be missed.
Revere Golf Club: Lots to offer
Spacious doesn't begin to describe the roomy Revere clubhouse that features brand-name equipment (Callaway, Nike, Titleist, etc.), clothing (Greg Norman, Tommy Bahama, etc.), other golf gear (Maui Jim, Ecco, etc.) and a knowledgeable staff that is always ready to help fit players to a tee.
Revere Golf Club's practice facility, aptly named "The Battlefield," gives players wide-open spaces -- along with unlimited range balls -- to warm up before the round. There's also a putting green near the first tee of each golf course to allow players that final chance to gauge green speed before letting it fly.
There may be no better place in Las Vegas to host that special event than at The Revere. Whether it's an intimate dinner for two or a celebration that involves hundreds, the views are amazing, the food delicious and the staff attentive to details. And watching the lights of the Vegas Strip come to life as darkness nears is an impressive sight.
July 9, 2010