The Lexington Course at Revere Golf Club provides Las Vegas golfers one fine ride
HENDERSON, Nev. -- Themes abound in Las Vegas. From the New York skyline at New York-New York to the pyramid at Luxor and the Eiffel Tower at Paris, there's no shortage of tributes to history.
The Las Vegas golf scene also includes its share of themes, notably at Revere Golf Club. With its two 18-hole layouts -- the Lexington and the Concord -- The Revere pays tribute to legendary patriot Paul Revere.
Holes sport names associated with Revere's era. Midnight Ride, Lantern's Light, Bunker Hill, Calvary and other provide a four-hour journey through history, one stroke at a time.
For this trip, we'll concentrate on the Lexington Course at Revere G.C., rated 4 1/2 stars by Golf Digest. It's the first of two Troon Golf-managed courses at Revere and opened April, 17, 1999, on the anniversary of Revere's famous Midnight Ride. The Billy Casper-Greg Nash design plays to par 72 and 7,143 yards from the tips, but four sets of tees makes it playable for everyone.
The Lexington Course especially caters to women with a true rarity -- two sets of women's tees.
One of the Lexington's best features, its par 5s, offer great potential for scoring with the proper approach. Going for it in two? Good luck. With pinpoint accuracy on the second shot, big hitters can get home on at least two of the par 5s -- the 489-yard seventh (King's Chapel) and the 534-yard 16th (Fireback).
Still, the prudent play for most golfers is to lay up. Use a wedge into these undulating greens, which roll true. That may not sound like the advice you want to hear. After all, most golfers visit Vegas to gamble, anyway. But your scorecard will thank you when you've avoided posting big numbers, especially on the monstrous 625-yard 11th, appropriately named Longfellow.
"The seventh, in particular, can be a challenge," said PGA Professional Bill Klemke, Revere general manager. "With the waterfall as the backdrop behind the green, it's a beautiful hole, and players can score well there if they play it properly."
As golfers wind around the course and the elevation changes, desert foliage and dramatic Vegas views captivate.
"When players come out, they are usually surprised at the elevation changes," Klemke said. "They don't think of that in Vegas. But those changes add to the challenge and also to the views. On just about every tee box, you've got great views of the Strip or the course, and that's a great feature."
The Lexington Course also invites shotmaking, with splashes of desert that jut into the ribbons of lush, green fairways.
It's actually quite simple: Avoid the desert, and you've got the chance to score well. Find the desert and your score -- as well as your supply of golf balls -- will suffer.
No. 10 might just rank as the Lexington hole with the most options. The par-4 Lantern's Light, as its known, provides players with more choices than a roulette table. Three-wood and a wedge? No problem. Five-iron, 8-iron? You can do that, too. This downhill, 379-yard hole plays much shorter than its length, just 312 yards from the second set of tees, and presents a definite birdie chance.
"Just because you hit the fairway doesn't mean it's over," Klemke said. "You've got to pick how you want to attack the hole and hold on. Even with a wedge in your hand, it's not easy. The green is small and shallow with bunkers behind and a ravine in front.
"If you hit two perfect shots, it's an easy hole."
On the other end of the spectrum, the par-3 17th plays just 166 yards. It's short but more than makes up for its lack of length with devilish surroundings. A waterfall and pond appear serene if avoided, while two large bunkers guard a deep but narrow green. Rarely does a hole look so beautiful yet prove so tough to tame.
One last bit of advice from Klemke: "Pick the right set of tees, and you're going to have a fun time ahead of you."
Revere Golf Club: Practice facility
There's plenty of room to warm up before the round, and a nice putting green lets players check out the green speed for the day.
In the Revere clubhouse
Bright and airy, the golf shop at Revere includes enough men's and women's clothing choices to appease the pickiest shopper. The facility is spread out, so players don't have to squeeze past others to check out the apparel. The Revere's golf shops ranks among the top 100 by Golf World Business Magazine.
The 19th hole at Revere Golf Club
This is no ordinary 19th hole. In fact, with views like these, it's the place to go after your golf round. Grab a drink, sit back and reminisce about what could have been and check out the Las Vegas Strip as it comes to life. And this isn't just a corner of the Strip; it's the entire length. The views are almost as stunning as the clubhouse, which is massive, roomy and ideal for that intimate dinner for two or special event for 300. If you can dream it up, the staff here can help you pull it off seamlessly.
No matter for what you may be in the mood, the menu at Buckman's Grille will satisfy your hunger with burgers to classic clubs and cheesesteak sandwiches. Add a cold beer or soft drink and your pre- or post-round meal will hit the spot.
Revere Golf Club's Lexington Course: The verdict
Revere Golf Club's Lexington Course offers a wild ride through the Vegas desert, and it's spectacular from start to finish. Savor the views, enjoy the challenge and keep The Revere on speed dial, because you'll be back. Oh, and don't forget the Lexington's sister course nearby, the Concord -- another track you won't soon forget.
October 17, 2011