Plan of attack: How to play Revere Golf Club's Lexington Course
LAS VEGAS – Play the Lexington Course at Revere Golf Club the same way our ancestors went into battle -- with an overall plan of attack in place before you set foot into the field of play.
But as with any plan, be ready to adjust, because the unexpected is just one bad swing away.
"Players just need to know that what they see is what they get," said Dennis Piekarski, Revere Golf Club's director of sales and marketing. "Club selection is the key. You can be aggressive, but if you don't hit a great shot, you might pay the price."
That price might arrive in the form of bunkers, waste areas or water, so –- as in battle -- always possess best information before you take on your opponent. It's the same way at the Lexington.
So grab your golf clubs, a yardage book from the pro shop and head for the first tee.
Revere Golf Club's Lexington Course: On the attack
No. 2, a 591-yard par 5 called Old Ironside, presents a double dogleg, first right and then left. If you cut as much as possible off the dogleg with your tee shot and hit a solid layup, this is an open green that will allow players to go hunting for the flag.
Another par 5 with scoring possibilities is the 11th, Longfellow. The hole lives up to its name, as it reaches 625 yards. While the length is difficult, the waste areas that creep into play nicely on the edge of fairways make this one tough hole. Play it well and smart, and birdie is a possibility.
The 16th hole, Fireback, is a par-5 grip-it-and-rip-it hole -- at least off the tee, with its wide fairway. A good drive on this 534-yard test allows players the chance to reach the green in two.
Just one word of caution: don't be short. A ravine and bunker guard the front of this green, though eagle remains a definite possibility with two well-placed shots.
The 17th is a tranquil-looking par 3, reaching just 166 yards from the tips. It's just a mid-iron shot, so players can be aggressive. But accuracy is a must, with bunkers left and long and a pond on the right to grab errant shots.
Par 5s are usually green-light holes, but the seventh on the Lexington Course requires great care. At 489 yards, the King's Chapel is certainly reachable in two. But trouble lurks.
Off the tee sits a desert waste area on the right that cuts dramatically into the fairway. Wind up here, and you're going to be forced to lay up. If you avoid the waste area and go for the green in two, take heed of these warnings:
• It's to an elevated green so take an extra club.
• There's a bunker left.
• There's water behind the green, making pinpoint accuracy a must.
The par-4 10th, Lanterns Light, is short at 379 yards. But challenges remain. The blind tee shot plays out some 120 yards before dropping to a green fronted by a ravine. Players can't see the landing area but still must avoid eight bunkers. The second shot plays to a small green with three surrounding bunkers. It looks easy but includes more than its share of toughness.
The 13th, a par 3 that stretches to a jaw-dropping 228 yards from the tips, is called Two If By Sea and offers a great test. A huge pond left, three bunkers short and a pair of bunkers long and right add difficulty to an already tough tee shot.
"The course is a great challenge," Piekarski said. "There are excellent views, and players can score well. It's very rewarding."
The choice is yours
The options on the Lexington Course at The Revere Golf Club are plentiful. Players just need to take an extra moment to look at the layout book and decide where to attack the golf course -- and where to play it safe.
"It's kind of like riding a roller coaster," Piekarski said. "You might be scared at first. But after, you're glad you rode it."
February 14, 2011