Silverstone Golf Club: Variety is the spice of Las Vegas

By Bill Bowman, Contributor

Editor's Note: Silverstone Golf Club closed down in September 2015.

Silverstone Golf Club's Mountain course - hole 8
Silverstone's Desert, Mountain and Valley nines give players the chance to mix and match their rounds.
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LAS VEGAS -- You're in Las Vegas to gamble. Don't want to gamble, though, with your chance to enjoy a great time on the golf course?

The answer is easy: Silverstone Golf Club. This Bob Cupp design features three nine-hole layouts -- aptly named Desert, Mountain and Valley. All provide a variety of challenges and give players the chance to mix and match their rounds.

And there's more. You want length? Three par 5s stretch to more than 600 yards, including Nevada's longest hole that reaches a whopping 653 yards.

You want bunkers? The 27-hole design features 102 of them -- give or take a couple.

"With the style of the course, we get a lot of people who come out to check us out ... like what they see and keep coming back," Silverstone General Manager Jeff Levin said. "We get a lot of compliments from people about the course and our staff."

Ah yes, the staff. From start to finish, the staff offers help and pays attention to the finer details. As a result, tee times stay on schedule, golfers remain treated well and stocked with refreshments through a round of play.

"We want to make sure everyone feels welcome," Levin said. "We want them to know we care,and we want them to feel like they are a member."

With the three nine-hole designs, challenge is the name of the game. Here are the highlights from each nine-hole course at Silverstone Golf Club:

Desert, 3,560 yards -- The par-3 seventh hole on the Desert nine provides nice scenery. At 201 yards, it's long enough to offer a challenge with its length alone. Add five bunkers and a pond, and you've got the makings of one tough test.

Mountain, 3,599 yards -- The monstrous, 653-yard, par-5 third hole challenges even the best players. Going for it in two? Good luck with a pond guarding the front of the green. Most players hit a mid-iron for their third shot. Even the biggest hitters feel a little more tension in their grip as they get ready to give it a go.

Valley, 3,389 yards -- The devilish second hole, a picturesque par 3 of just 162 yards from the tips, features a pond on the left along with two bunkers. It's quite an early-round challenge.

Las Vegan Jerry Brown, who played with his son-in-law Tyson Parsley of St. George, Utah, said he played Silverstone for a simple reason.

"There's a lot of variety and challenge on each of the nines," Brown said. "There's something for everyone."

Golf cart luxury at Silverstone

At Silverstone Golf Club, the golf carts epitomize luxury. The GPS systems not only provide yardage, but allow players keep track of scores from golf tournaments and other sports -- just in case you placed a wager or two on your way to the golf course. And there are no hard, plastic seats on these golf carts. They come equipped with plush, roomy seats that let players ride in comfort to that next shot.

Silverstone Golf Club's 28th hole

Tired of dealing with carryovers at the end of 18 holes? Well, at Silverstone Golf Club, decide those deadlocks at, appropriately enough, the "Decider Hole," a par-3 near the clubhouse that plays over a pond. Tee it up, let it fly and settle up.

Practice, practice, practice

A huge practice space and an equally large putting area provides players with a warmup without that bunched-up feeling.

Breakfast special

Got time for only nine? No problem. Silverstone Golf Club offers a nine-hole special for just $30, including breakfast.

That special day

The Silverstone clubhouse, at 34,000 square feet, is available to host any event -- from weddings to corporate outings or retirement dinners. Whether it's a group of 16 in for the weekend of 300 for a black-tie dinner, the staff at Silverstone Golf Club takes care of every details and allows its guests to sit back, relax and enjoy that special day.

Tournament play

Next time you want to coordinate a golf tournament, let the staff at Silverstone help. The facility handles groups as large as 216 with ease, providing boxed lunches, burgers, dogs or sandwiches. Your group members will think you sweated all the little details. Go ahead, take the compliments of a well-done job. Just don't forget to thank the Silverstone staff.

Silverstone Golf Club: The verdict

Silverstone Golf Club is an impressive layout with an impressive staff. It just doesn't get much better, especially when considering that the golf course never closes to overseed. So there are no cart-path only days. Play it once, and you'll be back. After all, you'll have another nine holes to try.

Bill BowmanBill Bowman, Contributor

Bill Bowman is a Las Vegas-based writer who has more than 40 years in the sports-writing business. He's spent the past 16-plus years covering the golf scene in Vegas and has teed it up for magazine profiles with celebrities including comedian Bill Engvall, actor Jeffrey Donovan (USA's Burn Notice), ESPN personality Colin Cowherd, NASCAR's Kurt Busch, Collective Soul's Ed Roland, the Baltimore Ravens' Jonathan Ogden and many others.

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