Henderson, Nevada: A great low-key golf alternative to Las Vegas

By Mike Bailey, Senior Staff Writer

If you're looking for something a little tamer than the Las Vegas Strip but still want to experience the great resorts, restaurants and golf of southern Nevada, then Henderson is a great choice.

Revere Golf Club's Lexington Course - Hole 7
The Lexington's seventh hole, aptly named "King's Chapel," is one of the most recognizable golf holes in Henderson.
Revere Golf Club's Lexington Course - Hole 7Rio Secco - Hole 18Reflection Bay Golf Course

Located just minutes from the Strip and a few miles from Mount Charleston, Henderson boasts luxurious and comfortable full-service hotels and casinos like Sunset Station or the Lake Las Vegas Resort. Golfers can play great venues such as the Revere Golf Club, Rio Secco, Reflection Bay, The Falls and Black Mountain Golf Club.

Incorporated just a half century ago, Henderson is now the second largest city in Nevada. You'll find great shopping at the Galleria at Sunset, the largest outdoor amphitheater in the state, at Henderson Pavilion, and you can visit the bird migratory ponds at the Henderson Bird Previewing Preserve.

The golf in Henderson is world class. The Revere at Anthem has two spectacular courses designed by Bill Casper and Greg Nash, the Revolutionary War-themed Lexington and the Concord. Both golf courses offer panoramic vistas of the valley, the Black Mountains and Las Vegas as well as immaculate conditions.

"There are some amazing views," said Head Professional Bill Klemke. "Sometimes, people hardly look at the golf course."

The Rees Jones-designed Rio Secco Golf Club has some of the most challenging greens in the West and is also home to the Butch Harmon School of Golf. Tiger Woods holds the course record of 64.

Lake Las Vegas Resort is a 3,592-acre resort community built around a crystal-clear 320-acre lake, with two luxury hotels and shops. Resort guests can play the Jack Nicklaus-designed Reflection Bay course, which has several holes that hug the shoreline. The resort also offers the more recent Tom Weiskopf-designed Falls Golf Club, which features dramatic elevated tees and views on the back nine to complement a well-designed and challenging front side.

And the 27-hole Black Mountain, which was recently renovated, offers some of the best traditional golf in the area. Play with the locals there and you get a real sense of the Henderson-Las Vegas community and culture.

Henderson is located just a few miles from Las Vegas' McCarran International Airport. With the recent completion of I-215 into Henderson, the city is more accessible than ever. You can also get there from Las Vegas via I-95.

Mike BaileyMike Bailey, Senior Staff Writer

Mike Bailey is a senior staff writer based in Houston. Focusing primarily on golf in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and Latin America with an occasional trip to Europe and beyond, he contributes course reviews, travel stories and features as well as the occasional equipment review. An award-winning writer and past president of Texas Golf Writers Association, he has more than 25 years in the golf industry. Before accepting his current position in 2008, he was on staff at PGA Magazine, The Golfweek Group and AvidGolfer Magazine. Follow Mike on Twitter at @MikeBaileyGA and Instagram at @MikeStefanBailey.

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    Las Vegas wrote on: Nov 12, 2010

    I have to say that golfing in Las Vegas was incredible. I will have to head out to Henderson next time I am in the state.


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