Family-friendly golf in Las Vegas? You bet!

By Bill Bowman, Contributor

There's something about playing golf with the guys (or gals) in Las Vegas. You can tee it up anywhere and have a great time.

Angel Park Golf Club - Mountain Course
Angel Park has something for everyone in the family.
Angel Park Golf Club - Mountain CourseDesert Pines Golf Club - 1st holeDesert Pines Golf Club - driving rangeGolf Summerlin - Eagle Crest - 5th

But what about a family trip? It's you, the wife and the kids. Where are the best places to tee it up where the whole family can have an enjoyable outing?

We're glad you asked. Here's a look at a few layouts that are family-friendly and fun.

Angel Park Golf Club

This one has it all.

"Angel Park Golf Club is like Disneyland for golfers and golfing families," said Kris Strauss, VP of sales and marketing for OB Sports. "From the enjoyable Arnold Palmer designs to the lighted Cloud 9 short course and the fun-filled natural grass putting course, Angel Park has something that everyone in the family can enjoy."

If you're an accomplished player, you can tee it up on the Mountain Course that stretches to 6,722 yards. Elevation changes, a few forced carries and tricky greens add to the challenge.

If one or two in your group are new to the game, take on the shorter and more player-friendly Palm Course, which stretches to 6,500 yards. It's still enough of a challenge for scratch players, but the forward tees take the pressure off those just starting out.

If it's your first time out, the 12-hole Cloud 9 Course (with nine holes also lit for night play) is for you. The par-3 course, where holes play between 65 and 165 yards, is a place where players can work on their short game.

And finally, if the family just wants to get out and putt around in the fresh air, there's a nine-hole, natural-grass putting course. Grab a soft drink, your putter and a golf ball and you're ready for 30 minutes of family fun -- without the pressure of having to hit fairways or find lost golf balls.

"On any given day, we see families putting together on the putting greens, couples playing together on the Cloud 9 course, and juniors getting introduced to the game on the practice facility," Strauss said.

"Our programming covers the entire family from kids camps, family playing tees, men's and ladies leagues and adult and junior membership programs," added Greg Brockelman, director of golf at Angel Park.

Desert Pines Golf Club

Lush fairways and greens, lined with thousands of mature trees, welcome the family to Desert Pines Golf Club, located just minutes north of the Las Vegas Strip. With three sets of tees, Dad, Mom and the kids can take their pick -- or mix-and-match to fit their golf game at Desert Pines.

And if you're just looking to hit range balls with the family, this is the place to be. It's a two-tiered practice facility that's climate-controlled, so no matter the weather, the family will be comfortable during their outing. The practice facility is also card-activated, so your family can hit as many -- or as few -- golf balls as you'd like and save the rest for a later date. The practice center is also open late (10:30 p.m. in the winter and 11 p.m. in the summer) to accommodate just about any schedule.

Silverstone Golf Club

Variety is the name of the game at the 27-hole Silverstone Golf Club. With different 18-hole combinations, the family can take on a different challenge each time. Not enough time for 18 holes? Try their "Back Nine & Dine," which includes nine holes of golf and breakfast for early morning players. They also have an assortment of annual practice plans for those looking to sharpen their game.

The course is also the home base of the Bob May Golf Academy, where the whole family can get tips to improve their game.

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

Executive golf courses in Las Vegas

If you're looking for a shorter course to save time or work on your short game, there are a number of options in Las Vegas that are short on length -- but not on fun.

Desert Willow Golf Club: This par-60 course has six par-4 holes and 12 par-3 holes. From the tips, the course plays 3,811 yards, while the forward tees measure 3,108 yards. There's also a nice practice area to work on those trouble spots.

Durango Hills Golf Club: A par-58 layout, this course ranges in length from 2,613 yards to 3,777 yards. And lest you think it's just a pitch-and-putt course, three of the four par 4s are more than 330 yards from the tips.

Eagle Crest Golf Course: Eagle Crest, an 18-hole par-60 course, ranges in length from 3,259 yards to 4,067 yards. It's an ideal spot for those just picking up the game or those looking to work on their short game.

Callaway Golf Center: This par-3 course has just nine holes, which range in length from 110 to 185 yards. The range features natural grass as well as mat hitting areas and is open late.

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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