Las Vegas pools: Revere Golf Club and Tao Beach at The Venetian help players get cool

By Bill Bowman, Contributor

LAS VEGAS -- Spend a little too much of your time in "the beach" while at the golf course? Well, next time you're in the bunker, consider spending an entire afternoon on the beach.

Tao Beach pool - The Venetian
The Venetian's Tao Beach is one of the hottest spots on the Las Vegas Strip.
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The Revere Golf Club and Tao Beach have teamed for a promotion that will make your stay in Las Vegas -- or your day at the golf course and pool -- that much better.

With any paid round at the Revere Golf Club in nearby Henderson, Nev., players receive a voucher for a no-line pass, no-cover entrance into The Venetian's Tao Beach, one of the hottest spots on the Vegas Strip. That's right, you tee it up on one of two Revere layouts and then head to Tao to spend time with your buddies, wife, girlfriend -- or all of the above.

"With the pool market in Vegas getting competitive, this is a great way for the guys to play golf and then get automatic entrance into Tao Beach," said Dennis Piekarski, director of sales and marketing for the Revere. "If you've got three guys who want to play golf and three who want to go to the pool, the three guys get to play golf and meet up with their friends afterwards without having to wait in line."

Las Vegas serves as home to more than 50 amazing golf courses, including two 18-hole layouts at the Revere. The Lexington, a par-72, 7,143-yard design, opened in 1999. The Concord, also a par-72, reaches 7,034 yards and opened in 2002. Both of the golf courses offer dramatic golf challenges and world-class views of the Vegas valley and the famed Las Vegas Strip.

So while we're on the subject of pools, here's a list of a few of Vegas' other top spots to cool off after your round of golf.

Las Vegas pools

Beach at Mandalay Bay: This 11-acre wonderland includes everything you could want in a pool and more: three swimming pools and a lazy river. Just sit back on your tube, enjoy the ride and the sites. But what sets this place apart is the wave pool. It's just like you're on the beach as waves roll into the white sand. On select nights, the beach turns into a second-to-none concert venue. Add a beach-side casino, and you have an ultimate Vegas spot -- during the day and at night.

VooDoo Beach at Rio: Sand beaches, waterfalls, spas and four pools, including one with a sand bottom, spas make for a cool place to spend an hour. Or a day. Rio's legendary flair bartenders whip up your favorite drinks as you sit back and enjoy the waterfront paradise. Still stressed? Not to worry. Poolside massages are available.

Encore Beach Club at Wynn: Steve Wynn's latest world-class facility, eye-popping in more ways than one at 60,000 square feet, rates as a must-see in Las Vegas. Huge palm trees sway around three tiered pools. To cool off, simply grab a lily pad and float in the pool. For those special occasions, 26 cabanas feature refrigerators, flat screen TVs, a private patio, beverages and snacks, an overhead fan and personal server. And getting your gamble on is no problem with the gaming pavilion that awaits just steps away.

The Palms pool and bungalows: The Palms is party central for the hip/A list crowd. And on any given night -- and we do mean any -- there's a great vibe here. Plan to make a day of it, as everything you need to enjoy the day is right here, including blackjack tables and a bar between two of the pools. None other than N9NE Steakhouse and executive chef Barry Bakake provide the menu. Enough said.

Mirage's Bare: Just as the name implies, one pool at the Mirage caters to adults only. Bathing suit tops are optional, and tall palm trees keep the pool secluded from prying eyes. DJs spin music, and it makes for a great place to just sit back and relax -- or so I've been told. Water slides and water aerobic classes add to the enjoyment. And for that little extra, over-the-top touch, misting bottles and iced towels in chilled, flavored water are available to pool guests, along with cabanas and daybeds.

The Beach Club at Hard Rock: Water flows for almost a mile around the beach area, and you'll notice hot bodies all over the place. Enjoy the surroundings, but remember this is the Hard Rock, so the possibility of overindulgence exists. Swim-up blackjack? Yep. Spill-proof glasses for drinks? You bet. The Beach Club also includes luxurious cabanas for relaxing, complete with flat screen TVs and a personal host to complete the VIP outing. And if you've seen the TV show "Rehab," this is where all the action occurs. Be prepared to join the action and the fun.

There are plenty more pool options. After all, once someone devises a good idea in Vegas -- and beach places to party rank as one of the best -- others follow.

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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