Find deals to match the weather on Las Vegas' top golf courses in summer
From TPC Las Vegas to Bali Hai and Royal Links, there are some scorching tee time deals on great Las Vegas golf courses this summer.
LAS VEGAS - There's no sugarcoating the fact that summertime in the desert is hot. But if you're willing to take a few precautions and don't mind saving a little money, playing golf here in the summer can be pretty cool.
That's because summer is when you'll find some of the best deals on the best Las Vegas golf courses. And as long as you are in reasonable health and stay hydrated, it really doesn't seem that hot, especially when you can get 50 percent or more off of green fees.
"It's just a great chance to play affordable golf," said Greg Kinney, general manager at Revere Golf Club in Henderson. "The rooms are cheaper, the golf rates are cheaper - everything is cheaper in the summer months, and it's not as hot as people make it out to be."
Steve Butler, the general manager at Rhodes Ranch Golf Club, agreed.
"As far as I'm concerned, you're getting some of the best rates for some of the best courses in the country," he said.
Butler is talking about courses such as his own and Tuscany Golf Club (EDITOR'S NOTE: In 2015, Tuscany G.C. was re-named Chimera Golf Club) as well as courses like the TPC Las Vegas, Arroyo at Red Rock, Siena Golf Club, Royal Links Golf Club, Desert Pines Golf Club, Bali Hai Golf Club, Rio Secco and perhaps even fabulous Cascata, when you factor in lower hotel rates.
For example, at Rhodes Ranch, a terrific Ted Robinson design in the southwest part of town, you can get twilight fees that are less than a third of the regular rack rate of $170. And it's not like twilight begins at 3 p.m. In the case of Rhodes Ranch and several other top facilities around the city, twilight starts at 11 a.m. And at Rhodes Ranch, it's just $50.
At Revere Golf Club, where the rate on the Lexington Course can be as high as $255 for visitors during peak season, the summer offers rates of $125 and twilight rates of $90 after 11 a.m. (Twilight during peak season, by the way, typically begins at 2 p.m.)
You can also play the Bobby Weed/Ray Floyd-designed TPC Las Vegas for just $95 during the week and $125 on the weekend after June 1. Regular rates for the former Champions Tour site are $235 and $285 respectively. And there's another bonus as well, said Brad Church, director of sales and marketing for the TPC Las Vegas.
"The golf course is in excellent shape and our pace of play is usually very quick during that time because there are fewer bodies on the course," Church said.
Arroyo at Red Rock and Siena golf clubs, both located in the Summerlin area, not only have twilights, but they also have super twilight times. Twilight rates of $65 begin at 11 a.m., but after 2 p.m., you can play for $50. That leaves plenty of time to get in 18 holes with the sun setting past 8 p.m.
"That's very typical of Las Vegas," said Tony Lenzie, director of golf at Siena Golf Club. "You can get some good deals if you're willing play in the heat of the day."
And it may not even be that hot. The rates at Siena and Arroyo begin right after Memorial Day, May 27. And while Las Vegas temperatures often reach triple digits in the dog days of summer, June often provides highs in the 80s and low 90s with low humidity - pleasant weather compared to many parts of the South this time of year.
Summer is also a great time to save on combination deals. Because hotel rates are often discounted in the summer, Las Vegas stay-and-play packages can easily be half of what they are in peak spring and fall seasons.
Walters Golf, however, takes it one step further by bundling three of its courses together. This summer, you can play Bali Hai, Royal Links and Desert Pines for $299 during the week or $349 on the weekend. The price represents a savings of almost $400 if you paid for each round individually, according to Michael Levine, director of marketing for Walters Golf. Bali Hai, which is located right next to the Strip, can be $300 by itself during peak season. And Royal Links, which pays tribute to great British Open golf courses, is normally $275 in peak. Even if you didn't want to try out the three-for-one package, Royal Links can be played for about $160 in the summer.
But it's not all about price. Typically, conditions at Vegas' best golf courses are still pretty good. Golfers who play Rio Secco, for example, should really enjoy this Harrah's facility this summer. The club recently switched to Bermuda grass in the fairways. And that means firm, fast conditions for longer drives and shorter approaches, something any player can appreciate coming into Rio Secco's challenging bentgrass greens.
May 16, 2008