Las Vegas golf vacations: There are Sin City trips to suit any budget

By Bill Bowman, Contributor

LAS VEGAS - Face it, the weather's getting bad in much of the country. That cuts down on the time and places to play golf.

Rhodes Ranch golf course in Las Vegas - hole 18
Rhodes Ranch offers a great round of golf at an affordable fee.
Rhodes Ranch golf course in Las Vegas - hole 18Rio Secco golf course - Hole 15Bali Hai golf course - No. 18Cascata Golf Club - Hole 7

Not in Las Vegas. With sunny skies 300-plus days a year, teeing it up here tomorrow under bright sunshine is as sure a bet as there may be in this gaming-friendly town.

And in these troubled economic times, there's no better value to stay-play-and-eat than right here. And if your pockets are deep and you're looking for that out-of-this-world golf vacation, we can cover that easily as well.

"Las Vegas golf offers a great value no matter what your budget is," says Josh Hill, director of marketing for Walters Golf. "Even if you are on a tight budget this city has a variety of great options. Of course, for the 'price is no object' traveler we have some of the finest hotels and golf courses in the world."

Grab a No. 2 pencil and take notes.

A Las Vegas golf trip on $100 per day

At this price the availability of good golf, lodging and meals will surprise you.

The choices are plentiful and include Primm Valley Golf Club (with packages starting at less than $100 for a room and a round of golf the next day on either of two terrific Tom Fazio golf courses. At this price, stay two nights and play both courses).

A few other courses with green fees that fit this category:
Rhodes Ranch Golf Club, Las Vegas National G.C., Badlands Golf Club, Black Mountain Golf &Country Club, Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort, Angel Park Golf Club, and many others. One note: Make sure to check tee times and dates for best rates. Obviously you're going to pay less to play on a Tuesday afternoon rather than a Saturday morning.

Another bargain to look into is food. There are various coupons on Web sites and other fronts, many of them the 2-for-1 variety. One of the best buffet deals around might be found at the Excalibur Hotel and Casino (rooms starting at $31 per night) which sports a $29 per day all-you-can-eat pass to their buffet. That's all your meals for one low, low price all day (certain limitations apply).

There are many others, you just need to take the time to scope them out.

A Las Vegas golf trip on $200 per day

At this rate, you've got the chance to stay and play at two of Vegas' finest. This one's almost too impressive to believe. It's Rio Secco Golf Club, a spectacular Rees Jones layout, and the Rio All-Suites Hotel. They are offering a two-night, one round of golf special for $168.20. Throw in a couple of buffets and you're under $200. And for a course as impressive as Rio Secco G.C. (home of the Butch Harmon School of Golf and the Wendy's Three-Tour Challenge), there may not be a better bargain around. (And, as with many other deals in Vegas - times and dates are subject to availability so act quickly on this one).

A Las Vegas golf trip on $1,000 per day

Walters Golf has a deal called the High Roller Golf Package. It includes two nights at Mandalay Bay Resort and two rounds of golf. The courses include Bali Hai Golf Club and Royal Links Golf Club, two stunners. Cost is $599 during the week and $699 on the weekend. A couple of meals at nearby Mandalay Bay and maybe even one at famed Cili at Bali Hai should still keep you under the $1,000.

Las Vegas golf trip: Unlimited budget

Three Las Vegas golf courses jump out at golfers when price isn't an option: Cascata, Shadow Creek and Wynn Las Vegas.

Which is the best? That's up to you to decide as everyone has his or her favorite.

Cascata, linked with Harrah's properties such as Caesars, Harrah's, Bally's and others, sports a price tag of between $350 and $500 depending on season and desired tee times. But there are specials available and this Rees Jones design is a masterpiece and should be on everyone's play list.

Shadow Creek is one of the world's hidden wonders. Secluded from view, this Tom Fazio layout is affiliated with MGM properties. It has a $500 price tag, but don't let that deter you if you're looking for the ultimate golf experience. Simply stay at any MGM property, take the 20-minute limo ride to the course and prepare to be pampered and amazed.

Wynn Las Vegas has sweet suite options (the Salon suite is one of the most impressive around) that will suit any golf traveler. Add in a round of golf at the stunning Wynn Las Vegas and you're spoiling yourself. It's not cheap (the golf is $500), but if you're looking for luxury, you've found it.

In the end, remember to check around. With more than 60 golf courses in the Vegas area and just as many hotel/motel options, the deals are out there.

And after all, even at these great prices, it's nice to save a little money because you've still got to eat and sleep before and after the golf.

Bill BowmanBill Bowman, Contributor

Bill Bowman is a Las Vegas-based writer who has nearly 40 years in the sports-writing business. He's spent the past 15-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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