Las Vegas golf after dark: When the sun goes down, golfers head to these facilities
LAS VEGAS -- It's a great idea: Let's go have a beer and hit a few golf balls and relax. Well, that's all well and good, but it's getting dark out, and you certainly can't hit golf balls at night -- can you?
We're going to point you in the direction of four facilities that offer a variety of night play, from just practicing on the range to lighted par-3 courses.
As with most golf facilities (even those with night-time action), hours will vary, so call ahead before you head out to hit or play.
Grab your clubs and get ready to see Las Vegas golf from a different perspective.
Angel Park Golf Course
Angel Park Golf Course has long been referred to as Las Vegas' one-stop golf destination. Practice facility? Yep (and it is lighted for nighttime practice). Natural grass nine-hole putting course? You bet (and also lighted for nighttime play and is complete with doglegs, bunkering and water). An 18-hole golf course? Yes and yes. There are two Arnold Palmer-designed layouts (the Mountain Course and Palm Course).
But there's more: Nine of the 12 holes on the Cloud 9 short course at Angel Park are under the lights. The par-3 holes here offer intrigue, with water features and elevation changes. Whether it's the "Postage Stamp" or "Riviera" (complete with a bunker in the middle of the green), this course offers a wide variety of golf options -- even at night.
TaylorMade Golf Experience
If you thought the hotel/casinos were the only thing on the Las Vegas Strip that light up at night, you would be wrong.
Welcome to the TaylorMade Golf Experience. Located on the south end of the Strip, this 42-acre masterpiece has a lighted par-3 course (nine holes) as well as 113 hitting bays on two tiers. And one big difference at the TaylorMade site is there are both natural turf and mat hitting stations at the practice facility.
It's a gorgeous view to be playing the nine-hole course (with holes ranging from 110 to 185 yards) with the famed Las Vegas Strip glowing in the background.
Desert Pines Golf Club
Comfort is the name of the game at the practice facility at Desert Pines Golf Club.
Desert Pines' lighted hitting area is two-tiered with 56 hitting bays. There are machines that spray mist to keep players cool in the summer months, and heaters warm things up on those cooler days and nights. And it's also covered for that rainy day. (Well, maybe two or three rainy days.)
This one is a great spot to take aim at the target greens to work on your short game. And the center has its own snack facility and individual or group lessons are available.
GoLow Indoor Golf
GoLow Indoor Golf is an indoor facility that features 12 hitting bays, so whether you're out to hit a few balls, take a lesson, go head-to-head with a buddy or take part in one of their leagues, this one certainly fits the bill. Especially if the weather is inclement.
The bays feature the same type of technology as is shown on the Golf Channel features. If you're planning a golf trip (say to Scotland) and are looking to play in adverse conditions (wind, rain, etc.), the hitting bay can be set up accordingly. There are also 18 famed courses players can choose from including the likes of Torrey Pines South and the Doral Blue Monster.
They also have a liquor license, so players can have a beer (or two) during their round -- which takes around 90 minutes to complete for a twosome. Plus another benefit of a round of golf at GoLow: No lost golf balls.
Topgolf Las Vegas
Opened in late spring of 2016 at the MGM Grand right on the Strip, Topgolf Las Vegas is state of the art. This four-level venue has it all -- including golf. There are 102 climate-controlled hitting bays, hundreds of HDTVs, a stage for concerts, water features with cabanas and -- well, you get the picture. And the food from the kitchen/bar is as impressive as the golf atmosphere.
For the golf, it's simple. Players hit golf balls outfitted with computer microchips that track accuracy and distance. There are a variety of games for individuals or groups to play. The venue is open late into the night.
And if you're planning that ultimate shindig with family and friends and neighbors, Topgolf can accommodate up to 2,000 people.
January 5, 2016