Six golf-course meal: Las Vegas offers fine layouts and fine at-course dining

By Bill Bowman, Contributor

Before or after a four-hour round of golf in Las Vegas, you're going to be hungry. And we don't mean a quick hot dog type of hungry. We mean top-of-the-line, Vegas-at-its-best dining.

Cili restaurant
With savory dining options and beautiful views of Bali Hai, Cili is one of Vegas' favorite lunch spots.
Cili restaurantRoyal Links Golf Club - clubhouseWynn Golf Club - restaurantRoyal Links - Stymies Pub

Well you're in luck. Many of the top golf courses in Las Vegas have some of the best dining options in the city on site. So it's time to put down your golf clubs, pick up your knife and fork, and dig in. If you aren't hungry now, you soon will be.

Bali Hai Golf Club

We'll start at Cili Restaurant Bali Hai. Cili, and the world-class golf course, are located at the south end of the famed Las Vegas Strip so it's convenient for travelers.

With savory dining options galore and beautiful golf course views, Cili is one of Vegas' favorite spots for lunch. From shrimp cocktail to ahi to Kobe beef sliders to prime rib dip to burgers and more, the menu runs the gamut and will satisfy any appetite.

And with outdoor dining available, patrons can watch golfers play Bali Hai's par-3 16th hole, with its island green, while they dine.

Royal Links Golf Club

Royal Links, Las Vegas' impressionistic 18 holes replicating some of the finest holes in the British Open rotation, the lunch choice is simple: Try the fish and chips at Stymies Pub.

You're checking out some of the finest links-style golf holes anywhere -- you might as well keep that flavor going at lunch. But if you're a traditionalist, they've still got you covered with burgers, a Reuben or a classic club sandwich.

Revere Golf Club

Finish your round at one of Revere Golf Club's two 18-hole layouts -- the Concord or Lexington -- around sunset and prepare to be amazed.

You'll be in for a fine-dining experience at Buckman's Grille. Plus you'll have front-row seats to one of Vegas' best free light shows as the Las Vegas Strip -- the entire length of it -- will come to life right before your eyes. Savor the fried chicken, a sirloin or seared Mahi Mahi. If your round ends earlier, lunch includes the usual fare: wraps, burgers or a build-your-own sandwich.

Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort

The three golf courses (Snow Mountain Course, Sun Mountain Countain and Wolf Course) offer golfers 54 holes of Pete Dye golf. With that many golfers on site, chances are there will be plenty of food being served. And that means plenty of food.

Try the chicken wings or chicken fingers or sample the sampler platter that includes wings, fingers, mozzarella sticks and potato munchers. Something a little healthier? The salad choices are as varied as the golf course layouts: Romaine, Chicken Caesar, Cobb, as well as a favorite, New York Steak Salad.

A fine meal with an even finer view of the courses -- it's a great way to finish your round (or dine right before the round).

Wynn Golf Club

On the north end of the Strip sits the Steve Wynn empire of upscale hotel rooms, dazzling restaurants, and Wynn Golf Club. The Steve Wynn/Tom Fazio-designed course is also home to The Country Club restaurant.

With a stunning view of the 18th hole and its dramatic waterfall, the restaurant oozes elegance. One look at the menu, and you'll notice this isn't your normal golf course fare. There's Yellow Fin Tuna Salad, Prime Sirloin Steakhouse Salad, Tropical Grilled Shrimp Salad as well as favorites such as a Black Angus Sirloin Burger, Open-Faced French Dip, and steaks and rack of lamb.

There you have it: great Las Vegas dining experiences with golf courses no more than a wedge away. Sure, there are many more options at golf courses around the city, but these six set the bar very high, both for the golf and the dining.

Rio Secco Golf Club

At Janelas, you'll find a wide variety of dining options, from a choice of salads (Caesar, Asian Chicken, Chopped Cobb, Walnut Pear Salad with Blackened Chicken) to sandwiches (French Dip, Meatball Sub, Philly Cheese steak to name a few) to burgers to spaghetti and meatballs.

And if you've got an early tee time, the breakfast selections are also just as varied, from omelets to steak and eggs to French toast along with oatmeal.

The selections here are as wide and appealing as the fairways on Rio Secco Golf Club, the Rees Jones-designed course.

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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