If you're in Las Vegas for the PGA Tour, bring your golf clubs

By Mike Bailey, Senior Staff Writer

LAS VEGAS -- The PGA Tour's Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, played each fall, is a perfect time to watch the pros tee it up in Las Vegas -- and perhaps even a better time to play golf in the area.

TPC Las Vegas golf course -  No. 18
Looking for a PGA Tour-caliber course? Check out TPC Las Vegas.
TPC Las Vegas golf course -  No. 18Lexington Course at Revere Golf Club - hole 9Bali Hai Golf Club in Las Vegas - 16thDesperado Course at Badlands Golf Club - 8th

So if you're attending, bring your golf clubs, because there are all kinds of great options in the area, and course conditions and weather aren't likely to be better than they are this time of year.

Here are a few suggestions:

Play the other TPC: You can't play TPC Summerlin, of course, if you're in town for the Timberlake event, but you can play TPC Las Vegas, and that's not a bad alternative.

As you might guess, the TPC Las Vegas, which is located in the shadows of Red Rock National Park, boasts tour conditions, having hosted PGA Tour and Champions Tour events itself in the last decade. The Bobby Weed-designed course has plenty of natural desert features interspersed by water, forced carries and outstanding conditions through multiple sets of tees. Just as impressive are the practice facilities, befitting a tour-caliber course, as well as first-class clubhouse and restaurant and customer service.

One of the more impressive 36-hole facilities in the area is Revere Golf Club. Both the Lexington Course and Concord Course have memorable holes. They also have memorable views that include the surrounding mountains and the great views of the Las Vegas Strip.

You might also want to check out Siena Golf Club, another course that's always in great condition, a favorite among locals and often one of the better bargains in the area. This Lee Schmidt-Brian Curley design winds its way around water features, a few desert carries and 97 white-sand bunkers. After the round, enjoy a drink and great appetizers at the club's Tuscany-style clubhouse.

And speaking of Tuscany and good values, you might want head over to nearby Henderson to play Chimera Golf Club at Tuscany, which has a terrific, 6,900-yard Ted Robinson design. Or make your way back over to Red Rock Canyon to experience the Desperado, Diablo and Outlaw Courses at Badlands Golf Club, which is one of Johnny Miller's best designs.

Bali Hai and other unique venues: Walters Golf offers some of the more unique golf courses in Las Vegas, including the enjoyable Bali Hai Golf Club, which is located right on the Strip right next to the Mandalay Bay Resort.

This South Pacific-themed, resort-style course is somewhat premium-priced, but it is always in championship condition with its pure-white sand bunkers, bentgrass greens, imported palms and exceptional customer service.

Royal Links Golf Club, which pays tribute to the venues of the British Open, is another Walters Golf offering. The castle-style clubhouse, where you can get a pint of your favorite brew, is especially enticing after a round.

Another great option is Angel Park Golf Club, conveniently located just 20 minutes from the airport. Not only does Angel Park offer two exceptional Arnold Palmer-designed, 18-hole courses (Palm and Mountain), but it also has a terrific putting course, perfect for a day where you want to get in a quick golf experience.

And if you're looking to play a little old school golf in Las Vegas, be sure to book a time at Las Vegas National Golf Club, where Tiger Woods got his first PGA Tour win back in 1997.

Mike BaileyMike Bailey, Senior Staff Writer

Mike Bailey is a senior staff writer based in the Houston area. Focusing primarily on golf in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and Latin America, he contributes course reviews, travel stories and features as well as the occasional equipment review. An award-winning writer and past president of Texas Golf Writers Association, he has more than 20 years in the golf industry. Before accepting his current position in 2008, he was on staff at PGA Magazine, The Golfweek Group and AvidGolfer Magazine. Follow Mike on Twitter at @Accidentlgolfer.


 
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