If you're in Las Vegas for the PGA Tour, bring your golf clubs
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.
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:
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.
September 30, 2011