Take your best "shot" on some of Las Vegas' most photogenic golf holes
LAS VEGAS -- Tourists flock to Vegas by the thousands, and more often than not, there are cameras around their necks to record the many vivid images that highlight their trips.
For those hitting Las Vegas golf courses, it's the same thing as they come upon golf holes they want to record. The "shots" may not count on the scorecard, but photos taken on some of these memorable golf holes are ones you'll remember for a lifetime.
Here are a few golf holes at some of the best golf courses in Las Vegas that you'll want to take your best shot at -- both with a club and with your camera.
Royal Links Golf Club, No. 10
You'll want to take a picture a couple of places during your round at Royal Links Golf Club. The first being from the 10th tee box with an imposing scoreboard and brick wall in your line of sight.
Just like the famed "Road Hole" from the Old Course at St. Andrews, the 10th at Royal Links G.C. also has a menacing bunker that guards the front of the green.
Snap a shot from deep in the bunker as you stand on tip-toes trying to see the green.
Revere Golf Club's Lexington Course, No. 7
Named The King's Chapel, this 489-yard par-5 seventh on the Lexington course at Revere Golf Club is one of those golf holes that has everything: elevation changes, lush fairways, canyon walls and an impressive waterfall that flows behind the green.
Silverstone Golf Club, Mountain Nine, No. 3
At 635 yards, the third hole on the Mountain course at Silverstone Golf Club is the longest golf hole in Nevada. And it's probably got the most possible trouble around for golfers as well.
The par 5 features desert foliage everywhere with a pond guarding the green short and left. Five long bunkers add to the test.
Stand in the middle of the fairway at 100 yards and snap away as you try to figure out how to get up and down for birdie here.
Cascata, No. 7
A dramatic waterfall (a theme here with these photogenic holes) along with water left and short and a canyon wall behind, provide not only a tough golf shot, but a wonderful photographic opportunity on the 157-yard, par-3 seventh hole at Cascata.
Wynn Golf Club, No. 18
The 448-yard, par-4 18th at Wynn Golf Club features a wide landing area off the tee. But before you grab that iron (or hybrid) to hit into the green, grab your camera and start snapping away.
The foliage lining the immaculate fairways is brilliant and the 37-foot waterfall behind the green is breathtaking -- and imposing. Brilliant bunkering also adds to the color and challenge.
Arroyo Golf Club at Red Rock, No. 7
The 215-yard, par-3 seventh hole on Arroyo Golf Club at Red Rock features an elevated tee some 50 feet above the green.
A shimmering blue pond adds to the elegance of the hole -- as well as the treacherousness.
Bali Hai Golf Club, No. 18
This par-4 18th at Bali Hai Golf Club reaches 486 yards from the tips, but before you grab that driver, reach for the camera and click a shot or two with the Mandalay Bay in the background.
The resort is so close that you feel, with a solid drive, you could shatter one of its windows. It's a stunning shot, and you've got a couple more before you're done at Bali Hai.
From the fairway, take aim (with your camera) at the brilliant green that is guarded by a beach-like bunker that reaches a deep-blue pond. It's an imposing sight and one that must be seen -- and photographed -- to be believed.
Rio Secco Golf Club, No. 3
It's just 180 yards, but it's also all carry over a 40-foot deep ravine that stretches from the tee box to the green on the third hole at Rio Secco Golf Club.
It's an awesome view and an awe-inspiring shot to a narrow green with a bunker guarding the entire front for an added test.
Rhodes Ranch Golf Club, No. 16
Another par-3 -- this one 212 yards from the tips -- the 16th hole at Rhodes Ranch Golf Club attacks the senses with beauty. A stream flows from the left side of the green into a pond in front with bunkers right and long adding to the view -- and the challenge.
Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort, Sun Mountain Course, No. 18
The par-4, 445-yard closer on the Sun Mountain course at Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort is impressive to look at off the tee but imposing to play.
Water all the way down the left side of the hole adds a calming influence if you're shooting the hole with a camera. Taking that shot with a driver is another matter. A bunker separating the fairway from the water will catch a few errant shots but still leaves a tough second shot.
Stay to the right, and your second shot into the green is a long one, with the water lapping up to the edge of the green on the left side. It's an amazing mixture of lush green, deep blue and white-sand bunkers.
July 1, 2011