Las Vegas golf calendar: Like temperature, green fees and hotel rates rise and fall with the seasons
LAS VEGAS -- From hot summer days to cold, breezy winter days, one thing is certain: Someone's playing golf in Las Vegas.
With most courses open 364 days a year (most are closed Christmas day), you'll find a tee time to your liking no matter when you're planning to visit. And there are more than 50 golf courses in Las Vegas, and the surrounding area has different designs that will appeal to every golfer in your group.
So no matter what the weather is like in your area of the country, we're teeing it up here in Vegas. Come and join us.
Spring golf in Las Vegas
This is one of the best times -- and most expensive -- to tee it up in Las Vegas. March Madness is always a crowd favorite, the pro golf tours are getting more exposure on TV, the Kentucky Derby draws its share of interest and there are plenty of other reasons for visitors to hit Vegas. (How about St. Patrick's Day or Cinco de Mayo?)
And when people hit Vegas, there are more than a couple of hot spots to check out, such as world-class nightclubs and elegant resort swimming pools that feature men and women shedding their winter wardrobes for revealing swimwear. And we do mean revealing. So while the rest of the country is just starting to thaw out after battling the winter-time blues, Vegas is in full-swing when it comes to welcoming warmer weather.
And that means golf. Face it: If you're coming to Vegas from North Dakota, the air is cold, the ground is frozen and you haven't picked up a club in months. It's the same with most of the rest of the country. So folks from everywhere flock to Las Vegas to play ... on the course as well as off the course. And with those crowds flocking here, it means higher demands for tee times. Higher demands mean higher prices.
But there are deals to be had. Golf vacation package deals often offer the best deals for you and your buddies. There's nothing worse than arriving here and getting sticker shock when you see the golf rates.
Summer golf in Las Vegas
Sure summer is hot in Las Vegas. How hot? You don't want to know. But the good news is as the temperature rises, the golf rates go down -- way down.
Playing in the early morning hours will help beat the heat, but the best ideas are simple ones: drink plenty of water (put the beer away until after the round as you cool off in the casino), wrap a cool towel around your neck, find shade whenever possible and remind yourself you're playing a world-class golf course for an unheard of low, low price.
It's all about perspective.
Fall golf in Las Vegas
This time the reverse is true: As temperatures are cooling off, the price to play golf will start to rise. Plus, with weekends being devoted to pro and college football crazies as well as those who spend time babe-watching at the many resort pools, there are a lot of golfers looking to tee it up early in the morning, leaving their afternoons and evenings free for other pursuits.
Late afternoon tee times are some of the best deals around, but don't book too late, because the setting sun may shorten your round to 15 or so holes.
The PGA Tour comes to Vegas, usually in early October, and it's a great time to book your rounds as well as check out the action to see how it's really done. If you haven't seen a pro event live, this is a great one to check out as there are many choice locations where you can get up close and personal with the players.
Winter golf in Las Vegas
Cool temps mean hot rates. They usually don't go as low as in the summer, but checking around can get you better rates.
Dress in layers as the temperature may start off cold but will definitely warm up as the day progresses (most of the time) so you'll want to be ready to adapt.
There's nothing better than playing golf on a cool, crisp day and then warming up later with a drink, a great dinner, world-class show and a little gambling action. After all, you've got to experience everything Vegas has to offer. Just remember that even in Vegas there are sometimes frost delays in the winter months (no, really) so be prepared to adjust your evening plans in case you get off the first tee a little later than you planned.
And one last thing: Have fun. No matter the season, you've got friends back home cursing you morning, noon and night for getting the chance to play golf in Las Vegas. Enjoy the feeling.
April 12, 2011