Las Vegas' green fees drop as mercury rises

By Murray Anderson, Contributor

LAS VEGAS -- Golfers willing to brave the desert heat will find their wallets a little fatter during the scorching Las Vegas summer.

As the mercury reaches triple digits in Southern Nevada, the normally exorbitant green fees come back to reality and allow golfers to get on some of the best courses for less than $100.

And for those willing to get out in the extreme afternoon sun, prices really drop. Twilight rates start at either 11 a.m. or noon at most courses and become downright cheap.

"Because the temperatures go up the rates do drop significantly," said Matthew Grobe, head golf pro at Rhodes Ranch Golf Club in southwest Las Vegas. "It is really a great opportunity for golfers to play some of the best courses around town."

Rhodes Ranch offers some good summer rates with visitors to the area paying $70 Monday through Friday and $80 on weekends. After 11 a.m., tourists pay $45 on weekdays and $55 on weekends. The real bargain comes after 3 p.m., when all golfers can get on the course for $25 any day of the week. And with darkness coming at about 8 p.m., a full round can be had with a starting time at 3 p.m.

"It really is a dry heat here and isn't as bad as people think," Grobe said. "It is a lot worse in humidity. We try to make sure our guests know our heat is a lot drier and even though they don't feel it, they still need to drink a lot of water."

A sampling of summer green fees found:

Primm Valley Golf Club, located about 35 minutes west of Las Vegas near California, is offering visitors a rate of $80 Monday through Thursday and $95 Friday through Sunday. After 10:30 a.m. visitors pay $60 any day of the week.

Clark County residents pay $45 during the week to play Primm Valley and $65 on the weekends.

Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort, located about 30 minutes north of town, has rates starting at $69 for visitors during the week and $84 on the weekends. Locals pay $44 during the week and $54 on weekends. Twilight rates start at 11 a.m.

TPC at the Canyons is offering a rate of $89 on weekdays and $99 on weekends. The twilight rate of $60 starts at noon.

Stallion Mountain Country Club allows visitors to play the course if they are staying at a Walters Golf preferred partner hotel. Golfers can play on of the three courses beginning at $70 on weekdays and going up to $99 on the weekends.

Desert Pines has rates of $80 on weekdays and $89 on the weekends for tourists and locals can play the tree-lined track for $35 on weekdays and $45 on weekends.

Angel Park and Legacy have rates of $65 on weekdays and $85 on weekends for visitors and a twilight rate of $45 on weekdays and $65 on weekends after noon. Locals pay $45 on weekdays and $55 on weekends and the noon twilight rates are $35 on weekdays and $45 on weekends.

Badlands has dropped its rates to $75 on the weekdays and $95 on weekends and its twilight starts at 11 a.m. with rates of $50 on weekdays and $55 on weekends. Locals can play the desert track for $50 on weekdays and $55 on weekends. Twilight rates for locals are $30 every day of the week after 11 a.m.

Siena Golf Club has rates of $79 for tourists on weekdays and $99 on weekends. Twilight for tourists is $69 after 10:30 a.m. Local residents pay $49 before 10:30 a.m., $35 after 10:30 a.m. and $28 after 1 p.m.

Silverstone Golf Club has visitor rates of $79 on weekdays and $99 on weekends, $49 after 11 a.m. on weekdays and $59 on weekends and a special super twilight rate of $35 after 2 p.m. any day of the week. Locals pay $45 on weekdays, $55 on weekends, $35 after 11 a.m. any day of the week and $27 after 2 p.m. any day.

The new Boulder Creek Golf Club in Boulder City, Nev., has lowered its summer rates to $70 for visitors on weekdays and $85 on weekends with its 11 a.m. twilight rate asking $60 on weekdays and $75 on weekends. Clark County residents pay $45 on weekdays and $50 on weekends. Twilight rates for locals is $35 on weekdays and $40 on weekends after 11 a.m.

Summer golfing tips

Golfers daring enough to brave the Las Vegas summer should remember to stay hydrated and take it easy on the alcohol while on the links.

"Don't go out there and play a couple rounds and rely on beer to keep you cool," said Kim Springer, a certified personal trainer with Springer Training in Las Vegas. "It's a very dry heat and you need to begin hydrating your body with water even before you start playing."

A big breakfast or lunch is not recommended before heading out in the 110-degree heat. Plan your round ahead of time and have a light meal before hitting the links.

"You don't want heavy foods. You want something light that isn't going to weigh you down," Springer said. "Your body is going to use up energy processing the heavy meal instead of using the energy on your golf game."

Springer recommends golfers carry a nutrition bar in their bag to pick them up when the heat starts getting to them instead of grabbing that hot dog on the turn. She also said a sports drink and plenty of water are the beverages of choice and recommends saving the alcohol for the 19th hole.

Murray Anderson, Contributor

Murray Anderson attended Imperial Valley College for two years and then California State University, Fullerton. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in communications in 1992 with an emphasis in journalism. He began his journalism career at the Imperial Valley Press newspaper as a sports writer and later became a full-time news writer, then sports writer and eventually sports editor.


 
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