Women's weekend: Play a round at these Las Vegas golf courses
LAS VEGAS -- Golf and Las Vegas go hand in hand.
Ask almost any group of guys for a list of three top Vegas attractions and golf will rank among it. (We'll let you come up with the other responses.)
But what about women and golf? For a girls' weekend in Las Vegas, golf can -- and certainly should –- fit on the agenda. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced player, you'll find a golf course to fit your game.
I could compile a list of challenging and fair golf courses for women, but it was easier to go straight to the source. My wife, Cindy, has played most of the top golf courses in Las Vegas, and she was more than willing to share her favorites.
Some include fewer forced carries. Others measure to a fair length or just provide a fun time. Here are five Vegas golf courses that appeal to women, complete with Cindy's explanation.
TPC Las Vegas
The TPC name alone indicates a great golf experience. At TPC Las Vegas, the holes are challenging and fun. Check out the island green on No. 2 -- surrounded by desert, not water. Several canyons run through the golf course, but they are manageable.
This golf course fit among the rotation for Las Vegas' PGA Tour stop until the tournament recently changed to a one-venue format. It's always nice to say you played where the pros play.
Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort
Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort includes three beautiful golf courses: Sun Mountain, Snow Mountain and the Wolf. Set in the desert with absolutely no housing or buildings nearby, it's nature at its finest. At about 5,300 yards from the forward tees, Sun Mountain and Snow Mountain are not overly long but present a good scoring challenge.
The more difficult Wolf tests your chipping ability and short game in general. The Wolf also showcases an island green – this time surrounded by water.
The Las Vegas Paiute Ladies League offers nine-hole events every other Saturday and you don't have to be a member to participate.
You will feel pampered the minute you pull up to the gates of Cascata. It's a first-rate golf experience with extra touches everywhere, from the new spikes that are put on your shoes before the round and your own name on your locker, to the caddies that take care of your golf game. Be sure to take your caddie's advice on the greens, as they are tricky and very fast. Enjoy the surroundings and beauty of this course, and take note of the waterfall that runs through the clubhouse.
Chimera Golf Club
Customer service is the name of the game at this course located on the outskirts just east of town. Formerly known as Tuscany Golf Club, Chimera Golf Club is a real favorite among visitors and locals alike and you will feel very comfortable playing here. The yardages are just right from the forward tees, with a good mix of challenging, yet manageable holes which present great scoring opportunities. This course saves the best for last, as No. 18, with water fronting the green, is particularly challenging. You will need a good drive down the hill, but then the question is: Go for it in two, or lay up? It's a great finish to a great golf course.
Revere Golf Club
There are two courses at Revere Golf Club from which to to choose: the Lexington and the Concord. These courses are anything but flat and elevation changes will make you think hard about your club selection. The slopes on the sides of the fairways will help keep your ball in the fairway, so be sure to take advantage and play for the slope and you may get some extra distance along with it. The greens are very smooth with a little undulation, so that makes putting fun. The 19th hole here is also one of Las Vegas' best with a beautiful view of the Strip.
Las Vegas National
One of the oldest golf courses in Sin City, Las Vegas National is another enjoyable play. National features an ambiance that new golf courses simply don't offer. Bunkers are well placed but fair.
One more detail: Stay out of the trees. They provide beauty and nice shade, but it's a challenge to work your ball through the maze at times. While at Las Vegas National, visit the on-site Las Vegas Hall of Fame for a taste of Las Vegas golf history. The amount of big-time golf played here is amazing.
Las Vegas off course
Since you're in Vegas, don't stop with a traditional round of 18. Here are a few side highlights -- or night lights -- to enjoy. And if you want more options, cruise around this Web site and examine the golf courses, resorts and other choices. Plenty of options exist for all ages and all tastes.
Golf lessons in Las Vegas: Did you find that your golf game needs a little work? No problem. You and your group can visit the Women's Only Experience at Nicklaus Academy of Golf at DragonRidge. After a half-day session or a full-blown, three-day ultimate experience, you'll leave with a better feel for your game. Kristin Sunderhaft, the director of women's instruction, leads the teaching. Here, you'll work on all aspects of your game. In the longer sessions, take those instructions on the golf course with playing lessons.
Spa treatments: First, the good news: There are no fewer than 50 spas in Las Vegas that will help soothe the kinks left by long hours of golfing and shopping.
Now, the better news: You're in the best hands in the world. Everything receives careful planning. No need to worry about a thing, and that's a key.
And then the best news: At a place like the Wynn, you won't leave the property. Just wander down to The Salon at Wynn Las Vegas and prepared to be pampered. With a huge list of massages, facials and body treatments, the Wynn, no doubt, fits your needs.
Yes, the spas offer treatments for men, too.
Shopping in Las Vegas: Check out the high-end shops like Chanel, Oscar De La Renta, Manola Blahnik and so many more. These and others sit inside the Wynn. At the Fashion Show Mall on the Vegas Strip, you'll find more than 250 stores and restaurants. If you can't find it here, it likely doesn't exist. Expect to spend a few hours here -- not a problem for women.
Entertainment: The strip clubs provide after-hours entertainment for men. After all, most golf courses don't offer night play. A few do, actually, so give it a try if you can't get enough during the daylight.
For the women, risque diversions from the golf course also exist. Entertainment such as Chippendales, Thunder from Down Under and Olympic Gardens offer women a chance to examine well built men in various stages of undress.
Las Vegas dining: Up and down the Strip, Emeril Lagasse, Kerry Simon, Wolfgang Puck and others cook up some of the world's best meals. From A to Z, you'll find whatever food you desire at any time of day.
May 26, 2010