Whether you are dancing under the lights of the Fremont Street Experience in Downtown Las Vegas or strolling the shops at Monte Lago Village at Lake Las Vegas, you are never far from a golf course. The fifty-plus golf courses in Las Vegas, designed by the likes of Jack Nicklaus, Pete Dye, Tom Weiskopf and Robert Trent Jones Jr., have put Vegas on the map for golf connoisseurs. Each course is within a one-hour radius of the city, offering challenging play and beautiful desertscapes, flowing waterfalls, rolling greens and mountain views.
A few notable golf courses:
Badlands Golf Club: Designed by Johnny Miller and Chi Chi Rodriguez, Badlands was Las Vegas’ first public 27-hole facility and was named as one of Nevada’s Top 10 golf courses by Golf Digest Magazine.
Bali Hai Golf Club: Located at the southern end of the Las Vegas Strip, Bali Hai delivers an island feel with towering palm trees and sparkling green fairways accented by white crushed granite.
Dragon Ridge: designed by Jay Morrish and David Druzisky to incorporate the natural beauty of the rolling desert foothills, sweeping elevation changes, natural canyons, and preserved rock formations.
Bear’s Best: Designed by golf legend Jack Nicklaus, Bear’s Best offers 18 replicas of Nicklaus’ finest holes currently found at courses from Montana to Mexico. Bear’s Best Las Vegas is home to a clubhouse that features Jack’s Place, where photos, plaques and other memorabilia from Nicklaus’ legendary career are displayed.
Las Vegas National Golf Club: Located less than two miles from the Las Vegas Strip, Las Vegas National Golf Club is one of the most historic golf courses in Las Vegas. Las Vegas National Golf Club is past host of the PGA Tour’s Tournament of Champions, Sahara Invitational and Las Vegas Invitational, in addition to the LPGA Tour’s LPGA Championship. Las Vegas National Golf Club was one of three Las Vegas golf courses used during the 1996 Las Vegas Invitational when Tiger Woods won his first PGA Tour title.
Legacy Golf Club: The Arthur Hills-designed facility features tee boxes on the 10th hole that are in the shape of each suit in a deck of cards: spades, clubs, diamonds and hearts.
JW Marriott: Located in the heart of Southern Nevada’s most prestigious golf neighborhoods, JW Marriott guests have access to a wide variety of golf facilities including an exclusive partnership with TPC Las Vegas at the Canyons. The 18-hole course incorporates a natural desert surrounding with a challenging layout to achieve one of the most enjoyable golf experiences in the western United States.
Wynn Las Vegas: Experience 18 holes of world-class golf right on the Strip, where 11 of the holes include a water element. Designed by Tom Fazio and Steve Wynn, more than 800,000 cubic yards of earth were moved to create the dramatic elevation changes.