Best Golf Courses In Las Vegas
Like all of the southwestern desert destinations in the U.S., a round of golf in Las Vegas is generally not cheap, especially during the peak spring and fall seasons. But affordable tee times at the best golf courses in Las Vegas can be found around Sin City and beyond if you know where to look.
For starters, exactly how expensive are the best golf courses in Las Vegas? Shadow Creek is the most exclusive game in town and has a $500 green fee. There are a few other high-end courses like Cascata that charge over $300. Strip properties and area resorts will offer stay-and-play packages to courses like Royal Links and Bali Hai that helps alleviate some of the cost per golfer.
Generally speaking, the farther your golf group is willing to venture beyond the strip, the better chance you’ll score a bargain tee time for your foursome.
One course that delivers a high-end experience with a more moderate price tag of about $100-150 is the 54-hole Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort (image above). The facility features three championship Pete Dye designs and no accompanying residential development (a rare thing in Vegas), so the experience feels far more exclusive than the relatively low green fee suggests.
North of Las Vegas, the Summerlin area is home to a collection of high-end clubs like TPC Summerlin and TPC Las Vegas. But this golf-mad area has value too. Angel Park Golf Club features two affordable 18-hole courses, the Mountain and Desert course, as well as a fun, lighted par-3 course, Cloud 9. Golf Summerlin’s Eagle Crest Golf Course, at 4,000 yards, is another fun round that is easy on time and the wallet.
Another course that has a great reputation is in Pahrump, Mountain Falls Golf Club. This course is a favorite pick among Vegas value-seekers and can often be played under $100. In Boulder City, Boulder Creek Golf Club is another favorite pick.
Right at the border of Nevada and California is the 36-hole Primm Valley Golf Club, which features two Tom Fazio designs (the same high-profile golf course architect who build Shadow Creek), and can generally be played from $79-99.
One last course that lures golfers well of the strip with a great bang-for-buck green fee is Coyote Springs Golf Club. This Jack Nicklaus Signature course features some of the biggest fairways and most green acres you’ll find in the desert, as well as waterfalls and dazzling mountain views.
If you are looking for golf closer to the strip, give these mid-range options a look: Aliante Golf Club, Las Vegas Golf Club, Stallion Mountain and Durango Hills (another short course that plays 3,777 yards).
Your best chance to score value in Las Vegas on some of the best golf courses in Las Vegas like Rio Secco or Bear’s Best is to come during the summertime, when fairways are less busy. Fortunately, Nevada is at a slightly higher altitude than Arizona’s Valley of the Sun, so temperatures should in theory be a few degrees more comfortable, especially if you drive to elevated Pahrump or Coyote Springs.
Las Vegas tee times are, with a few exceptions, dynamically priced based on demand and the season. During the Super Bowl or March Madness, tee times can come at a higher premium and sell out quickly on weekends. You can gamble on locking down tee times at the best golf courses in Las Vegas by waiting until the late minute, but recent contraction in the golf scene thanks to closures at Wynn, Badlands and Silverstone (the latter two being 27 holes) make it a riskier bet than it once was. But there isn’t really such thing as a slow week in Sin City. And with TopGolf now on the Vegas Strip, you’re never far from taking a few swings.