October 31, 2007–It seems like just yesterday that Rio Secco Golf Club burst onto the scene and quickly became one of the best Las Vegas golf courses, both in quality and by buzz created by those that played or practiced at the course. This Las Vegas golf course, designed by the legendary and award-winning architect Rees Jones, is the home of the Butch Harmon School of Golf, where the best in the game hone their skills, and to 18 holes of dazzling Las Vegas golf holes that dance through the native desert. Holes play on top of plateaus, in canyons, and over ravines, and nearly each hole at Rio Secco Golf Club will leave an indelible impression on a golfer's mind or soul. In 2007, Rio Secco Golf Club celebrates its 10th anniversary, and provides the opportunity to remember some of the names that have visited these hallowed Las Vegas golf grounds including Tiger Woods, Harmon, Jones, Natalie Gulbis, Adam Scott, Charles Barkley, Kevin James, Lee Westwood, Charley Hoffman, Se Ri Pak, Fred Couples, Tito Ortiz and too many more to mention.
"What is unique about Rio Secco Golf Club is all of the special events that have taken place here and the list of people in golf who have played or been here working with Butch over the years,” says Eric Dutt, Vice President, Harrah’s, Las Vegas golf operations.” We have hosted the nationally-ranked UNLV golf team’s home tournament where top teams in college golf play in and celebrity events with huge sports and entertainment personalities. And with the Butch Harmon School of Golf at Rio Secco being here since 1997, we have had many of golf’s biggest stars here working on their games. And we're also very proud of the awards we've received like a Top 100 rating from Golf Digest. And we take very seriously our commitment to provide a very enjoyable and dramatic amenity to our guests."
And Rio Secco Golf Club is home to the world-renowned, fun and sexy T-Mates, golf attendants taking hosting to a whole other level. Rio Secco Golf Club is owned and operated by Harrah's as is the stunning and exclusive Cascata, another Rees Jones Las Vegas golf course.
One of the biggest highlights of the last decade is when Tiger Woods was at the course in the days prior to the 2000 US Open at Pebble Beach. Woods fired a 64 at Rio Secco Golf Club in 20 mph winds, and then went to Pebble Beach and won the US Open by 12 shots.
One could easily argue that in just 10 short years, Rio Secco Golf Club, designed by Rees Jones, one of golf’s most powerful and influential designers, has already become the most historic golf course in Las Vegas. The course, owned and operated by Harrah’s, is the home of the Butch Harmon School of Golf where many of the world’s top players play and practice, and the now world-famous T-mates, golf course attendants taking hosting to another level. The course is also continually the site for celebrity golf tournaments, college tournaments and other high-end amateur events, and has been ranked in the Golf Digest Top 100 poll of the best golf courses in the United States. Over the years, the list of names that have been through Rio Secco Golf Club is long and lustrous and includes Tiger Woods, Natalie Gulbis, Fred Couples, Butch Harmon, Kevin James, Ryan Moore, Greg Maddux, Charles Barkley, Charley Hoffman, Phil Mickelson, Adam Scott, Tom Purtzer, Justin Leonard, Se Ri Pak, Lee Westwood, Jonathan Ogden, Mike Maddux, Tito Ortiz, Greg Anthony and many others.