October 12, 2008–There are more than 60 golf courses in the Las Vegas golf region that stretches from Las Vegas to Henderson to Mesquite to Laughlin to Pahrump and to Boulder City, a little non-gambling town that is the gateway to Hoover Dam. Two of the more enjoyable 'Las Vegas golf courses' are found in Boulder City, a town located about 30 miles from the heart of the Las Vegas Strip. The original Boulder City Golf Course and the more recent Boulder Creek Golf Club are both worth the trip.
And visiting Las Vegas golfers will find rates that start from $35 at the original Boulder City course, while local Las Vegas golfers have been making the trek to Boulder City for years to take advantage of the good Las Vegas golf rates. And walking is still welcome at Boulder City golf course.
“I think a draw for Boulder Creek is that we are a good layout that is challenging but fair, and we are special because there is no real estate lining our fairways,” Andy Schaper, Head Golf Professional at Boulder Creek Golf Club, recently related to us in an article for VegasGolfer Magazine. “And as far as Boulder City in general, it’s a unique town that has a small town feel and people can get a taste of that atmosphere when they come out to play. And we know there are a lot of choices in this area, and we show our appreciation and so we work hard to have a very welcoming atmosphere.”
Boulder City Golf Course opened in 1973 and was designed by World Golf Hall of Famer Billy Casper along with golf course architect David Rainville. The course is noted for its natural oasis and traditional layout that includes hundreds of mature trees and several tantalizing water holes, most notably the par, 8th hole that plays under three hundred yards and is reachable by the biggest hitting Las Vegas golfers.
Boulder Creek Golf Club brings modern-day Las Vegas golf to the area while maintaining the small-town atmosphere that is Boulder City trademark. The 27 holes at Boulder Creek were designed Mark Rathert and opened in 2003 to very good reviews. A large clubhouse that is open for corporate events and weddings is a nice touch to the Boulder Creek golf experience.
On the course, Boulder Creek Golf Club features more of a desert golf experience but fairways are wide enough to capture errant shots, but the intrigue of playing golf in the desert will be definitely experienced by Las Vegas golfers. The most memorable hole of the 27 holes at Boulder Creek is the 9th hole of the Desert Hawk nine, where the long par 4 plays to a bunker-guarded fairway to a green surrounded by water.