For the fifth straight year, Boulder Creek Golf Club, one of more than 50 Las Vegas golf courses, will play host to the UNLV women’s Spring Invitational set for March 9-11. It’s an event that Boulder Creek head professional Andy Schaper shows the course can play host to high-caliber events as well as satisfy the weekend golfer.—By Bill Bowman
“We love the fact the event is coming back again,” Schafer says. “The conditions on the course help but it’s also a challenging, but fair, course. The girls don’t get beat up on the course.” But, the weather can certainly have its say in the scoring.”We had the NCAA scoring record set here two years ago (Pepperdine won at a blistering 41-under-par and the Waves’ Lisa McCloskey set the NCAA individual record with a 17-under 199) when the conditions were perfect,” Schaper says. “But if there’s a storm or it gets windy, it makes for an entirely different course.”
UNLV women’s golf coach Missy Ringler agrees. “The golf course sets up very well for the women. We play a variety of distances on par 3s and par 5s and especially the par 5s. We have a couple par 5s that allow us to set it up for the players to go at the green in two and a shot at a eagle.” Boulder Creek (27 holes) and its sister course, Boulder City Golf Course (18 holes), offer 35 holes of affordable golf with prices as low as $60 at Boulder Creek and $40 at Boulder City. For the best rates at Las Vegas courses, click here.
“I don’t think players will be disappointed when they play out here,” Schaper says. “One of biggest things for our golf course which is unique to us is there are no homes. The course was built with the thought process of just golf and it shows.”Boulder Creek has not only played host to the UNLV women’s event (at around 6,500 yards), but has been the site of the Nevada State Championship (played at 7,500 yards). “It just goes to show that anyone can play this course,” Schaper adds. And the course design offers players a unique opportunity—the chance to play 27 holes of golf in the same day. Schaper says when daylight savings time hits, an average of about 20 percent of golfers will tackle all 27 holes.
The three nines—Desert Hawk, Coyote Run and Eldorado Run—offer variety and different challenges. “We think we’ve got a unique feel to every hole here,” Schaper says. “We don’t have any repetitive holes and it’s a course with a unique character which is a great draw for golfers of any ability.” For the best rates and specials at Boulder Creek Golf Club, click here.