Las Vegas, Nevada (Re-post May 24, 2010)–Golfweek bills itself as "For serious golfers only", and because of the comprehensive coverage of competitive golf, that's pretty accurate. So when the publication's editors release "Best of" lists, they are noticed by those "serious" golfers. And recently, Golfweek announced the state-by-state picks, and Las Vegas Golf Region golf courses dominated Nevada.–By Brian Hurlburt.
Thirteen of the 15 courses that made the list are located in the Las Vegas Golf Region, an area that includes Mesquite and golf courses within about an hour's drive of the Las Vegas Strip. Heading the list is Tom Fazio's Shadow Creek, a Las Vegas golf course which also was ranked as the 10th-best course in the overall rankings. Shadow Creek is operated by MGM Mirage, and guests at those hotels have the ability to play this legendary course which was created in 1989.
Following closely is Cascata, a Rees Jones-designed Las Vegas golf jewel which was recently rated as one of the top golf courses in a ZAGAT survey. The ZAGAT survey covered golf courses from across the United States and Cascata was one of a handful of courses to earn a rating of 29 out of 30 in two different categories. Cascata is operated by Harrah's Entertainment, and is open to all Las Vegas golfers. Click now to view the official website for Cascata and to reserve your Las Vegas golf tee times or Las Vegas golf packages.
In addition to 13 of the 15 of Nevada's best being Las Vegas golf courses, nine of the 13 Las Vegas golf courses are official partners of this website, GolfLasVegasNow.com, your link to Las Vegas golf. The website offers direct links to the official websites of these Las Vegas golf courses. In addition to Cascata, the other official partners are Las Vegas golf courses Wolf Creek (3), Coyote Springs (4), Bear's Best Las Vegas (8), Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort–Wolf (9), Rio Secco Golf Club (11), Las Vegas Paiute Golf Club–Snow (12), Boulder Creek Golf Club (13), and TPC Las Vegas (14). Nevada was one of only 11 states to have at least 15 different golf courses listed, again showing that Nevada and Las Vegas, specifically, is one of the finest golf destinations in the county.
And not only is the Las Vegas Golf Region home to great golf courses, but the area is also home to more than 30 touring professionals who have strong ties to Las Vegas golf courses. Among those are rookie sensation Rickie Fowler, 2009 Wyndham Championship winner Ryan Moore, 2009 Masters Runner-up and 3-time Ryder Cup member Chad Campbell, and 2007 Evian Masters Champ and LPGA Tour superstar Natalie Gulbis. And combined with the magic of the resorts along the Las Vegas Strip, all of this adds up to Las Vegas being the World's Ultimate Golf City.