The Lakes at Primm is one of two Fazio designs Las Vegas, Nevada (June 27, 2010)—It’s a phrase that brings a smile to golfers everywhere: a Tom Fazio golf course. The chance to play one of his world-class golf courses doesn’t happen every day. But, at Primm Valley Golf Resort, just about 40 minutes from the heart of Las Vegas, there’s not only one amazing Fazio Las Vegas golf course, but two Fazio Las Vegas golf courses, and they offer a true value. Click on any of the official links in this article for your Las Vegas golf tee times or Las Vegas golf packages at Primm Valley, booked directly at the official website of Primm Valley.–by Bill Bowman.

The Desert and Lakes courses in Primm are two of the more than 50 Las Vegas golf courses that attract thousands of tourists to Las Vegas every year. And if you’re looking to play both courses, there are two resorts where players can spend the night and play the second course the next day. Add in more than 100 name-brand stores (Ann Taylor, Hugo Boss, NIKE, Tommy Bahama, Tommy Hilfiger and many more) at the Fashion Outlets of Las Vegas, and you’ve got the makings of a weekend destination that will appeal to the entire family. Oh, and don’t forget to check out the Desperado roller coaster at Buffalo Bill’s, one of the tallest and fastest coasters in the U.S. Or check out the star talent that plays the Star of the Desert Arena on a regular basis. Some of the names coming up over the next few months include Ted Nugent, The Pointer Sisters, Patti Labelle and Howie Mandel, among others.

But it’s the golf that is the centerpiece of this resort. And Fazio did a wonderful job on both layouts. The Lakes Course, a par-71 that stretches out to 6,945 yards, lives up to its name with water coming into play on 11 holes. And the water starts early on the drop-dead gorgeous second hole. The 530-yard, par-5 plays around a deep-blue pond and bunkers galore guard a large, undulating green that—like many of the greens—can be tough to read. Well-manicured fairways slope toward the middle on most holes, gently nudging errant shots back toward the middle of the fairway. Click now to view info on the Lakes at the official website.

The Desert Course plays 7,131 yards and is a par-72 design. Desert landscaping offers a stark contrast to the Lakes Course, but there’s still enough water to force players to pay close attention both off the tee and with approach shots. One of the top holes is the 204-yard, par-3 9th. The tee shot comes from an elevated tee–about a 40-foot drop– to a green guarded left by a pond (one of five water holes). It’s a wonderful sight to see your tee shot float seemingly forever before coming down softly on the green (hopefully). Add in a two-sided driving range and stunning views on just about every hole and you’ve got a wonderful golf experience … and at great prices.

Both of these Fazio Las Vegas golf designs will impress and challenge golfers of every skill level. The toughest test might be deciding which course to play. But, there’s an easy answer. Make an early tee time on one course, have lunch in the clubhouse and then tee it up on the other course. You won’t be disappointed. And, you will be back for more. Or stay and play.


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