Las Vegas, Nevada (July 5, 2010)–Choices…it’s always about choices. When you come to Las Vegas, you’ve got more than 50 golf courses to choose from. But, at Boulder Creek Golf Club, just 20 minutes from Las Vegas, those choices are enhanced with three 9-hole designs, adding up to 27 holes of challenging choices. Let the fun begin.—by Bill Bowman
The Mark Rathert design–featuring Desert Hawk, Eldorado Valley and Coyote Run nines–weaves beautifully through the natural terrain using washes, elevation changes and water to test golfers every step of the way. Each of the nines features its own signature holes that are both stunning to view and challenging to play. On the Desert Hawk nine, it’s the 9th hole that will take players’ breath away. The par-4 stretches to 480 yards and water comes into play twice…once off the tee in the form of a huge pond to the right and the second time from a stream that cuts in front of the green and feeds into the pond. A huge bunker to the right of the green makes pulling a club for that second shot even tougher. It’s a great finishing hole to a great nine holes.
On the Coyote Run nine, the 8th hole will tantalize players with its design. The par-3 plays to 179 yards from the tips, but it’s all carry over a huge pond. The green, nestled at the base of a huge hill, is also fronted by a brilliant white-sand bunker. Choosing the right club is the key…being able to pull the trigger is another story. Over at the Eldorado Valley nine, the 442-yard, par-4 7th is one tough hole. Seven bunkers provide the trouble on this hole (there are no ponds, streams, etc. on this nine) and the bunkers are placed to force the player to take an extra second in choosing a club. Can I carry that bunker or do I need to lay up? These are decisions that will make or break the round.
In the clubhouse, a well-stocked pro shop allows golfers to get those left-behind items such as sun screen before they head to the course. The spacious Boulder Creek Grill can whip up your favorite foods and pour those cool drinks in time to get you to the first tee or the back nine. At Boulder Creek Golf Club, players not only have the chance to mix and match their nines, they also have the chance to play a golf course that is wide open: There are no housing tracts to avoid…just desert wildlife, rugged terrain and stunning views. Not a bad combination and a layout that will definitely bring you back for more, especially when you add in great deals that combine Boulder Creek and Boulder City Golf Course.