September 23, 2010–It's safe to say that the three Las Vegas golf courses that combine to create the Golf Summerlin experience fly a bit under the radar when compared to some of the glamour Las Vegas golf courses. But while Highland Falls Golf Club, Palm Valley Golf Club, and Eagle Crest Golf Club might not be the first Las Vegas golf courses mentioned in a conversation about the Ultimate Golf City, they should be in the conversation at all times. Each course is designed by Greg Nash and World Golf Hall of Famer Billy Casper, and offer visitor Las Vegas golf rates for under $80, a nice conversation to be in when talking Las Vegas golf. —By Brian Hurlburt.
In fact, a perusal of the brand new GolfSummerlin.com reveals rates at only $75 for prime time, Saturday morning Las Vegas tee times at Palm Valley in October 2010, and even less for Highland Falls and Eagle Crest. Those rates place these Las Vegas golf courses among the lowest in the area. And if visiting Las Vegas golfers book a multi-round Las Vegas golf package with the Golf Summerlin Las Vegas golf courses, you can save up to another 25% on your rates. Plus you play once for the rental clubs and use them for the rest of your rounds for free. The Golf Summerlin courses are located about a 20-minute freeway drive from most of the Las Vegas Strip hotels, and in the soothing neighborhood of Sun City Summerlin, an age-restricted community located in the larger Summerlin area which is home to several other Las Vegas golf courses.
Highland Falls Golf Club is a par 72, 6,512-yard layout which features holes played at an elevation of 3,053 feet. Because the course is located above the valley floor, dramatic views of the Las Vegas area are offerred on many of the tee boxes, fairways and greens of Highland Falls. The four par 5 holes play between 521 and 544 yards, but offer bunker and elevation change intrigue.
Palm Valley Golf Club plays to a par 72 and stretches to 6,850 yards, and was the first of the three Golf Summerlin layouts to open, coming online in 1989. Also designed by Casper and Nash, Palm Valley is regarded as the most challenging of the three courses, and features a dogleg right par 5 finishing hole highlighted by water off the fairway and a shared lake between the 18th green and 10th tee boxes.
Eagle Crest is a nice choice for those looking for a quick round at an even lower rate. Eagle Crest is an executive course with 12 par 3 holes and six par holes, but has the feel a championship course. The par 3 holes at Eagle Crest stretch from around 100 yards up to the longest which is listed on the card at 202 yards. The par 3 holes stretch to a longest of 387 yards. Rounds at Eagle Crest generally take no longer than 3 hours to complete, making it a nice alternative in a busy Las Vegas vacation.