Las Vegas, Nevada (January 17, 2014)–Las Vegas National Golf Club is one of the most historic golf courses in Las Vegas, and is also one of the most conveniently located. Plus, the course is a traditional, oasis-styled layout with hundreds of old pine trees (and a few palms) decorating the holes as they wind through the nostalgic Paradise Palms neighborhood. For all of these reasons, most who review this golf course in Las Vegas on TripAdvisor.com offer positive comments, and nine of the 10 most recent reviews rated the course with at least four out of five stars. Three of the 10 rated it wih five out of five stars. The course has hosted events on the PGA TOUR and LPGA Tour, and was one of the courses used when Tiger Woods won his first PGA TOUR event, the Las Vegas Invitational. –By Brian Hurlburt.
"This may not be the most challenging course you ever play, but 10 minutes from the Strip for under $100 makes it pretty darn fun and kind of a bargain for Las Vegas," wrote reviewer WMM75 about the National which is located under 10 minutes from Las Vegas Strip. "Lots of Rat Pack memorabilia – in an earlier incarnation they hung out here. … The course was in good shape … Everyone was very pleasant – from the the bag drop and all the way back to the car at the end."
Las Vegas National Golf Club opened in 1961 as the Stardust Country Club, and immediately hosted the LPGA Championship, a major for women's golf. The event was played in Las Vegas until 1966 and is still played on the LPGA Tour as the Wegmans LPGA Championship. Hall of Famer Mickey Wright won the event twice while it was in Las Vegas.
The PGA TOUR has held several events at the course including the old Sahara Invitational in addition to the Tournament of Champions. The TOC was held at Las Vegas National in 1967 and 1968 before moving to La Costa near San Diego, a resort that was built by the same developers who created Las Vegas National Golf Club. Most recently, the course hosted the Las Vegas Invitational, and was one of three courses used in 1996 when Woods, a rookie, won the event in only his fifth start as a professional. He shot 70 at Las Vegas National (then called Las Vegas Hilton Country Club) during his one round at the course when he was paired with Nevada Governor Bob Miller.
“Best Value for Golf in Las Vegas!” is how reviewer Incubusamy M rated Las Vegas National in March of 2013. Overall, the recent reviews on TripAdvisor.com accurately depict the actual golf experience and golf course as very enjoyable and worth the play, but a few note that a creek running through the course needs clean up. That "creek" is actually a wash that is a flood control for the city and during rain storms trash can accumulate in it, but the staff has been proactive in keeping it cleaned up over the last year.
The combination of the history, quality, value, and fun nature of Las Vegas National Golf Club–the course is home to some of the most challenging par 3 holes in Las Vegas–make it worth a play when you are in Las Vegas. Green fees for visiting Las Vegas golfers are, for the most part, under $100 with the exception of prime time weekend tee times during prime weather seasons. But even on those days, if you play a little earlier or later you can still get a tee time for under a C Note. Las Vegas National is also the home of the Las Vegas Golf Hall of Fame exhibit which features the trophy given to Woods when he won the Las Vegas Invitational in addition to other memorabilia. The exhibit is free and open to all in the clubhouse.