Las Vegas, Nev. (Oct. 26, 2016)–It’s ironic that the Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort situated smack in the middle of desert landscaping, would provide some of the most impressive–and Dye-abolical–water holes in Vegas. And both of those situations come into play with several outstanding holes on each of the three 18-hole Pete Dye designs. –By Bill Bowman.

The courses at the Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort offer 54 holes of Dye paradise including a par-3 on each course that is water-laden and a finishing hole on each that can be rewarding…or devastating…depending on how well–or poorly–you play them.

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“Dye does a great job of scattering the water around the courses,” said Tom Fischer, head golf professional at the Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort. “Good player or not, you’ve got to pay attention. There are times when you can attack those holes, but you’ve got to play most of them with caution and play them smart.”

The fourth hole on the Snow Mountain (180 yards with water all along the right along with four bunkers) as well as the fourth hole on the Sun Mountain (206 yards also with water on the right and a huge bunker guarding the front and right) brings intimidation into play early in the rounds. But it’s the 15th on the Wolf that can bring downright fear into players’ minds. It plays around 200 yards from the tips and it’s an island green. There are small bunkers short and long but other than that it’s an all-or-nothing shot.

The 18th on all three courses features water (left off the tee on the Snow and Sun Mountain courses and to the right on the Wolf). The good news here is the water on the Wolf comes into play only off the tee. On the Snow course, the pond hugs the entire side of the hole and guards the left side of the green. The Sun course sees the pond come into play about 180 yards off the tee (just the right spot for tee shots) and also is in play the rest of the way up to the green.

“I’m from Florida so a lot of times you’ll see water on 17 of the holes so you get kind of numb to it,” Fischer said with a laugh. “Out here, it kind of sneaks up on you.”

So remember, if you’re playing golf in Las Vegas, there is a lot more than just desert areas to be wary of when you tee it up. Water definitely comes into play on many of the golf courses.

And that includes the Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort where it does so beautifully and dramatically–especially if you can avoid finding it with golf shots.