Las Vegas, Nev. (Nov. 1, 2016)–Right smack in the middle of all of the hustle and bustle and glitz and glamour of Las Vegas sits a golfing oasis that will let players enjoy 18 holes of golf paradise. But don’t sweat it…you’re still just minutes from the famed Las Vegas Strip. Welcome to the famed–and historic–Las Vegas National Golf Club. —By Bill Bowman.
Las Vegas National Golf Club is a Bert Stamps design and one of Vegas’ older courses, opening its doors in 1961. The course is a par-71 layout that draws rave reviews from the pros as well as amateurs and has played host to PGA and LPGA events through the years.
But the ambience is one of the course’s big selling points.
“From the minute you pull into the parking lot at Las Vegas National, your blood pressure will drop,” said Joe Kelly, director of sales and marketing. “The green turf and mature trees and five major water features gives the course tremendous tranquility.”
While the layout stretches out to just 6,721 yards from the tips, don’t let the lack of distance fool you–it’s one tough layout. Don’t believe us? Well, how about the fact that Tiger Woods played here in 1996 when he won the Las Vegas Invitational for his first win on the PGA Tour. National proved to be his toughest test (the courses were rotated back in the day) and he could manage just a one-under-par 70.
With a couple of ponds adding to the challenge around the course (especially on the first and 18th holes), it’s the par 3s that might prove to be the toughest test to your round. There are five of them and they range in length from 179 yards to a knee-knocking 233 yards (in fact, from the tips, three of the five par 3s play more than 200 yards).
Las Vegas National is also home to the Las Vegas Golf Hall of Fame where patrons can take a trip back through the history of the game as it evolved in Las Vegas…as well as enjoy one of the courses that helped spark that evolution.
“It’s what golf is all about,” Kelly said. “It’s relaxing and it’s fun.”
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