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The Best 24 Las Vegas Golf Secrets
Las Vegas is known as the World’s Ultimate Golf City, and has been dubbed as the world’s most exciting golf destination by VegasGolfer Magazine. Combined with everything else that is Las Vegas (glitter, gaming, dining, shopping, spa’ing, entertainment, etc.”) this golf destination far surpasses any other golf spot in the world. Hands and golf clubs down.
And GolfLasVegasNow.com, Your Link to Las Vegas Golf, is committed to giving you the latest news and best ways to play and enjoy golf in this mecca. And now we are revealing our top 24 Las Vegas golf secrets that are guaranteed to save you big money and possibly allow you to glimpse arguably the world’s hottest golfer … or if you are really lucky, both!
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- Natalie Gulbis, she of bikini-golf calendar fame, lives, plays and practices on the fairways of Reflection Bay Golf Club, a Jack Nicklaus design. PGA Tour and Las Vegas native Craig Barlow plays there as well, but hasn’t created a bikini calendar … yet.
- Butch Harmon teaches two of the top five players in the world (Adam Scott and Phil Mickelson) at his academy on the Rio Secco Golf Club range. You, too, can get lessons from him and/or his award-winning staff.
- Legendary designer Pete Dye has twirled his magic three times at Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort.
- You can save hundreds of dollars on your Las Vegas golf trip by visiting or playing here in off peaks months of the summer and winter. Green fees drop by sometimes 50% or more in the months of June-August and December and January. Wear a hat, drink some water and dowse a towel with water and you will still enjoy your summer golf day in our “dry” desert heat. Add up saving anywhere from $50-150 per player in your foursome and that equals a lot more cash for your gaming or entertainment options.
- Tiger Woods won his first PGA Tour event in Las Vegas at the 1996 Las Vegas Invitational.
- The UNLV men’s golf team won the 1998 NCAA National Championship.
- Current UNLV Mens basketball head coach and former Atlanta Hawks Head Coach Lon Kruger is a single-digit handicap.
- Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley and George H.W. Bush have personal lockers at Tom Fazio’s Shadow Creek Golf Club. Plus, Bush keeps a fishing pole in the locker room and is the only person allowed to fish on the exclusive property.
- The PGA Tour’s first Tournament of Champions was played at the Desert Inn Golf Club in 1953. The DI is now the new Wynn Golf and Country Club.
- There are several providers of Las Vegas golf packages sanctioned by Las Vegas golf courses including OBSPortsGolfVacations.com, HarrahsGolfPackages,com and LasVegasGolfGetaways.com.
- Angel Park Golf Club has been called the World’s Most Complete Golf Experience because there are two Arnold Palmer 18-hole golf courses, a lighted par 3, clubhouse with party patio, pro shot, lighted practice area and an 18-hole, all-grass putting course.
- You can save more BIG dollars by playing at off times or off days. Rates are generally much lower on non-holidays and weekdays, or on off-peak times on weekends and holidays. This holds true even in Las Vegas’ peak times.
- Justin Timberlake is the new host of the Las Vegas PGA Tour event, the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, played annually in October at TPC Summerlin.
- The only championship golf course on the Las Vegas Strip is Bali Hai Golf Club, a South Pacific-themed golf oasis in the desert that has been the host of a topless photo shoot and where former Playboy Playmate Lisa Dergan lusciously sprawled out on the green of the par 3, 16th hole in plain site of those eating on the patio of the majestic and award-winning clubhouse. No, Dergan, an avid golfer, didn’t drop down after missing a short putt. She laid out for an exclusive cover shot for VegasGolfer Magazine.
- Mirage Headliner Danny Gans is an avid golfer who has created the Danny Gans Junior Golf Academy.
- Esteemed golf course designer Ted Robinson called the set of par 3 holes at Rhodes Ranch Golf Club among the best he’s ever designed. Pretty to look at; tough to play.
- Tiger Woods annually hosts Tiger Jam, a benefit concert and golf tournament in Las Vegas. Celebrities and movers and shakers play Cascata, a fabulous Rees Jones design, and party at the Mandalay Bay, entertained by the likes of Bon Jovi, Seal and Christina Aguilera, among others. Proceeds go to the Tiger Woods Foundation and various Las Vegas charities.
- The Badlands Golf Club is called an “E-Ticket ride at Disneyland” by designer Johnny Miller. The course is a memorable—and sometimes devastating–desert golf experience, but when you play well here, you will have earned it. The Badlands is 27 holes of desert golf managed by Troon Golf. Its sister Las Vegas golf courses are the two Billy Casper and Greg Nash courses at The Revere Golf Club.
- About 30 LPGA Tour, PGA Tour and Champions Tour golfers live here, grew up here or played college golf at UNLV.
- TPC Las Vegas is a PGA Tour golf experience that has hosted events on both the PGA Tour and Champions Tour. Champions from those events include Hale Irwin, Jim Furyk and other big names. You, too, can play this PGA Tour-owned golf course that pays homage to the long history of professional golf in Las Vegas.
- If you plan to play several courses, it might be best to rent a car during your stay as most of the courses are located away from the Las Vegas Strip. But if you want to travel in style, look up Bell Trans, the official limo, sedan and luxury bus provider of GolfLasVegasNow.com
- Yes, sometimes the green fees at Las Vegas golf courses can seem a bit high, but when you factor in how much you will save by not gambling during your five hours on our Las Vegas golf courses, you could be thousands of dollars ahead of the game.
Our best word of advice when planning a Las Vegas golf trip: plan to stay an extra day or two so you can enjoy a few nights of Las Vegas action without having to get up and play golf in the morning. You will feel better for it, and you won’t feel so rushed trying to fit all of the action in each day.