Las Vegas Golf Courses…. From the must-play courses to the top bargain courses.


Author: Chad Gray

Las Vegas isn’t just a premier playground in the US, it’s also one of Southwest’s premier golf destinations.
Vegas has beaten the odds and joined the inner circle of outstanding desert golf destinations. It may not match California or Arizona in quantity, but for quality, Las Vegas can sure hold its head high.
Well liked David Feherty once said, “The value for your money in Vegas is extraordinary, because when you’re on the golf course, you’re only losing two, three hundred bucks in a six-hour period, which isn’t bad.”

With more than 50 golf courses throughout the greater Las Vegas area, there are plenty of options in terms of cost, difficulty and location.

Must-Play Courses

Bali Hai Golf Club

Transporting players from Vegas to the South Pacific featuring a massive tropical clubhouse complete with the amazing Cili restaurant, and the brilliant white-sand bunkers with lush foliage everywhere. The 16th hole, par 3 plays to a multi-tiered island green with the clubhouse in the background.

Bear’s Best Las Vegas

One of Jack Nicklaus best design work in the SW. Players will take on 18 golf holes replicated from courses far and near from Cabo Del Sol (Mexico) to PGA West (California) to Desert Mountain (Arizona) to Castle Pines (Colorado) and Old Works (Montana).


This Rees Jones designed mountainside wonder is draped dramatically across stark mountain slopes at 3,200 feet above the desert valley. Par 72 course features man-made flourishes like a 418-foot waterfall that transitions into a river flowing through the opulent clubhouse. Expertly trained Tour-class caddies to top it off.

Las Vegas Paiute, Wolf Course

Featuring three Pete Dye designs with the toughest and longest being the Wolf with multiple blind tee shots and the largest, most undulating and fastest greens. The 50,000 square foot clubhouse features giant floor-to-ceiling picture windows and spectacular views.

Royal Links Golf Club

Play a variety of those world-famous golf holes (including the Postage Stamp from Royal Troon and two from the Old Course at St. Andrews) without all the hassle of a long plane trip. Many dining options just a short walk to the first tee over the famed Swilcan Bridge .

Shadow Creek

Tom Fazio’s 1989 miracle in the desert still maintains its lofty status as Las Vegas’ best golf experience! Home to the Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational, players must pay $500 and stay at an MGM Resorts International casino hotel to enjoy a day at this second to none, $60 million exclusive playground!

The Legacy Golf Club

This Arthur Hills design is located just minutes from the Strip. The 10th tee box reminds you that, yes, you are in Las Vegas. The four tee boxes are shaped like the four suits in a deck of cards — heart, club, diamond and spade. You might not notice it, if you’re not looking for it.

Wynn Golf Club

Votes best golf resort in Vegas! Another stunning Tom Faxio design located right on the strip featuring a massive 37-foot waterfall that cascades into a deep-blue pond next to the 18th green & a restaurant that gives new meaning to fine dining. The VIP service is second to none!

Best Bargain Courses

Want a quality course you can afford? You’ll be impressed with these great picks:

Wildhorse Golf Club

One of the first golf courses built in Las Vegas in 1958 and once owned by Howard Hughes. This was a former PGA Tour stop hosting the “Sahara Invitational” in the early 70’s. The course was redesigned in 2004 by golf course architects Lee Schmidt and Brian Curley.

Chimera Golf Club

Designed in 2003 by Ted Robinson Jr., the layout boasts forgiving fairways and a playable desert landscape which provides a fair challenge from any set of tees. The natural terrain and unparalleled views of the Vegas Strip make Chimera Golf Club an incredible place to play.

Black Mountain Golf & Country Club

The challenging 9-hole course, built in 1958, was transformed into one of the best courses in Nevada with expansive fairways and unique obstacles. The evolution of Black Mountain Golf & Country Club has been quite remarkable to say the least

Painted Desert Golf Club

Designed by Jay Morrish, the par-72, 6,781-yard championship layout is renowned as one of the country’s premier daily fee desert-style golf layouts featuring towering palms, lush rolling fairways, manicured greens and an array of beautiful water features.

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