Just like with everything in Las Vegas, when something is done in the city that glitters, it’s done B-I-G. And golf is no different. There are around 70 courses in the area, and many of them are designed and built by the biggest names in the history of golf. Nicklaus. Palmer. Jones. Dye. Weiskopf. Miller. Casper. Fazio. Robinson. The list goes on and on, with many of the biggest names etching their handiwork in the Las Vegas golfscape more than once.
Rees Jones, who is annually on the list of the most powerful men in the game of golf, is the designer of the Harrah’s-Owned Cascata Golf Club and Rio Secco Golf Club. Cascata was once called “golf’s toughest ticket” when it opened because of its exclusivity and greatness. And Rio Secco is a gem located in the hillls above Las Vegas, and is the home of the Butch Harmon School of Golf.
Johnny Miller co-designed The Badlands Golf Club, 27-holes of desert golf intrigue, with Chi Chi Rodriguez. “For several years there … everybody wanted their golf course to be better than the guy’s next door,” Miller once told VegasGolfer Magazine. “Vegas really became a golf crazy place. Vegas is the only place I know where you find every type golf course in the world. You don’t have to go to Scotland, Hawaii or Pinehurst to play. All of those type courses are in Vegas.”
Billy Casper teamed with architect Greg Nash to design the two Las Vegas golf courses at The Revere at Anthem (Concord and Lexington) in addition to Desert Willow Golf Club and the three courses of Golf Summerlin (Highland Falls, Palm Valley and Eagle Crest).
Arnold Palmer designed the two golf courses at Angel Park (The Mountain and the Palm), in addition to the golf courses at Red Rock Country Club and the Oasis Golf Club in Mesquite.
Tom Fazio created Las Vegas golf course Shadow Creek Golf Club, the two golf courses at Primm Valley Golf Club (Lakes, Desert) and the new WYNN Las Vegas. Fazio is currently working on Rainbow Canyon at Lake Las Vegas Resort. “The Las Vegas Region has always had a tremendous allure, and the addition of so many quality golf facilities over the last 20 years has truly added another variable to its tremendous entertainment and recreation portfolio,” says Fazio, also in VegasGolfer Magazine.
Jack Nicklaus designed the private SouthShore Golf Club and the resort Reflection Bay Golf Club at Lake Las Vegas Resort, Bear’s Best Las Vegas, and is currently designing courses at the new Coyote Springs project north of Las Vegas.
Ted Robinson designed both Rhodes Ranch Golf Club and Tuscany Golf Club, two fun, friendly courses with terrific par three holes.
Perry Dye designed Desert Pines Golf Club and Royal Links Golf Club while Lee Scmidt and Brian Curley designed Bali Hai Golf Club.
Pete Dye designed the three golf courses at Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort.
Complete and easy Las Vegas golf vacation plans can be made by visiting http://www.GolfLasVegasNow.com, and you can also gain access to Las Vegas golf packages and Las Vegas golf tee times, and click easily to the official golf course websites of several Las Vegas golf courses.