Vegas has grown in stature as a golf destination, with multiple "Best Golf Vacations" lists including Vegas in the Top Ten.
And no wonder! Vegas excels in:
- Diverse courses fitting any budget, any aesthetic, any challenge level.
- Variety of entertainment options off the course and for the rest of the family.
- Unconventional approaches to the experience, like sexy caddies.
- Early morning rates that make beating the heating a way to beat your budget too.
We discussed some of Vegas' amazing golf options back in May.
But not all of our best courses fall within the Las Vegas city limits. In fact, a number of Top Ten courses can be found in the surrounding region in towns like neighboring Henderson, nearby Mesquite and tiny Primm.
Taking your game outside of Vegas has its own advantages:
As Golf Digest described Mesquite: "A traffic jam here is three golf carts at one tee box."
Cody Law, executive director of Golf Mesquite Nevada, says: "You'll have more of an intimate experience with your friends."
Vegas hosts some truly phenomenal courses, but you may be able to get more bang for your buck outside of Vegas, even at nationally-ranked courses.
So here are some regional golf courses within easy reach of the Riviera Hotel & Casino.
Mesquite sits a little over an hour by car, northeast from Vegas along I–15, right against the edge of the Nevada/Arizona border. It's grown quite a little tourist economy of its own, including several top-ranked golf courses.
Coyote Springs Golf Club
You'll actually find Coyote Springs about halfway to Mesquite, a short detour north of I–15. Situated virtually in the middle of nowhere, Coyote Springs is nevertheless an excellent Jack Nicklaus Signature Course. The course plays to a par 72 and ranges from 5,349 yards to 7,471 yards from the championship tees.
A spectacular course designed by Dennis and John Rider, Wolf Creek winds through canyons, creeks and high desert mesas. In our opinion, it's simply gorgeous to play; your camera will get as much of a workout as your swing. And Golf Digest ranks it as the Number 2 course in Nevada. Warning: some of the tees can be incredibly challenging, for example, with a slope rating of 154 from some of the back tees.
By contrast, Falcon Ridge offers the lowest slope rating (135) of Mesquite's Big Three courses, this spot is great for all skill levels. The 6,550 yard par 71 desert layout was designed by Kelby Hughes and Cresent Hardy. Like Wolf Creek, Falcon Ridge features dramatic landscape shifts, from rolling hills through canyons, with sudden elevation changes.
Day Trips From and Around Mesquite. Note that Mesquite sits in relatively close proximity to several attractive day trip destinations from Vegas, including Zion National Park in Utah and Valley of Fire State Park.
Henderson is basically right next door, and it offers world-class golf all on its own.
The Revere at Anthem. Designed by Bill Casper and Greg Nash, the Revere is close enough to Vegas to feature gorgeous views of the Las Vegas skyline and mountains beyond. The club offers two courses: the Lexington (7,143 yard, par 72) and the Concord (7,034 yard, par 72).
Rio Secco. The Rio Secco Golf Club is attractive enough that we already highlighted it in our previous post. To recap: designed by Rees Jones, the 7,400 course is beautiful, challenging and home to the celebrated Butch Harmon School of Golf.
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