Hey there my fellow travel enthusiasts and welcome to my post where we will check out my 10 best golf courses in Las Vegas to ride the buggy round this year. My name is Paul and I am the owner and founder of The Traveller Guru. I have been lucky enough to visit many countries and locations around the world and have played many a course in Sin City.

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In fact, there are so many absolutely fantastic golf courses to play in Las Vegas that I have lost count of the ones I have missed putts on a long time ago. And this of course does make it a little hard to pick just 10 however in my experience, there is so much to do that in the time you do have, you want to hit up the best courses while you can.

  1. Shadow Creek Golf Course
  2. TPC Las Vegas Golf Course
  3. Bali Hai Golf Club
  4. Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort
  5. Bear’s Best Las Vegas
  1. Rio Secco Golf Club Las Vegas
  2. Las Vegas National Golf Club 
  3. Wynn Golf Club
  4. SouthShore Golf Club
  5. Wolf Creek Golf Course Mesquite

Map of Las Vegas’ Best Golf Courses

Check out the map below to find the locations of the best golf courses Las Vegas has to offer as listed in the post.

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Best Golf Courses in Las Vegas

Ok, so here are some of the best, some I have been lucky enough to play, and others not – mainly due to the cost – but anyway, let’s have a look:

1. Shadow Creek Golf Course

Shadow Creek Golf Course is a premier golfing destination located in North Las Vegas. Owned by MGM Resorts International, this public course was designed by Tom Fazio and established in 1990 and spans 7,560 yards with a par of 72, offering a challenging yet rewarding experience for golfers.

The course is notable for its exclusivity, originally serving as Steve Wynn’s private club before opening to a limited number of MGM hotel guests. With a history of hosting prestigious events, including The Match: Tiger vs. Phil and the PGA Tour’s CJ Cup, Shadow Creek is a must-visit for golf enthusiasts.

Course Details

  • Length: The course measures 7,560 yards (6,910 meters), making it one of the longer courses available to the public.
  • Design: Redesigned in 2008 by Tom Fazio, the course now includes a 7-acre short game facility, enhancing the playing experience.
  • Signature Holes: The entire course is known for its meticulous design and the challenge it presents to golfers.

Amenities

Shadow Creek offers top-notch amenities, including a state-of-the-art short game facility added during the 2008 redesign. As part of MGM Resorts International, golfers can expect exceptional service and facilities beyond the golfing experience.

Green Fees and Access

  • Green Fees: Historically, Shadow Creek was known for its $500 green fee, positioning it among the most expensive public courses.
  • Access Requirements: The course is open to a limited number of guests from MGM hotels, reflecting its exclusive nature.

To be honest, this is one that I couldn’t afford – even though I was staying at a MGM resort. The concierge did tell me how spectacular this course is so I guess I will have to take his word for it.

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2. TPC Las Vegas Golf Course

TPC Las Vegas, formerly known as TPC at The Canyons, is a prestigious 18-hole golf course nestled in the Summerlin community of western Las Vegas, Nevada. Established in 1996, this public course was designed by Bobby Weed with consultation from tour professional Raymond Floyd.

As part of the PGA Tour’s Tournament Players Club network, TPC Las Vegas has hosted the Las Vegas Senior Classic on the Champions Tour from 1994 to 2001 and is recognized for its challenging layout. It has also been featured in video games, such as the PS1 version of Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2001.

Course Details

  • Length: The course spans 7,063 yards, offering a par of 71. This length presents a challenging yet fair test to golfers of all skill levels.
  • Design: The collaboration between Bobby Weed and Raymond Floyd has resulted in a course that blends seamlessly with the natural desert landscape, providing stunning vistas and a unique golfing experience.
  • Signature Holes: TPC Las Vegas is known for its scenic beauty and challenging holes that require strategic play.

Amenities

TPC Las Vegas is equipped with a range of amenities to enhance the golfer’s experience. These include a well-appointed clubhouse, practice facilities and dining options. The course is part of the TPC Network, ensuring high standards of service and facilities consistent with PGA Tour venues.

Green Fees and Access

  • Green Fees: Typically, TPC courses offer a range of pricing depending on the time of day, season, and availability.
  • Access Requirements: As a public course, TPC Las Vegas is accessible to golfers who book a tee time in advance. Membership options or special promotions may also be available for frequent players.

I have played this one and it is a really top class course. It is a little forgiving for my drive and all in all, a lot of fun for golfers of all levels.

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3. Bali Hai Golf Club

Bali Hai Golf Club offers a unique golfing experience right on the Las Vegas Strip that provides players with a tropical setting, complete with beautiful course conditions and no cart restrictions. The club is known for its player-friendly course and amazing conditions, making it a must-visit for golf enthusiasts looking for an unforgettable round in Las Vegas.

Course Details

The par-71 course measures 7,002 yards from the tips and affords spectacular views of the Strip mega-resorts from the fairways and celebrated for its exceptional maintenance and the tropical theme that runs throughout. Its location at the south end of The Strip, near Harry Reid International Airport, makes it one of the most conveniently located golf courses in Las Vegas.

Amenities

Bali Hai Golf Club boasts a range of high-end amenities, including:

  • Caddies & Forecaddies
  • GPS-equipped golf carts
  • Locker rooms
  • Fine dining options
  • An automated driving range
  • A high-end golf shop
  • Golf instruction for those looking to improve their game

These amenities ensure a comfortable and luxurious golfing experience, complementing the beautiful course conditions.

Green Fees and Access

Like most courses, green fees are adjusted based on the time of year however they are a little on a pricey side.

Reviews suggest that while the course offers a premium experience, some golfers feel the fees might reflect more on the location and amenities than the course difficulty or uniqueness itself. In my experience, I would have to agree here. Don’t get me wrong, the course is really quite good and so close to the strip you can probably play a hand at Mandalay Bay in between nines as well.

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4. Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort

Now we come to one of my absolute favorites in the Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort. This is a premier golfing destination located just 25 minutes northwest of the Las Vegas Strip that features three magnificent championship golf courses, all designed by the World Golf Hall of Fame architect Pete Dye.

These courses represent Dye’s only pure designs in Nevada, offering a unique golfing experience that combines challenging play with stunning desert landscapes.

Course Details

The resort comprises three courses: Snow Mountain, Sun Mountain and The Wolf. Each course offers its own unique challenges and aesthetic appeal, providing golfers with diverse playing experiences.

  • Snow Mountain is known for its scenic vistas and strategic play.
  • Sun Mountain offers a slightly different challenge with subtle nuances in its design.
  • The Wolf is the longest and most challenging of the three, presenting golfers with the ultimate test of skill including the island green.

Amenities

Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort offers a range of amenities to complement its world-class golf courses:

  • Pro Shop: Stocked with the latest gear and apparel.
  • Dining: The resort features dining options that cater to a variety of tastes, ensuring golfers and guests can enjoy meals and refreshments before or after their rounds.
  • Practice Facilities: Extensive practice facilities are available, including a driving range and putting greens, allowing golfers to warm up or refine their skills.
  • Event Hosting: The resort is equipped to host tournaments and special events, offering a picturesque backdrop for any occasion.

Green Fees and Access

Again, it’s typical for rates to vary based on the time of year, day of the week and which of the three courses is being played. The resort encourages golfers to book tee times in advance however they do offer discounts if you play more than one course in a day – our deal included lunch as well!

As I have said, this one is my non-negotiable must play in Vegas with a challenging, breathtaking scenery, and top-notch amenities. And for what you get to play on, the green fees are very reasonable as well.

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5. Bear’s Best Las Vegas

Bear’s Best Las Vegas is a high-caliber golf course designed by the legendary Jack Nicklaus, located in the Las Vegas valley. Opened in 2001, this course is a compilation of Nicklaus’s greatest designs from over 200 courses worldwide, including replicas from La Campanas in Santa Fe, La Paloma in Tucson, and the PGA West Tournament Course in La Quinta.

The course offers stunning views of the Las Vegas Strip and features unique aspects from Nicklaus’s most celebrated courses. It’s designed to cater to “corporate entertainment” needs, making it an ideal venue for golf events of any size.

Course Details

  • Length: From the tips, the course plays almost 7,200 yards with a slope of 147 and a rating of 74.0.
  • Signature Holes:
    • Hole #1, a 413-yard par-4 from the PGA West Nicklaus Tournament Course, features a challenging dogleg left along the water to an elevated green.
    • Hole #8 from The Country Club at Castle Pines, a 599-yard par-5, offers a downhill play with a Colorado landscape vibe, wide grass areas, and no fairway bunkers.
  • Unique Features: The course is known for its imported black sand in bunkers, providing a distinctive look and challenge.

Amenities

Bear’s Best Las Vegas is equipped with a range of amenities to enhance the golfing experience:

  • A 75,000 square-foot driving range with Pinnacle golf balls and a year-round grass hitting surface.
  • A restaurant/bar filled with Jack Nicklaus memorabilia, serving drinks and clubhouse treats from 5:30 am until 6:00 pm.
  • Manicured bentgrass greens and well-maintained fairways.
  • Facilities for chipping and putting, featuring greens with moderate to severe undulations.

Green Fees and Access

Bear’s Best Las Vegas is known for its premium experience, with pricing reflecting the quality and exclusivity of the course. However, the course is located only 20 minutes from the Las Vegas Strip, offering convenience for visitors.

I haven’t been lucky enough to get to this one as yet, but I hear it is fantastic.

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6. Rio Secco Golf Club Las Vegas

Rio Secco Golf Club, located in Henderson, Nevada, just outside Las Vegas, is a premier golf destination designed by the renowned golf course architect Rees Jones. The course is known for its challenging layout, stunning desert landscapes, and impeccable course conditions.

It offers a mix of desert, canyon, and rolling terrain across its 18 holes, providing a diverse and memorable golfing experience.

Course Details

  • Length: The course typically plays to over 7,300 yards from the back tees, making it a true test of golf for players of all skill levels.
  • Signature Holes: While the entire course offers a spectacular golfing experience, the back nine is particularly noteworthy for its dramatic elevation changes and breathtaking views of the Las Vegas Valley. The par-3s are especially memorable, with elevated tees and challenging greens.

Amenities

Rio Secco Golf Club offers a range of amenities to enhance the golfing experience:

  • Practice Facilities: A full practice range, putting greens and short game areas are available for golfers looking to warm up before their round or improve their game.
  • Clubhouse: The clubhouse features a pro shop stocked with the latest golf apparel and equipment, as well as a restaurant and bar offering dining options with panoramic views of the course.
  • Golf Instruction: The club is home to the Butch Harmon School of Golf, where golfers can receive instruction from top teaching professionals.

Green Fees and Access Requirements

  • Green Fees: Rates vary depending on the time of year and day of the week. It’s common for rates to be higher during peak seasons and lower during off-peak times. Twilight rates are also available.
  • Booking: Tee times can be booked online through the club’s website or by contacting the pro shop directly. It’s recommended to book in advance, especially during busy seasons.

This is another really good one and one I would put on the list for sure.

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7. Las Vegas National Golf Club

Las Vegas National Golf Club, situated less than 10 minutes from the iconic Las Vegas Strip, offers a classic and traditional 18-hole championship golf course. Designed by architect Bert Stamps in 1961, this par 71 course is known for its traditional style, featuring thousands of trees, well-positioned sand bunkers, and a few water hazards that protect its lush fairways and manicured greens.

The course has hosted several LPGA & PGA events, including the Tournament of Champions, Sahara Invitational, and the Las Vegas Invitational. Notably, Tiger Woods played here in 1996 during his first PGA Tour victory.

Course Details

  • Par: 71
  • Design: Traditional style with a rich history, designed by Bert Stamps.
  • Features: Thousands of trees, sand bunkers, water hazards, lush fairways, and manicured greens.
  • Historical Significance: Hosted numerous LPGA & PGA events; Tiger Woods played here in 1996.

Signature Holes

The course’s traditional design and historical significance contribute to its overall prestige and challenge and the presence of strategic hazards and the course’s layout demand precision and skill from golfers.

Amenities

Las Vegas National Golf Club offers a range of amenities to enhance the golfing experience:

  • Driving Range: Note that the driving range closes every Tuesday at 12:00 p.m. for picking and mowing.
  • Bar & Grill: For dining and refreshments.
  • Pro Shop: Equipped with golfing essentials and merchandise.
  • Groups & Outings: The club accommodates group golf outings and events.

Green Fees and Access

For information on green fees and booking tee times, golfers are encouraged to contact the club directly or visit their website. The club prides itself on customer service, an enjoyable pace of play, and a course that has stood the test of time.

This is another I have not been lucky enough to get to and to be totally honest, I haven’t heard much about. Looks like I will just have to go back and check it out…

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8. Wynn Golf Club

Wynn Golf Club, located on the iconic Las Vegas Strip, offers a unique golfing experience that contrasts sharply with the desert landscape of Nevada. This 18-hole championship course, redesigned by the legendary architect Tom Fazio and his son Logan Fazio, stands as the only casino resort course in Las Vegas.

The course, originally designed in 2005 and later revisited, spans 6,722 yards and is a par-70, designed to challenge golfers of all skill levels.

Course Details

  • Length: 6,722 yards
  • Par: 70
  • Design: The course features dramatic elevation changes, over 8,000 trees (including 1,200 from the Desert Inn Golf Club legacy), and water on 12 of the 18 holes. Two marshland areas are fed by natural groundwater, adding to the course’s beauty and challenge.

Signature Holes

The course’s design incorporates elements that make each hole memorable and the presence of mature trees, some over 70 years old, and the strategic use of water hazards create a diverse and engaging golf experience.

Amenities

Wynn Golf Club offers a range of amenities to enhance the golfing experience:

  • Caddie Program: Includes professional caddies, with PGA-member caddies available.
  • Locker Rooms: Full-service locker rooms for men and women.
  • Golf Carts: Electric carts fully stocked with beverages.
  • On-course Culinary Choices: Offering refreshments during your round.
  • Pro Shop: An expansive shop with a wide selection of gear and apparel.
  • Practice Facilities: Includes a new putting green and a netted full-swing warm-up area.
  • Club Rentals: Callaway loaner clubs provided at no additional cost.

Green Fees and Access Requirements

  • Dress Code: Golfers are required to wear a shirt with a collar, soft spikes and golf-appropriate pants (no denim). Shorts are permitted if they are no higher than mid-thigh.
  • Booking: Golfers can book tee times directly through the Wynn Golf Club website or by contacting the club.
  • Club Rentals: Available, with top-of-the-line equipment to ensure a premium golfing experience.

Now, this is a course that quite surprised me as to be honest, I was expecting it to be a little Bali Hai like in that I would be paying for the location and name. All I can say is forget all that and get onto it. It is a little pricey but you won’t be disappointed.

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9. SouthShore Golf Club

SouthShore Golf Club, nestled in Henderson, Nevada, near Lake Las Vegas, is a celebrated golf course recognized for its excellence and challenging layout. The course has received numerous accolades over the years including:

  • Golfweek’s Best Private Courses: Ranked #3 in Nevada from 2015 to 2019.
  • USA Today’s Best Private Courses: Ranked #3 in Nevada in 2019.
  • Golf Digest’s Best Courses: Ranked #4 in Nevada from 2017 to 2020.
  • Golf Digest’s Best New Private Courses: Ranked #6 in the Nation in 1996.
  • Golfweek’s Best Residential Courses: Ranked #45 in the Nation.
  • Golfweek’s Best Modern Courses: Ranked #88 in the Nation.

Course Features

SouthShore Golf Club is set against a backdrop of desert, hills and generous trees, offering a layout that challenges golfers to shape shots and choose options strategically. The course’s high points, towering upwards of 350 feet, provide stunning views of the rugged terrain and neighboring Lake Las Vegas.

The course has also been a venue for the former Wendy’s 3-Tour Challenge, where players from the LPGA, PGA, and Champions Tour competed together.

Signature Elements

The course is known for its spectacular finishing holes, which have become a favorite spot for bighorn sheep spectators, adding a unique element to the golfing experience. The challenging layout and natural beauty of the course make it a memorable experience for all golfers.

Contact and Membership Information

  • Location: 100 Strada Di Circolo, Henderson, NV 89011
  • Contact: Main: (702) 856-8400, Membership Information: (702) 856-8458, Email: Membership@SouthShoreCCLLV.com

This course is exclusive beyond exclusive and allows members and select guests onto its tees only – which sadly, I was not one of. If you have the contacts, let me know how it plays below.


10. Wolf Creek Golf Course Mesquite

Now, I have drawn rather a long bow with this one as it is located around 80 miles (128km) from Las Vegas. However due to the fact that it is literally carved out of the desert landscape, it is so spectacular that I had to include it here. And as with TPC Las Vegas, it has also been featured in a video game highlighting the fact that the course is a masterpiece that has received widespread acclaim, making it a must-visit for golf enthusiasts.

Signature Holes and Course Experience

After playing all eighteen holes, golfers (including me) often find it challenging to single out just one signature hole, thanks to the course’s overall beauty and design. The picturesque landscape and the strategic layout leave a lasting impression, often overshadowing the scores.

From personal experience however, I will say that standing on the top tee box of the third hole will literally take your breath away.

Amenities

The course features a driving range and fully stocked pro shop as well as a bar and restaurant.

Green Fees

  • Green fees: Range depending on day and time ranging from around $130 to $300 per round
  • Titleist Rentals: $80 per set
  • Twilight Rounds: Offered at a discount, with the understanding that players may not finish all 18 holes.

Access Requirements

  • Booking: Golfers can book tee times online or by contacting the Wolf Creek Vacations staff.
  • Location: 403 Paradise Parkway, Mesquite, Nevada 89027
  • Contact: Phone (Toll Free): 866-252-4653, Fax: 702-346-9094, Email: reservations@golfwolfcreek.com

Look, the last time I played it was post-pandemic and the club house and outside facilities had definitely experienced the toll of the absence of maintenance staff. The course however was still immaculate and really an amazing spectacle to play on.

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FAQs

What is the average price range for a round of golf in Las Vegas?

The average price range for a round of golf in Las Vegas can vary widely depending on several factors, including the time of year, day of the week, and the prestige of the golf course. General pricing however is as follows: $30 – $100 for budget courses, $100 – $200 for mid range courses and $250+ for high-end courses.

Conclusion

And there they are, my 10 best golf courses in Las Vegas this year. As usual, let me know of your experiences here or if there are any other courses that I should be adding.

Also, please do not hesitate to comment below if you have any questions, concerns, or corrections, or would like me to check anything else out for you.

Until next time.

Have fun

Paul

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