Golf Pro

Las Ve­gas fea­tures more than 50 golf courses. Find out where you should be swing­ing your clubs this spring.

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With nearly per­fect weather in the spring, fall and win­ter, many head to Las Ve­gas to tee off at one of the nearly 50 golf courses scat­tered around the metro area. Here, a look at eight of the must-play golf courses and some of their unique fea­tures.

SHADOW CREEK

While nearly impossible to get into (you must be a guest a MGM Re­sorts’ prop­er­ties), Shadow Creek brings a Tom Fazio- de­signed course 15 min­utes north of the Strip. The par five fourth hole fea­tures a left bend to a lake, while the dra­matic 17th hole leads golfers up a ridge to the green, sur­rounded by rocks, wa­ter and a wa­ter­fall. 3 Shadow Creek Drive, North Las Ve­gas, 702.399.7111.

CAS­CATA

You may just run into big horn sheep at this course that skirts along the 3,600-foot Red Moun­tain slopes 30 miles south­east of Las Ve­gas. Rees Jones de­signed this par-72 course that fea­tures lakes, streams and a 37,000-square­foot club­house. Cas­cata Drive, Boul­der City, 702.294.2005.

ROYAL LINKS

Ar­chi­tect Pete Dye de­signed the 18 holes that pay homage to the great courses found on the Bri­tish Open. Look for Troon’s “Postage Stamp” and “Road Hole” and “Hell Bunker” from the Old Course at St. An­drews. Get to know what courses you’re hit­ting by read­ing the plaques on each tee box. 5995 E. Ve­gas Val­ley Drive, 702.765.0484.

WILDHORSE GOLF COURSE

Wa­ter cir­cles the ninth hole, a 398-yard, par-four, mak­ing it the most dif­fi­cult on the course that opened in 1959 as the Par­adise Val­ley Coun­try Club. Dur­ing the 1960s, the for­mer Show­boat Coun­try Club co-hosted the PGA Tour’s Sa­hara In­vi­ta­tional, an honor it re­ceived again in 1983, when Fuzzy Zoeller won. The park­land course fea­tures moun­tain views. 2100 W. Warm Springs Road, Hen­der­son, 702.434.9000.

SPAN­ISH TRAIL COUN­TRY CLUB

Mix and match the 18 holes you play at Span­ish Trail. Three nine-hole courses de­signed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. use the 27 holes here. The long­est—The Canyon— gets its name from the slop­ing fair­ways and greens. Those last three holes are a real chal­lenge. The Lakes of­fers wa­ter fea­tures on six of the nine holes, with wa­ter bor­der­ing the greens on five. The par-three third hole re­quires soar­ing across two lakes. 5050 Span­ish Trail Lane, 702.364.5050.

BALI HAI

Seven acres of wa­ter fea­tures and Augusta white sand make up this desina­tion golf course right off the Strip. Brian Cur­ley and Lee E. Sch­midt de­signed this cham­pi­onship course with its 32,000-square-foot club­house that con­tains Cili Restau­rant & Bar. 5160 Las Ve­gas Blvd. S., 1.888.427.6678.

RE­FLEC­TION BAY GOLF CLUB

This golf course in Hen­der­son has the distinc­tion of be­ing the first pub­lic golf course de­signed by Jack Nick­laus. The course hosted the Wendy’s 3Tour Chal­lenge from 1998 to 2007, won by the likes of Bubba Wat­son, Fred Cou­ples, John Daly and Phil Mick­el­son. 75 Mon­te­lago Blvd., Hen­der­son, 702.740.4653.

CHIMERA GOLF CLUB AT TUS­CANY

This Ted Robin­son de­signed par-72 course opened in 2003 and sits in the foothills of the moun­tains on the east­ern edge of the val­ley with stun­ning views of the Las Ve­gas Strip. Find wa­ter fea­tures on the ninth and 18th holes. 901 Olivia Pkwy., Hen­der­son, 702.951.1500.

Royal Links

Shadow Creek

Wynn Golf Club

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