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Cas­cata

Thirty miles south east of Ve­gas, Rees Jones’ Cas­cata draped across moun­tain slopes some 3,200ft above the desert val­ley. Tak­ing its name from the Ital­ian word for ‘wa­ter­fall’, which makes sense when you wit­ness the 418ft wa­ter­fall thun­der­ing high above the prac­tice ground. That wa­ter merges into a river that runs through the club­house, for this is Las Ve­gas. It’s pos­si­bly the most serene round you’ll ever play, cer­tainly one of the best. www.cas­catagolf.com

Las Ve­gas Paiute

Twenty miles north west of Ve­gas, Paiute of­fers three cour­ses, all in ex­cep­tional con­di­tion and ex­act­ing in vary­ing de­grees. Snow Moun­tain and Sun Moun­tain are fine tests, but you shouldn’t leave with­out hav­ing at­tempted to take a bite out of the Wolf Course. The long­est track in Nevada, at 7,604 yards, if brav­ery turns to re­gret, con­sole your­self with the fact that you’re sur­rounded by re­mark­able scenery. There are worse places to be beaten up. www.lv­paiute­golf.com

Wolf Creek

Eighty min­utes and miles north west in Mesquite, Wolf Creek is a jour­ney worth mak­ing. A com­puter game course of ex­tremes, ex­pect holes cling­ing onto hill­sides or fall­ing away down nar­row ravines, ex­pect bril­liant white bunker­ing or car­pets al­most too green to be true. Ex­pect your jaw to hang low in awe at ev­ery turn. It’s great and chal­leng­ing and all of that, but most of all it’s fun, as Las Ve­gas so of­ten is. www.golf­wolfcreek.com

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