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|The waterfalls remain, but the rates plummet at Revere Golf Club starting in late May. (Courtesy of reveregolf.com)|
HENDERSON, Nev. - Golf always has been an exceptional way to sightsee and get a feel for the lay of the land. At the Revere Golf Club, you'll get a refresher course in history, too, not to mention panoramic views of the Las Vegas skyline.
The guides for both the Lexington and Concord courses describe a "revolutionary golf experience," adding how, "Both courses pay tribute to the historic 'Midnight Ride' of Paul Revere. As we all know, he gallantly maneuvered the route on horseback from Lexington to Concord."
That might be considered fanciful marketing in some places, but this is Las Vegas, and the Revere Golf Club (operated by Troon Golf) has a strong reputation among hotel concierges and local players. In a city where recommendations can mean everything, Revere's Lexington golf course ranks high on everybody's list.
Golf magazine ranked the Lexington course among the Top 10 courses you can play in the U.S. Golf Digest gave the club 4 1/2 stars.
If you groove on desert golf, you'll love the elevation changes, winding washes, arroyos, plateaus and vistas (desert-speak for views). Coyote and other critter footprints are common in the sand traps. And there's always a chance an errant shot will take a great bounce off a boulder and kick toward the green. Of course, it could take a bad carom in the opposite direction ...
Nearly every hole offers a great view in every direction. The first four holes weave downhill on every shot toward the Las Vegas Strip. At No. 2, a downhill, s-shaped par 5, Mount Charleston also begins to loom in the distance.
One of the front nine highlights comes at No. 7, a short (468 yards) par 4 that's straight uphill between two ridges. It's tricky, target golf as you work your way up three different levels toward a waterfall that sits as the backdrop to an hour glass-shaped green.
The back nine has a little more elevation and dramatic views and might be slightly tighter than the front side.
"It's a tough course for people who really hit the ball long," said Chris Chatterton, who was visiting from Tampa, Fla., and played tight end on the football team at the University of Pennsylvania. "It makes you play target golf, and you have to hit your irons well if you want to be in the right spots."
Yes, but how many chances do you get in golf to reach a 625-yard par 5 in two shots? With the gleaming, yellow tint of the South Pointe Casino in the distance, the 11th hole drops straight down, and the only hazard is a desert island in the middle of the fairway on your second shot. And that's only if you lay up!
As you might expect, Lexington offers a great finish. The 16th is the signature hole, a slight dogleg left that sits far below the Anthem Parkway and ascends between two ridges. The Sun City Anthem marquee looms above the tiny green like the left field wall at Fenway Park.
Make sure you look back from the green at the par-3 17th, where a pond sits above and below a waterfall that frames the hole. It's also arguably the best view of The Strip from Anthem. At No. 18, as you drive up this dogleg right fairway, a majestic shot of Mount Charleston suddenly appears.
History and marketing aside, it's quite a scenic ride across the Lexington course at Revere Golf Club.
April 9, 2009
Veteran golf writer Tom Spousta keeps one eye on the PGA Tour and another watching golf vacation hotspots and letting travelers in on the best place to vacation. He has covered golf and other sports for USA Today and The New York Times. Tom lives on a Donald Ross-designed golf course in Sarasota, Fla.
Any opinions expressed above are those of the writer and do not necessarily represent the views of the management.
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