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|The Mountain Course is one of two 18-hole Arnold Palmer layouts at Angel Park. (Oleg Volovik/TravelGolf)|
LAS VEGAS -- Let's see: You're coming to Las Vegas for seven days of R&R. You've got the wife and kids and a full schedule.
But one of those days is marked, simply, GOLF.
It's your day to shine. Your day to play as much golf as possible. In fact, 36 holes sounds about right. But you don't want the hassle of lugging your clubs to the car between rounds, changing shoes and then driving to the second course.
Well, you're in luck. Here are four resorts with at least 36 holes on each property that will let you play to your heart's content.
Not only are there two 18-hole Arnold Palmer-designed golf courses at Angel Park, but there's also a lighted 12-hole, par-3 course, and a nine-hole putting green (just in case the family wants to tag along and have a little fun playing golf while you're out with your buddies).
Angel Park's Mountain Course is the longer of the two at 6,722 yards, while the Palm Course reaches 6,500 yards. Both courses feature impressive views, risk/reward holes and challenging shots that will force players to think their way around. Between rounds, grab a bite along with a drink in the restaurant and catch up on your favorite team's scores.
Two Tom Fazio-designed golf courses -- the Lakes and the Desert -- await golfers just 30 minutes south of Vegas.
While Primm Valley's Lakes Course gets the majority of the oohs and aahs, the Desert Course is just as gorgeous -- and just as challenging. With three resorts just minutes away at Primm, families can gather there and enjoy the trip together. (A quick note for the wives who don't play golf: There's an outlet mall featuring more than 100 designer outlets. And for the kids: An out-of-this-world roller coaster and other rides.)
A cold drink and a sandwich or hot dog between rounds will let players recharge their batteries for that second 18.
This is the creme-de-la-creme of the golf world. Not one -- not two -- but three masterpiece golf courses designed by Pete Dye.
Paiute's Snow Mountain Course and the Sun Mountain Course are the first two and present great golf challenges and stunning views. And the best part -- there isn't a hotel room or highway around. It's just you and the golf courses. Plus, both courses finish with impressive par 4s with enough water and bunkers to challenge even the best players in your group.
The most recent addition is the Wolf Course. Rolling fairways, length (7,604 yards from the tips), an island green (the 182-yard 15th) and smooth-rolling greens await players.
No matter which two courses you play on your trip, you'll have a howling good time. And between rounds (or after the second round), check out the roomy restaurant (or the outdoor patio) for a bite to eat. You can also stop in the smoking lounge to light up that favorite cigar and sip a cocktail while checking out the golf action.
The Lexington Course and Concord Course at The Revere Golf Club present players with some of the best views in Las Vegas -- both on the course and of the surrounding Vegas valley.
Revere's Lexington Course is the original and features par 5s that are some of the most impressive risk/reward holes around. On the Concord Course, players will find severe elevation changes and an 18th hole that won't soon be forgotten.
Players should also stop in at Buckman's Grille. It's an ideal spot to grab a bite to eat and check out the panoramic views of the famed Las Vegas Strip -- especially at dusk when the lights on the Strip come to life. It's a picture-perfect view.
What if 36 holes of golf are a little too much? Make a tee time at one of these Vegas-area courses that feature 27 holes.
With 27 holes at each, it will definitely give players the chance to play golf during the day and get back to their resort to shower and get ready for an evening out with the family.
September 4, 2013
Bill Bowman is a Las Vegas-based writer who has nearly 40 years in the sports-writing business. He's spent the past 15-plus years covering the golf scene in Vegas and has teed it up for magazine profiles with celebrities including comedian Bill Engvall, actor Jeffrey Donovan (USA's Burn Notice), ESPN personality Colin Cowherd, NASCAR's Kurt Busch, Collective Soul's Ed Roland, the Baltimore Ravens' Jonathan Ogden and many others.
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