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15 Best Golf Courses In Las Vegas Nevada

Updated on May 19, 2020

The state of Nevada is world renowned for its vast landscape and sunny weather. The Nevada landscape is represented by sandy deserts, rugged, snow covered mountains, forested mountain slopes, and grassy valleys. Located almost entirely within the Great Basin (desert area the reaches into six states), Nevada can be divided into three main land regions; the Columbia Plateau, the Sierra Nevada, and the Basin and Range Region.

As a result, the Las Vegas Golf Region is surrounded by more than 70 golf courses where meticulous designs have been influenced by some of the biggest and most successful golf course architects in history of the game. Names who have designed Las Vegas golf courses include Tom Fazio, Pete Dye, Rees Jones, Billy Casper and Greg Nash, Robert Trent Jones, Jr. and Sr., Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and many others.

The combination of these two elements have made way for an array of spectacular golf courses varying in stature and difficulty.

Read Next: Top Courses in the USA. Also see our State picks for Michigan, Arizona, Colorado and Wisconsin.

Please note: The list of courses in this article are based on 3rd party rankings from sites like Golf Digest, Top 100 Golf Courses, Planet Golf and Golf Advisor; as well as from consumer reviews from platforms like Google and Trip Advisor.

Best Golf Courses In Las Vegas Nevada

1. Shadow Creek

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  • Location: North Las Vegas
  • Date Established: 1989
  • Course Architect: Tom Fazio
  • Interesting fact: Michael Jordan utilized Shadow Creek as his home away from home Celebrity Invitational.

Entry to Shadow Creek begins when you register as a guest of an MGM Resorts International destination - the finest resort Las Vegas has to offer. A private limousine will transport you to and from your appointment and upon arrival, your personal caddie will greet and guide you through a golfing experience you will never forget.

Carved from the flat desert plains of Southern Nevada, Shadow Creek was the by-product of extraordinary vision coupled with extraordinary wealth and its completion in 1989 was a milestone for modern golf architecture. Despite inhospitable surroundings, Shadow Creek glistens elegantly and is able to seamlessly transport its visitors into what feels like a supernatural golf haven. The attention to detail here is truly astonishing. The layout itself has great balance and flow, with a mix of heroic and strategic holes, interesting green complexes, appealing bunker shapes and enough general variety to keep players of all skill levels fully satisfied.

2. Clear Creek Tahoe

Clear Creek Tahoe Golf Course

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  • Location: Carson City
  • Date Established: 2009
  • Course Architects: Coore & Crenshaw
  • Interesting Fact: “This site fit perfectly with our philosophy of creating golf that feels natural and not contrived”- Ben Crenshaw

Located on the eastern side of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, in the Lake Tahoe district of Western Nevada, Clear Creek Tahoe features a Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw designed golf course as the centerpiece of its 1,500-acre residential development.

The course designers not only managed to build a number of superb holes into the layout, they also worked internal undulation into holes in such a manner as to keep the routing intimate and, if keen, walkable. The use of false fronts on greens and humps and mounds in the surrounds to create shape and interest, or to mask steep gradients, is especially pronounced and highly effective. Clear Creek Tahoe is far from the finest golf course in their portfolio, but does continue a rich tradition of Coore and Crenshaw design. Clear Creek is a really good course and certainly worth going out of your way to play, however it isn't among Coore and Crenshaw's finest designs.

3. Southern Highlands Golf Club

Southern Highlands Golf Club

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  • Location: Las Vegas
  • Date Established: 1999
  • Course Architects: Robert Trent Jones, Robert Trent Jones Jr.
  • Interesting fact: One of only four courses that can make the impressive claim of being a co-designed golf course by Robert Trent Jones Sr. and Jr.

At first glance the course appears simple, but once golfers start planning the approach to each hole, they reveal subtle complexity. Reading the greens takes experience, or trust in one's given caddie and the first impression of many holes changes after looking at the hole working backward from green to tee. Even during the cold season, conditioning is first class and definitely worth mentioning.

Southern Highlands presents a diverse array of challenges. Long, yet reachable, risk/reward par 5's, one easily driveable par 4, unique par 3's, effective elevation changes, strategically placed water hazards, and a plethora of pin positions that can make a hole play differently on any given day. Above all, a pleasant golf course with lots of interesting risk reward options for all golfers. Maybe a bit easy for the low handicap players, but a fun, challenging, and beautiful test for most amateurs.

4. SouthShore Golf Club

SouthShore Golf Club

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  • Location: Henderson
  • Date Established: 1996
  • Course Architect: Jack Nicklaus
  • Interesting fact: The course of the Golf Club at SouthShore was the first private Jack Nicklaus Signature Course in Nevada when it opened in 1996.

The golf course makes for one of Jack Nicklaus’ most dramatic layouts, boasting its rugged terrain where elevation changes are the norm, with the end result being an array of stunning views and exciting shots.

The numerous elevation changes of this epic golf course will require a cart to play it properly, unless you feel like breaking a real sweat. Truth be told, playing the course at SouthShore will most probably exceed your expectations, thanks to its dramatic holes, excellent grooming and beautiful scenery. With the excellent conditions, valiant holes, and attractive scenery, SouthShore is absolutely one of the finest courses in the Silver State and will keep golfers intrigued from the first tee to the final putt.

5. Edgewood Tahoe Golf Club

Edgewood Tahoe Golf Club

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  • Location: Lake Tahoe
  • Date Established: 1968
  • Course Architects: George Fazio, Tom Fazio
  • Interesting fact: One of the more expensive golf courses in the state but certainly worth it.

Set along the shore of Lake Tahoe and amidst the pines and mountains of the High Sierra, Edgewood Tahoe is located at 6,200 feet above sea level. Because of the high elevation you will get an extra 6 to 10 percent more distance than at sea level. Nestled along the south shore of beautiful Lake Tahoe, Edgewood Tahoe is arguably one of the most scenic golf courses in the Nevada, if not the world.

The course is best known for the final three holes consisting of two par 5s and a par 3 which play along the shores of beautiful Lake Tahoe and represent as one of the most picturesque finishing stretches in golf. Magnificent sized pine trees line the holes and occasionally are found in the fairway to negotiate around. The holes near the coastline are pretty flat while the holes further from Lake Tahoe feature some undulation paired with elevation changes. If you want to play your favorite game in one of the most spectacular settings you’ve ever encountered, the Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course is undoubtedly the answer to your prayers.

6. Cascata Golf Club

Cascata Golf Club

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  • Location: Boulder City
  • Date Established: 2000
  • Course Architect: Rees Jones
  • Interesting fact: Cascata is an Italian word for Waterfall

Located just south of Las Vegas, the tightly folding foothills of Black Mountain is home to a desert style course that stands with the best in the country. Beyond Cascata’s Private gates lies a stunning natural landscape, onto which Rees Jones crafted a magnificent 18-hole golf course.

The lush green fairways, minute little lakes and cascading streams contrast sharply with the rugged desert backdrop and its ever so present palette of browns, reds and yellows. The undulating desert landscape, enriched with canyons, ridges and ravines offers golfers uniquely sculptured holes designed to test and challenge your game while still enthralling visual senses to the umpteenth degree. For lovers of Links Golf, golfers may find themselves immersed in their glamourized idea of paradise where scenery and strategic layout become one to create something truly spectacular. This is unquestionably a desert version of golfing Nirvana.

7. Wolf Creek Golf Club

Wolf Creek Golf Club

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  • Location: Mesquite
  • Date Established: 2000
  • Course Architect: Dennis Rider
  • Interesting fact: The year it opened it was voted Golf Digest’s “America’s Best New Course.”

Wolf Creek was built on just about the most unsuitable site in eastern Nevada and the design itself was completely overdone to boot. Set down in deep valleys or high atop severe rocky plateaus, the course is located in Mesquite and features holes that plunge dramatically down into valley floors, squeeze up through severe canyons or tiptoe along distinct ridges.

Some of the drives plunge more than 300 feet, and at times the fairways narrow to unpredictable widths and are protected by bunker shapes unknown and unseen by the typical golfer. Having said this, Wolf Creek still provides the recipe for an ultimate golfing experience. It combines equal parts of breathtaking views and challenging (but not impossible) golf holes. It mixes in some of the Southwest’s most rugged desert terrain, then to balance that out, it adds in 6,939 yards of some of the most beautifully kept fairways and greens a golfer will be lucky enough to land a ball on. A course that can’t be missed if you find yourself in this area on any given day.

8. Montreux Golf & Country Club

Montreux Golf & Country Club

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  • Location: Reno
  • Date Established: 1998
  • Course Architect: Jack Nicklaus
  • Interesting Fact: A flood destroyed No. 8 in January 1997, which had to be rebuilt in the spring of 1998

Montreux Golf and Country Club's 18 championship holes of 7,472 yards sit at an elevation between 5,000 and 6,000 feet wedged about halfway between Reno and Lake Tahoe. The Sierra setting has towering pine trees, creeks, seven lakes, four waterfalls, and it drops and rises in elevation.

Montreux is Northern Nevada's only Jack Nicklaus Signature Design golf course. Nicklaus has stated that Montreux is one of his top five courses. The PGA TOUR stop at Montreux is also the only West Coast TOUR event held in the summer. Fairways, tees and greens are delightfully carpeted in a variety of bent grasses with areas of rough land perforating the holes which ultimately comprise of fescue and bluegrass. Not your standard golf course and golfers can indulge in a bit of history along with a challenging round of golf. Golfers of all skill levels will be incredibly impressed by the layout and won’t think twice about revisiting the club for an all-round unforgettable experience.

9. Coyote Springs Golf Club

Coyote Springs Golf Club

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  • Location: Coyote Springs
  • Date Established: 2005
  • Course Architect: Jack Nicklaus
  • Interesting fact: The proposed residential development of the town has stalled due to the Economic recession in 2008

One has to conclude that Tom Doak rubbed off on Jack Nicklaus during their co-design efforts at Sebonack on Long Island since Coyote Springs features more undulated fairways and eye-catching bunkers than your typical Nicklaus design does.

Visually, the course is more stunning than the similar terrain courses in the area and the greens have some of the strongest contours that can be found in the whole state of Nevada. Several mountain views are offered as well as a handful of water hazards to contend with throughout the desert design, but some good advice and careful thinking should guide golfers through the course just fine. In the end, Coyote Springs is a solid Nicklaus design that departs a bit from traditional Nicklaus features while still providing plenty of challenges for golfers of all levels.

10. Dragon Ridge Country Club

Dragon Ridge Country Club

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  • Location: Henderson
  • Date Established: 2000
  • Course Architects: Jay Morrish and David Druzisky
  • Interesting fact: The club was designed to incorporate the natural beauty of the rolling hills of MacDonald Highlands with sweeping elevation changes, natural canyons, water features and preserved rock formations.

Dragon Ridge Country Club boasts a traditional Scottish heritage and sits within the MacDonald Highlands. The course starts at the bottom of the rugged highlands and rolls deep into the McCullough mountain range. The dramatic tree lines, wondrous carries, rolling fairways, and breaking greens of Dragon Ridge Country Club offers any golfer a variety of shot options and play choices.

Dragon Ridge Country Club can be one of the most challenging golf courses in Las Vegas if played from the back tees, but offers one of the city's most idyllic sceneries and backdrops. It also offers wide fairways which allow golfers to make playable shots of the tee and when approaching the green. Golfers you will be rewarded with a great round of golf if fairways are found off the tee and the short game is on point.

11. The Summit Club

The Summit Golf Club

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  • Location: Las Vegas
  • Date Established: 2017
  • Course Architect: Tom Fazio
  • Interesting fact: Homes that cost upwards of $20 million dollars look down on the golf course below.

The layout at The Summit Club lies less than ten miles from the Las Vegas Strip anchoring a 555-acre residential property brushing up against the Red Rock National Conservation area.

The Summit Club offers terrific views and challenging play for golfers of all skill levels. Well-groomed fairways and greens keep The Summit Club difficult yet friendly, and the staff can offer tips and tricks for playing your best round. Summit Club is a terrific choice for your regular rounds of golf or a new destination for you and friends when visiting Las Vegas.

12. Reflection Bay Golf Club

Reflection Bay Golf Club

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  • Location: Henderson
  • Date Established: 1998
  • Course Architect: Jack Nicklaus
  • Interesting fact: Designated as a prestigious Jack Nicklaus Signature Design course, the only such course located in the state of Nevada.

Reflection Bay is a top-notch public access golf course found south of Las Vegas in Henderson. Both Reflection Bay and neighboring course, The Falls, closed for a few years before Reflection Bay reopened in 2014 much to the gratitude of its admirers.

Sculpted from the rugged desert terrain of Southern Nevada, Reflection Bay boasts stunning views with many water-lined holes. Thirteen of the holes weave through vast residential areas, while the remaining five holes are embedded along Lake Las Vegas. Due to the closing and reopening of the course, it will take some hardship and true dedication to get the course back to its original feel. However, Reflection Bay is a must-see golf course for golfers searching for that dimension found nowhere else in the state of Nevada.

13. Rio Secco Golf Club

Rio Secco Golf Club

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  • Location: Henderson
  • Date Established: 1997
  • Course Architect: Rees Jones
  • Interesting fact: Golf Digest and Golf Magazine voted it among the top ten new public courses.

Rio Secco Golf Club unfolds over the rugged high desert lands overlooking the city of Las Vegas. The unique location and exceptional design combine to deliver one of the finest golf experiences in the game.

The elevation changes are magnificent, with some spectacular views of the strip, along with beautiful desert landscape and a nice water feature that comes into play on the final 3 holes. Each of the four Par 3’s has tremendous character oozing from them. The third hole is an uphill play with elevated green, while the 6th hole suddenly changes with downhill play. On the back side of the course, the 12th hole is flat, playing over the desert and the 16th hole brings water into play. All varying in stature, these holes make for precise shot making and steering clear from the water hazards in doing so. The creative course layout and hole designs will keep golfers highly engaged throughout their entire round.

14. Las Vegas Country Club

Las Vegas Country Club

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  • Location: Las Vegas
  • Date Established: 1967
  • Course Architect: Ed Ault
  • Interesting fact: This course was built on an old racetrack.

Located in between the airport and downtown Vegas, the parkland style golf club features pristine, posh like conditions and grass surrounding the fairways rather than that of your typical desert plains. Tall narrow trees line the fairways and a handful of water hazards come into play.

The club features a 44,000 square foot clubhouse and a small practice range that is fully enclosed by nets and features a newer rubber turf material from which to play on. While the peaceful setting and surroundings makes you think twice, the towering Hilton Hotel feature on the final holes of the back nine remind you that you are still in Vegas and more fun with your golfing buddies awaits after the round. As a result, Las Vegas Country Club catches most golfers off guard with its seclusive and unreal scenery. The underrated nature of the course makes it stand out that much more when physically there and makes for a memorable experience nonetheless.

15. Conestoga Golf Club

Conestoga Golf Club

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  • Location: Mesquite
  • Date Established: 2009
  • Course Architect: Gary Panks
  • Interesting fact: Ranked by Golfweek as one of the top 5 courses in Nevada

This masterful design and vision of famed golf course designer Gary Panks, creates the appearance of a course crafted by nature and forged over a time. Panks was able to create the illusion of a tough hole, but gives players ample room off the tee to get the ball in play.

Undulating through canyons with gently ascending and descending elevations, rugged rock outcroppings and tranquility through desirable water elements, the integrity of the land is preserved at every breathe you take. Whether you are new to the game of golf, an avid golfer or prefer the role of spectator, players of every skill level will enjoy the natural beauty of the course as it meanders quietly through the heart of the Mesquite community.

About the author 

Paul Bradshaw

Paul hit his first golf shot at the age of 5, and from that point on was immediately hooked. He went on to become one of the leading amateurs in South Africa, securing a full golf scholarship with the University of Arkansas Razorbacks. Turning professional in 2004, Paul played extensively on the Sunshine Tour and co-sanctioned European Tour events. Paul is our lead editor at Golf Assessor.

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