The best golf courses in Las Vegas

A look at some of the best golf courses in Las Vegas

We take a look at some of the best golf courses in Las Vegas, including both top-end luxury courses and budget courses that any visitor can play.

It’s no secret that Las Vegas is an adult playground. Across the city, a visitor doesn’t have to look far to find terrific food, thrilling gambling and exciting shows. With all the glitz and glamour that accompanies a walk down the world-famous Strip, the area’s golf clubs don’t get the attention they so richly deserve.

And that’s a shame because Las Vegas golf courses are some of the best in America, perfect for a guys-only weekend or those looking to catch 18 holes with their significant other. The city’s courses offers quality golf at green fee levels that support not only those looking to enjoy Vegas on a budget but also the big spender searching for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Here are some of the best golf courses in Las Vegas:

Best golf courses in Las Vegas

Luxury courses

With the news that the Wynn Golf Club is to be renovated into a larger hotel/resort, the Las Vegas golf scene took a major hit. But for those looking for the best the city has to offer in luxury golf you won’t be disappointed with these three spectacular golf clubs.

Shadow Creek

This golf course, set in the suburbs of Sin City, may feel a bit understated in the world of luxury golf. To those accustomed to high priced golf clubs they may be wondering why the place doesn’t have the typical Vegas-style excess.

But other than the complimentary limo ride that takes you from your hotel to the course, that’s the intention behind Shadow Creek. This Tom Fazio designed course is here to provide the state’s purest golfing experience. Nothing more, nothing less.

For your several-hundred dollar green fee you’ll play the same course that attracts celebrities, politicians and sports legends from all over the world. With a layout that will delight and challenge, this is 18 holes you will remember for the rest of your golfing days.

Website: Shadow Creek Golf Course

Contact: Call 1.866.260.0069

Southern Highlands

Set in desert outside the city, this course is an absolute treasure. Touted as one of only four courses designed by Robert Trent Jones, Sr. and his son, Robert Trent Jones, Jr., Southern Highlands is a breathtaking 18 hole layout that puts the golfer to the ultimate challenge.

For the low-handicapper this course stretches over 7500 yards and tests the limits of the golfer’s skill and shotmaking ability. Those who are less serious about achieving a personal best will be entertained by what a joy Southern Highlands is to play.

With elevation changes, deep bunkers, and inviting greens, this is a must for any golfer looking to maximize their Vegas weekend. But be forewarned, this course is private and you must have a member in your foursome.

Website: Southern Highlands Golf Club

Contact: Call (702) 263-1000

Cascata

Roughly thirty minutes from the Vegas Strip is an 18-hole paradise known as Cascata. This course is absolutely worth the travel due to its unique layout and the most gorgeous scenery Nevada can provide.

Routinely listed in Golf Magazine’s Top 100 Courses to Play in the United States, Cascata isn’t as long as Southern Highlands but that doesn’t mean it comes up short on quality. The course provides a variety of holes that demand strategy without removing the enjoyment of a day on the links.

During the summer, the Cascata is extremely affordable with green fees sliding below $200. This is an absolute steal. When you arrive on the course, you’ll find that the hospitality of the welcoming staff will provide you with a smooth and relaxing transition from the range onto the course.

Website: Cascata Golf Course

Contact: Call (702) 294-200

Budget courses

Las Vegas isn’t a place where only the rich and famous come to play eighteen. For those that come to Vegas on a budget, there are four courses that offer terrific bang for your buck.

Arroyo Golf Club at Red Rock

Arnold Palmer designed this course in the suburb of Summerlin, Nevada. For less than a hundred dollars, the weekend warrior will find a sprawling 18 holes spread along the mountains that surround the course.

Incorporating the southwest’s natural features, Palmer has created an adventurous layout that will entertain any first time player to the area. Call ahead because the Arroyo offers an active schedule with tournaments, scrambles and other events the tourist is welcome to join.

Website: The Arroyo Golf Club

Contact: Call 866-934-GOLF (4653)

Coyote Springs

Jack Nicklaus mapped out the wide fairways and expansive greens of this 18 hole design in the desert. For the money, Coyote Springs is one of the best deals in Las Vegas. For your hundred bucks, Coyote Springs will take care of your green fee, club rental and throw in two sleeves of balls. An amazing deal for those who don’t want the hassle of traveling with their clubs.

If planning on playing Coyote Springs, go to their impressive website and study the course. They have embedded overhead videos of each hole and paired those with tips that will certainly shave strokes from your round.

Website: Coyote Springs Golf Club

Contact: Call 1-877-742-8455

Royal Links Golf Club

If you are looking for a links-style course then Royal Links is the place to be in Vegas. A favorite of David Feherty when he is town, the layout offers European golf in the desert.

The course copies some of golf’s greatest holes, such as the “Postage Stamp” at Royal Troon and the “Road Hole” at St. Andrews, and offers an experience that rarely costs more than eighty dollars. Some may scoff at this gimmick but Royal Links is a well run club that gives the golfer a taste of history. For the money, it is a trip well worth making.

Website: Royal Links Golf Club

Contact: Call 702-765-0484

Bali Hai

Just off the Strip is a slice of golfing heaven known as the Bali Hai Golf Club. Utilizing the area with efficiency, the course feels intertwined with features like massive shared bunkers that run between holes, stretching from green to fairway to neighboring green.

Listed at 7,000 yards, the course is never boring and brings a solid round to kickoff a vacation. Twilight is when green fees plummet at Bali Hai. A day at the club could cost close to $200 in the morning but by afternoon run you less than $75. Even in the Vegas heat, this is a price that can’t be ignored for the budget golfer.

Website: Bala Hai Golf Club

Contact: Call 888.427.6678