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I have to give credit to Wynn Golf Course as being one of the best courses in Las Vegas. For starters, it’s the only one on the Strip. And as for its 7,042 yards of beauty? Well, it is spectacular, and golfers have business magnate Steve Wynn and golf course architect Tom Fazio to thank for that. I remember admiring the course one afternoon during lunch on the patio at the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star The Country Club, which is located inside the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Wynn Las Vegas. But the really cool part about the Wynn Golf Course is that it rests on the old Desert Inn locale, which hosted plenty of PGA and LPGA Tours back in the day. Any way you look at it, this place is a definite hole-in-one!
There is a lot of golf in Las Vegas but much of it is simply overpriced hype – the rest is largely still overpriced, but can be world class. Easily number one by a wide margin is Shadow Creek, currently ranked the 17th best course in the nation (it should be higher but doesn’t get the points others do for hosting pro tournaments). Owned by MGM Resorts, it is simply exquisite, with very limited play, caddies, and a King-for-the-day experience. It also has the most expensive green fees in the US at $500 but at least that includes round trip limo from your hotel – you have to stay at an MGM property to play. Caesars Entertainment has a similar deal with its Cascata, though it is open to outside play and doesn’t have the same elitist feel. Cascata is “only” $250-$350, but is an excellent golf course. The best of the courses right around the city are the three Pete Dye eighteens at the Las Vegas Paiute Resort (non-gaming) and the TPC Las Vegas in Summerlin. But if you are eager to tee it up, it’s worth going just a bit further afield. The two Tom Fazio courses at the Primm Valley Golf Club, just under an hour from the Strip, are the best after Shadow Creek and Cascata, and are far cheaper, but you need a car.