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Spring golf in Las Vegas: A great bet

Spring golf in Las Vegas: A great bet

Viva Las Vegas (or Golf STAT)

For those like me living in the colder corners of the country who are just now beginning to dream about that warm sunlight at the end of the tunnel, we eagerly watch for signs of an early spring – groundhog be damned.

But, for many of us, waiting until the ground finally thaws or beating our buddies at the local golf simulator – again – simply isn’t enough. No, like giddy children on Christmas morning, we simply can’t wait any longer. We need some real golf, and we need it now.

The solution? Yup, you guessed it: a Las Vegas golf road trip.

With more than 50 courses and average daytime highs in the 60s and 70s, it’s no secret that the Las Vegas area is certainly an ideal location to plan a spring golf getaway today.

Whether you are a wealthy tech tycoon, a starving start-up head, or like most of us, fall someplace in between, Las Vegas and other nearby Nevada locales offer incredible golf experiences for any budget.

Walters Golf currently is offering some great stay-and-play deals, including a three-day, two-night VIP package at the MGM Grand that comes with one round at Bali Hai Golf Club and one at either Royal Links or Desert Pines golf clubs. Rates from $399 are good through September.

Just a 15-minute cab ride from the Strip, is Rhodes Ranch Golf Club. The course, which opened in 1997, features a traditional 18-hole layout reaching 6,909-yards from the back tees with very affordable green fees from $55. Rhodes also offers an array of deals such as two-for-one green fees and drinks.

Head pro Roy Smith says spring business usually picks up in the first part of March and carries right on through May.

“We have a full service restaurant on site open all day,” Smith said. “Rhodes is very playable and enjoyable for all skill levels of golfers.”

Badlands Golf Club, 20 minutes from the Strip in nearby Summerlin, offers three distinct and challenging 9-hole layouts – Desperado, Diablo and Outlaw – designed by Johnny Miller and Chi Chi Rodriguez. Badlands is now offering two competitive package deals:

The Birdie Package is 18 holes of golf, golf cart, a sleeve of Titleist Pro V1’s, a $20 golf shop certificate and two drink tickets. Meanwhile, Eagle Package comes with 18 holes of golf, Callaway rental clubs, golf cart, a sleeve of Titleist Pro V1’s, a $20 golf shop certificate and two drink tickets. The Birdie runs from $129 now to $134 from March 1 to May 18, while the Eagle is $169 and then to $179, respectively.

“March Madness really kicks off our season, and we see a substantial increase in non-resident play from March to May,” says Brandon Willhoit, Badlands’ assistant pro. “We have a big success with our value packages. After your round, choose our restaurant or bar area to add up scores, settle bets and reflect on the experience. Also, take advantage of our couches and big flat-screen TV’s while you enjoy a beverage.”

A bit farther out (about 30 minutes from the Strip), is Primm Valley Golf Club with two challenging Tom Fazio courses – the Lakes (par-71, 6,945 yards) and the Desert (par-71, 7,131 yards) – saddling the Nevada-California border. Primm offers some tremendous value with rates as low as $35, depending on when you play.

And never fear, if you happen to get lucky at the tables and are looking to burn some of that hard-earned cash, you and your three pals can always book the Ultimate VIP Golf and Helicopter package from the Royal Links Golf Club. The $3,500 package not only includes 18 holes with full red carpet treatment, but to add a little bling, your day will begin with a private Las Vegas Strip helicopter tour, which will drop you off right outside the golf course. Talk about making an entrance.

And, oh, two of the club’s “beautiful ParMates” will accompany you on the course.

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Rhodes Ranch Golf Course photos for 2nd Swing Golf courtesy John Lahtinen. 

The Best of the Best

The top golf venues in Nevada for 2013-2014 as ranked by Golf Digest:

1. Shadow Creek, North Las Vegas.

2. Wolf Creek Golf Club, Mesquite.

3. Cascata, Boulder City.

4. Southern Highlands Golf Club, Las Vegas.

5. Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course, Stateline.

6. Wynn Golf Club, Las Vegas.

7. Coyote Springs Golf Club, Coyote Springs.

8. The Golf Course at SouthShore, Henderson.

9. Montreux Golf and Country Club, Reno.

10. DragonRidge Country Club, Henderson.

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