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Las Vegas is known for more than drinking and gambling. There are awesome parks, hiking trails, mountains, and my favorite secondary Vegas activity – great places to golf. You probably wouldn’t expect a desert city to have many quality golf courses. However, you can’t underestimate Las Vegas. After a long night of partying, relaxing the following day by playing a round of golf at one of these scenic courses. It’s a great way to relieve some stress and escape the craziness of the Strip or Fremont Street for a bit. Golf course in Las Vegas are scenic and usually challenging, but there are some places beginners will fit in.

Royal Links

Royal Links is one of my favorite places to play because I’m a huge fan of the British Open. This course was designed as sort of a spin-off of legendary St. Andrews. The faux-castle clubhouse is as cheesy as Excalibur, but I promise you won’t find a better hot dog in town than what you’ll get inside the clubhouse. (Price: $59-$225 per round).

Wynn Las Vegas

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Steve Wynn has done more than build some awesome mega resorts. He also opened a luxurious golf course behind Wynn-Encore hotels. The course features semi-challenging holes and scenic views of the Strip. But you might need to hit a jackpot first. This is an expensive place to play ($300+).

Wildhorse Golf Club

Have I scared you away with all the expensive courses? Don’t worry. Here’s a cool, old school golf course that never costs more than $80 for a round. Wildhose Golf Club has been around (Henderson) since 1959 and features some peaceful mountain views while you tee it up.

Shadow Creek

If you are staying at one of the 15 MGM properties and have some money to burn (about $500), take a 15-minute drive north of the Strip and play a round of golf at Shadow Creek. This course is regularly ranked in the top 20 nationally of public golf courses. The cool part about this course is that it’s not too challenging like most other top courses. Sure, it’s crazy expensive, but if you have a few bucks – okay, a lot of bucks – to burn, you’ll have a blast.

TaylorMade Golf Experience (formerly Callaway Golf Center)

TaylorMade develops some of the finest golf clubs. Now you can test these clubs out at a state-of-the-art driving range and par-3 course. This place is just two miles south of Mandalay Bay and home to a 42-acre golf Mecca of awesomeness.

Want to get away from the craziness of the Strip for a bit to play a round of golf at a legendary course? You’ll pay more than $100 for a round but I love this place because of its scenic views and challenging holes. I get a cool view of gorgeous Red Rock Canyon on some holes, and the Stratosphere on others. This is one of Vegas’ most difficult courses, however. So if you barely know the difference between a 9-iron and a sand wedge, this probably isn’t the spot for you.

Jon Sofen
Jon Sofen is a freelance writer residing in Las Vegas. His areas of expertise range from sports and poker to travel and entertainment. His goal is to provide insightful commentary on his favorite activities in his favorite cities. Jon is an experienced Copywriter. You can visit his website at www.bizproblemsolvers.com or follow him on Twitter.

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