Q: I am taking a Las Vegas golf vacation in November with some frugal friends. We would like to find good Las Vegas Golf Courses to play with green fees between $100-$150 and lenient cancellation policies in case of bad weather. Any recommendations? Mark N., Cincinnati, Ohio
Black Mountain is one of a handful of Las Vegas golf courses to play if you're looking for value.
A: If your friends were fanatically frugal, they would have urged you to take your Las Vegas golf vacation during the summer months of June-September, when green fees at some Las Vegas golf courses drop by as much as half. Of course, you give some of that back with all the bottled water you have to buy just to stay alive.
Your budget of $100-$150 in November means you won’t be able to access the best Las Vegas golf courses, but there are some very good ones to be played at that price.
Our suggestions, which are all within a 30-minute drive from The Strip, include:
Have you ever seen Loyal H. Chapman’s famous paintings of ultra-extreme golf holes, ones where a tiny green dangles hundreds of feet in the air on the edge of vertical cliff wall or across an unfathomable chasm amid the crashing water of a massive waterfall?
Well, if you want to see the closest, real-life representation of Chapman’s outlandish work, make a point of playing the Wolf Creek golf course on your next Las Vegas golf vacation. It’s located in Mesquite, Nevada, about 90 minutes northeast of Las Vegas near the Arizona border, but you could easily mistake it for Mars.
You can take in Timberlake's tournament on a Las Vegas golf vacation.
By now, you’ve probably read or heard plenty of funny reactions to the news that Justin Timberlake will be hosting the PGA Tour’s annual Las Vegas event, which, as of this year, became part of the tour’s Fall Series (a nice way of saying, “the tournaments that take place after the all-important FedEx Cup.”)
One of the funniest I read was Golfblogger’s take on it, framed as one of the “signs of the apocalypse” and backed up with a few lines from none other than Nostradamus.
The Wynn golf course is beautiful, but there are better ways to spend $500 on a Las Vegas golf vacation.
The PGA Tour is in Las Vegas this week, a city known for big-money golf. With the opening of the Wynn Golf and Country Club in April 2005, three Las Vegas golf courses now charge $500 green fees, the most expensive in the Unites States of America to our knowledge. The other two are Shadow Creek and Cascata.
Unlike its five-Franklin friends, however, whose bang-for-the-buck quotient is arguable, at Wynn, it’s clearly not. If it wasn’t located directly on the Las Vegas Strip, we doubt owner Steve Wynn could get away with charging half of what he does. Even with its convenient location, there are better options on a Las Vegas golf vacation.