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Royal Links  Closed


Stallion Mountain

Desert Pines

Boulder Creek

bear's best las vegas

the legacy golf club

Boulder City

Red hawk golf and resort 

lake tahoe golf course

 Las Vegas

Royal Links  
Royal links has closed


Address:  5955 Las Vegas Valley Dr.  Las Vegas Nv.   Phone:  702-765-0484  Website:

I enjoyed playing Royal Links.  The course is made up of 18 holes inspired by some of the great holes played in the British open. The course was in great shape with some very challenging holes such as "The Postage stamp" and "The Road Hole".   


Black  7029 YRDS.  Rating  74.2  Slope  139:  Gold  6602 YRDS. Rating  men 72.0  women 77.0  slope  men 132  women 140:  Ruby  5864 YRDS.  rating  men 69  women 74.6  slope  men 113  Women 124  

green fees:  $60-$90

Driving range:  Yes

Stallion Mountain

Address:  5500 E. Flamingo Rd. Las Vegas, Nv.   Phone:  702-547-6250  website:

When I played Stallion mountain it was three courses, all in fantastic shape, and got to play all three.  They have since condensed the three courses consolidating the best holes of the three courses into one course and I have not played the new course. I do know that the three courses were fun to play, so I would assume the new course is just as enjoyable.  I was sorry that  the course was changed, but that's life and real estate in Las Vegas I guess.  I hope to come back to Las Vegas soon and play Stallion Mountain.  


Man'o'war (black)  7123 YRDS.  rating 75  slope 139:  Citation (copper)  6535 YRDS.  Rating men 72  slope 131  women rating 79  slope 143:   American Pharoah (white)  6027 YRDS.  men  rating 69.4  slope 126  women  Rating 75.6  slope 135:  Secretariat (gold)  YRDS.  5415  men  rating 66.6  slope 121  women  rating 71.8  slope 126   



green fees:  $20-$70 cart included  (call pro shop for exact rates)

driving range:  Yes

desert pines

Address:  3415 Bonanza Dr. Las Vegas, Nv.  Phone:  702-388-4400  website:

Desert Pines is another course in Las Vegas that is inspired by courses in other parts of the country.  This course is reminiscent of the pine forest courses you would find in the Carolinas such as Pinehurst. this course goes into the category of favorite courses I have played. the layout was a lot of fun to play with bunkers and water on the course as well as lush fairways and greens. Sometime I will tell you my driving range story.


Black  6222 YRDS.  men's rating 71.7  slope 137  women's  rating 76.5  slope 146:  White  5520 YRDS.  men's  rating 67.6  slope 120  Women's  rating 72.5  slope  132:  Red  4678 YRDS.  men's rating 63.8  slope 108  women's  Rating 67.6  slope 121     

green fees:  $40-$60  cart included

driving range:  Yes

Boulder Creek Golf Club

address;  1501 Veterans Memorial Drive  Boulder City, Nv.  Phone:  702-294-6534  website:

Boulder Creek is run a muni run by the City of Boulder City. It has three nines in which the three nines are rotated for play.  When I played there the Desert Hawk and Coyote Run courses were open for play but the El Dorado nine had yet to be developed although you could see they were working on the course. Desert Hawk is a combination of desert and oasis courses where Coyote Run is a more traditional oasis course. I had fun playing the two nines except the course had just opened and the greens on both nines were hard.  I haven't played the El Dorado course so I don't have much information on it.   


Desert Hawk/Coyote Run (Men)

Black  7628 YRDS. Rating 76.7  Slope 148  Gold  7072 YRDS  Rating 74.4  Slope 142  Blue  6568 YRDS.  Rating 72.1  Slope 141  White  6080 YRDS.  Rating 69.7  Slope 133  Red  5594  Rating 66.8  Slope 121   

Desert Hawk/Coyote Run (Women)

White 6080 YRDS. Rating 74.2  Slope 137  Red 5594 YRDS.  Rating 71.4  Slope 127  Green 5039 YRDS  Rating 67.5  Slope 123 

Desert Hawk/El Dorado (Men)

Black  7582 YRDS.  Rating 76.6 Slope 142  Gold  7027 YRDS.  Rating 74.0  Slope 137  Blue 6541 YRDS.  Rating 71.8  Slope 135  White  6071 YRDS. Rating 69.2  Slope 130  Red  5615 YRDS  Rating 66.7  Slope 117 

Desert Hawk/El Dorado (Women)

White 6071 YRDS.  Rating 73.8  Slope 133  Red 5615 YRDS. Rating 72.0  Slope 126  Green 5039 YRDS.  Rating 68.1  Slope 122  

Coyote Run/El Dorado (Men)

Black  7424 YRDS.  Rating 76.1  Slope 144  Gold  7007 YRDS.  Rating 73.6  Slope 139  Blue  6553 YRDS.  Rating 71.7  Slope 136  White  6095 YRDS.  Rating 69.2  Slope 130  Red  5597 YRDS.  Rating 66.7  Slope 119

Coyote Run/El Dorado (Women)

White  6095 YRDS.  Rating 73.8  Slope 135  Red  5597  Rating 71.5  Slope 127  Green  5110 YRDS.  Rating 68.2  Slope 122 

Green fees:  $70-$120

Driving Range:  Yes

Boulder City

Address:  1 Clubhouse Dr.  Boulder City, Nv.  89005  Phone:  702-293-9236  website: 


I must admit that when I found out that I was playing Boulder City I was a bit disappointed. Here we are in Las Vegas and we are playing a "common muni". Wow, was I mistaken.  This course is "the bomb".  I really loved it.  I expected a course that was in typically muni shape but immediately found out that my preconceptions were totally wrong.  The course was immaculate shap with some lush fairways and fast greens. It was an enjoyable layout, all in all a good test of golf.    


Back  6606 YRDS.  Men:  Rating 70.7  Slope 123  Women:  Rating 77.4  Slope 130:  Middle   6134 YARDS  Men:  Rating 68.7  Slope 121  Women: Rating 71.2  Slope 125:  Forward  5453 YRDS  Men:  Rating 65.4  Slope 103  Women:  Rating 71.2  Slope 119   

Green Fees:  $25-$55

Driving Range:  Yes


aDDRESS:   10325 Nu Wav Kaiv Blvd.  Las Vegas, Nv.  PHONE:  800-711-2833

Three Courses:  Snow Mountain, Sun Mountain and Wolf

 This This course is way out of town.  However, it is well worth the trip out to the ends of the earth, or at least north of Las Vegas. I got to play the Wolf Course when I was visiting a friend in Las Vegas and he chose the course because of its signature island green.  I'm glad that he did, although the course was difficult.  The greens were fast, no I mean really fast.  However, the course was in fantastic condition and was well designed.  I couldn't believe how lush the fairways were and the rough was deep and green.  I look at the architecture of a course when I review courses and my biggest question is, "Is the course playable and fair?"  The Wolf Course at Paiute is playable and fair, but is an extreme challenge.  I enjoyed the course, even though I didn't play well and couldn't score.  Too much Vegas night life I guess.  


Tournament (Green): Men: 7604 Yards  Rating  75.5  Slope 145  Black:  7009 YRDS.  72.6  Rating  72.6  Slope  131  Yellow  6483  YRDS.  Rating  70.7  Slope  126  White White:  5910  YRDS.  Rating  67.8  Slope  122   Red:  5130 YRDS.  Rating  68.4  Slope  118   

GREEN FEES:  $99-$179 Peak  (March-May, September, November)  Off Season (June-August, December)  Call The Course For Season Pricing


note:   The other two courses are of about the same lengths and slopes.  Check the website and scorecards for their exact lengths and slopes

bear's best las vegas

Address:  11111 West Flamingo Road  Las Vegas, NV.        Phone:  702-804-8500


What can we say about Jack Nicklaus.  Yes, he is one of the greatest professional golfers to ever play the game but he has also designed some of the most beautiful golf courses in the world.  This is Las Vegas, so of course there has to be some sort of homage to Jack.  This course is it.  When he designed this course he took 18 of his favorite courses that he designed and recreated them here in Las Vegas. With that being said you may ask what I thought of the course.  Keep in mind that I have a problem with course recreations.  Royal Links was a recreation and I personally prefer original designs and not copies, even if they are good recreations.  I enjoyed the course and thought that it was a fair test of golf.  I felt that you have to play the course once in order to score well.  There was a lot of sand-bunkers and collection areas-that came into play.  The greens were fast but I thought that they were easy to read.  On most of the approaches to the green you have to play a wedge into the green as the grass fringes around the green were fairly long and catch any pitch and run shots to them.  I do recommend the course, although I thought that the green fee was a little steep.


Gold:  7194 YRDS.  Rating  74.0  Slope  147  Blue:  6628 YRDS.   Slope  71.2  Rating  130

White:  6053  YRDS.  Rating  68.3  Slope  122  Red (Ladies)  5043 YRDS.  Rating  68.7  Slope 116


Rates:  7 Different Seasonal Rate Structures-Call The Pro Shop Or Book On-Line

Driving Range:  Yes

The Legacy Golf Club

Address:  130 Par Excellence  Henderson, Nevada  89074  Phone:  702-476-0090 

Website:  https;//


I liked the layout of this course and I enjoyed playing it, even though we played it in February and the grass was dormant.  Honestly, the course was not in the best of shape and we found out that the owner was not going to spend much money to keep the place up. There is a story behind that decision, but I won't get into that here.  I liked the layout of the course with the greens putting fairly fast and true.  The signature hole here at The Legacy is the tenth where there are four sets of tees, with each tee being in the shape of a playing card suit, Ah, Las Vegas.  The green fee was reasonable and the course gets a very cool recommendation to play just don't have very high expectations as far as the course conditions but the course is interesting to play and has some fun holes.


Black  7168 Yards  Men's Rating 74.4  Men's Slope 143:  Blue  6655 Yards  Men's Rating 132  Men's Slope 132:  White  6156 Yards  Men's Rating 69.4  Men's Slope 125  Women's Rating 75.6  Women's Slope 139:  White/Yellow Combo  5797 Yards  Men's Rating 67.9  Men's Slope 120  Women's Rating 73.0  Women's Slope 134:  Yellow  5344 Yards  Men's Rating 65.6  Men's Slope 114  Women's Rating  70.7  Women's Slope 123

Rates:  Rates Are Subject To Change Seasonally, Please Check Their Website Or Golf Now For Rates

Range:  Practice Facilities 


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Red Hawk Golf and Resort

address:  6600 N. Wingfield Parkway  Sparks, Nv.  89436  Phone:  775-626-4599 

There are two courses at Red Hawk and both are very different.  One course,  The Lakes, is flat and has a lot of water.  It is challenging and a kick in the butt to play.  Most of the lies on the course are flat.  The second course, The Hills, is just as the name implies-built in the hills above the resort.  The fairways I thought were a bit narrower and overall the Hills course seemed harder than the Lakes course.  Expect a lot of up and down lies, although I thought the course was fair and playable.  In my opinion The Lakes course is the most fun to play because I thought it to be more aesthetically appealing.  I enjoyed the Hills course though which brought a different challenge than the Lakes course.  I truly enjoyed both courses.    


Hills Course

Gold  7106 YRDS.  Men's  Rating 73.1  Slope 127:  Black  6695  Men's  Rating 70.8  Slope 123:  Blue  6244 YRDS.  Men's  Rating 69.0  Slope 116:  White  5733 YRDS.  Men's  Rating 66.6  Slope 114  Women's  Rating 71.9  Slope 133:  Combo (Red and White)  5561 YRDS.  Ladies  Rating 69.9  Slope 123:  Red  4980 YRDS.  Ladies  Rating 67.8  Slope 121

Lakes Course

Gold  7140 YRDS.  Men's Rating  73.6  Slope 133:  Black  6679  Men's Rating 71.5  Slope 130:  Blue  6278 YRDS.  Men's  Rating 69.4  Slope 127:  White  5863 YRDS.  Men's  Rating 67.0  Slope 114  Women's  Rating 72.4  Slope 134:  Combo (Red and White)  5562 YRDS.  Women's  Rating 70.3  Slope 128:  Red  5089 YRDS.  Women's  Rating 67.6  Slope 120 


Green Fees:  $40-$80

Driving Range:  Yes

Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe Golf Course


aDDRESS:  2500 Emmerald Bay Rd.  South Lake Tahoe, Ca.  96150  Phone:  530-577-0788


I haven't played Lake Tahoe Golf Course in about ten years but I would think that it is in the fantastic shape it was in when I played it last.  Besides, I don't think you can ask for a more breathtaking setting than this.   Our family used to vacation in the Lake Tahoe area and as you go into South Lake Tahoe the course is on the left in a pretty much flat meadow.  We passed this course many times and I said to myself it must be a boring course because is if pretty much flat.  It was one of my, "Oh well, I would like to play that course someday" courses. I finally played the course and it was anything but boring.  First, there is something about playing the game of golf and hitting the ball at an altitude of more than 6,000 feet. Another thing is that this course is flat, but it is anything but boring.  The setting alone is worth the experience, but when the Truckee River meanders through the course and pops up in some unexpected places it makes for an interesting round of golf.  Between the views of the surround mountain peaks, the Truckee River flowing through it, the layout of the course and one of my favorite par threes I have played, I highly recommend this course.  Don't overlook it should you be in the Lake Tahoe Area.   


Gold  6741 Yards  Men's Rating 71.3  Men's Slope 129:  Black  6327  Men's Rating 69.4 

Men's Slope 123  Women's Rating 74.1  Women's Slope 126:  Silver  5703 Yards  Men's Rating 66.87  Men's Slope 116  Women's Rating 71.2  Women's Slope 117    

Green Fees: $85-$110 Cart Included (Check Online on Website or Golf Now)
Range:  Yes

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