Course Spy: Paiute Golf Resort, Las Vegas

The 182-yard, par-3 15th hole at the Wolf Creek Course.
John and Jeannie Henebry

Service
"Good morning, sir." "May I take your bag, sir?" The attention starts when you pull up and continues on the course, where starters treat you to Homeric recitations on local rules and cart girls are a whistle-call away.

Pace of play
Get out early, when most of Vegas is sleeping off its losses, and you'll breeze around. But wait until late morning, and you'll find yourself backlogged behind beefy beer-swillers and slow-playing conventioneers.

Quality
The youngest and finest of Paiute's three layouts, this Pete Dye design works its way into your memory with delightful doglegs, cleverly contoured greens and an island-green par 3 that often plays into a swirling wind.

Value
Given the course's quality, the Wolf ranks as a relative bargain in Vegas, especially for locals. Anyone with a Nevada driver's license will pay just $89 on weekdays and $99 on weekends, which might be the finest golf deal in town.

Verdict
Yeah, it's pricey. But the place is cool, the course conditions are pure, and the clubhouse is a sweet place for a post-round drink. Remember: This is Vegas, baby. No one comes here to save money.

Paiute Golf Resort, Wolf Course Las Vegas, Nev.
800-711-2833, lvpaiutegolf.com
Greens Fee: $199-$220; $89-$99 for residents

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