Since it opened in 1959, this former PGA Tour venue has undergone more name changes than Elizabeth Taylor. Visitors get change back from a Benjamin at any time, making it a rare bargain among Vegas-area courses. The standout hole is the 371-yard, par-4 18th, where sand and water encircle the green.
Pines trees? In the desert? Yep, Pete Dye's design team imported nearly 4,000 of them to give this layout a true Carolina feel. More than 60 bunkers and water on half the holes make this track a stern test, so get there early and prepare your game at the 20,000-square-foot, two-tiered practice facility. It's the largest of its kind in Vegas.
Locals pay less than half of what visitors pony up at this 4-year-old 27-holer, 20 miles southeast of Vegas. Travelers are still getting a scenic, king-size layout free of homes, which tosses out arroyos, lakes and beach bunkers in abundance.
Aliante Golf Club
7,022 yards, par 72;
Greens fee: $60-$130;
Phoenix-based architect Gary Panks crafted this roomy North Las Vegas track that features panoramic vistas of the Sheep Mountains and a smattering of high-stakes holes.
ROYAL LINKS GOLF CLUB
6,525 yards, par 72
Greens fee: $65-$275
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Why spend thousands to play the classic courses of the British Isles when you can get the same experience for less than $100 in sunny Las Vegas? Royal Links pays homage to the best of links golf with recreations of legendary holes such at the "Road Hole" at the Old Course and the "Postage Stamp" at Royal Troon. Best of all, you won't need a translator to understand your caddie.
Ample fairways, handsome views of Red Rock Canyon and a quality set of par 5s characterize this 1990 Arnold Palmer design, but the lighted putting and par-3 courses, and the superb clubhouse dining, deserve equal billing.
Architect Ted Robinson transported his "Palm Springs Oasis" style to Las Vegas in 1990 at Rhodes Ranch. Lakes, palm trees and waterfalls bring a tropical touch to the desert.