PHOTOS: The Las Vegas Country Club

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I finally got the opportunity to play one of the most, if not the most, historic golf courses in Las Vegas. The Las Vegas Country Club. I’ve been waiting seven long years to cross this course of my Vegas Bucket list and this past Sunday it finally happened.

Las Vegas’ first, private equity club has stood the test of time and remains an elite Country Club
in an international city and destination. An active membership, an exquisitely manicured and designed classic golf course designed by the legendary Ed Ault, an indoor and outdoor tennis facility, a stunning and architecturally unique clubhouse, and all of the amenities needed for an amazing lifestyle combine to make this your new home

The best part of the round was having my youngest daughter with me. The two of us had a blast and because of her, it made it that much more of a special day on the course

There is a ton of history that goes along with The Las Vegas Country Club and I’m far from an expert on the place. I’ve just had the desire to play since I could remember wanting to play golf. Since I started the blog, going back to 2009, it’s been at or near the top of my “must play” list. Needless to say, it was an awesome experience for me and one I’ll remember for a while. But, I don’t want to put this post out without sharing more about the place and to do so I’m going to share with you the words from the clubs History Page from their site:

The Las Vegas Country Club is an equity membership club located in Las Vegas, Nevada boasting an 18 hole golf course, 6 tennis courts, swimming pool, men’s and women’s lounges, barber and manicurist, member grille, dining room, member bar, banquet facilities and pristine views of the city and course. Contact us for more information on membership and the amazing benefits of joining this historic club.

History of The Las Vegas Country Club

The Las Vegas Country Club is a facility whose rich history is filled with many individuals that were dedicated to making this club possible. During the 1950’s, the property was the site of a thoroughbred racetrack named Las Vegas Downs where the only access was a gravel road running from Paradise Road to the track. When the racetrack went into bankruptcy the property was purchased by investor Joe W. Brown who they later honored by naming the street after him.

Brown later sold it to Marvin Kratter of Nevada Equities who proceeded to build the country club. The golf course was designed by Ed Ault and was completed in the Fall of 1967, followed by the completion of the clubhouse in April of 1968. Mr. Kratter opened it under the name of The Las Vegas International Country Club and operated it as such until he sold it to a Strip hotel named the Bonanza. The club was renamed The Bonanza Country Club and Corral. In late 1970, it was sold to four partners of Realty Holdings (Moe Dalitz, Harry Lahr, Nate Adelson and Irwin Molasky) who renamed it The Las Vegas Country Club and made it a private country club in July of 1971.

The Dalitz group sold the Club to forty of its’ Members with the ultimate plan being to make it an equity type membership. This was accomplished by these forty Members holding a mortgage until they were paid off through the sale of memberships and the general operation of the Club. The mortgage was paid off in 1984 making a true equity membership Club that has operated as such to this date.

The Las Vegas Country Club membership made a monumental commitment in early 2009 to undertake a major golf course renovation project that includes re-building all of the greens, bunkers, some tees complexes, and replacing the 20 plus-year-old irrigation system.

2009 Golf Course Renovation

The course closed and construction work started on April 6th, with Golf Course Architect Mark Rathert leading the renovation design and daily project supervision along with Wadsworth Golf providing the construction expertise. The new green and bunker design developed by Rathert keeps a classic look while his adjusting the bunker locations provides a new course strategy to stay current with today’s club and ball technology improvements. The finishing holes are more visually dramatic and require greater player strategy. The chipping area adjacent to the clubhouse has been re-designed for better short game practice and can also double as a 19th hole, a 100-yard par 3.

Course improvements include a state of the art wall-to-wall Toro irrigation system with a new Flowtronix pump station. A new well has been drilled to provide quality water for the hybrid Bermuda turfgrass irrigation requirements. All of the greens complexes have been reconstructed to USGA recommendations. Bunkers are now shapelier, deeper and filled with bright white sand to provide the best aesthetic and playing conditions. Non-turf areas have been incorporated throughout the course in an effort to be more environmentally sensitive by reducing water consumption. These areas have been landscaped using varieties of clump grasses with a wood mulch ground cover to present a pleasing earth tone look to the traditional park setting of the course.

The greens were planted in mid-August 2009 with T-1 creeping bentgrass and will provide the best championship-putting surface possible and the best-manicured turfgrass conditions found in the Las Vegas area.

Seven tee complexes have been rebuilt to provide better alignment and playability along with fairway grading improvements in landing areas that accentuate the new bunkering. An event lawn has been added facing a lake with a cascading waterfall backdrop, perfect for member events, cocktail parties, outside weddings, and business outings.

All of these improvements have brought LVCC up to date while keeping the course’s traditional look and playability as the last matriarch course in Las Vegas.The Club looks forward to continuing a proud tradition of providing quality conditions, player challenge and membership enjoyment.

.Enjoy the pics!

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Writer and founder of the golf blog The Breakfast Ball. My wife will tell you I'm obsessed with the game, she's right! It's that obsession which drives me to become a better player and make this site enjoyable for everyone.

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