Ranking Vegas: Here are my Las Vegas Top 21 Golf Courses
I update this every time I play a course from my Las Vegas bucket list. This opinion article is based solely on MY opinion. More than once, I’ve been asked how in the hell can I have such a phenomenal place, like Cascata, ranked below its sister course Rio Secco. Well, for me, it’s a no-brainer. I look at much more than just how a golf course plays or how a clubhouse looks. I try to look at the total picture from the moment you step foot on the grounds until you shut the car door to determine where the golf course ranks.
How the rankings came to be.
In choosing my Las Vegas Top 21 Golf Courses, I decided not to use a number formula like most of the periodicals do; my system comes down to my gut feeling the day I played. When it came down to it, I had to place Rio Secco higher than Cascata, and are several reasons why. The golf at both locations is fantastic.
For me, though, Rio Secco is much more of a playable course than Cascata. Mind you, the day I played Cascata, we were dealing with 40mph winds the entire way up the mountain. The wind made for a brutal round and an incredibly tough day, but it didn’t change my opinion much.
The Cascata experience is beyond over the top.
It was a truly fantastic time, but I enjoyed playing at Rio Secco such much more when it came down to it. The views of the Las Vegas Skyline at Rio Secco are unmatched by any course in the valley in my opinion (except for maybe DragonRidge) and the facilities, staff, practice area, the course overall, and the greens, oh the greens, at Rio are as good as it gets.
When I consider all of those reasons and the fact I can play Rio Secco for a third of the price, it was easy for me to rank in my Top 5.
I hope that helps with a little bit of the methodology that goes into my Las Vegas Top 21 Golf courses. As always, if you feel I’m crazy and want to throw your list together, leave a comment below, and we can chat about it!
Las Vegas Golf Rankings as of 08/18/2020
The Top 21:
#01 • Shadow Creek Golf Club
#02 • Southern Highlands Golf Club (Private)
#03 • Rio Secco Golf Club
#04 • Cascata Golf Club
#05 • Golf Club at South Shore (Private)
#06 • Paiute Golf Resort, Snow Mountain
#07 • Paiute Golf Resort, Sun Mountain
#08 • TPC Summerlin (Private)
#09 • The Las Vegas Country Club (Private)
#10 • DragonRidge Country Club (Private)
#11 • Coyote Springs Golf Club
#12 • Paiute Golf Resort – Wolf
#13 • TPC Las Vegas
#14 • Reflection Bay Golf Club
#15 • The Revere Golf Club, Lexington
#16 • The Revere Golf Club, Concord
#17 • Boulder Creek Golf Club
#18 • Las Vegas National Golf Club
#19 • Rhodes Ranch GC
#20 • Royal Links Golf Club
#21 • Conestoga Golf Club
The Next 21 Courses.
#22 • Canyon Gate Country Club (Private)
#23 • Primm Valley GC, Lakes
#24 • Chimera Golf Club
#25 • Bali Hai Golf Club
#26 • Wolf Creek Golf Club
#27 • Primm Valley GC, Desert
#28 • Legacy GC
#29 • Siena GC
#30 • Bear’s Best Las Vegas
#31 • Spanish Trail Country Club (Private)
#32 • Red Rock Country Club, Arroyo
#33 • The Club at Sunrise
#34 • Angel Park GC, Mountain
#35 • Stallion Mountain GC
#36 • Wildhorse GC
#38 • Aliante GC
#39 • Boulder City Municipal GC
Black Mountain Country Club
#41 • Angel Park GC, Palm
#42 • Desert Pines GC
The Bottom of the List:
#44 • Painted Desert Golf Course
#45 • Sunrise Vista GC
#46 • Palm Valley GC
#47 • Las Vegas Muni
#48 • Desert Willow Golf Course – (Executive Course)
#49 • Angel Park Golf Club – Cloud 9 (Par 3 Course)
#50 • Las Vegas Golf Center – Nine Hole (Par 3 Course)
#51 • North Las Vegas (Par 3 Course)
Las Vegas Bucket List
Everyone seems to have one, so I decided what the heck and put this together. It’s ever-changing and mainly focused on Las Vegas Golf courses. Once I whittle this Bucket List down, I’ll start putting some much-needed attention to other courses across the states and abroad.
#01 • The Summit (private)
#02 • Anthem Country Club (private)
#03 • Red Rock Country Club (private)
#04 • Highland Falls Golf Course
#05 • Eagle Crest (Executive)
#06 • Los Prado’s (Executive)
#07 • Durango Hills (Executive)
OUTSIDE OF THE VEGAS VALLEY:
#01 • Falcon Ridge (Mesquite, NV)
#02 • Oasis (Mesquite, NV)
#03 • Casablanca Golf Club (Mesquite, NV)
#04 • Mojave Resort
#05 • Lake View Executive Golf Course
For additional insight on Vegas Golf;
Check out our Podcast series RANKING VEGAS, where Joe and I, using a points system, rank all the Vegas courses we’ve played. Click HERE to view the podcast page for the series.