Rio Secco

4.4000000000 4.4 stars from 5 (10)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 7313 yards
  • Slope: 153
  • Rating: 75.0
  • Layout

  • 2851 Grand Hills Dr., Henderson, Nevada 89052, Clark County
  • (702) 777-2400
  • (702) 361-8134
  • riosecco.net
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Year built: 1997
Architect(s): Rees Jones (1997), Keith Evans (1997)
Type: Resort
Style: Desert/Links
Golf Season: Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes - included in green fees
Pull-carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes
Caddies: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes - "Butch Harmon School of Golf"

Policies

Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: The Dress Code is strictly enforced (collared shirts, no denim of any kind, no sweatshirts or warm up attire permitted)
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Amex Welcomed

Tees | Layout

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 72 7313 yards 75.0 153
Blue 72 6927 yards 73.0 149
White 72 6356 yards 70.7 136
Red (W) 72 5759 yards 70.0 127

Rating Snapshot

Average Rating 4.4 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.6 stars from 5
Value: 4.1 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.8 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.7 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.6 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.6 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 10 Reviews
5 stars:
5
4 stars:
4
3 stars:
1
2 stars:
0
1 stars:
0

recommend this course

10 out of 10 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Great for advanced golfers a weekend splurge wildlife/ scenic views   Challenges include elevation changes forced carries   Great for drinks  

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"Chiseled Out of the Moutainside"


golfsully's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/07/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

The weather this day was too good not be on the golf course. Clear skies, warmer than usual temps and barely a breeze made for perfect conditions. The pro shop staff was friendly & accomodating and if you're looking to add another logoed shirt or hat to your collection their selection is large. Player services had me loaded up on Club Car cart with no GPS or pin locations, however the scorecard provides details on each of the greens.

Headed off to the first tee and the range is right on the way, but first a stop at an insanely huge practice green. The green was in excellent condition and closely mirrored those on the course. Head up the hill to the range & a snackbar. This day we were hitting decent range balls off pretty worn mats.

Just about 8 weeks out of overseed the teeboxes, fairways and greens were the on course conditions were exceptional. Greens were somewhat firm but held, rolled true and the speed was decent. The layout is pretty solid and is fun to play. Three of the par 4's on the back really rely on position and may call for something other than driver from the tee. The back to back par 5's closing it out is a pretty sweet finishing stretch. A lot elevation changes make for dramatic views of the valley and add to the difficulty as well.

Pace of play was not issue and the drink cart always around. Travel time from the strip resorts & airport is pretty reasonable and the experience is better than most. Definitely looking to playing here again.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course



"Private club feel"


WalkingPar's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/07/2016
First time playing

Reviewed on

Great experience from the beginning to the end. The staff was extremely helpful with all the luggage we had since we were flying home right after our round. The course was in fantastic shape especially compared to some of the other high priced clubs in the area. The fairways are wide and the greens are big and fast. I would play here again in a heartbeat.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Great staff, good challenge"


Robert3143620's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/19/2016
First time playing

Reviewed on

We played this course on a blazing hot June day. The pro shop staff was very friendly and advised me of the Total Rewards discount since we were staying at a Caesars property. Grabbed a couple pre game drinks from the friendly bar staff and off to the oven we went.

Practice area is very nice and close to #1 tee. There is also a snack bar right at the practice area and close to 1 and 10 tees so the layout is perfect.

Course was in great shape. No dry areas and fairways were consistent. Greens rolled well.

We played the back 9 first so we got to see some of the amazing closing holes first. Some amazing views, especially 11, 14 and 18. Good mix of easy and hard holes, which is how it should be. This is a resort course and you are supposed to enjoy the round, not get punished hole after hole.

Would highly recommend especially if you are a total rewards member.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Thank you!"


Mmditty89's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/13/2016
First time playing

Reviewed on

Loved it. Every second of it. Great course. Great shape n great layout. Holes were hard but extremely fun. Group behind was a little rude hitting into us but that was because we were grouped with some older folks. No problem but I could tell the other group was locals and needs to realize this is a tourist course. So locals, please remember most of us haven't played before and want to enjoy out vacation!! Besides that everything was amazing. I will wear your courses hat proudly around LA! Make sure you get a total rewards card before playing for diacounts!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Relatively over the top"


sooner90's avatar
Top 100 Contributor
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/20/2015
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

Played during a buddy trip. This course is challenging and can play long. But, the course keeps your interest with carry shots, skinny fairway between waste area, and mild elevation changes. There is some water on the course, but only comes into play on few holes. I'd say this course is worth a visit, but probably go with other courses as they are just as nice or nicer at more palatable prices.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"A golf jackpot in Las Vegas"


JasonDeeganGA's avatar
Golf Advisor
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/02/2015
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

I was tempted to give Rio Secco a five-star rating to push its overall rating closer to 4 1/2 stars, which is where it belongs. The Rees Jones design wanders through rugged and beautiful box canyons and stark desert terrain. Elevation changes provide excellent views of the Strip. The four par 3s are as good a collection as any west of the Mississippi. The third hole flies over a deep ravine. The seventh is called the "million dollar hole", where you can double any money you bet by hitting the green. An ace affords the opportunity to come back and sink another one for a million bucks. The 215-yard 12th climbs uphill and the 189-yard 15th hole plunges to a green surrounded by canyon walls. Other scary holes require serious target golf - the par-5 eighth and the par-4 16th hole. I've never seen Butch Harmon during my visits to Rio Secco, home to his original golf school, but maybe your luck will be better than mine. This is Vegas, after all.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Super tight in areas, but beautiful views of the strip."


pingdave14's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/17/2014
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

Real nice conditions all around, but def tight to land the ball on quite a few tee shots. Elevation changes were amazing, especially not being used to real mountain golf. Staff was super nice all around. Decent practice facilities. If you're hitting it very straight and fairly long, you'll like this course. Pace of play can be tough because of people looking for balls in the desert/hazard areas. Had a great day, but trouble is all around. Forced carries can be tough for seniors/short hitters.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"This one will get your attention FAST!!!!!"


Merlin4542's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/17/2014
First time playing Played as a single Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

The Pro Shop staff were exceptionally friendly and well informed. The gentleman at the driving range (Randy) was very insightful after I told him this was my first time here. He gave me the "Readers DIgest Condensed version" of the course and he was spot on. They had just overseeded the course so it was cart path only which led to a few logistical issues, but nothing that couldn't be dealt with #I'm a below knee amputee#. The condition of the course was immaculate. The greens were a little quick but very receptive and well maintained. I believe this is a course that will challenge any and all handicaps. In the for what its worth category- On the 11th Hole- if you happen to have a cut/light fade in your repertoire take aim at the right hand edge of the right most bunker and you'll be pleasantly surprised. This course has been on my "bucket list" and I'm really glad it was. It's a blast and you owe it to yourself to play it- you won't be sorry


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Take on the challenge"


BillBowmanGA's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/19/2013
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

The risk/reward holes…as well as the always-present desert terrain…make for an unbelievable round of golf on this Rees Jones layout. Play smart and you'll enjoy the course. The staff is very accommodating, the clubhouse and restaurant are warm and friendly and if you’re on the practice range, take a look across the way--you might even seen world-renowned instructor Butch Harmon working with his students. Or better yet, sign up for one of his sessions. If you’re going to play demanding courses like Rio Secco, a few pointers will certainly help


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Rio Secco Golf Club: Golf and gambling in Henderson"


JasonDeeganGA's avatar
Golf Advisor
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/29/2012
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

The home of the 2012 and 2013 Wendy's 3Tour Challenge roams the scenic foothills of the Black Mountain Range, offering views of the Strip. It's my favorite course in Las Vegas not named Wynn, Cascata or Shadow Creek.
The 7,313-yard course opened in 1997. Box canyons and cliffs make this Rees Jones design quite a chore to score upon.
Golfers can buy into the Million Dollar Hole-in-One Challenge at the tough par-3 seventh hole. An ace in qualifying affords three shots for the grand prize every year.
Butch Harmon's original golf school calls Rio Secco home.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course




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