Desert Pines was designed to be reminiscent of the rolling hills of the Carolinas. (Courtesy of Desert Pines G.C.) The 18th hole at Desert Pines Golf Club is among the top finishing holes in Las Vegas. (Courtesy of Desert Pines G.C.) Desert Pines Golf Club's large, undulating greens are protected by white sand bunkers. (Courtesy of Desert Pines G.C.) At Desert Pines Golf Club in Las Vegas, the little things add up to a big-time experience. (Courtesy of Desert Pines G.C.)

The Sandhills in Sin City: Five reasons to play Desert Pines Golf Club in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS -- Desert Pines Golf Club remains different from other courses in Sin City.

And that's a good thing. A little variety helps any golf destination. There are plenty of desert tracks loaded with target golf but few with wall-to-wall green fairways like at Desert Pines.

Here are five top reasons to play Desert Pines on your next trip to Vegas.

1. Variety rules at Desert Pines

Perry Dye designed the 6,810-yard, par-71 course to be reminiscent of the rolling sandhills of the Carolinas. The thousands of pines and man-made mounding give golfers a real sense of solitude, muffling out the noise from the adjacent freeways and roads.

Even players one fairway over stay mostly out of sight. Dye creatively used the land to come up with a compelling course. At one point, three greens congregate within close proximity, but water separating all three gives each their own space and identity.

2. Convenience is king

If you're staying on the Strip -- and that's almost everybody, right? -- Desert Pines is conveniently located. It's just a short cab or Uber ride away.

Split that with a foursome, and you've got the perfect Vegas buddies trip for a day.

3. Range rats rejoice

Desert Pines reopened its two-tiered, climate-controlled, automatic driving range in 2014 after an extensive renovation. Pure grass, a rarity on ranges in the Las Vegas Valley, replaced the synthetic turf of the landing zone.

Five of the grass greens are modeled after famous PGA Tour locales. All new range balls help golfers better gauge their distances before playing the course. The second level of the two-tiered facility still includes an automated teeing system, which sets up a golfer to tee off without touching the ball.

4. Go low at Desert Pines

Although there's plenty of challenge with multiple lakes and slick bent-grass greens, Desert Pines does have a softer side that weekend players will love.

Desert Pines isn't as penal as many courses designed by the Dye family. It's very playable with a 125 slope from the tips. Most people play from the fun, 6,464-yard middle tees.

The mounds tend to funnel misses back into the fairways and away from the trees. These mature pines tend to protect the course from the wind on days when players at other area clubs are getting blown all over the place.

5. Clubhouse hangout

Duffer's Bar & Grill is a great spot for a post-round drink or meal. The menu serves anything from a Philly cheese steak to low-carb options. Wrap-around windows reveal the course and the Vegas skyline. The Champions Room and its covered patio can be used for private functions. Desert Pines also offers an "all-inclusive" package that includes dining and non-alcoholic beverages.

Feb 18, 2014

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Jason Scott Deegan

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Jason Scott Deegan has reviewed more than 700 courses and golf destinations for some of the industry's biggest publications. His work has been honored by the Golf Writer's Association of America and the Michigan Press Association. Follow him on Twitter at @WorldGolfer.