Keep this name handy if you or someone you know is planning on playing golf in Las Vegas:
Boulder Creek Golf Club.
With all that's been written about golf in Vegas, I'm shocked more people don't know about this fun layout that is arguably the best combination of course, convenience, and cost.
Only a half hour or so from The Strip, this Boulder City, Nev., muni (not to be confused with sister course Boulder City GC) consists of three nines, Desert Hawk, Coyote Run, and Eldorado Valley.
Each nine is delightfully devoid of course-side housing, and designer Mark Rathert incorporated oasis-, desert-, and arroyo-style holes on each one.
With similar, off-Strip courses charging $100-$250, you might think Boulder Creek's $75-$85 greens fee would buy you a boring round.
Nope. One of the course's trademarks is its split fairways, and there are also plenty of lakes to carry, and strategically placed palm trees, waste bunkers, and traditional sand traps around which to navigate.
Conditioning is impressive, too; the bentgrass greens roll nicely with subtle breaks rather than dramatic undulations.
With as many as six sets of tees, anyone can enjoy this course. And that's not just lip service: this year the course was the Monday qualifying venue for Justin Timberlake's PGA Tour event.
Based on all this, it should come as no surprise that Boulder Creek is a favorite among locals...who probably hate that I just revealed their well-kept secret.
Have you played Boulder Creek or know another Las Vegas course high on quality, cost, and convenience?
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