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4.2
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Conditions
4.3
Value
3.8
Layout
4.4
Friendliness
4.5
Pace
4.0
Amenities
4.1
75.5%
Recommend this course
20 out of 24 reviews
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4.0
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Conditions
4.4
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3.6
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4.3
Amenities
4.0
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4.1
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Recommend this course
6 out of 8 reviews
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Conditions
4.5
Value
3.8
Layout
4.4
Pace
4.4
Amenities
4.0
StaffFriendliness
4.3
75.0%
Recommend this course
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About

Holes 18
Par 72
Length 6992
Slope 138
Rating 73.7
Type Resort
Designed by Rees Jones and Keith Evans, Rio Secco Golf Club in Henderson affords great views of the Las Vegas Strip below as golfers try to find the course's tricky bentgrass greens. Said greens can be difficult to read, and if you find yourself above the hole, two-putts become a real challenge. One of the most talked about holes, the 200-yard par-3 12th, plays over a valley to a large green that slopes severely from back to front. Back pin positions are difficult, but a front location can yield aces as everything seems to funnel to that spot. Rio Secco is also home to the Butch Harmon School of Golf.
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Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Blue 72 6992 yards 73.7 138
White 72 6552 yards 71.6 134
Gold 72 6054 yards 69.3 122
Red 72 5226 yards 71.1 127
Scorecard for Rio Secco Golf Club
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Blue M: 73.7/138 367 434 187 319 412 183 366 504 591 3363 416 468 164 391 558 387 198 531 445 3558 6921
White M: 71.6/134 350 416 162 309 388 166 346 482 563 3182 400 446 156 373 536 368 179 506 402 3366 6548
Yellow M: 69.3/122 W: 75.6/142 333 363 154 275 360 159 329 442 518 2933 384 418 133 347 501 349 166 480 370 3148 6081
Red W: 71.1/127 297 269 143 216 336 149 267 358 452 2487 348 341 105 328 471 329 139 424 286 2771 5258
Handicap 15 1 13 17 11 5 7 9 3 16 2 14 10 4 12 6 18 8
Par 4 4 3 4 4 3 4 5 5 36 4 4 3 4 5 4 3 5 4 36 72

Course Details

Year Built 1997
Golf Season Year round
Architect Rees Jones (1997) Keith Evans (1997)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - included in green fees
Clubs Yes
Pull-carts No

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Caddies No
Golf School Academy Yes - "Butch Harmon School of Golf"
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard, Amex Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Dress code Appropriate golf attire is required.

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Reviews

4.2
24

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 8
Course Challenges Include:
Elevation Changes 8
Forced Carries 7
Bunkers 6
This course/club is great for:
Advanced Golfers 8
A Weekend Splurge 7
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 7
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 6

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Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
2.0
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Previously Played

Atrocious pace

Nice course, staff less than friendly and no control of pace of play! Marshall drove around but nothing was done

Conditions Average
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Poor
Pace Poor
Amenities Average
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Commented On 11/13/2018

Thanks for playing with us Alex. Sorry the experience wasn't what you were expecting, and that when booking the 1:50pm tee time, you didn't realize you wouldn't finish your round. That being said, our pace of play on the day of your visit was still slower than our standard of 4.5-5 hours, and we do apologize for your inconvenience. We hope to see you again and look forward to an opportunity to show you a better side of Rio Secco.

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Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Played On
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Best Course

I have played many courses in Vegas, I try to play a different one every visit. My first time RIO Secco was awesome. The fairways and greens were in great shape, I will say the best I have ever played. I have played TPC Las Vegas, Paiute, Bears best and RIO Secco was the best condition and layout. I will definitely play it again. I am a 10 handicap.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Fabulous

The course right now is in terrific shape. If you kept the ball in the fairway it sat up and said, “Please hit me!”

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Perfect shape

Yes, the weather was hot but the course was in excellent shape. New alterations to the course made it that much more chalk. Great day but the heat

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Top 25 Contributor
California Advisor
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart

Fun Day at Rio Secco

Had not played here in a couple years, mainly because felt the course was a little over rated and not the best value in town. However, decided to give another try on advice of friend who plays here a lot. Glad I did. Course was in better shape than I remember, except for the greens, which hadn't healed up completely from punching. In a couple weeks, they should be 100%. At $80, not a bad deal, not great. But would play again for sure.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
3.0
First Time Playing

It’s certainly pretty

There are a lot of positives about Rio Secco from the views to the conditions to the variety of holes. But all of that was overshadowed by the lack of decision making. Hit the fairway then aim for the middle of the green, repeat. Missing a fairway was almost certainly a lost ball, so challenging one side or the other was not an option, and wouldn’t have created an advantage.

The round never had a relaxing escape feel to it (see Shadow Creek). It was a stern test of consistent ball striking.

Rio Secco is the right answer for certain players, but not for me.

Conditions Excellent
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

I love this course just a great solid layout greens were a little slower than I remember but I highly recommend it.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Very welcoming

Staff was awesome. GPS would be helpful to indicate lines off of the tee but otherwise everything was top notch.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Golf Advisor
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Rio Secco an all-around quality Vegas golf experience

After a renovation lat year, Rio Secco certainly retains its spot as one of the Las Vegas area's best golf courses. There's nothing about this Rees Jones layout that's boring, from the elevated tees to the sometimes tricky greens and bunkering to the great views of the Las Vegas valley below. And while this is a premium golf experience through and through, you're doing yourself a disservice if you don't arrive early and stay late to enjoy the amenities, which include a terrific clubhouse locker room, exceptional dining (which isn't overpriced at all) and nicely stocked golf shop. Practice facilities are also well above average.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
4.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Good course, not keeping up with the times for this expense level

The course is very good, but they have not kept up with expected amenities. First, the course. The front nine is beautiful and challenging, with big elevation changes and very interesting holes. The back nine is more forgiving, but still a good layout. Second, the amenities. My group's main complaint is the lack of GPS in the cart. This is 2018 and the course costs over $200 to play. In this day and age, nice courses have quality GPS systems. Rio Secco falls down here -- not having one at all. The clubhouse is fine. The food service on the course is adequate. The woman serving food on the course was very friendly.

Conditions Excellent
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
3.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Mixed bag, not sure if I'd return

I was excited about my first round at Rio Secco...I had heard a lot about the course, particularly as it is the home to Butch Harmon. While the course is in great shape, there were enough cons to make me think twice before playing here again:

Pros:

- Fun course, challenging layout

- Excellent conditions

- Friendly staff

Cons:

- There was no sand in any of the bunkers whatsoever. Staff said all bunkers (and greens) will be redone in upcoming renovation. But there is no excuse for a course that charges $120 at twilight to have bunkers filled with nothing but pebbles

- Pace of play was poor. 5 hour round on a Thursday afternoon is simply not acceptable, and there was not a marshal in sight

- Practice facilities are sub-par. For a high-end public course w/ $100+ greens fees, having to hit off a mat was disappointing, not to mention the lack of a dedicated short-game area / practice bunker.

I wanted to like Rio Secco, but the poor pace of play, abysmal condition of the bunkers, and below average practice area would make it hard for me to justify teeing it up here again in the future.

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Fair
Amenities Fair
Played On
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Nevada Advisor
Previously Played
Excellent weather
Used cart

Chiseled Out of the Moutainside

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.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Private club feel

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.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Great staff, good challenge

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.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Thank you!

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!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Top 100 Contributor
Previously Played
Good weather
Used cart

Relatively over the top

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.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Golf Advisor
Previously Played
Good weather
Used cart

A golf jackpot in Las Vegas

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.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Excellent weather
Used cart

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

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.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
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