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4.6
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3.9
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4.5
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4.2
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4.3
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About

Holes 18
Type Resort
Style Desert/Links
Par 72
Length 6992 yards
Slope 138
Rating 73.7

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

4.3
31 Reviews (31)

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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Slow play on front nine little better on the back, but beautiful day and great layout and even better cart girl Jenna was the best very friendly and made a fun experience throughout the day.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
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Great Layout & Conditions

From the moment you drive up & into the facility, you know you're going to be thrilled.
Bag drop & pro shop attendants were efficient.
Great range with putting and chipping areas.
Greens were running quite quick, but rolled very true.
Fairways and tee boxes all in fabulous shape.
Thoroughly enjoyed the entire round.
Played on a Friday afternoon and pace was NOT a problem at all.
Great views of the LV area and the Strip on a few holes.
Can't wait to come back.....

Conditions Excellent
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Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
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5.0
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First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Great Day

One of the most scenic courses that I have ever played Course was in great shape, greens ran smooth and the evaluation changes were spectacular.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
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I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Great shape, slow play.

Played in early March 2019. Fairways are in great shape. Greens were very firm and rolled true. A few memorable holes but mostly a nice layout that wound through the neighborhood. Unfortunately, we waited on every tee box, sometimes two groups deep. The group in front departed after nine holes which helped. Overall, highly recommended.

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

Perfection

Well traveled low hdcper this course is beautifull in perfect shape fast hard greens yet very fair. Clubhouse team solid range perfect and chipping area fantastic. The elevation changes and scenic views are awesome. Played back tees but would suggest anyone with 6 hdcp or higher move up a yee box it will be more fun. Fairways are wide but most players need to move up min of one tee but two woukd be best. Fabulous course for gold player

Conditions Excellent
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Skill Intermediate
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I Recommend This Course
5.0
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First Time Playing

Dry River

Certainly ranks as one of the top 2 or 3 golf links in the area!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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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
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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
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