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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Rees Jones made the Rio Secco Golf Club a difficult test of golf. Photo submitted by JasonDeeganGA
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.
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.
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
Certainly ranks as one of the top 2 or 3 golf links in the area!
Nice course, staff less than friendly and no control of pace of play! Marshall drove around but nothing was done
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.
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.
The course right now is in terrific shape. If you kept the ball in the fairway it sat up and said, “Please hit me!”
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
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.
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.
I love this course just a great solid layout greens were a little slower than I remember but I highly recommend it.
Staff was awesome. GPS would be helpful to indicate lines off of the tee but otherwise everything was top notch.
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.
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.
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:
- Fun course, challenging layout
- Excellent conditions
- Friendly staff
- 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.
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.
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.
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.