Painted Desert Golf Club

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3.7
271
5 Stars
68
4 Stars
134
3 Stars
44
2 Stars
16
1 Stars
9
Conditions
3.6
Value
3.9
Layout
3.9
Friendliness
4.0
Pace
3.7
Amenities
3.8
80.8%
Recommend this course
225 out of 270 reviews
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3.8
16
5 Stars
4
4 Stars
8
3 Stars
2
2 Stars
1
1 Stars
1
Conditions
3.4
Value
4.1
Layout
3.9
Pace
3.9
Amenities
3.8
StaffFriendliness
4.3
93.8%
Recommend this course
15 out of 16 reviews
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3.8
35
5 Stars
6
4 Stars
20
3 Stars
6
2 Stars
2
1 Stars
1
Conditions
3.5
Value
3.8
Layout
3.8
Pace
3.9
Amenities
3.8
StaffFriendliness
4.0
85.7%
Recommend this course
30 out of 35 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Par 72
Length 6781
Slope 129
Rating 71.8
Type Public
One of the pioneers in Las Vegas golf, Painted Desert Golf Course is a 1987 Jay Morrish design has golfers shooting at targets in the desert. Painted Desert has maintained its place in the Sin City golf community through all its changes by putting on an emphasis on course conditioning. Just because your greens are almost two decades old does not mean they cannot be in better shape than many of the new kids on the block. The desert is the focus here, but Morrish also works in a few lakes as obstacles. "This golf course is a very friendly layout and you can score here without having a feeling of imminent doom on every hole," John Scappatura said. "We are a bit off of the beaten path, which means that we almost always have availability for tee times. Everyone who does make the trip out here though appreciates our conditioning, the price, and the friendly atmosphere."
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Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Back 72 6781 yards 71.8 129
Middle (W) 72 6269 yards 75.9 131
Middle 72 6269 yards 69.9 125
Forward (W) 72 5647 yards 72.2 126
Scorecard for Painted Desert 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
Gold M: 72.1/135 390 401 539 188 371 515 327 197 422 3350 391 227 465 556 299 406 148 535 404 3431 6781
Black M: 70.7/125 W: 75.2/135 361 373 502 178 345 491 303 168 397 3118 363 191 418 512 277 384 124 505 377 3151 6269
Silver M: 67.2/115 W: 72.1/121 330 339 475 138 311 443 276 133 364 2809 333 150 375 466 251 354 100 461 348 2838 5647
Handicap 7 5 9 3 15 11 17 13 1 8 10 2 12 14 6 18 16 4
Par 4 4 5 3 4 5 4 3 4 36 4 3 4 5 4 4 3 5 4 36 72
Handicap (W) 13 5 9 3 11 15 17 7 1 4 8 6 16 14 10 18 12 2

Course Details

Year Built 1987
Golf Season Year round
Architect Jay Morrish

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - included in green fees
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Bunker Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard, Amex Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No

Reviews

3.7
271

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 25
Brunch 11
Watching the Game 9
Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 43
Water Hazards 34
Narrow Fairways 25
This course/club is great for:
Locals 29
Advanced Golfers 24
Seniors 18
This Course's Location is:
Convenient to the City 39
Worth the Drive 28
In the 'Burbs 20

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4.0
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First Time Playing

Everyone is very accommodating here, page of play is excellent, greens we're my only issue alittle bumpy. Other than that excellent layout and very nice staff. Would play here again.

Conditions Average
Layout Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Golf cart path

Beautiful golf course with an eye opening golf cart path

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
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Gregg5993320
Commented On 11/17/2018

Thank you very much for playing Painted Desert and the positive review, we are glad you had a good time and enjoyed the course. General Manager, Painted Desert Golf Club.

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Handicap 25+
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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First Time Playing

A Must Play

Scenic, well maintained golf course. Somewhat narrow fairways require accuracy. Off the fairway? Use your rock club (inc!uded with M2 rental set). Very nice. Balls ran on fairways often rolling off back of green. Greens lightning fast. Putt well or run well past hole. Staff excellent! Overall great golf in a great setting. Go play.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
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Commented On 11/17/2018

Hello Michael...we are glad you enjoyed the course and look forward to you returning in the future. Thank you for the 5 star review! General, Painted Desert Golf Club.

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Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

This was a narrow course

Not good for the slicer....

All holes were LONG!

Had a fun day and we moved along real well.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Bad greens, worse fairways. Way overbooked w horrible players

Greens were super shaggy and bumpy. Fairways were terrible. And pace of play was the worst I’ve ever played in a golf course. I wouldn’t pay $20 to play again. Go elsewhere. Also it was cart path only which WASNT advertised on this site.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Fair
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Super steps

Kind working people here.

Some greens rough but it's OK for the value of money .

Convenient location and actually fine course.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Used cart

course is worth the money

I haven't played Painted Desert in a while, so I didn't know what to expect. It was in pretty reasonable shape, especially considering how many other courses here in Las Vegas are in poor shape from the recent weather. Yes, the green are a bit shaggy, but they still roll true and at a decent speed.

I highly recommend Painted Desert.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once every three months
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Showing its age, but still a very nice layout

I played it after a long absence. Some of the course infrastructure suffers from non-maintenance (sand trap rakes, cart paths, tee boxes, etc.), but the grass on the fairways and greens are as good as I remember them being back when it was fairly new 25 years ago. The layout is very good, and it is a good test of your golfing ability. (And mine came up lacking on most holes.) Take advantage of low rates during the hot summer, and you may be able to get a quick round in because the course won't be crowded. There are a lot of golf course options out there, and I mostly play elsewhere. But, I may make a return trip to PD this summer, because it was fun to be there again.

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

Avid golfer

Although it has been pretty hot in Las Vegas the course is in good shape . With the greens being a little fuzzy.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Price is right

Friendly and professional staff. Cart associates were very attendant and helpful. Ran a flat tire. Another cart out in 10 minutes. Like the course layout. Greens needed work. Golfers need to fix their divots. Scenery is beautiful. Most of the resident's have patio door access to course. Nice to do morning and afternoon walks. Definitely taking my buddy's out here to golf.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Fair
Friendliness Fair
Pace Fair
Amenities Fair
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Nice course

Had a nice time greens were sponchi but overall was a good experience will be back:::

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 500 Contributor
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart

very enjoyable

All aspects of the course were in good condition. A windy day added to the challenge. The staff was friendly and welcoming. I will play this course again and recommend this course to others.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Solid course

Good value, greens were slow which was favorable for throwing darts. Had to putt the ball firm and at the hole most greens which can take a few holes to adjust to. Other than that, I thought the round was quick and easy.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Fair
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Poor
Played On
2.0
First Time Playing
Windy weather
Used cart

The good, the bad, and the ugly

This is my second round of golf since moving to Vegas. There were a few things I really liked about this course and things I really disliked. Unfortunately, the dislikes outweighed the likes. I'll start off with the ugly and work my way to the positives.

The ugly:

First hole I put all my stuff ie phone, wallet, keys in the drivers side compartment of the cart like I normally do. However, I failed to notice that there was no ledge (there were screws there so evidently it broke off at some point) to prevent your items from flying out when you start the cart. So of course on the first hole, everything goes flying out of the cart, including my phone. Of course it was a new phone and the face cracked. Bad way to start things off.

After the round and went in and explained to the guy in the shop what happened and I wasnt angry per se, but that I just wanted them to know about the issue so it didnt happen to the next person. Hopefully they fix the cart. I'll just leave it at that.

The bad:

1. I read reviews before coming here that the driving range is mat only. So I knew ahead of time I wasnt going to hit balls on the range on a potential hard mat as it has taken my well over a decade to get my shoulder back to where I can play golf.

2. No course layout on card, no GPS. Even the signs on each hole didnt have the hole layout. There are yardage markers on the fairway and cart path. So that kinda sucked especially on #14 when I thought there was land between the Willow Tree and the lake. Found out the hard way there wasnt.

3. Every single hole has OB, and the homes on some holes felt like they were right up on top of you. Furthermore, I played from the tips and at 6700 yards, there is zero reason to ever bring out your driver on this course. Of course that didnt sink in until the back 9. So if you want a lot of practice with your long irons off the tee, I'd recommend this course. I had 9 penalty strokes and shot an 87 because I sprayed my driver too much early on. So that wasnt a lot of fun. Not only because I lost a few balls, but I was more concerned about knocking out somebody's window as on #11, I hit one DEEP into the neighborhood. Who knows where that ended up. So yeah I probably wont play here again anytime soon (until I get back to playing decent golf after taking a year off) just out of fear of breaking someones window either on their home or their car and I'd be stuck with the tab.

4. The layout is boring. It's like a driving range every hole is straight ahead. Very repetitive.

5. I think #11 is a poorly designed hole. At 227, it was playing more like 245 when I played it due to the wind. So I had to choke down on a driver and tried to hit some low punch shot into the green as I dont carry a 245 yard club. Well, instead what happened is I hit a foul ball out of the park and about 200 yards deep into the neighborhood. The hole could play to as much as 260 yards if they move the tees back and the wind is in your face.

6. Prepare for clubs to get beat up as right off the thin strip of rough is dirt and rocks. But I guess I need to get used to that in Vegas.

The good:

1. Greens were running smooth and fairly quick. Always got a good lie in the fairway. The rough was up which I liked, although there were some patchy areas but it's the rough so whatever. Tee boxes were in great shape. And there appeared to be sand in the bunkers!

2. Some holes make you feel like a pro. It's unfortunate that golf ball/club technology has done to the game of golf. I was slightly downwind for my drive on #17, which is a 535 yard par 5. Since this fairway was really wide open, I brought back out the driver and proceeded to knock it to within 190 yards of the hole, then proceeded to hit a beautiful draw working with the wind 6 iron within 15 feet of the hole and nail the eagle putt which made my day of course. So if you are hitting your driver straight, you can turn this course into a chip and putt fest, wind dependent. But of course that is a big if and like I said before, I'd recommend keeping the driver in the bag for the most part.

3. I saved the best for last. I got to go out earlier than my scheduled tee time by 1/2 an hour and I didnt see a single person my entire round. I did not hurry at all and finished my 18 holes in under 2 1/2 hours playing by myself. Now THAT is how fast a round of golf should be played. I could have easily played in 2 hours if I had played faster (and not hit so many balls OB).

4. There is no escape from the wind. Personally, I like playing when it's windy as it really makes me think about club selection and trying to hit different shots. Today, the wind was between 10-15 mph with some higher gusts, so that added a fun element.

Overall, though, I dont see myself coming back here anytime soon. Having just started back up playing again after a year off, I'm highly erratic and sometimes have no idea where the ball is going so that is not a good mix with all these homes so close to the course. As I get back into the swing of things, I might come back here to work on my long iron game and to get an ego boost as I think someone that is playing to a 5 handicap could really go low on this track like sub par fairly easily.

The reason for my 2 star rating is that there is a mat only driving range, the somewhat boring layout, the poorly designed #11, no GPS/course layout, and the fact there is OB on every hole really outweighs the fact I played a quick round of golf and the conditions were good.

Conditions Good
Value Fair
Layout Poor
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Among the best

A great course to test anyone. Beautiful vistas, nicer than TPC Las Vegas, which we played the day before, although conditions at TPC were impeccible. Super friendly staff. Ready to play again!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
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