Cascata golf course - hole 17
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Cascata golf course - hole 17
The downhill 17th at Cascata plays 489 yards, the longest par 4 on the golf course. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
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Wynn Golf Club - hole 10
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Wynn Golf Club - hole 10
The 10th hole is the hardest of Wynn Golf Club's two par 5s. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Royal Links Golf Club - No. 18
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Royal Links Golf Club - No. 18
Players must carry two bunkers, including the replica of the famous Road Hole, on the par-4 18th at Royal Links Golf Club in Las Vegas. Courtesy of Royal Links G.C.
Bali Hai Golf Club - No. 18
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Bali Hai Golf Club - No. 18
The Pacific-themed Bali Hai Golf Club is right on the Las Vegas Strip. Courtesy of Bali Hai G.C.
Desert Pines Golf Club - holes 7, 8 and 16
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Desert Pines Golf Club - holes 7, 8 and 16
There are three greens -- the seventh, eighth and 16th -- right next to each other and separated only by water at Desert Pines Golf Club. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
TPC Las Vegas golf course - hole 10
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TPC Las Vegas golf course - hole 10
The TPC Las Vegas is among the best golf courses in Sin City. Courtesy of TPC Las Vegas
Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort - Wolf Course
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Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort - Wolf Course
The Wolf Course at Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort is a challenge. Courtesy Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort
Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort - Snow Mountain Course
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Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort - Snow Mountain Course
The Snow Mountain Course at Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort has hosted the ESPN National Golf Challenge. Courtesy of Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort
Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort - Sun Mountain Course
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Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort - Sun Mountain Course
The demanding par-3 fourth hole on the Sun Mountain Course at Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort requires a long carry over water. Courtesy of Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort
Bear's Best Las Vegas - No. 10
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Bear's Best Las Vegas - No. 10
The 10th hole at Bear's Best Las Vegas was inspired by The Club at PGA West in La Quinta, Calif. Courtesy of Club Corp.

Las Vegas: A photogenic desert golf destination

LAS VEGAS -- It's no gamble when you make a tee time somewhere around Sin City. You're a sure winner with so many fine golf courses as options. There's so much to do along the Las Vegas Strip that golf sometimes gets lost in the shuffle. Don't make that mistake.

Tom Fazio's Wynn Golf Club and Rees Jones' Cascata are two of the most prestigious tee times in the country. Caddies are excellent tour guides to decipher their challenges. Slick greens define Cascata, located in Boulder City -- 22 miles from the Strip. The Wynn builds to a climax on the par-4 18th, where a waterfall roars behind the green.

The Walters Golf courses -- Royal Links Golf Club and Bali Hai Golf Club -- offer a duo of unique experiences. Bali Hai feels like the tropics, and Royal Links like Scotland. Talk about jet lag.

It's do or Dye time at Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort, where three Pete Dye designs -- the Snow Mountain Course, Sun Mountain Course and Wolf Course -- will keep golfers entertained. Bear's Best Las Vegas delivers 18 of the best holes designed by Jack Nicklaus during his illustrious career. And don't forget the TPC Las Vegas, a brand known for good golf and even better service and amenities.

Jason Scott Deegan has reviewed more than 700 courses and golf destinations for some of the industry's biggest publications. His work has been honored by the Golf Writer's Association of America and the Michigan Press Association. Follow him on Twitter at @WorldGolfer.
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It's a good idea to get the swing dialed in before heading onto the 6,810-yard, par-71 Desert Pines Golf Club in Las Vegas. Opened in 1997, Desert Pines pinches narrow in a number of spots. It's just a short cab ride (each way) from the Vegas Strip, but it feels miles away thanks to a setting reminiscent of the rolling hills of the Carolinas.
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