National Golf News
Golf Summerlin offers three very unique and different golf experiences
By Cody Law
DIVOT Contributing Writer
Just off I-15 and near the home of the PGA Tour's Shriners Hospitals for Children Open you'll find three golf courses designed by Billy Casper/Greg Nash and managed by Golf Summerlin Las Vegas. The Highland Falls, Palm Valley and Eagle Crest courses are well conditioned, challenging and enjoyable.
"This is the best place to play in town," said Eagle Crest Head Golf Pro Greg Wickensimer. "We have three great golf courses, two championship style and an executive course. There is truly something for all ages and skill levels."
Director of Golf Donny Long said, "Golf Summerlin's courses are among the best maintained in Southern Nevada. Most believe Golf Summerlin is private as we are a bit of a hidden gem, but all three courses are public and open to outside play. Highland Falls is a five-time winner, including the last four years in a row, of the Review Journal's Best of Las Vegas award."
"Golf Summerlin offers three very unique and different golf experiences, each with its own charm," said Highland Falls Head Pro Jim Neighbors. "Hole 14 at Highland Falls is my favorite par 3 in Las Vegas. The tee sits about 40-feet above the green, so picking the correct club is the key to playing this hole well and there is not a better view of the Las Vegas valley then on the tee box at 14."
You'll love the resort-like atmosphere at Highland Falls and Palm Valley without the sticker shock. Long says Highland Falls tends to be the favorite for most out-of-towners due to its spectacular conditions, elevation changes and the views. Palm Valley is a more traditional layout, flatter but longer, with well-placed bunkers and outstanding conditions. Eagle Crest has become a favorite for many due to the quick pace of play and playability.
"Palm Valley is a very player-friendly course," says Head Pro Shane Sanchez. "While there are plenty of challenges for golfers of all skill levels, most golfers leave the course satisfied."
"The private feel at Golf Summerlin is a bonus," says Long. "And our friendly, knowledgeable staff will just add to that feeling as you play, dine and shop here."
"After nearly 30-years of Las Vegas golf existence it was time for us to sing our praises to the masses," Long said. "While we have forever known that our quality of courses, professional service and challenging play offer a great golf experience, it was when we first started attending the national golf shows that we realized that the stay-and-play golf market was a bit oblivious to our part of the Las Vegas golf world."
Sometimes "build it and they will come," isn't the answer. A few years ago Golf Summerlin professionals, with the expertise of the Citywide Golf Solutions staff, hit the road, meeting with golfers across the country, putting the courses' scenic layouts on display both in person and in all forms of traditional and digital marketing. Now, to put it in golf terms, Golf Summerlin's stay-and-play experience is in red numbers well under par and at the top of the leaderboard.
The feedback from players of all abilities, from across the country, has been nothing but positive. Low or high handicap players love the Golf Summerlin stay and play experience because it offers what every golfer is searching for in a golf getaway: great course conditions, comfortable accommodations and a fair price. Of course it doesn't hurt that just down the road is the famed Las Vegas Boulevard, waiting to celebrate every round under par or to help pay out lost bets.
The manicured conditions and club-like atmosphere of these courses are at odds with the pricing, especially when considering other higher-end, sexier courses in the area. At Golf Summerlin the advantage goes to the visiting golfer.
"The private feel is a bonus," says Long, "Not only are you secluded in a beautiful community but you will enjoy the mountain scenery as we are located on the base of Vegas' scenic mountain range. Our courses sit at 3,000+ elevation making us about five-degrees cooler than most of the Las Vegas area."
Golf Summerlin is the "home course" for the Southern Nevada Golf Association and hosts many amateur championships and junior events throughout the year.
Yes, Las Vegas is built on fast-paced, neon-encrusted fun, including some of its more popular golf courses, but if you're looking for wallet-friendly, challenging golf with a variety of designs and personalized service, look here first: www.golfsummerlin.com.