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Destination golf provides a new dynamic to the Las Vegas experience, experts say

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A picturesque view of the Bali Hai Golf Club in Las Vegas. (File Photos/ drives into new avenues for golf in Las Vegas

By Terrance Thornton | Digital Free Press

Viva Las Vegas! It’s that battle cry for many headed to Sin City looking for good times, lucrative rolls and hospitality second to none.

But a growing sector of tourism in Las Vegas is destination golf, tourism officials there say, as more and more travelers coming to the southwestern hot spot are scheduling tee times amid table-top games and night show reservations.

“As home to dozens of America’s top-ranked courses, Las Vegas is full of experiences for avid, casual and weekend golfers alike,” said Rebecca Hall at RR Partners in Las Vegas. “Designers with two or more courses in southern Nevada include Billy Casper, Greg Nash, Arnold Palmer, Lee Schmidt, Brian Curley, Tom Fazio, Jack Nicklaus, Ted Robinson, Sr. and Ted Robinson, Jr., Rees Jones, Pete Dye, Jay Morrish and Robert Trent Jones, Jr.”

R&R Partners, with an office here in Phoenix, provides public relations and marketing for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, and Ms. Hall confirms Las Vegas offers one-of-kind experiences on any of the golf courses in and around the famous “Strip.”

“Las Vegas offers an experience that won’t be found anywhere else,” she said. “The city provides a thrilling roster of major and minor league professional teams, high-profile sporting events and world-class venues.”

“Las Vegas also boasts 150,000 rooms at every price point, attractions, world-class entertainment, expansive dining options, and abundant outdoor and adventure experiences. There’s something for everyone, and groups love Las Vegas because any non-golfers have endless options while the rest are enjoying our fantastic greens.”

Turns out, there is no “off” season for golf in most regions of the southwestern region of the United States, but Las Vegas offers one-of-a-kind options, Ms. Hall contends.

“With an average of 320 days of sunshine per year, Las Vegas can absolutely be your ultimate golf destination year-round,” she said. “Plus, during the summer months there are plenty of ways to cool off following a round, from a dip in the pool to an ice-cold local microbrew or show-stopping craft cocktail.”

The Coyote Springs Golf Club Nevada, which is a Jack Nicklaus golf course. (File Photos/

Las Vegas golf experts:

Brad Kozak, president at Phoenix-based Foreward Business Consulting, says golf in the southwestern region of the United States can spoil a golfer.

“There is nowhere else in the world that has the 19th hole activities available to them as easily as Vegas,” he told the Arizona Digital Free Press. “It’s a natural fit for a golf trip.”

Mr. Kozak believes the full potential for destination golf in Sin City is still untapped

“Las Vegas as a sports and leisure destination — from what I’ve experienced with other ‘golf destinations’ is a little bit in its infancy,” he said noting he hopes to help improve guest experiences through his partnership at “Hotels don’t really work with golf vacation providers and there is a huge opportunity to capitalize on all the traffic they get that isn’t golf specific.”

Mr. Kozak explains offers travelers from anywhere in the world customized destination golf packages with places like Las Vegas a part of its partner portfolio.

Oftentimes destination golfers are seeking variety and Ms. Hall explains Las Vegas offers a plethora of the finest public and private courses on the planet.

“Southern Nevada is home to more than 45 of the country’s finest public and private courses, catering to golfers of every style,” she pointed out. “For those looking for something off the beaten path, Mesquite, Laughlin and Primm are also fantastic options.”

Another option for killing time between rounds? Ms. Hall offers there is no place quite like Las Vegas to take in a professional event.

“Las Vegas is also the ideal place to watch major contests across the sports spectrum with over-the-top viewing parties and unique venues like Circa Resorts & Casino’s multi-story sports book and Stadium Swim complex,” she said. “Our local professional teams and the special events that take place here have also gone above and beyond to embrace the city’s entertainment legacy – anyone attending an event here will see why we now refer to Las Vegas as the ‘Greatest Arena on Earth.’”

Ms. Hall explains as destination golf travel grows, Las Vegas is already pivoting to provide activities for the wide spectrum of the traveling golfer.

“Golf has traditionally been a popular Las Vegas activity for visitors from across the country and around the world, from groups enjoying a casual experience at Topgolf to the best in the sport competing annually at the Shriners Children’s Open,” she said.


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