In Vegas? Try Primm Valley for a Great Golf Experience

Primm Valley: 4th hole

The 4th hole is an mid-length, uphill par 3. A little long is better than short on this hole.

The  last two days of our vacation were spent in Las Vegas. We went to meet a friend of a friend who runs Las Vegas Golf & Tennis to talk about Vegas golfing options as we wanted to find a good course, but didn’t want to spend a lot of money.  After talking with him about several local courses, we decided to make the half-hour drive to Primm Valley Golf Club.

Arriving at Primm Valley we were met at the bag drop, where we left our clubs and parked the car. Inside the fully stocked Pro Shop, we checked in and found out we were playing the Desert course, one of two courses they have on property, the other being the Lakes. The course takes us through the natural landscape with desert plants and grasses and the odd cactus, making every hole a different experience.  The Desert course has 4 sets of tees that go from over 7100 yards to just under 5400. Again choosing the right tees is important, not only for your skill level but for your enjoyment of such a beautiful course.

The rolling and sometimes oddly sloping fairways have the potential to kick your ball for a better shot if planned right, or a worse shot if not.  With frequent sand traps and waste bunkers, there is always a different way for you to play your shots. The greens are large, some elevated and undulating, so getting your ball to the proper hole location is key or you will have some difficult putts. Even though water comes into play on only three or four holes, you will still want to keep it in the fairway.

The course was in great shape. The tee boxes were cut and well groomed, as were the fairways and greens. The sand traps were nicely kept with several rakes available for you to keep them well maintained. They have an extremely large driving range and two nice size putting greens. A chipping and bunker practice area are also available for pre-round warm-ups. The carts have coolers with bottled water, and GPS systems with good hole descriptions. Always nice when you haven’t played the course before.

We teed off at 10:15 and were able to finish in 4 hours with minimal delay. Our friend at the golf shop in Vegas provided us with a coupon so the price we got was great, although even full price, the round would have cost us about $75.  They have discounts for later in the day and at Golfnow.com.  Prices are best during the off-season which is summer and winter. 

This course is a can’t miss in my opinion.  If you can’t travel that far from Vegas, they operate two other courses, Badlands Golf Club and Silverstone Golf Club, that are closer to the strip. If Primm Valley is any indication, I’m sure the others are worth a try. For more information on Primm Valley, check their site www.primmvalleygolf.com.

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