The Benchmark For Desert-Style Golf
Designed by acclaimed golf course architect Jay Morrish - designer of numerous Top 100 golf courses - Painted Desert Golf Club's par-72, 6,781-yard championship layout is renowned as one of the country's premier daily fee desert-style golf layouts. Towering palms and mesquites frame lush rolling fairways and manicured greens, with tee boxes and fairways separated by native desert vegetation - creating both strategic diversity and a stunning backdrop for golf. Adding to the allure and beauty of the course are an array of beautiful water features and breathtaking mountain vistas around every bend.
While challenging for scratch golfers, the course features multiple tees on each hole, enabling golfers of all ages and abilities an opportunity to enjoy what is widely considered the "original" desert-style layout in Las Vegas.
Golf Course Highlights
Among the most memorable holes is the par-3, 193-yard No. 8, where an elevated tee box plays to a sloping green guarded in front and to the left by water and behind by bunkers. The final two finishing holes are also distinct; the 535-yard No. 17 serves up a reachable par-5 that provides a rare birdie opportunity late in the round, followed by the par-4, 404-yard No. 18, which provides a stern test of shot-making finesse. A large bunker set to the left challenges the tee shot, which must carry far enough to find a level lie to set up the difficult second shot into one of the most remarkable green complexes in the area - featuring an elevated green which slopes significantly from back to front and is surrounded by bunkers. Finishing birdie-par on these two holes offers the opportunity for a dramatic and truly exhilarating finish. Find a full review of the golf course from nationally known "Two Guys Who Golf" at: http://lasvegas.twoguyswhogolf.com/reviews/painteddesert.html.
Other unforgettable holes:
2: Par-4, 412 yards
The No. 2 hole is a challenge right off the tee. The tee box is surrounded by homes on the right and left, but not to worry; they are well protected by vegetation. Drives down the center of the fairway will give golfers the best chance for making the green on the second shot. Missing to the left will land the ball in the desert, and missing right will put it in the middle of tall, grassy mounds. When approaching the green, golfers must be careful not to over shoot it, as three hidden bunkers are lurking behind, left and right of the green.
3: Par-5, 538 Yards
The No. 3 hole starts with a deceptive tee box that does not line up with the fairway; golfers would benefit from lining up on the right side of the tee box. The “straighter the better” is the motto for this hole...keeping the ball in the middle fairway helps to avoid the desert vegetation, bunkers and treacherous mounds. The three-tiered green is guarded by bunkers on the left and right. Close attention must be paid to the pin placement, to prevent golfers from finding themselves on the wrong tier.
8: Par-3, 187 yards
From the elevated tee boxes, it's easy to see why the No. 8 hole is Painted Desert’s signature hole. The green is well-guarded by water front-left and bunkers back-left and right. Golfers will want to play below the hole on this back-to-front sloping green.
14: Par-4, 292 yards
No. 14 is a challenging dogleg right, with the entire right side guarded from tee to green by water. The left side is guarded by fairway bunkers, and a giant willow tree guards the bend in the middle. The narrow fairway has a deceptively steep slope towards the water, so golfers should aim for left of the middle. Long hitters can drive right of the tree and carry the water to land in the fairway with a nice easy shot to the green. Stay dry, and golfers will score well.
16: Par-3, 148 yards
The No. 16 hole features one of the largest greens on the course, which can easily be reached with a short iron. With an ample putting surface to work with, it is best to keep to the front side of the green. The back has a tricky downhill slope that can be quite fast.