Our final course on our trip to Las Vegas brought us to TPC Las Vegas. This course was on the PGA Tour rotation until 2006! This week it was hosting the Super Bowl of Golf for the NFL Alumni Association! We had a blast playing it!
The golf course plays over 7100 yards from the back tees. It is a great test of golf for anyone brave enough to stretch it all the way out for their round. The tournament was played from the “blended” tees. This was a combination of the blue and white tees getting the golf course to 6300 yards and a great test of golf. If you check out the gallery above you can see some great pictures of the course and the amazing views you encounter throughout!
The course has bent grass greens and is one of only a few warm weather courses to have bent grass on their greens. If you are not used to bent grass you will struggle on these greens. They were incredible fast and didn’t break as much as you expected.
Another tricky thing about the greens was “The Strip Effect.” No matter what you read for a putt the greens all broke towards “The Strip” that Las Vegas has become so famous for. Most of the holes you could see the strip from so it gave you some amazing views for pictures on the course.
The course opens with a very welcoming par 4. The longer hitters can get close to the green, giving you a great chance for a birdie. The problem is the greens play very firm and with the wind it is hard to get a ball to stop on them so you really need to be careful where you land the ball and try to use a lot of spin on the shot.
The second hole has to be the most photographed hole on the golf course. This par 3 plays to a rock walled “island” green where club selection is of most importance and 3 can be a great score at the end of the hole. It was the first island green that I have played without any water on it.
The ninth hole is a great shorter length par 4 that you can be aggressive on. If you miss your drive you will end up in the sand but with a great drive you will have a wedge into a sloping green that is well guarded.
The twelfth hole is a shorter par three that is all carry over the desert. Club selection is imperative as there is a lot of slope in the green and you need to find the correct yardage to get the ball in the right area because if you are on the green it doesn’t secure a par.
Fourteen is a great par four with some amazing views. Off the tee there is a canyon to your right side and your tee shot needs to be played at the church steeple in the distance. Your approach shot plays over the canyon that if you hit one fat at all you will end up in the bottom of and have no chance at playing your shot. If you stand on the green and look back down the fairway you have a great view of The Strip.
Seventeen is an interesting hole. The shorter hitters will find a slight advantage as they will leave themselves with a shot where they can see the green. The longer hitters will hit it into a gully where they will have a blind shot to the green. It makes club selection very difficult.
Dads Say So, TPC Las Vegas is a great golf course! It has everything a TPC facility should have. Great conditions, awesome layout and an amazing staff make it a must play if you are in Las Vegas. Sure you may pay a little more to play here, but the experience is well worth it. It is located only 25 minutes from the any of the hotels on The Strip and a great spot to have a fun and enjoyable round of golf that you will not soon forget. It is as much of a “Must Play” as the poker table is when you are in Las Vegas! To find out more about the course, click here and be directed to their web site.