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Played on Friday, 10/15, with a 12:48 tee time with the fellas from Cocky & Lucky Golf and Social Club. Happily paid $40 local rate as Wildhorse was the 1st tee time I found that wasn't 3pm or later when I started looking a week out. Vegas tee times are going fast. 3 of us walked and the other rode as he was waiting for a text that would of cut his day early (but never came). Played in just a shade over 4 hours, waiting on many shots, after the starter reminded us we had to keep up. Never saw the group behind us after the 1st hole.

Course was in pretty good shape as it works through the winter transition without closing. I'm a lover of firm and fast conditions and not impressed by overly watered courses. Wildhorse was playing fast and was lovely. Tee boxes mostly leveled with a little bit of divots on the par 3s. Fairways were fast and firm, lots of roll, but plenty of grass, it was just a lighter shade. Rough was minimal, just enough to define the fairways, a bit longer around the greens. Bunkers were decent, heavy sand that wasn't hard packed with a chance to hit from. Greens were really nice, smooth and firm, with minimum ball marks, and a little faster than they looked.

Wildhorse is one of those "Old Vegas" courses, tree lined with some houses around, and not a desert course. It has a ton of history and once hosted a Tour event (like 50 years ago). It's one of the few walkable Vegas course. An absolute locals course with a great practice area. I have never been past the pro shop to see if they have a grill but there is a nice snack shack right next to the 1st/10th tees. If it wasn't such a drive I would play the Horse more. Fun, challenging layout that isn't overpowered.
11 Likes.
Played Saturday, 10/9, in a tournament that the committee set for the tips. National came out of reseeding just over a week ago and is off Cart Path Only. Many areas of the course still had that "fuzzy and needs a good cut" look but played pretty nice. Some of the tee boxes were a bit long but mostly level with some markers set on a slope. Fairways looked and played like they just came out of reseed, lots of wetness, plenty of mud balls, but no bare areas. Rough varied from just above fairway to some gnarly deep stuff. Bunkers were outstanding. I don't remember the green side bunkers being this good with deep, heavy-ish sand that was nice to hit from. I was not in any fairway bunkers. Greens have improved from the summer when they had some bare, dirt areas. Completely grown back in and running smooth, just on the slow side but sped up as the sun heated up.

Staff was nice and friendly. They had a drink cart assigned for each 9 so there was never more than a hole without an opportunity to grab something. The historic bar/grill was crowded but with good service after the round.

Not your typical Vegas course and I love it. Tree line parkland course. The whole place just oozes Old Vegas from the time you walk in from the parking lot. It's not the flashy new Vegas but deserves a look if you're in town.
13 Likes.
Played in a charity scramble on Monday, 9/20. Outside staff was humming along as they grabbed bags and had them on the carts ready to go for 144 players with a shotgun start. Staff had us at our assigned holes and we teed off a couple of minutes early.

Course is in great late summer shape. Tee boxes were moved forward and back from the normal White tee areas and I liked the different set up. Fairways were fast with run but still lush. Rough was about 1-2 inches above the fairway. No comment on the sand but it was well groomed. Greens were really good, medium fast, and a bit soft. Unfortunately some have not been repairing their ball marks, scaring the surface.

Reflection Bay has been one of the favorite courses and it did not disappoint. Its the perfect time to get out and play.
13 Likes.
Played on Friday, 8/27 for the first time in forever on the home course with John_T and his dad. Paid $49 with the OB card. Easy check in. John grabbed a wrap and some drinks in the grill then headed to the starter, who got us off about 20 minutes early. Felt like we were alone until we hit the groups on 9, finishing our front in about 1.5 hours. The back was a bit slower, taking just over 2 hours, but still a sub 4 round on a very hot day. Drink cart was around twice on both nines, and the snack shack was open on 6/15 even late in the afternoon.

Course is prepping for reseed, closing on in 10 days (9/7). Tee boxes a bit on the shaggy side and I wished they would level them out one day. While the course is starting to dry out and get down, the fairway conditions were really good. Dry and fast, but definitely not thin or bare. Plenty of run making me love some afternoon golf. Rough has been cut has they reseed the rough along with the fairway, so it's just long enough to give definition but not stopping anything hot from rolling into the desert areas. Greens were a bit soft, saw lots of unfixed marks, and a bit bumpy in the afternoon. They were running a bit slower, but normal summer speed.

Mountain should be good for another week then I would wait a few weeks after the reseed. Still decent bargain since the courses are usually in above average conditions.
10 Likes.
Played on Sunday, 8/15. Feels like its been some time since i've been out at AP and was really feeling a need to play Palm, a fun, shortish, par 70 course with 5 par 3s (4 over trouble) and 3 par 5s (2 absolutely go for it in 2 with a good drive). Paid $52 with the OB card and fairly warned of reseed prep work as the course will be closing in a week or so.

Despite the prep, the course was really playable with dry but lush fairways with a fair amount of run but thick conditions underneath. Rough has been cut down to basically fairway height so anything on the sides have the chance of running into the desert. Bunkers were OK, I did just chip from 2 green side, long shots I did not want to mess with a traditional sand shot. I do wish they level off the tee boxes, probably the biggest complaint. Greens ran smooth but a bit slow, so firm shots were nicely rewarded.

I love Palm as it's my go to when I've posted a few high scores and need an ego boost. If the game is "almost there" or absolutely on you will score well, but a bit off and you'll pay. Love it in my normal rotation and one of those courses you just go for it on every shot.
12 Likes.
Played Friday, 8/13 with the GK Gurus. Fun round with John_T, Famed02, and Brett. Its been 3 years since I was last here, and I was happy to be back. As we arrived, we turned into the upper parking lot instead of the lower lot for golf, but the cart attendant drove up to grab our clubs. The clubhouse has the feel of a private or high end resort course, with a full locker room that includes sitting areas and showers.

Course has a full grass driving range, but it was closed for maintenance, and a large putting green that was consistent with the course. The course was in really nice shape for the dog days of summer and a very active monsoon season this year. Tee boxes were a little fuzzy, but level, with almost no divot damage. Fairways are a browning Bermuda, but lush, with no thin or dead areas. Rough was about 2 inches, just enough to cause some issues with the ball sitting down. Greens were running at a medium speed, but faster than past summers. There were a few with signs of a recent aeration, but they rolled smooth.

On the "extras" side, they have gas powered carts (with no governor?) with a GPS screen showing distance to the flag. For some reason, the screen is not visible through polarized lens (I kept thinking it turned off). No on course drink cart, but there's a snack shack located near the 1st/10th tee area. My only issues were canned bloody marys and she was on a break when we made the turn, however, we called the shop and they ran out our order while on the 11th hole. We had lunch in the restaurant after, with a large menu and a large draft beer selection. Service from start to finish was great and equaled the private/high end club feel.

I loved the course design. The course is routed through the hills above the Colorado River and has lots of elevation changes. I don't think there's more than 2 flat holes, almost every hole is uphill or down. The greens match the course's elevation changes, plenty of swales and undulations. There's a nice mix of short risk/reward and long holes. There's a sub 300 yard par 4 on each 9, but both are uphill and require a drive over rocky terrain if you try to take the direct line, and lots of bunkers in the way. There's some elevated greens with false edges, where a short shot will roll back 20 yards.

Overall, well worth a trip from Vegas and a must play if you're in the Laughlin area.
14 Likes.
Played on Friday, 7/30, with an 11am tee time, with Famed02, John_T, and Larry. Thanks to the Royal Links certificate Ed won during GK Plays Vegas.

Service was great. Food and Beverage prices are really good for a resort course. Drink Cart was around 4 times including her "last call." Starter let us out early and it was almost like the whole course was to ourselves, only waiting on 7 for the group ahead (thinking they stopped by the clubhouse as they drove by). We played a combo routing of mostly Gold (6600), but Ruby (5900) on the top 4 Handicap holes, which comes out to about 6300 yards. Finished in the typical 4:30ish hours.

Course is just absolutely lush. While I enjoy the firm and fast winter conditions, the course is just super green right now. Fairways are carpet like with no bare/thin areas. Bunkers are a bit tough, deep and small with a thin amount of sand. Balls rolled to the front wall and just settled with almost no shot of going forward to get out. The rough is just brutal right now. Thick, juicy, and about mid calf high in length. If you go into it off the tee, go ahead and play a provisional because it's probably lost or so unplayable it'll take 3 to get out. Very British Open like. Greens were a little soft and receptive with the recent rains, rolled smooth and medium speed.

With the rumors of it's demise greatly exaggerated, Royal Links is in the best condition I've seen it. Definitely worth looking at if in Vegas for a long weekend.
14 Likes.
Played Siena twice in the last 8 days (Friday/Saturday), both with an earlyish tee time. As always here, staff is on point. If you don't use the bag drop, the attendant walks out to your car to grab the clubs.

Course has a full grass driving range which is included. Also a large putting green with multiple tiers.

The course has taken some beating from the recent monsoon rains but is still very good. It's just soaked and soggy in spots. Tee boxes are mostly level, but a few are getting shaggy. Fairways are a mix bag, some are lush, but a handful show signs of verticutting with large spots of dead, hardpan. It seems when they get a mix of high heat and lots of rain, they get a fungus that kills off the grass, reminds me of conditions in Summer 2018 when they lost almost all the fairways. The rough hasn't been cut lately and is just thick. Chances of losing a ball if you don't pinpoint where it went in. Bunkers were not good, just hard packed sand that's difficult to hit out of deep bunkers. Greens were nice, smooth and medium speed. They're really soft and receptive, but some people do not fix their ball marks, leaving a pock filled putting area.

I feel Siena treats you great on the customer service side and the course treats you fairly. If you're playing well, you score well, if you're a bit off, you're paying a price. Nice course and worth it at a nice price.
10 Likes.
Part 2 of GK Plays Vegas on Sunday, 7/11. I have never hidden my Reflection Bay Fan Boy and was happy to see it was in great shape. Staff is always happy and very friendly. I arrived early to enjoy a large breakfast sandwich off of a huge breakfast menu. Definitely going to find something you like on it.

Course is playing very well in this incredible heat. Tee boxes were level with no real damage. Fairways were lush with some roll. Rough was just enough to cause an issue. Bunkers were in great shape with some heavyish sand. Greens were on the summer speed, medium, but fairly smooth. Some had some ball mark issues common with resorts.

I am an unabashed Reflection Fan Boy and it did not disappoint this weekend. There's just something about the drive out there, and the views of Lake LV as you play 14-18 that I just love. Reflection Bay is in my top 3 of recommendations in Vegas.
12 Likes.
1st round of the Vegas GK Plays on Saturday, 7/10. For a near noon start, course was very busy. Bag drop staff grabbed the bag and had it ready on the cart by the time I walked down. For a resort course, drink prices (both alcohol and non) are great. Paiute has 2 full grass driving ranges with matching putting and chipping greens.

Paiute is always in great shape and Sun was no different. Level tee boxes. Lush fairways (but some soaked areas during the late watering). Rough was a little low around 1 inch or so. Bunkers were really good, especially for the amount of wind they get in there. Greens were incredible. Just smooth and what seemed to be blazin' fast.

Paiute never disappoints. Courses are always in great shape and has a very friendly staff. Always one of the courses I recommend on a Vegas trip.
9 Likes.
John_T and I joined the Pisarski crew for an early Friday (7/9) morning unofficial GK meet up. Thanks to Matt for snagging the first 2 tee times. Paid $100, which I thought was a bit high until after I played, then I thought it was correctly priced.

Easy pro shop check in and a large selection of merchandise. I indulged myself with a Wolf Creek wolf head ball marker and a new hat. Prices are as expected for a pro shop. Enjoyed an excellent preround Bloody Mary (adding the pickle is incredible) and had lunch after the round. It was a bit busy for lunch, but service was fast once they caught up. Outside services was great. They took the cart to fill a tire while we checked in after noticing it was a little low.

Course was in better than expected shape for the middle of a very dry summer (until this week). They were doing some tee box repairs on the middle tee grounds, so tees were moved up or back. Fairways (outside of 10) were lush. Rough was about 1-2 inches and pretty even across the course. Bunkers were excellent with white sand now in all the bunkers. Greens were good, a bit slow due to the need to keep them long in the heat. Unrepaired ballparks became a theme of the weekend.

I try to never pass up the chance to play Wolf Creek. I find it a very fun course and it has incredible views. With the fact it's a destination course, expect some slower rounds, but we around the front in 2 hours but hit the split tee groups on the back. Highly recommend.
11 Likes.
Played on Friday, 7/2, with a 10:30ish tee time with the crew from Cocky & Lucky Social and Golf Club.. Full disclosure: I have a real love/hate relationship with this course, I want to hate it, but then I play and end up loving it. My 1st time at this course was a bad experience (years ago) and it has changed for the better.

Range is great. All grass and is included with a small basket (about 30 balls). They also have Trackman for extra if you want to see the numbers.

Staff is awesome here. I was the 3rd to arrive and our carts were at the range. The attendant carried my clubs to the range while I was checking in and grabbing a Bloody Mary (it was ok, no olives though). On the 2nd tee, a marshal pulled up with some cold towels for those of us that forgot our cool towels. While we didn't have the Instagram famous drink cart girl, the drink cart was around twice per 9 and the marshals were out keeping everything in line. I passed on hitting Blaze 19, which has incredible pizza and some nice taps. For a Friday late morning, we finished in under 4 hours, allowing a single to play through around 14. Pace was incredible.

For the start of summer, the course is in incredible shape. Minus some thin spots in downhill areas, the course is in prime shape. A few canted tee boxes, but all lush and easy to tee. Fairways were lush, but the raised greens caused some thin areas which were really soaked today. Rough is a bit rough. Bunkers are really good, with some heavy sand but better than most Vegas courses. About 1-2 inches along the fairways. Around the greens, it was kinda crab grass like which caused some issues. I have no problems with it, hit the fairway and green and there's no issue. Greens rolled about a medium speed, but there were some bumps on a few putts. There may be some Kikuya mixed in.

I do love Chimera and outside my first round there, I have had a great time there. Great food. Incredible staff. I wish they flip the 9s back as 7-9 is such a better finish on this Ted Robinson Jr design (and 10 is such a better opener with the Pegasus at the back of the boxes). My main issue is price, as they are way above most local places of the same caliber. We paid $39 after 10am, which is about right, but $75+ for prime spots is a bit high. If it wasn't such a drive, I was play here more often.
9 Likes.
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