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Vegas Weekend: Zac Brown Band, Darius Rucker, Wiz Khalifa, Ne-Yo and more

Some of the biggest names in entertainment are descending on Las Vegas this weekend, so whether it's a concert, comic or celebrity you are looking for, you'll find them in Vegas this weekend. See who's where this weekend, or click here to scroll through our full weekend lineup.

Zac Brown Band

Friday, Oct. 17

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Saturday, Oct. 18

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Sunday, Oct. 19

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Vegas Weekend: The Eagles, Seth Meyers, Enrique, Pitbull and more

Whether it's music, production shows, comedy, DJs or celebrities you're looking for, Las Vegas is the place. See who's where this weekend, or click here to scroll through our full weekend lineup.

Wicked

Friday, Oct. 10

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Seth Meyers

Saturday, Oct. 11

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Sunday, Oct. 12

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You'll find something for everyone this holiday season when you shop in Vegas

Find something for everyone on your holiday list when you do your holiday shopping in Vegas! You'll discover plenty of great buys in the city's spacious and lavish couture flagships, discount outlet malls, specialty stores, souvenir shops, trendy boutiques and more. 

Plus, with the exclusive Shopping Passport, you'll be rewarded with gifts and discounts just for showing up to shop.

Downtown Summerlin

Start at the brand-new shops at Downtown Summerlin, just a few miles from the Strip. It's home to 125 shops and restaurants in an open-air shopping environment. From the fashions at Chico’s and BCBG Max Azria to the luxury cosmetics at L’Core Paris, you’ll find the latest trendsetting looks and products.

Downtown Container Park

Right in the heart of downtown Las Vegas, you can find some great gifts and spend a day at Downtown Container Park, a family-friendly outdoor shopping, dining, and entertainment attraction. Made completely of shipping containers stacked upon each other, this unique venue offers a variety of boutique shops and food outlets. There is a kids play area with 30 foot slide and water area in the middle of this urban destination located just blocks away from Fremont Street and Las Vegas Boulevard. Various musical groups are featured on the outdoor amphitheater nightly. 

For more lavish shopping, the world's leading designers, including Gucci, Dior and Chanel, have shops inside the luxurious Via Bellagio. You can also choose from exclusive retailers such as Louis Vuitton, Ermenegildo Zegna, Tiffany & Co. and Prada when you shop at Crystals, the 500,000-square-foot retail and dining district at CityCenter.

Miracle Mile Shops

Take a spin through 170 specialty stores, and then treat yourself at one of the 15 restaurants and three live entertainment venues you'll find at the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood. Or walk the cobblestone streets and gaze at the Mediterranean sky when you browse through the spacious Forum Shops at Caesars.

International and unique shopping boutiques are abound at the luxurious Wynn Esplanade inside Wynn Las Vegas, or take a memorable gondola ride through a replica of St. Mark's Square and then browse through the Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian / The Palazzo.

Fashion Show

The Fashion Show Mall has nearly 2 million square feet of holiday shopping heaven, including Neiman
Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue and Nordstrom. Town Square, south of the Las Vegas Strip, is a 1.5 million-square-foot open-air shopping, dining and entertainment center including such shops as H&M, Abercrombie & Fitch, Lucky Brand Jeans, bebe and more.

For great deals, head over to the Las Vegas Premium Outlets - North downtown or Las Vegas Premium Outlets - South on the Las Vegas Strip, where you'll find stores such as A|X Armani Exchange, Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, Calvin Klein, Coach, Dolce & Gabbana, Elie Tahari, Kenneth Cole, Lacoste, Polo Ralph Lauren, St. John, Theory, and many more. 

Great buys are in store this holiday season, no matter where you shop in Vegas!

Vegas Weekend: Country cookin': Blake, Miranda, Jason Aldean and more

All roads lead to Las Vegas this weekend as the Route 91 Harvest Festival comes to town, and with it, some of the biggest names in country music. Catch Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Jason Aldean and more performing at the MGM Resorts Village. The Band Perry is also in town this weekend, along with some of the country's top comedians in Lisa Lampanelli, Wanda Sykes, Aziz Ansari and Lewis Black. It's entertainment only Vegas can deliver, and for a complete show rundown, see our full weekend lineup here.

Route 91 Harvest Festival

Friday, Oct. 3

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Aziz Ansari

Saturday, Oct. 4

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Sunday, Oct. 5

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Vegas Weekend: Katy Perry roars into Vegas

What do you get for Wakin' Up in Vegas this weekend? A chance to see Katy Perry at MGM Grand, as well as other top musical acts, comedians, DJs and so much more. It's entertainment only Vegas can deliver, and for a complete show rundown, see our full weekend lineup here.

Katy Perry

Friday, Sept. 26

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Kings of Leon

Saturday, Sept. 27

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Sunday, Sept. 28

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Vegas Weekend: There's lots to love with iHeart

Head to Las Vegas for a weekend filled with the biggest names in music! The iHeart Radio Music Festival returns to MGM Grand with a world-class lineup of stars. It's part of the unparalleled entertainment only Vegas can deliver. For a complete show rundown, see our full weekend lineup here.

iHeart Radio Music Festival

Friday, Sept. 19

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Thirty Seconds to Mars

Saturday, Sept. 20

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Chvrches

Sunday, Sept. 21

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Retail Therapy: Shopping Vegas Like a Pro

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Travel and shopping are a delicious combination. Who doesn’t love returning home with a memento of a memorable trip? Leave extra room in your bags and hit the town ready to buy a new outfit for a special night out, or pick up a keepsake you’ll love forever. Las Vegas shopping options tend to make things easy with free or valet parking and plenty of places to pause, rest your feet and refresh before the next stop.

What’s new

Some big Las Vegas names are going even bigger when it comes to shopping. Bally’s Las Vegas is going big and small at the same time. Construction walls around Bally's Grand Bazaar Shops are expected to come down soon, revealing an entirely new approach to the casino entrance. Inspired by the open-air markets in Asia, Europe and the Middle East, the two-acre outdoor shopping promenade will showcase at least 150 shops beneath colorful, undulating roofs. One of the first tenants to sign on, Swarovski, is creating a giant crystal starburst that will light up at night. Shops will come in a variety of sizes and types ranging from internationally known brands to unique boutiques. 

The completely refurbished Tropicana Las Vegas is set to open a new street-side pavilion at its entrance, including plenty of shopping, in 2015. Treasure Island will be combining shopping and entertainment in a big new multi-story space; it has already announced CVS as one anchor tenant. 

Fashion Show

Fashion Show, the largest shopping destination on the Strip with almost 2 million — yes, that’s million — square feet of retail space, is about to get bigger, with expansion plans looking ahead to next year. That will be on top of anchors like Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom, and Macy’s, and unique stores like the recently opened Lego Store — the only one in Nevada. 

At Town Square Las Vegas, a new 37,000-square-foot GameWorks just opened, complete with a bowling alley and an eSports Arena for multiplayer computer gaming, along with classic games, family restaurants, and a sports bar. Other brand-new additions at Town Square: the barbecue joint Pot Liquor CAS (Contemporary American Smokehouse) and an Apricot Lane clothing boutique. 

Immersive experiences

Like everything else in the destination, shopping in Las Vegas tends to be an immersive experience. Many casinos have their own promenades, each with a different design and focus. Some, like the Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian / The Palazzo, bring the outdoors inside with airy atriums, wide walkways and elegant decor. Selections run from luxury brands to unique outlets including Bauman Rare Books Las Vegas. Then there's the sleek, modern Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, with fashionable options including H&M and True Religion Brand Jeans. 

Looking for luxury? Hermès, Cartier and Prada are among the high-end options at The Shops at Crystals in ARIA Resort & Casino, as is America’s largest Louis Vuitton store. New additions include the first freestanding Sisley boutique and the second Richard Mille location in the U.S. (And if your taste in currency is more exotic than most, the city’s first “Robocoin” bitcoin ATM just opened across the street.)

If your travels take you away from the bright lights of the Strip and downtown, head to one of the neighborhood shopping centers around Las Vegas, which include Meadows MallBoulevard MallTivoli Village, and The District at Green Valley Ranch in Henderson.

Las Vegas Premium Outlets

Deals galore

Shopping in Las Vegas is not just for high rollers. The more budget-minded among us will find bargains in Las Vegas, too. Two Las Vegas Premium Outlets, one at either end of the Strip, cater to shoppers looking for good deals on their favorite brands. About two miles north of the Stratosphere near downtown, Las Vegas Premium Outlets - North features about 150 stores including such big names as Armani and Tory Burch. At the south end of the Strip, Las Vegas Premium Outlets - South has 140 stores including Tommy Hilfiger and Michael Kors outlets.

Fashion Outlets of Las Vegas, with more than 100 stores, is connected to Primm Valley Resort and Casino, 30 minutes south of Las Vegas. 

Gold & Silver Pawn

Another option: Find something unexpected at one of the destination’s pawnshops. Gold & Silver Pawn Shop gained TV fame on "Pawn Stars" and is now a tourist attraction as well as a place to shop, but it’s just one of many.

Something unique

Las Vegas is known for making pretty much every recognizable brand name available, but it’s also easy to buy items in Vegas that you won’t see anywhere else.

Consider timing your visit to hit First Friday, a cultural celebration that draws up to 20,000 people downtown to the Las Vegas Arts District on the first Friday of each month. This is a chance to pick up a unique piece of art from one of 80 local vendors, all while snacking, drinking and watching free shows by performers who come out to entertain art-loving crowds. Choose from fine arts like ceramics and paintings or visit funky antique and vintage shops like the Steampunk Imaginarium. 

If you miss First Friday, you can always check out the Arts District’s shops and galleries during regular business hours. They’re close to other downtown shopping options including Container Park, an innovative shopping and playing space filled with Vegas-focused boutiques displaying carefully curated wares and works by local artists. And if all that shopping has your luggage overflowing, you can probably find a perfect new suitcase in Las Vegas, too.

Beneath the Bright Lights of Las Vegas: the Best Outdoor Dining

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Warm, dry air makes for perfect patio atmosphere, so it’s no wonder outdoor dining is increasingly a Las Vegas staple. This being Vegas, the alfresco possibilities range from inexpensive and family-friendly to memorably luxurious. Here are some of the many possibilities.

(Note that many outdoor seating spaces are first-come, first-serve; ask when you arrive, or make a reservation.)

On the Strip

Las Vegas Boulevard, also known as the Strip, has undergone a transformation in the last couple of years, unveiling a multitude of walkways and boulevards for pedestrians. Here you’ll find a growing number of sidewalk cafés, indoor-outdoor restaurants, and even fine dining in the open air.

This is immediately evident at Monte Carlo Resort & Casino, where a half dozen restaurants recently opened overlooking a broad open-air plaza — a setup ideal for people watching. Diners can enjoy the breezes as they focus on Diablo’s Cantina margaritas (if you can’t choose, let the Wheel of Sin decide for you) or comfort food and live music at the rowdy Double Barrel Roadhouse.

Next door to the Monte Carlo Resort & Casino, New York-New York Resort & Casino is revamping its entire front entrance. One of the redesign’s first missions was to enlarge Nine Fine Irishmen and add a true outdoor patio. The popular pub needed the extra room to hold all the patrons who flock to sing along with Irish ballads, sip pints, and fill up on Emerald Isle grub.

Three stories above street level, the patio at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas’ Comme Ça brasserie is known for both its fresh oysters and its excellent Strip views.

The LINQ Promenade, an airy space between Flamingo Las Vegas and The LINQ Hotel & Casino, guests can take a break from hitting the pins at Brooklyn Bowl and people watch from the elevated patio or wave at diners seated across the way at Chayo Mexican Cantina and Tequila Bar.

From Chayo’s two patios, watch the High Roller observation wheel go-round at the end of The LINQ’s wide pedestrian walkway. Or take it easy and munch on a pizza at Flour & Barley’s 1,200-square-foot patio. (Even easier: Grab a slice from the walkup window and take it wherever you’re headed.)

Delano

While THEHotel at Mandalay Bay just finished its transformation into The Delano Las Vegas, miX restaurant, with its panoramic views up and down the Strip, will remain through the fall. The expansive 64th-floor patio will still be there after Chef Alain Ducasse remakes miX into Rivera, with a new menu inspired by the French and Italian rivieras, in early 2015.

Guests seeking calm and serenity should make their way to the nearby Verandah at Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas, where they can relax and dine on casual Italian food on the tropical-feeling poolside patio and feel miles away from the bustle of the Strip.

The casual and colorful Serendipity 3 patio at Caesars Palace overlooks both the Caesars fountains and the sidewalk, making it great for people watching. An inventive, whimsical menu adds to the fun. Be sure to save room for dessert given the gigantic proportions of its sweet treats.

Thomas Keller’s Bouchon Bistro, on the 10th floor of The Venetian, overlooks the pool garden and features a renowned French-inspired brunch. Make sure you grab a macaroon before you leave.

Maximizing the benefits of the outdoors is a priority at Wynn Las Vegas. Here the emphasis is not on celebrating the resort’s place on the Strip but on creating a serene atmosphere apart from the excitement of the outside world. A veritable forest of trees surrounds the sizable but cozy patio at La Cave Food & Wine Hideaway. Guests at Mizumi are as impressed by the tree-shaded waterfalls as they are by the sushi, and the open-air SW Steakhouse overlooks the Lake of Dreams.

Bellagio fountains

Fountain Views

Bellagio’s fountains are a beloved attraction, and surrounding restaurants take advantage of the crowds. Restaurants at the Bellagio range from upscale to casual, treating diners to some incredible views. Picasso takes its fine-dining inspiration from France and Italy, where the artist lived. (His works on display here are almost as eye-catching as the fountains below the 16-table patio.) The view from Todd English’s popular Mediterranean-inspired restaurant Olives, is also spectacular, and guests rave about the beef carpaccio.

Patio restaurants at the Paris Las Vegas, right across from the Bellagio, include the Sugar Factory American Brasserie, with delectable sweets as well as savory items, and Mon Ami Gabi, with a menu of — what else? — classic French cuisine.

Cromwell

On the second floor of The Cromwell, a new boutique hotel, is celebrity chef Giada De Laurentiis's first restaurant, Giada. It gives diners a view of the Strip, including the Bellagio fountains, along with California-influenced Italian cuisine. And even if you’re not on the terrace, the retractable windows lining the dining room can make you feel as if you are.

Around Town

Since the swanky retro-classic The Barrymore is a half block off the Strip in the Royal Resort, its comfy but chic outdoor patio, decorated with tufted sofas and rattan chairs, provides great views of Las Vegas glitz. The classy but unpretentious menu is full of dishes you could imagine old Las Vegas bigwigs ordering (short ribs and octopus, for instance).

Also not far from the Strip is Culinary Dropout, a gastro pub with an attitude (a playful attitude — think house-made pretzels with a side of whiskey) known for its big patio full of neatly arranged sofas, tables, fire pits, and umbrellas. Because it’s located inside Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, live music is a given.

Resorts aren’t the only entities with worthy patios: Even shopping centers get in on the alfresco action. The patio at BRIO Tuscan Grille, in Town Square Las Vegas at the far south end of the Strip, has an outdoor fire pit where guests can savor the flavors of northern Italian farmhouse cooking. Tommy Bahama’s Restaurant & Bar, also at Town Square Las Vegas, evokes a tropical resort. Like its counterpart at Paris Las Vegas, the Sugar Factory American Brasseriealso features outdoor dining.

Downtown’s ever-growing number of alluring restaurants is drawing diners, too. For starters, there’s Park on Fremont, a sprawling gastro pub with a big, gardenlike patio that feels more like a well-maintained backyard than an urban lounge. Check out design touches such as reclaimed barn wood and a hopscotch game made of mosaic tile while you sip your beer or cocktail and munch on pub fare with a Southern twist.

Carson Kitchen

Also Downtown, Carson Kitchen’s urban-industrial-chic decor and chef Kerry Simon’s delectably quirky mindset (think Wellington empanadas or gyro tacos) combine for a vibe that brings Brooklyn or San Francisco to mind. Head to the upstairs deck for live music.

Nittaya’s Secret Kitchen, west of Downtown in Summerlin, might be a secret to Las Vegas neophytes, but locals know it well. They rave about Nittaya’s small-plate cooking, imported from her homeland, Thailand, and the outdoor plantings on her small but well-furnished patio.

And don’t forget that most outdoor of dining options: food trucks. This growing scene is offering startup restaurateurs an inexpensive way to innovate. One that’s earned loyal fans is the Japanese-burger goodness at Fukuburger. A more permanent version recently opened at FAME at The LINQ, making it easier for visitors to try the stylish burgers.

Everything is New in Las Vegas

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The Las Vegas skyline is always changing, which means visitors are always guaranteed to find something fresh. But the number of new projects right now is extraordinary even for this town. Here's the scoop on what you need to be looking out for on your next visit.

SLS Las Vegas

New Rooms

SLS Las Vegas, which hospitality-entertainment veteran company SBE opened Aug. 23, is Las Vegas Boulevard's newest venture. On the site of the former Sahara Hotel & Casino at the north end of the Strip, it houses more than 1,600 rooms and suites in a variety of sizes. Each of its three towers has its own personality and modern rooms designed by the unique eye of Philippe Starck. Nighttime hot spots include "mega-club" LiFE, music venue the Sayers Club, and stylish Foxtail. Other amenities: Ciel Spa, a 10,000-square-foot Fred Segal store, and plenty of restaurants. 

THEhotel at Mandalay Bay has undergone a major transformation to emerge as Delano Las Vegas as of Sept. 2. Along with refurbished suites, the Delano is opening a new spa, Bathhouse, with globally sourced treatments, and the farmhouse-inspired Della's Kitchen, a restaurant with an emphasis on freshness that includes produce from an on-site greenhouse.

Giada

The Cromwell Las Vegas is the first stand-alone boutique hotel on the Strip. It opened in May with Giada (the first restaurant from Giada de Laurentiis) and Drai's, a day-and-night lounge and poolside nightclub on the roof. The decor is modern glam with touches of old-school European elegance. 

The Downtown Grand (formerly Lady Luck) opened last fall with a chic, streamlined look that fits right in with its ever-evolving surroundings in downtown Las Vegas. The vibe combines modern and retro, with a rooftop pool accompanied by picnic tables, fire pits and blackjack tables.

New Spaces

Big construction projects around Las Vegas are coming to fruition this fall. F.A.M.E. (Food·Art·Music·Entertainment) is now open at The LINQ. It combines a Chinatown-style food market — expect dim sum, stir-fry, and ramen — and Asian-influenced live entertainment in casual surroundings with a big patio for outdoor seating.

Monte Carlo Resort & Casino has unveiled a much-anticipated open-air plaza. Facing the Strip, it's surrounded by six new restaurants with patio seating that allows diners and passersby to watch live sidewalk entertainment.

Soon MGM Resorts' The Park will connect this new promenade and the refurbished New York-New York Resort & Casino with an eight-acre pedestrian-friendly plaza lined on the north and south side of the property with shops and dining. It's all part of a walkability emphasis that's taken hold in Las Vegas in recent years. MGM also broke ground this spring on a new arena, just beyond The Park and behind New York-New York Resort & Casino, scheduled to open in the spring of 2016.

On the north end of the Strip, MGM Resorts is transforming a 33-acre space into a neon-lit open-air music venue for America's first Rock in Rio festival, slated for May 2015. The weekend event will draw 300,000 people but the plan is to keep the "City of Rock" open year round with a zip line, a ferris wheel, concerts, and other events.

El Cortez

New venues are popping up all over Downtown Las Vegas as well. The El Cortez Hotel & Casino, the city’s oldest continuously open hotel and a downtown staple, will debut Siegel’s 1941, a new restaurant paying homage to old Vegas, by early 2015.

The Bunkhouse Saloon is the latest new thing at the Downtown Project, which has already brought us Downtown Container Park and the Downtown 3rd Farmers Market. The beloved music venue, in business since the 1950s, reopened in August with a new menu (featuring a variety of sloppy joes and other inexpensive bar food), updated digs and a fall lineup including the Breeders, Allen Stone, and Mike Doughty.

New Acts and Activities

Every season brings new artist residencies to Las Vegas, and this fall will see a fresh influx of talent. For starters, KISS will be rocking the town at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino through November. Ventriloquist-comedian Jeff Dunham will bring his fans' favorite puppet sidekicks to Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino starting Nov. 28.

Ray Charles may be gone, but his fans can remember the magic with "Georgia on My Mind: Celebrating the Music of Ray Charles," starring big names including the Take 6 vocal group, at The Venetian Theater starting Sept. 18.

Riviera Comedy Club is hosting Matt Kazam’s “40 Is Not the New 20,” a new one-man comedy show for anyone who still remembers what a boom box is. 

Beyond performers, there are a slew of new attractions to entertain you, raise your heart rate or satisfy your sweet tooth. Don your Caped Crusader persona for the Batman Laser Challenge, the world’s first Batman-themed laser maze, at Circus Circus Las Vegas. Chocoholics can tour Hershey's Chocolate World, which opened this spring at New York-New York Resort & Casino.

El Cortez

Even the museums here are always reinventing themselves. The Mob Museum, created in conjunction with the Museum of Gaming History, is hosting two new exhibitions culled from Vegas's storied past. One display will include chips, photographs and other memorabilia from the 1946 opening of Bugsy Siegel's Flamingo Hotel. The second will house artifacts from some of America's most legendary illegal gambling halls. At the same time, the El Cortez Hotel & Casino is presenting casino chips and other objects from the many downtown casinos once operated by the late gambling legend Jackie Gaughan.

The Neon Museum has added to its collection of old signs and just opened a Neon Boneyard gallery. At more than 3,100 square feet, the space holds an outdoor wedding chapel and about 60 newly unveiled rescued signs. So far, the boneyard is open only for events, including some educational tours.

 

Tee Off: the Top Golf Courses in Las Vegas

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It’s not surprising that Las Vegas, a vacation destination known for its sunny weather and recreation, would boast more than 50 golf courses — some of them among America’s most praised. But visitors might be more surprised by how easy it can be to access these plush greens. Here’s a look at a few of the many courses to consider, and tips for how to get in on the golf action.

Where to go

Golf in Las Vegas isn’t about dropping greens into the middle of the desert. Courses tend to be carefully crafted to take advantage of their sites. With the top courses setting a high bar for quality, it would be hard to find one that wasn’t worth recommending. Many are open to the public and cater to golfers of varying abilities and goals, and all are open year-round.

Rio Secco

Rio Secco Golf Club takes advantage of its location in the shadows of the Black Mountain Range southeast of town. Its varied terrain of desert, plateau, and canyon keeps the golf interesting and the views ever-changing. Although the Rees Jones design can be a tough course of up to 7,400 yards, it also offers flexibility with lots of teeing options.

Greens at Desert Pines Golf Club, northeast of the Strip and not far from Downtown Las Vegas, is modeled after Augusta, which means you might find yourself forgetting where you really are as you watch your ball soar above pine trees or land on bent grass. The course is also designed to mix fun and competition, with generous fairways, creative bunkers and challenging greens. 

Royal Links gives visitors a taste of golf’s roots from the other side of the Atlantic. Its 18 holes are modeled after British Open courses, including Carnoustie and the Old Course at St. Andrews. A call box at the ninth tee lets golfers order a mid-round snack delivered to the course. 

According to the folks at Rhodes Ranch, course designer Ted Robinson once said these were the best par-3s he ever designed. The course, nestled at the base of the Spring Mountains, plays off its location with lots of water features and rolling fairways. “No matter how good or bad you are, you’ll have fun there,” one local recently noted.

Bali Hai

With its entrance next to the Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign on the south end of Las Vegas Boulevard, Bali Hai Golf Club is the only course with frontage on the Las Vegas Strip. It has a South Pacific vibe with more than 100,000 tropical plants and volcanic rock incorporated into the par-72 design. The course was designed to grow more challenging the further players get into the round, making them comfortable and then offering up new surprises.

For a taste of “old Vegas,” head to the city’s oldest course, Las Vegas Golf Club, established way back in 1938. Right outside Downtown Las Vegas, it’s a forgiving blend of challenging bunkers, traditional greens, and wide fairways. The mature cottonwood and pine trees add to both the forest-like atmosphere and the relaxing vibe. You can imagine the city’s early movers and shakers talking business in this exact spot, which also made a memorable appearance in the movie “Casino.”

Head west

Summerlin, a golf-centric planned community west of Downtown and not far from the foothills of Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, is home to some of the valley’s best courses.

TPC Las Vegas

TPC (Tournament Players Club) Las Vegas is widely known as one of the must-do courses in town. That’s partly because of the quality of the play on this par 72, 7,080-yard layout and partly because here, golfers can “play where the pros play.” Views of Red Rock Canyon’s soaring crimson cliffs on one side and the glittering Las Vegas skyline on the other are also hard to beat. Golfers will likely see birds among the trees as TPC is a recognized Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary.

A 36-hole Arnold Palmer design, Angel Park Golf Club is divided into the tropical-themed par-70 Palm Course and the modern par-71 Mountain Course. Plus, Angel Park throws in the 12-hole Cloud Nine Short Course and a nine-hole putting course just for fun. It’s also got a 3,000-square-foot putting green, a practice chipping area and an event lawn, all lighted in the evening. At 3,000 feet, it sits above the valley with views all around.

The 18-hole Arnold Palmer-designed Arroyo Golf Club is part of Red Rock Country Club but open to the public. It’s known for challenging play and rugged scenery as well as great views of Vegas (especially at hole seven). It’s also easy to combine an outing at Siena with its sister course, the 18-hole Siena Golf Club, a serene oasis at the foot of the Spring Mountains. (Siena is also home to Las Vegas’s Foot Golf course — think soccer-golf mash-up.)

Golf Summerlin has three public courses: par-60 Eagle Crest, par-72 Highland Falls, and Palm Valley, each with its own challenges and views. The courses are home to family-friendly tournaments and events like the upcoming GlowBall Night Golf on Oct. 11 benefiting Three Square Food Bank. 

Tee-time tips

One option for satisfying a golf fix: Attend a tournament. Some visitors come to Las Vegas just for tournaments, but it’s also possible to buy tickets at the last minute. TPC Las Vegas’s sister course, TPC Summerlin, will host the 2014 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, part of the FedEx Cup series. Tickets start at $26.50. 

The Wendy’s 3-Tour Challenge comes to Rio Secco Nov. 11-12, pitting PGA, LPGA, and Champions Tour players against each other in a charity tournament raising money for adoption services. The Southern Nevada Golf Association has its own series of amateur tournaments. 

Your hotel or resort can facilitate rounds on regional courses. Check the property’s website for golf packages, or call to ask about help with a tee time. Many of the city’s casinos, resorts, and hotels have connections with golf courses and concierges will often set up tee times for you. Some will also arrange transportation to and from a course.

Cascata

For example, Caesars Entertainment owns Rio Secco and its high-end sister property, Cascata. While anyone can play the courses, Caesars properties offer golf concierge services and transportation for guests. The luxurious Shadow Creek is only for high rollers, the rich and famous and select MGM Resorts guests, who have their own limousines and caddies for the day’s outing. 

JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort offers golf packages with TPC Las Vegas. The Venetian offers packages for Greens at Desert Pines Golf Club, and these are just two examples. Golf courses also often team up with other Vegas entities to offer special deals combining golf with, say, a helicopter tour or bachelor party package.

Most courses make it easy to reserve a tee time online. Consider golfing in the evening — some courses, including Angel Park Golf Club and the nine-hole Callaway Golf Center near the Strip — are lighted when the sun starts to go down. Final points: Be sure to stay hydrated, and, of course, always tip the drink attendant. 

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