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Betting on the Greens

Las Vegas entrepreneurs are adding stunning golf courses to the city's list of attractions
Jeff Williams
From the Print Edition:
Kevin Costner, Nov/Dec 00

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Though Nicklaus will tell you that every course he builds is a reflection of the land and the desires of the developer, Reflection Bay is pure Nicklaus. The fairways are wide, the greens large with gentle contours. The lake comes into play on the final two holes of each nine. The water at the shoreline is shallow, and there are likely to be golf balls that are just out of the reach of ball retrievers but within easy grasp of ambitious waders. Nicklaus has combined just enough challenge with just enough forgiveness to make Reflection Bay the consummate resort course.  

Las Vegas will always be an illusory world inhabited by dreamers who are driven by the churn of casino cash. Tapped-out days followed by get-well nights, or vice versa. And where there is gaming, there will always be the outdoor game of choice, golf. It's an illusion that is here to stay, an illusion built around the most elusive of all the courses, Shadow Creek.  

A frequent contributor to Cigar Aficionado, Jeff Williams writes about golf for Newsday.    

PLAYING THE NUMBERS Getting tee times at some of these courses is by no means guaranteed, but here are the contact numbers for some of the Las Vegas area's top courses.  

SHADOW CREEK 702/399-7111  

RIO SECCO GOLF CLUB 702/889-2400  

DESERT PINES GOLF CLUB 702/388-4400  

TPC COURSE AT SUMMERLIN 702/256-0111  

TPC COURSE AT CANYONS 702/262-5816  

REFLECTION BAY 702/740-4653


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