Tall tales and great golf at Las Vegas National

You need a cart golfing in Vegas to help you survive the heat!
You need a cart in Vegas to help you survive the heat!
Believe it or not Las Vegas isn’t all about Casinos there are plenty of other activities to partake in as we found out when we visited in June 2012.

In fact Las Vegas has a number of golf courses that are well worth visiting if you’re into golf. Two that we visited were Las Vegas National and Bali Hai.

Las Vegas National Golf Club, is located less than 10 minutes from the world famous Las Vegas Strip. A classic, traditional style 18-hole championship golf course “The National” provides golfers of all skill levels with a unique, fun and often challenging (depending on your skill level no doubt!) experience.

Designed in 1961 by architect Bert Stamps the course is peppered with trees, sand bunkers and water hazards to keep you on your toes.

Lovely wide fairways
Lovely wide fairways
Watch the water!!
Watch the water!!

The course has a rich history having hosted a number of LPGA & PGA events including the Tournament of Champions, Sahara Invitational and the Las Vegas Invitational. Even Tiger Woods has played Las Vegas National, recording a 1-under par 70 (his highest of the tournament) in 1996 on his way to capturing his very first PGA Tour victory.

The National is not all about the golf it has become a landmark over the last 50 years including being featured in the movie “Casino”, starring Robert DeNiro, Sharon Stone and Joe Pesci. The house used in the movie sits off to the left of the #1 Tee Box between the #1 and #18 fairways.

The house from another angle
The house featured in ‘Casino’
History and celebrity status at The National
History and celebrity status at The National
House featured in the movie 'Casino'.
The House from another angle.

During the 1960’s The National was frequented by The Rat Pack who played golf then spent time in the bar. Stories abound of late night matches under the glow of the driving range lights or of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Peter Lawford, Joey Bishop and Sammy Davis Jr. gathering around the piano, entertaining their guests with songs and tales, whilst enjoying The National’s bar and restaurant.
The same piano played by The Rat Pack
The same piano played by The Rat Pack

Las Vegas National Golf Club prides itself on its customer service, and being an enjoyable place to play and this is exactly what we found on our visit. The day we played the course wasn’t too packed out making the round more relaxed and allowing you to pace yourself in the blazing heat (it was well over 35 degrees). Afterwards we enjoyed a couple of cool drinks and some snacks at the bar whilst the friendly and informative waitress regaled tales about celebrity visitors to the club.

Check out their website at www.lasvegasnational.com for more details and rates. We opted for the Super Twilight Tee-time starting from 2.30pm-close to try and avoid the heat of the day that was around $39pp. Don’t fret if you run out of drinks whilst playing the club has a drinks cart that drives around the course for hungry and thirsty players to flag down to replenish.

All-in-all it was a fun experience and provided another view of Vegas.

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