The par-3 17th is one of four water holes at Highland Falls that offers a nice challenge with desert hazards adding to the scenery .
If you ’ re looking for a little “ local knowledge ,” Long said pay close attention to Highland Falls ’ Bermuda greens . Or — to be more specific — pay attention to what is surrounding them . “ When putting away from the Strip or toward the mountain range , putts will be slower ,” he said . “ When putting toward the Strip , the speed picks up and the ball rolls out .” ( There ’ s a gambling analogy in there somewhere , I just know it !)
You finish your round with the par-3 17th and the par-4 18th — the other two water holes at Highland Falls . Water runs down the right side of each hole , and there are bunkers on both if you miss left . An accurate tee shot is a must on 18 because the fairway slopes toward the water , and with the clubhouse overlooking the hole , someone will surely see if you send your Titleist to a watery grave .
The par-3 14th plays from an elevated tee with great views of downtown Vegas . You ’ ve got to love desert golf . Spectacular !
Highland Falls is one of three courses in the Golf Summerlin family . They are all , literally , within a “ driver and a wedge ” of each other ( or in my case — driver , chunked 3-wood , 7-iron ). Like Highland Falls , Palm Valley and Eagle Crest were designed by Billy Casper and Greg Nash . Palm Valley is Golf Summerlin ’ s championship ( par- 72 ) course , while Eagle Crest is an 18- hole , par 60 course where you really can — and do — use every club in your bag . Learn more at www . golfsummerlin . com
While not as well-known as many Las Vegas courses , Highland Falls is incredibly popular with locals and out-of-towners alike . Long said the attraction is really not hard to explain . “ Course conditions are great , speed of play is generally around four hours , and prices are very reasonable , especially for tourists ,” he said . “ Highland Falls is just a great golf experience .”
And , in these times , great experiences are needed more than ever !
The par-4 18th requires an accurate tee shot as the fairway slopes toward the water . Make a great approach shot — the crowd is watching you from the clubhouse .
John Baccala , Golf Writer Golf Course Profiles since 2010
for TEE TIMES GOLF GUIDE ™ Magazine