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Arroyo Golf Club at Red Rock (Las Vegas, NV)

Arroyo Golf Club at Red Rock logo Golf Course Review by: Brandon Wilde

The Takeaway:  This is an excellent Arnold Palmer design in the desert that uses the natural features well and carves a nice track out of what is otherwise a barren wasteland in the foothills of Las Vegas. It is situated near the Red Rock Canyon and surrounded by the beautiful Summerlin housing community. The seventh tee box offers a great panoramic view of the Las Vegas strip. As far as public golf courses go, Arroyo provides what you need, with rates below $100 during much of the year. You’re not going to get the bells and whistles of resort or country club golf, but if you want a fun track that’s in good shape, you’ll get that here.  Grade C+

Quick Facts

Designer:  Arnold Palmer in 2003

Cost:  $45.00 - $189.00 Click for current rates

Phone Number:  702-258-2300

Course Website:  Official Website - Visit Arroyo Golf Club at Red Rock's official website by clicking on the link provided.

Directions:  Get here! - 2250 C Red Springs Drive, Las Vegas, NV  89135

Photos:  See additional photos of Arroyo Golf Club at Red Rock

What to Expect:  A few man-made water features make you feel like you’re elsewhere, but not for long as the desert waste areas are plentiful. The course isn’t terribly long, but Mr. Palmer uses multi-lobed bunkers in strategic places on nearly every hole that forces you to be hitting your spots to score well. The greens are in good shape and large enough that hitting greens in regulation shouldn’t be overly difficult. The greens are generally flat without major undulations. Large greens and flat putts abound.

By the Numbers

Tees Par Yardage Rating Slope
Gold 72 6883 73.0 148
Black 72 6433 71.2 135
Blue 72 5904 67.9 126
White 72 5361 65.0 104
Green (Women) 72 4866 67.8 118

Individual Hole Analysis

Signature Hole:  10th Hole – 414 Yard Par 4 – The Gurus’ favorite hole on the course has a three-tiered water feature visible off the tee with a narrow fairway beyond. A slight dogleg left sets this hole up for the player that can employ a draw with his mid-irons. The green is well-protected on either side so a high ball that lands soft is ideal.

10th Hole at Arroyo Golf Club at Red Rock (414 Yard Par 4)
10th Hole at Arroyo Golf Club at Red Rock (414 Yard Par 4)

Best Par 3:  14th Hole – 159 Yards – This short par-3 has greenside sand traps protecting the left side and right side. It requires a precision short iron off the tee to make par. Good luck.

14th Hole at Arroyo Golf Club at Red Rock (159 Yard Par 3)
14th Hole at Arroyo Golf Club at Red Rock (159 Yard Par 3)

Best Par 4:  6th Hole – 416 Yards – There is only about 150 yards of landing area here with desert waste area both long and short. The longest hitters could drive the ball right through the fairway, so a fairway metal or iron might be the choice for some. A good score is possible if you can run the ball right up to the end of the fairway about 300 yards from the tee. The green is quite accessible from there and a red number could be the result.

6th Hole at Arroyo Golf Club at Red Rock (416 Yard Par 4)
6th Hole at Arroyo Golf Club at Red Rock (416 Yard Par 4)

Best Par 5:  11th Hole – 497 Yards – A relatively short par-5, this is reachable in 2, but it will require two straight shots. There’s not much room to err right or left and fairway bunkers are placed evenly apart like large footprints on either side of the fairway all the way to the green. Stay in the middle of the fairway and you should be fine.

11th Hole at Arroyo Golf Club at Red Rock (497 Yard Par 5)
11th Hole at Arroyo Golf Club at Red Rock (497 Yard Par 5)

Birdie Time:  13th Hole – 411 Yard Par 4 – One of the wider fairways on the course allows you to swing away with minimal risk. A good drive will leave you with a short iron into the green. The shorter the iron, the better your chance at birdie. This may be the smallest green on the course, but it is quite accessible.

13th Hole at Arroyo Golf Club at Red Rock (411 Yard Par 4)
13th Hole at Arroyo Golf Club at Red Rock (411 Yard Par 4)

Bogey Beware:  4th Hole – 432 Yard Par 4 – This may be the obvious choice for the ‘Bogey Beware’ hole because it is the #1 handicap hole on the course, but the reality is that it is tough. Fairway bunkers make the tee shot quite intimidating. Driver may not be the best option here. Then again, getting a ball to finish on the green is probably just as difficult. The green is quite literally surrounded by massive greenside bunkers. The sensible play is to lay up and use your wedge to attempt to get up and down. Take your bogey and move on to the next hole.

4th Hole at Arroyo Golf Club at Red Rock (432 Yard Par 4)
4th Hole at Arroyo Golf Club at Red Rock (432 Yard Par 4)

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