The Takeaway: This mountain course in the foothills of Las Vegas provides a good challenge. The thick Rye grass penalizes errant balls, many large bunkers also collect less than ideal shots, but the large greens roll fast and true and provide opportunities to card good scores if the long game is on. Beautiful homes surround the course and a couple great views of the Las Vegas strip should keep your attention throughout the round. Grade B
Designer: Arnold Palmer in 1999
Phone Number: 702-304-5600
Course Website: Official Website - Visit Red Rock Country Club (Mountain)'s official website by clicking on the link provided.
Directions: Get here! - 2250 Red Springs Drive, Las Vegas, Nevada 89135 – UNITED STATES
What to Expect: This Arnold Palmer design boasts rolling fairways, multiple water features and various tiered greens. The desert waste area is the largest hazard and comes into play on nearly every hole. This golf course won’t blow you away from a design/architecture standpoint. Many holes are relatively straightforward with little creativity used. However, there are sand traps in strategic places and the desert hazard is plentiful. The rye grass that is used in the rough is also quite penalizing due to its thickness and length. The Mountain Course at Red Rock may not be the most exciting, but it is challenging.
By the Numbers
Individual Hole Analysis
Signature Hole: 5th Hole – 549 Yard Par 5 – This may be the most unique hole on the course with a split fairway that allows you to choose your money shot off the tee. Play a draw and your second shot becomes an uphill bomb to try to reach in two. Keep it on the right-sided fairway and you will require a longer carry to get over the desert. Choose the correct tee shot and execute, and birdie is very possible. This is a fantastic hole with countless ways to play it. If you’re like me, you may want to play it over and over to try different strategies.
Best Par 3: 3rd Hole – 169 Yards – The highest tee box on the property makes this hole play much shorter than 169 yards. There’s no room short of the green, so make sure you dial in your short irons. If you do go long there’s a large bunker back there to keep you close.
Best Par 4: 8th Hole – 360 Yards – Another par four that doesn’t require a driver off the tee. Sure, you can hit the big stick, but you don’t have to. You only need a 200-yard shot to reach the fairway, but if you do try to hit driver the bunkers on both sides of the fairway come into play. A large green with a small greenside bunker short and left allows you to play a long iron in without much danger.
Best Par 5: 18th Hole – 584 Yards – Water is in play off the tee, but a large fairway bunker at 260 yards might prevent you from hitting the big stick. The green is then surrounded with greenside bunkers short and left. Make this a three-shotter and par is very attainable. A gamble isn’t worth it on this hole. It likely results in a big number on the finishing hole. No one wants to end their round like that.
Birdie Time: 17th Hole – 351 Yard Par 4 – This 80-yard long fairway looks somewhat intimidating, especially since its only about 30 yards wide at its widest. Once you find the fairway, your second shot needs to carry the bunkers that protect the front of the green. If there’s a back pin, you have my permission to go pin-seeking. It's birdie time.
Bogey Beware: 10th Hole – 380 Yard Par 4 – Just 225 yards gets you safely over the water with your tee shot. The green, on the other hand, is well protected with the rugged desert hazard short of the green and large bunkers to the right and left. There is no good way to reach this green. The sensible play is to hit to your comfortable wedge distance and try to attack the pin from there. Bogeys are plentiful here.