The Painted Desert Golf Club, noted as one of the first true desert courses in Las Vegas, opened back in 1987. It is well matured, developed, and always in perfect shape. For almost 20 years now, the Jay Morrish design has been providing golfers with a challenging yet reasonable design and is now in its best shape ever. Playing 6,840 yards from the tips, the course has tight fairways and a desert landscaping just outside the small area of rough. Finally there is something good to desert landscaping, the desert is playable. This time you get a second chance to hit it back in the fairway for recovery or if you are lucky even on the green.
Another pride factor with Painted Desert are the greens. For being a desert course you would expect the greens to be hard and unforgiving. Well it is exactly opposite. The greens will hold the hardest ball in your bag. Tee up a “Rock Flight” and you will see it dance on the greens in amazement; plus they roll as smooth as greens on tour. The maintenance crew deserves an awards for its pristine conditions.
Being that Painted Desert Golf Club is built on some of the higher elevation points in the Las Vegas Valley, the views are remarkable. Even if you are not having the best of days on the course, the layout and views will make your day seem to go by much smoother. One of the courses most challenging holes and considered to be the signature hole is the par-3 eighth, playing 193 yards from the tips. From an elevated tee shot, you play to a sloping green that is protected by water front and left along with sand traps in the back. Hit and hope on this one. Another good hole is number 13. A short par-4 only playing roughly 330 yards from the tips, but is guarded by a lake from tee to green along the right side. If you are feeling confident about your game you can tee up a driver and try to crush one on the green. With the greens being as soft as marshmallows, the driver will actually hold. You can be putting for eagle if you play it right.
Assortment is the premise at Painted Desert. Four of the par-5s play further than 500 yards, making these demanding, requiring fine shot making. Par-3 holes ranging from 125 to 190 yards require pinpoint accuracy and meticulous shot making. You better hit is straight, but remember if you get a good lie in the desert you may not need to take a drop…blast it out. With all of the water features, of course that is a different story, but hey at least you get the distance.