TPC Las Vegas Golf Course Review, Las Vegas, NV

A Best Bet While in Vegas

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SPYZINGER
Travel and Apparel author at Independent Golf Reviews aka The Best Looking Man in Golf

Spyzinger traveled to TPC Las Vegas in the summer of 2022.  I had the opportunity to return to the Tournament Players Club in Las Vegas! TPC Las Vegas is located about twenty minutes west of the Las Vegas Strip in Summerlin, NV. There are two courses located on this TPC site. TPC Summerlin is a private club and plays host to the Shriners Children’s Open which will be held October 3-9, 2022 .

These are my insights and notes about the visit.

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My visit to TPC Las Vegas this year came at a unique time. The Summerlin course had been shut down since April of this year and is undergoing major renovation. The course will open just in time for the tour event in October and will greet players with all new fairways and greens. The turf was upgraded to a combination of Bandera (Bermuda) and Dominator (Bentgrass.) The newer turf is better suited to the desert climate and heal quicker from divots.

As a result of the renovation project, the TPC Las Vegas Course (formerly The Canyons) was closed to the public for Summerlin members to play. I played the course on a hot summer Tuesday afternoon in July topping out around 115 degrees in the shade. As a result of this tee time, I had the entire course to myself. Literally. Other than the 2006 U.S. Open Winner Geoff Ogilvy hitting balls at the opposite end of the range, I did not see another player for 18 holes of golf.

TPC Las Vegas was established in 1996, designed by Bobby Weed with Raymond Floyd as the player consultant. It too played host to the Shriner’s Children’s Open before it moved to the Summerlin course. It had also been the host course for a Champions Tour event. I am fortunate enough to play a Bobby Weed designed course as my home course in Stillwater, MN which has a lot of unique similarities to TPC Las Vegas which to this day remains one of my favorite courses in golf.

TPC Las Vegas remains one of the most challenging designs I have every played. It is the very definition of desert golf with coarse sand waste areas, deep natural canyons, and little margin for error. If you happen to stray from the fairway, these natural desert features, I wish you the best of luck on your recovery efforts. This is what makes TPC Las Vegas great, the topography is very penal but at the same time beautiful. It’s also located in the foothills of the Red Rock Canyon National Park and surrounded by views of Red Rock Canyon from anywhere on the course.

Like everything else in town, TPC Las Vegas is a lot extra in its visual stimulation. There is no better hole to describe what I am referring to than the Par 3 second hole. It’s like playing the 17th at TPC Sawgrass but in the middle of the Mojave Desert. Rather than being surrounded by water, the 2nd at TPC Las Vegas is surrounded by desert canyon. Miss the green, and you’re dropping two in the drop circle.

Like all TPC venues, the conditions at TPC Las Vegas are absolutely immaculate even in the height of the summer heat. Manicured tees, fairways, greens, and the surrounding landscaping are absolutely perfect. TPC Las Vegas is a must stop of your trip to the strip includes golf. Unless you hale from the Southwest, it probably one of the most unique courses you’ll ever play for desert golf. The ultimate buddies destination.  One aspect of golf travel that can be a nuisance is lugging your golf clubs. To the airport, off the plane, on to transportation, it can be a miserable part of the travel experience. At TPC Las Vegas, they offer the latest models from major brands. For the cost of baggage fee’s you can rent a set of Callaway, Taylor Made, Titleist, or PXG without the hassle of dragging the clubs across the country. It permits walking in like you own it, then leaving like you sold it!

Summary

As I mentioned, whether you’re in town for business, leisure, or specifically golf, TPC Las Vegas should be moved to the top of your list of golf venues. TPC Las Vegas opens to the public again on September 28, 2022 and accepting reservations now.

For more information, visit the TPC Las Vegas Webste: TPC Las Vegas | PGA TOUR Public Golf in Las Vegas, Nevada

TPC Las Vegas Golf Course, Las Vegas, NV – Fast Facts
  • ℹ️  TPC Las Vegas opened Nov. 1, 1996 as TPC at The Canyons

  • ℹ️  TPC at The Canyons changed its name to TPC Las Vegas on Dec. 10, 2007

  • ℹ️  TPC Las Vegas was the second course in Nevada to be certified as an Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary

  • ℹ️  The Stadium Mounding behind 18 th green is the exact height of the Stratosphere Casino

  • ℹ️  TPC Las Vegas course elevation is on average 2,900 feet

  • ℹ️  Putts break towards Las Vegas Strip

  • ℹ️  Fairways are Bermuda, over seeded with winter Rye, greens are Pennlinks Bent Currently on 18 holes, not open in the summer.

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RECOGNITIONS:
TPC Las Vegas was voted #2 in the State of Nevada by Golf Advisor in 2019 as well as #49 in the U.S. for over all experiences and customer reviews. Additionally, TPCLV was voted the “Best Upscale Resort Course” by Vegas Golfer and boasts a Four Star rating in Golf Digest’s“Best Places to Play,” as well as one of the “50 Best Golf Courses for Great Service in North America.” TPC Las Vegas is also known as one of the “Top Ten Best Golf Resorts in the USA” by Condé Nast Traveler. Honored with the 2013 Silver State Award, TPC Las Vegas has been named the best course in Nevada and the Best Golf Course in Summerlin 2017, 2018 and 2019, allowing every guest to live the PGA TOUR experience, every day of the year. The TPC Las Vegas golf course is also prestigiously recognized as a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary by the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary System.

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