Things to do in Vegas Besides Gamble: Play Golf to Your Heart’s Content

By Mae Davies / June 11, 2015
Things to do in Vegas Besides Gamble Play Golf to Your Heart’s Content
It’s no surprise that tens of millions of people from all over the world come annually to Las Vegas to gamble.  There are more casinos in the state of Nevada than anywhere else in the USA—more than 350—and nearly a fifth of them are located in Las Vegas, which is a city of this state.  But what if you aren’t comfortable being surrounded by all those tables, slot machines, neon lights, and strangers, who apparently wish to win big?  Would there still be things to do in Vegas besides gamble for people who aren’t interested in playing the odds, like you?  Don’t worry; the so-called Sin City has more to offer than high stakes.  For starters, you could work on your handicap at the several world-class courses located here. 

To save you from the chore of choosing which golf course to play, here are 3 of the best ones:

Rio Secco Golf Club

The Rio Secco Golf Club is located 13.5 miles southeast of the Las Vegas Strip.  The golf course itself consists of 6 holes through some steep canyons, 6 holes on a plateau overlooking the city itself, and 6 holes in a broad desert wash.  The golf club features a 30,000 square foot European-themed clubhouse made of dark woods and natural stone, the Janelas Restaurant & Bar, which is considered to be among the best public golf course dining establishments in the city, and a 2,000 square foot golf shop offering the latest in golfing apparel for both sexes.  If your first trip to the golf club will also be your first time playing golf, you may hire Butch Harmon’s staff at his teaching facility in the golf club to teach you.  Butch Harmon is known as the ‘best golf instructor in the world’.  He used to be Tiger Woods’ coach.  He’s currently coaching top touring golf professionals, including Phil Mickelson.

Bear’s Best Las Vegas

Located west of the Strip, a 20-minute drive away, the Bear’s Best Las Vegas is a golf course that consists of 18 holes selected personally by Jack Nicklaus—‘the greatest professional golfer of all time’—among his 270 designs, which are used all over the world.  The golf course itself features a 10,000 square foot clubhouse, which may be used for hosting private parties, weddings, receptions, banquets, and business meetings; Jack’s Place, a sports memorabilia lounge and grill that is open to the public all week; the finest the city has to offer in casual dining fare; and the Paul Wilson Golf School.


TPC Las Vegas

things to do in vegas besides gambleOriginally named TPC at The Canyons, TPC Las Vegas is an award-winning championship golf course located west of the Strip, a 15-minute drive away.  It has received a four-star rating in Golf Digest’s “Best Places to Play” and has been named one of this magazine’s “50 Best Golf Courses for Great Service in North America.”  It has also been ranked among the “Top Ten Best Golf Resorts in the USA” by Condé Nast Traveler, recently honored with the 2013 Silver State Award, and named the ‘best course in Nevada’.  In 1996–2006 it has hosted the Las Vegas Senior Classic, Bard Capital Challenge, and the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.  It’s part of the PGA Tour’s lauded TPC Network, which includes sister golf courses TPC Sawgrass, which is also referred to as ‘Home of The Players’; TPC Scottsdale, the host of the Waste Management Phoenix Open; and TPC Boston, the host of the Deutsche Bank Championship.

TPC Las Vegas’ features include the TPC grille, where you may sample a delectable menu that includes some exclusive PGA Tour wines, a 2,000 square foot golf shop that ranks consistently among the Top 100 Golf Shops in North America, and a clubhouse that offers a variety of dining options and provides sophisticated locker rooms for both men and women, several cozy lounges, verandahs with panoramic views of the surroundings, and well-staffed banquet and meeting facilities.

Although it’s known widely as Sin City, having told you all about the world-class golf courses located here, we hope you’ve been convinced that there are many things to do in Vegas besides gamble.  Indeed, as we hope you realize through the next articles we’ll be publishing here about it, the city itself has so much more to offer visitors.

About the author

Mae Davies

BA, MA Psychology (and Conflict Resolution), University of Cambridge (2007). With a decade of trial and error in psychology and 33 years of navigating my own complex (that's one word for it!) relationships with family, friends, co-workers and men, I hope I have some useful knowledge and skills to share with my readers about making sense of relationships and trying to become a better person every day.