Here’s a little secret about playing golf in Las Vegas in the summer: It really isn’t that hot, especially if you tee off before 11 a.m. If you bring a cool towel, a hat and some water, and are done playing by 2 or 3 p.m., you can beat the scorching heat. It’s worth trying, because rates drop faster than a Tiger Woods sponsor when the temperature hits 100 degrees. Also remember that the late-afternoon heat is still manageable, and the rates go even lower.
Rhodes Ranch Golf Club has become the party spot for golfers.
Here are some of the best summer golf deals for those living in the 702. A Nevada driver’s license is needed to secure the rates listed below, and most are in effect now through August.
Angel Park: Rates start as low as $24 without an OB Sports Card. Rates go down from there if you purchase a card, which costs $99 and also can be used at Legacy Golf Club. 254-4653.
Bear’s Best Las Vegas: You can get a summer player’s card for $99. That locks locals into a rate of no more than $70 before 12:30 p.m. and $50 after 12:30. 804-8500.
Las Vegas National: Locals can choose how much to pay to play this course. Depending on the quantity of rounds purchased in advance, you can play here for as little as $30 per round. 734-1796.
Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort: Three Pete Dye courses here, with rates starting as low as $20 on certain days when purchasing a $79 player’s card. 658-1400.
Rhodes Ranch Golf Club: Pay $25 after 4:30 p.m. and also get three free drinks. From what we hear, this has turned into the golf and party spot. 740-4114.
Sun City Summerlin: Rates start as low as $20 for the executive Eagle Crest course and $25 for the 18-hole Palm Valley and Highland Falls courses. The top rate you’ll pay here this summer is $60. 254-7010.
TPC Las Vegas: Purchase a summer pass for $600 and get 12 rounds. 256-2000.
TPC Summerlin: On July 19, pay $100 to play the same private course used during the PGA Tour’s Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. All the money raised benefits The First Tee of Southern Nevada. 343-1890.
Walters Golf: Walters operates three courses—the Bali Hai, Royal Links and Desert Pines. Weekday rates start at $95 for Bali Hai, $75 for Royal Links and $45 for Desert Pines but drop during the day. Weekend rates are slightly higher. 450-8000.
Legacy Golf Club: Play this Arthur Hills layout for as little as $30 after 1 p.m. if you purchase the OB Sports Card. Non-cardholder rates are $50 regularly, $40 after 1 p.m. 897-2200.
Revere Golf Club: There are two courses here. Locals pay $53 before noon, $43 after noon and $35 from 3 p.m. on. 259-4653.
Rio Secco Golf Club: Buy a $500 card and get 12 rounds ($42 per round) plus a lesson from a PGA staff professional. On July 4, locals can play for $60 with out-of-town guests paying $75. And in July through Aug. 15, a special twilight rate of $40 is in effect after noon. 777-2400.
Out Of Town
Boulder City: Two cool courses are available—Boulder Creek and Boulder City Municipal. Rates are $55 until 11 a.m., $45 after 11, and $35 from 2 p.m. on. If you go to golfbouldercity.com, you can pick up a twofer and get a second round at Municipal free with a round at Boulder Creek. 294-6534.
Cascata: Rates start at $150, not including mandatory caddie, at this Boulder City course, but that’s a deal compared with the $500 top rate. 294-2000.
The Chase at Coyote Springs: Get out of town for the day by playing this Jack Nicklaus course, which critics love and is about an hour away. Caddie mandatory rates are $65 until 11 a.m., while the caddie optional rate is $50 after 11. 422-1400.
Mesquite: This is the stay-and-play deal of the summer. Play both Wolf Creek Golf Club and Falcon Ridge Golf Club for just $109 after June 21, and for just $99 from Aug. 9-Sept. 5. Add a room for just $55. 346-1670.
Primm Valley Golf Club: Two Tom Fazio courses can be played after July 1 for as little as $20 after 1 p.m. Current rates are $45 on weekends, and $35 Monday through Thursday. 679-5509.