There was a time not so long ago when Southern Nevadans were persona non grata at local golf courses. Securing a tee time in spring or fall was like getting a ticket to opening night of a show on the Strip: You either knew someone or paid an arm and a leg for the opportunity.
But that’s not the case these days, and specials and good rates are offered year-round. Here are some good deals for hitting the links this fall.
The first deal isn’t to play but instead to watch some of the best golfers in the world as they tear up TPC Summerlin, the host course for the PGA Tour’s Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. Tickets start at $15. 256-0111, JTShrinersOpen.com.
OK, enough watching; it’s time to hit the course. Rio Secco Golf Club in Henderson is offering local rates starting at $35 for the Happy Hour Special after 3:30 p.m., and rates start at $60 before 8 a.m., and $75 between 8 a.m. and 12:50 p.m. 777-2400, RioSecco.net.
Rhodes Ranch offers a weekly Monday Night Football deal for $25 that starts at 4 p.m. and includes nine holes, two beers and specials in the clubhouse during the game. The course is also holding its annual “Beat the Pro” Halloween event on Oct. 31, a two-person scramble for $65 that includes lunch, drinks and prizes. 740-4114, RhodesRanchGolf.com.
Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort is offering the Paiute Advantage Club Card, with members receiving rates of no higher than $49 year-round on the Snow and Sun Mountain courses, and $59 on the Wolf. PACC membership is $275 annually, and participants get a round free if they sign up by Nov. 1. 658-1400, LVPaiuteGolf.com.
Desert Pines Golf Club offers rates of $45-$65, down from its normal $199. Golf magazine Top-100 instructor Mike Davis offers a free clinic every Tuesday at 6 p.m. If you mention Vegas Seven when calling sister course Royal Links Golf Club, home to 18 replica holes from the British Open, there is a special local rate. 450-8170 for Desert Pines, 450-8181 for Royal Links, WaltersGolf.com.
Primm Valley Golf Club, home to two Tom Fazio courses, is offering rates of $35 Monday through Thursday and $45 Friday through Sunday. 874-6750, PrimmValleyGolf.com.
Las Vegas National Golf Club is offering rates of no higher than $42, in addition to a players card that offers savings off that rate. 734-1796, LasVegasNational.com.
TPC Las Vegas, a former host course for the PGA and Champions tours, is offering a $75 rate for locals with two-day advanced reservations, and $99 if you reserve further in advance. 256-2000, TPC.com/LasVegas.
Bear’s Best Las Vegas, a course made up of Jack Nicklaus’ favorite holes, is the home of the Jack of Clubs membership. The membership is $99 and locks in a rate of no higher than $70 year-round. 804-8500, BearsBestLasVegas.com.
OB Sports offers a card good at several courses. The annual fee of $149 (if purchased by Oct. 31) includes rates no higher than $55 at Angel Park and Legacy, and no higher than $85 at Jack Nicklaus’ The Chase at Coyote Springs. The Chase, about 50 miles north of town, also just announced a new deal for Las Vegas residents: $70 for a round when you tee off between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., which is a $30 savings. 254-4653 for Angel Park, AngelPark.com; 897-2200 for Legacy, TheLegacyGC.com; 422-1400 for The Chase; CoyoteSprings.com.
Siena and Arroyo are offering a players card for $189 for new members. That includes two free rounds in 2011, and the card also gets members a rate of no higher than $55 at these courses. 341-9200 for Siena, SienaGolfClub.com; 258-2300 for Arroyo, TheArroyoGolfClub.com.
Revere Golf Club is offering rates of no higher than $59 on Concord and $85 for Lexington. Casino employees and residents of Sun City Revere get discounts off those rates. 259-4653, RevereGolf.com.
Boulder Creek Golf Club offers rates of $65 prior to 11 a.m., $55 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and $40 after 1, while sister course Boulder City Golf Course offers rates of $35 until 11 a.m., $25 until 2 p.m. and $20 in twilight. Readers of Vegas Seven can earn the 15 percent discount through November by calling the golf shop. 294-6534 for Boulder Creek, 293-9236 for Boulder City, GolfBoulderCity.com.
Golfers can play the private SouthShore Golf Club at Lake Las Vegas and get a room at Loews Resort for $299. 558-0020, LoewsHotels.com.
In Mesquite, Wolf Creek Golf Club is offering an unlimited special for $200 over two days starting Nov. 22. Golfers can now book a three-night package for $137.50 per night that includes golf each day and a room at the Eureka Casino Resort. 346-1670, GolfWolfCreek.com.
Brian Hurlburt has covered golf in Las Vegas for more than 15 years, and is the founding editor of GolfLasVegasNow.com.