Some people view a midafternoon round of golf here in July as little more than a preview of what recreation is like in hell. Those people are soft. You’re not soft. Which is why you’re wrapping your arms around the dead-of-summer Vegas heat by embarking on a weeklong midday golf excursion. Your mission: Shoot a score that’s lower than the outdoor temperature … oh, and make it to the 19th hole in one piece.
July 1: Head for the California border, exiting a couple of miles past the state line. You have a 1 p.m. tee time at Primm Valley Golf Club, where you’ll find two spectacular Tom Fazio-designed tracks—the Lakes and the Desert. You’re playing the Desert, because the $29 greens fee is $10 cheaper than the Lakes. And because it’s more challenging. 1 Yates Well Rd., 679-5509, PrimmValleyGolf.com.
July 2: Arnold Palmer had a hand in designing Angel Park’s two 18-hole courses, the Mountain and Palm. You’ll tee it up on the former track, which will set you back $25 after 3 p.m. Post-round, partake in Party Patio Tuesdays, where you’ll find live music and half-off beers (among other specials) until 8 p.m. 100 S. Rampart Blvd., 254-4653, AngelPark.com.
July 3: Your best deal of the entire week comes courtesy of Stallion Mountain Golf Club, where you can play 18 holes in the center of town for $19. Is there a catch, you ask? Damn right, there is: You can’t tee off until after 2 p.m. That’s not a problem, is it? Didn’t think so. 5500 E. Flamingo Rd, 547-6250, StallionMountainGolf.com.
July 4: Celebrate Independence Day at the Paiute Las Vegas Golf Resort, one of the Valley’s hidden golf gems 20 miles north of the Strip. Three courses options here—Snow Mountain, Sun Mountain and Wolf. Sun and Snow are $49 after 2:30 p.m.; Wolf is $59. You saved the $10 on Monday, so use it to play Wolf, which at 7,604 total yards is billed as the longest course in the state. And one of the toughest. But, hey, it’s as much as 10 degrees cooler up here, so you’ve got that going for you … 10325 Nu-Wav Kaiv Blvd., 658-1400, LVPaiuteGolf.com.
July 5: No such weather respite in Boulder City today, where you’ll tackle one of Boulder Creek’s three highly underrated courses (Desert Hawk, Coyote Run, Eldorado Valley). Greens fees are the same for each: $45 after 11 a.m.; $35 after 1 p.m. 1501 Veterans Memorial Dr., 294-6534; BoulderCreekGC.com.
July 6: Not long ago, you had to be a member to tee it up on the course that was home to Tiger Woods’ first PGA Tour victory. Not anymore. TPC Summerlin is now open to the hoi polloi. The most expensive round of the week rings in at $79 for a tee time after 3 p.m. 1700 Village Center Circle, 256-0111, TPC.com.
July 7: You’ve made it this far—might as well finish it off in style by playing 18 at Furnace Creek Golf Course. Doesn’t ring a bell? Maybe the words “Death Valley” do. Give the clubhouse guy $30 for your round … and a note for your next-of-kin. Off Hwy. 190 in Death Valley, 760-786-2345, FurnaceCreekResort.com.