"Our trip was... a classic affirmation of everything right and true and decent in the national character. It was a gross, physical salute to the fantastic possibilities of life in this country—but only for those with true grit. And we were chock full of that.— Hunter S. Thompson Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas
'Gonzo' journalist Hunter S. Thompson never took much interest in golf, but his most famous book—his "savage journey to the heart of the American dream"—does speak to something many golfers understand: the unmistakable, almost irresistible allure of a buddies trip to Vegas.
Logic suggests the Nevada desert might not be the ideal place for such a trip. It's a 5½-hour plane ride from our most populated coast. Its terrain is flat and parched. The main drivers of the economy would rather you didn't spend all that time away from their gaming tables, so there's little incentive to keep green fees low.
Yet every year, among the 37 million or so visitors who descend on the Strip, roughly 750,000 of them will tee it up.
Because a trip to Vegas isn't about logic. It's about having fun.
We designed this special guide to Las Vegas golf to help you wring the most fun from your next trip. Here you'll find our ranking of the 25 best courses within an hour of the Strip—along with the other 27 layouts—conveniently plotted on a map. We'll introduce you to two groups of experienced Las Vegas travelers who are full of great advice on where to stay, eat and play golf. We'll tell you how to rack up casino freebies. Where to find a beautiful forecaddie. How to avoid long lines at In-N-Out Burger. And so much more.
Because if you're going to offer a "salute to the fantastic possibilities of life" in Vegas—and you know at some point you will—you might as well do it right. — Peter Finch and Matt Ginella