Black Mountain

There are two great new reasons to play Black Mountain Golf and Country Club. First, the new Desert Nine is shaping up beautifully, making all 27 holes in prime condition and ready to deliver an exciting round of golf! Second, Black Mountain has a ne superintendent…Marty Wells.

Wells had previously conditioned top golf facilities in Arizona and Texas that hosted PGA TOUR events, and he has brought his expertise to the grounds of Black Mountain. There are improvements in all aspects of course conditions…from new trees, bushes and flowers to superb playing conditions.

“The best part of our recent expansion is that we’ll have more tee-time availability,” says Jeff Kindred, General Manager, “so we’ll be able to offer more premium tee-times to the general public. We’ll also be able to accommodate larger groups…up to 144 players.” And the clubhouse is great for group events including weddings.

Designed by Williams Gill Associates, the Desert Nine is green and playing beautifully. The desert links style course plays 3,300 yards to a par of 36, and in true Black Mountain style, there will be many risk/reward opportunities with reachable par 5s and shorter par 3s. But the natural desert terrain and well-placed lakes will be lurking for any errant shots, continuing the tradition that shot making is the name of the game at Black Mountain.

For example, the par-5 ninth plays 530 yards downhill from the back tees, giving players hitting a good tee shot a chance to go for the green in two. However, a forced carry off the tee and a large lake skirting the left side make it a great finishing hole.

“The forced carries on Nos. three and nine will make managing the course and your game crucial to scoring on the new Desert Nine,” says Jeff. The par-3, second plays short at 155 yards, but also threatens any miss with a watery grave.

The previously existing nines, now named Horizon and Founders, will also have a chance to breathe a little more, helping to keep playing conditions at their finest.

The Horizon Nine’s 176-yard par-3, third with a greenside pond has long been notorious for big numbers with scratch golfers attempting to qualify for the U.S. Public Links championship, which Black Mountain hosts every year. Next the 544-yard par-5, fourth demands pinpoint accuracy to successfully navigate out-of-bounds left and the pond dissecting the right half of the fairway just 80 yards from the green. And a menacing bunker awaits any wedge shot that may get caught up in the wind.

The Founders Nine starts off with one of the toughest three-hole stretches in town, Black Mountain’s version of “Amen Corner.” The first hole is a straight, narrow 405-yard par-4 with out-of-bounds left and right, and a small, well-protected green. Par here is a great score! The second hole is the longest par-4 at Black Mountain at 435 yards, and with a demanding tee shot and a ridge dissecting the green, a four is a welcome relief. No. 3 is the final test…this 188-yard par-3 is ranked the most difficult hole on the Founders. A prevailing crosswind makes a mid-iron to this deep, narrow, elevated green an extremely intimidating shot. The Founders then winds through Henderson’s nicer homes before culminating with a great scoring opportunity, the 482-yard par-5 18th. Many members remember fondly when Tiger Woods appeared on this hole the day after winning the 2000 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, to caddy for his friend who was attempting to qualify for the U.S. Public Links!

Black Mountain Golf & Country Club has long been a standard for quality, affordable golf in the Las Vegas area, and the new Desert Nine is now ready to continue that tradition. Call the golf shop at 866-306-4833 or visit to play today.


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