Boulder City and Boulder Creek

Golf in the Las Vegas area didn’t begin with a fancy casino-supported course. No, the incredible golf that we see today began, as much of the modern history of this region, began with the desires of the men and women who built Hoover Dam. They craved recreational opportunities, and it was left to the City of Boulder City, Nevada to build the first “playable” golf course in Clark County. Playing on a sand-based course (after all, irrigation came after the Dam was built), they just flattened out a teeing area, “cleared” the brush for a fairway by hand, added oil and a rake to smooth out a putting surface (They couldn’t really call them greens, could they?) and golf was born in the Eldorado Valley. The course wasn’t very long, but it didn’t have to be because there wasn’t much roll on those sandy “fairways”. But spending time with family and friends and enjoying the scenic views of the valley and the towering mountains was just fine for these first residents of Boulder City.

In the late 1960’s, a group of golf loving Boulder citizens talked the town into building a regulation nine-hole course. The City decided to go first-class, hiring acclaimed architects David Rainville and Billy Casper to design and lay out the first nine holes. With Boulder City staffers and about 300 residents working hand-in-hand, literally, the Boulder City Golf Course officially opened in 1973 and quickly became famous throughout the Las Vegas Valley for its fast greens and quality golf experience. In 1984, the City opened the second nine-holes, stretching the original golf course to a 6,600-yard, par-72 layout that provides a haven not just for golfers, but native plants, abundant trees and several integral water features as well.


What it might lack in pure yardage, Boulder City Golf Course makes up for in challenging shot-making opportunities. Unlike many of the other courses in the Valley, Boulder City is a more traditional-style layout with a park-like feel. How many area courses boast of their tree-lined fairways? You’ll find them at Boulder City Golf course, with water coming into play on seven holes and smooth, fast greens.


There are 180 acres of turf for the golfer to play. The fairway width is generous, but if you stray from the short grass, the rye/fescue rough can be a challenge. There are seven par-4s of nearly 400 yards, a 569-yard par-5 and several risk/reward type holes. The eighth hole is a 273-yard par-4 with two lakes and a stream that surround the green. Big hitters can elect to try to drive the green, but for most of us, the smart call is a lay-up and a difficult approach to a two-tier green. The back nine has been upgraded to include streams that meander in front of the twelfth green and along the fairways of the thirteenth and fourteenth holes with lakes on each of those holes. A large lake was installed in front of the seventeenth green placing a premium on the tee shot to the medium-length par-3. The Boulder City Golf Course is a wonderful alternative to the Las Vegas Valley golf course style. After your round, visit their 5,000-square-foot clubhouse that not only has a full-service golf shop, but a bar and grill and impressive banquet and catering functions.


The Boulder City Golf Course was voted the “The Best Golf Course for under $100.00” in 2002 and “Best Bargain Golf Course in 2003 and 2004 by Vegas Golfer Magazine.


Twenty some-odd years ago when Mark Rathert was part of the Benz & Poellot design team creating 27-holes for Gainey Ranch Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona, he helped design and landscape each nine with a different theme: lake, dunes and arroyo (dry washes and canyons). When he got the job to build the new 27-hole layout for the City of Boulder City, he revived the idea, with a twist. He mixed the three themes into all three nines at Boulder Creek Golf Club so golfers could enjoy oasis, desert, and arroyo holes regardless of which nine they played.


Boulder Creek Golf Club opened in January of 2003 and has become one of the best of the new premier courses in the Southwest. Rathert’s three-look concept offers variety hard to find anywhere in the Las Vegas Valley. The oasis-themed holes feature palm trees, beach bunkers, lakes and waterfalls. The arroyos are artfully woven into the fabric of the course. And the desert holes are bordered by the area's unique soft, playable sand. There are no blind shots, no hidden hazards, just 7,400 yards of great golf at great rates.

Ever since the Boulder City Golf Course proved a success, city leaders have envisioned a one-of-a-kind, world-class golf facility that would provide great golf programs, lessons and affordable recreation south of Las Vegas. That vision has been accomplished in the Boulder Creek Golf Club. Whether you are a local resident, visitor to the area, resort guest, local tournament coordinator, junior golfer, or major event coordinator, you’re in for a treat at this world-class, yet public facility.


The Desert Hawk Nine is designed and laid out through the natural rolling terrain, with Rathert’s “three-look” concept on majestic display. With a combination of oasis and desert themes, Desert Hawk allows, and in some cases requires, golfers to use all the clubs in their bag. With the opening hole doglegging left around a lake and the final hole requiring you to play over, or around one lake while threading your shots between that lake, a second lake, and a creek in front of the green, this nine offers as much excitement and challenge you’ll face anywhere in the Valley. Desert Hawk invites you to “grip it and rip it” to generous fairways but the touch required to score well will leave a lasting impression on you.


The Coyote Run Nine welcomes golfers with wide, lush fairways allowing for excellent playability and total comfort. With many arroyos meandering through this nine, your imagination will be challenged as much as your swing for favorable scoring opportunities. The par-5 seventh, stretching out to 635-yards from the tips, won’t be forgotten anytime soon. Through smooth, subtle elevation changes and yards and yards of scenic natural landscape, Coyote Run offers golfers the kind of challenge for your game you might expect from its name, over a golf-scape you’ll find nowhere else.


The Eldorado Valley Nine is a scenic, yet diverse course. This unique, exciting layout rewards the really big hitters. It also offers many clear, concise, unobstructed shots from the lush fairway. But if a golfer happens to drive it off-track, the deep, natural sand bunkers will create a challenging scramble home. This course has everything for both the novice and the low-handicap golfer. Beautiful vistas, colorful wildflowers and smooth beach bunkers add to the allure of this unique course.

The Clubhouse at the Boulder Creek is a true oasis in the desert. It is home to a well-stocked Golf Shop; the Creekside Restaurant that’s open for breakfast, lunch and dinner; a full bar; and a full service coffee shop. The Golf Shop supports a computerized handicap service and men's and women's locker rooms. The full banquet facility at the Boulder Creek Golf Club is available to host tournaments, corporate outings, banquets and weddings. The area media has certainly sat up and taken notice. Las Vegas Magazine has voted it the “Best New Golf Course in Las Vegas” in 2003 and “Best Bargain Golf Course”.


Boulder Creek and the Boulder City Golf Course can be a special value played together and often, through the Golf Boulder City Card. The card offers you discounted greens-fees, special deals on merchandise, free practice balls every time you play, tournaments and access to guest passes. You can find out more about the Golf Boulder City Card or make tee-times online through the city’s golf Web site, www.golfbouldercity.com, or you can call either Golf Shop to make your arrangements. Boulder City Golf Course can be reached at 702-293-9236 and Boulder Creek at 702-294-6534.


The golf courses of Boulder City offer a wide-range of enjoyable, challenging golf, lightyears away from the traffic and stress of Las Vegas…but just a few miles from The Strip on the way to Hoover Dam.

 

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