Destination Spotlight: Las Vegas' Rhodes Ranch

Las Vegas' Rhodes Ranch Golf ClubA native of Southern California, prominent course designer Ted Robinson, Sr. is fully aware that things aren’t always as they seem. The lush layout he built in the southwest corner of the Las Vegas valley has come to epitomize the architect’s philosophy.

While it can hardly be described as a pushover, Rhodes Ranch Golf Club is a player-friendly design that unfolds right in front of the golfer. And in a city where $500 tee times, intimidating forced carries and tricked-out tracks are commonplace, Robinson’s course guarantees visiting golfers good value for their money, an enjoyable experience, thoughtful customer service and an acceptable pace of play.

Oh, and did we mention a fantastic set of par 3s, which Robinson has called the best he’s ever built. With more than 150 designs in seven countries, that’s quite a complement.

At Rhodes Ranch, what you see is what you get. If you’re looking for a great round of golf in Las Vegas, don’t roll the dice; settle on one of the best value’s in Sin City.

Rhodes Ranch Golf ClubValue and Playability

Prior to his induction into the Southern California Golf Hall of Fame as part of the inaugural class in 2003, OC Golf magazine said of Ted Robinson:

“His ability to design golfer-friendly courses in just about every setting, and at just about every budget, makes him perhaps the average golfer’s best friend.”

Robinson has done just that in the desert.

On multiple occasions readers of VegasGolfer magazine have awarded the course “Best Value” in Las Vegas.

“It’s all about giving golfers a great product at a great price,” said Rhodes Ranch General Manager Tate Stull. “Our approach is to deliver an affordable round of golf at a great golf course.”

A Splendid Setting

Rhodes Ranch is more of a traditional design than a typical desert layout, with lush grass from start to finish. Throughout your round you’ll encounter a multitude of water hazards, including waterfalls, streams, lakes and ponds. If you can manage to keep your ball dry, you’re well on your way to a good score.

The numerous water features at Rhodes Ranch are framed by more than 3,500 palm trees that line the fairways of this 6.909-yard par-72 course. That’s almost one palm tree per convention held each year in Las Vegas.

The 162-acre property also offers stunning views of the city and surrounding mountains.

Off the course, the architecture is equally splendid. When you arrive at Rhodes Ranch, you’ll pass under the club’s imperial archway, inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright. The well-appointed clubhouse offers views of the 9th and 18th holes.

Rhodes Ranch Golf Club

A Challenging Collection of Par 3s

Robinson’s courses may be player-friendly, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they lack teeth. In fact, Sahalee Country Club, a Washington golf course he built in 1969, is considered one of the top courses in the world. It hosted the 1998 PGA Championship.

At Rhodes Ranch, Robinson decided to test golfers at each of the courses’ par 3s.

You’ll immediately notice the quality and difficult associated with the par 3s at Rhodes Ranch as you arrive at the 227-yard third hole. This epic hole plays across water to a green bunkered front and back. There's bailout front left of the green, and like the whole course, the hole is set up to accommodate everyone: On subsequent forward tees, the water is reduced to a lateral hazard.

The journey continues at the 202-yard seventh hole, the exception to the rule at Rhodes Ranch since it doesn’t require a shot over water.

On the back nine, both the 191-yard 14th and the 212-yard 16th once again bring water into play, and lead to large, undulating greens.

“With three of the four par 3s having water features, it’s a great test for players,” said Stull.

Location

Destined to remain a favorite of tourists and locals alike for many years to come, Rhodes Ranch is located only 15 to 20 minutes from the Las Vegas Strip.

 

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