Las Vegas National Is The “Golf Course Of The Week”
By George C. Thomas, Golf Writer
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – If you were to be hitting 5 irons from the Las Vegas Strip, this iconic and historic golf course is an easy 5 iron away from the heart of the action. And they say location, location, location is everything, but even more so is the golf history that is easily accessible to anyone that visits Las Vegas. First and foremost is the fact that Tiger Woods won his first Professional Golf Association (PGA) Tour event here at Las Vegas National, which forever marks this course in the history of everything golf.
Secondly there is the famous gangster movie “Casino,” which was partially filmed here at Las Vegas National. In fact, the scene where the FBI surveillance airplane runs out of gas and lands on the golf course was factually and actually filmed on the 1st golf hole which is a long par 5. Of course it would be hard to land a plane on a short par 4 or any kind of par 3. Another fun aspect of playing Las Vegas National is they have the golf surfboards you can rent, which definitely adds a little flavor and fun to a day out on the links.
My golf buddy and I have played Las Vegas National numerous times, and have found it in great condition every time we teed it up. Besides the history with Tiger Woods, and the film “Casino,” the golf course is just plain old fun to play. The holes have personality and are quite interesting. The need for local knowledge and precision shot placement exist, but if it your first time playing this tract, the level of difficulty is not staggering. However, you will look forward to playing this course again, especially after watching a couple Robert DeNiro movies.
And what I have found is the minute you step onto the property, you will be transported back in time and will experience “Old Vegas.” It could be 1965 or 1979, and the golf is timeless. So the next time you are in Nevada with your sticks, you must and you will play Las Vegas National Golf Club. From the Tiger Woods connection, to the movie “Casino,” to the greatest location in all of Sin City, this is the place to stay and play in Vegas. (For more information, please visit http://lasvegasnational.com/)