Las Vegas National Golf Club is one of the area’s most historic golf layouts. The Bert Stamps designed course opened its doors in 1961 and has featured many PGA Tour and LPGA events, been the off-the-Strip home to the Rat Pack in the club’s early days and is also the home of the Las Vegas Golf Hall of Fame exhibit. And all just a few minutes off the Vegas Strip. –by Bill Bowman, Las Vegas Golf Insider.
Plan now to make Las Vegas National part of your Las Vegas golf trip itinerary this fall or 2020.
Las Vegas National, a par-71 layout that reaches 6,773 yards from the tips, is still one of the go-to courses in the area. The resort-style layout is framed by mature trees. Add in deep-blue water features everywhere and risk/reward holes and players will find a layout that will test players of every ability. The layout’s par-3s are some of the toughest tests in Las Vegas and the mid-range par 5s opening and closing the 18 holes will give players the chance to start and finish the round with a birdie or possibly an eagle.
In the beginning, Las Vegas National was the place to be. The famed Rat Pack held court on the course during the day and in the lounge at night. The course was also featured in the movie ‘Casino’ and the house showcased in the movie sits to the left of the first fairway.
The pro tour stops at Las Vegas National featured a Who’s Who of golf greats including Tiger Woods. Woods teed it up at the course for one of the rounds in the 1996 Las Vegas Invitational. Woods fired a 1-under-par 70 and went on to win the first of his 80-plus PGA Tour victories in a playoff over Davis Love III.
Adding to the historic portion of the course is the fact that Las Vegas National is home to the Las Vegas Golf Hall of Fame. Inside the clubhouse are photos, equipment and an historic timeline of golf’s growth in Las Vegas.
The Las Vegas Golf Hall of Fame will honor the class of 2019 that is Garry Goett, Sue May, Kim Dolan, Christina Hixson and the late Don Welch later this month when five deserving Las Vegans will be enshrined because of their contributions to the sport. The event will be held at Sept. 28 at TPC Summerlin just prior to the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. For more information or to purchase tickets to attend this night of induction click to LasVegasGolfHOF.com. Others previously inducted include Butch Harmon, Charley Hoffman, Stephanie Louden and Las Vegas National director of marketing and PGA of America professional Joe Kelly.