Rees Jones is known as the U.S. Open Doctor and is a living legend when it comes to golf course architects. Jones designed Rio Secco—and Las Vegas’ Cascata—and it is one of the best courses in the Las Vegas Golf Region. The holes meander through the exclusive Seven Hills community, and appear to magically transform players to golf heaven. Nearly every hole boasts either dramatic mountain or Strip views. It recently was renovated by original designer Jones with new greens, complexes and more to restore opening day conditions.
Rio Secco is the home to the Butch Harmon School of Golf. Harmon is the former swing coach of Tiger Woods (Tiger has the course record of 64 at Rio Secco), and currently teaches Natalie Gulbis, Phil Mickelson and many other world-renowned players. Rio Secco also hosts big-time events including Tiger Jam and was a previous host of the Wendy’s 3-Tour Challenge.
Rio Secco is a Rees Jones design that is at the top of the Vegas golf list. Check out a recent comment from a reader of the popular GreensKeeper.org reader:
“Rio Secco is a beautiful course shaped through the natural arroyos and canyons on the south end of the valley. The front 9 is a little more “open” then the back, and there is a great mix of elevated tees. You definitely need to know your club distances and trust the yardage book, as many holes look longer than they actually are. Great mix of Par 3s, short/long Par 4s, and 3 long Par 5s, with a short one thrown in. The 18th is the best finishing hole I have seen in the valley, especially at twilight with the Strip lights in the distance. Definitely worth a visit while in Vegas, and worth a round or 2 a year if you live here.”