A true test of shot-making skill, the TPC Las Vegas golf course can challenge even the most seasoned of golfers, but remain playable for even the most novice of players. The lush greens weave through a scenic desert landscape of arroyos and barrancas over several hundred acres. The golf course plays at an elevation of between 2,000 and 2,500 feet, allowing you to get about 7-10 yards extra distance in the high desert. Your putts will pick up some speed breaking away from the mountains and mostly everything breaks toward the Stratosphere Resort and Casino, which you can see in the distance from certain points on the golf course.
The golf course’s back nine is especially tricky to navigate. While no signature hole exists, the 423-yard, par-4 13th called “Death Valley,” offers risk-reward that best captures the spirit of play at TPC Las Vegas.
Follow that up with a blind tee shot on the next hole and you don’t have much time to catch your breath. The 14th hole, known as the “steeple hole” to the members, is quite a challenge. Simply aim your tee shot at the steeple of the church in the distance to tackle this 465-yard par 4 that Vegas Golfer ranks as the best par-4 hole. The 14th fairway has a large ridge that runs directly towards the steeple. If you hit to the right side, you’ll have about a 100-yard shot into the green. Hitting it left of the steeple forces you to hit over a ridge and you’ll likely have anywhere from a 125 to 175-yard shot to the flag.