Sunday, September 24, 2006

The best of Las Vegas' outside of the Strip.

Las Vegas has much more to offer than casino's and shows, in fact - this city is so diverse that you could spend an entire lifetime here, and still miss out on so many exciting visits. Of course, if you're like every other visitor to Las Vegas, who stops in for the weekend and hopes for large cash win, then you won't get past the strip and you'll never know the full potential of what this city offers.

It's not often that the average visitor ventures past the Las Vegas Strip, with the multitude of themed casino offerings, it's hard to argue the logic. Dare to venture past the strip into the rest of Las Vegas and prepare for a more exciting visit to the famed Sin City!

ATV Four Wheel Drive Tours (4x4)
The Las Vegas desert is home to some of the worlds most dramatic sceneries and stage to some of Hollywoods biggest blockbusters. Take Star Trek and countless western movies shot on and around the "Valley of Fire", now imagine yourself and your friends aboard your own personal All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) - kicking up the sand and riding into the desert. The tours are set up for Experienced and Amateurs alike - check out the guys at Adventure Las Vegas for ATV Tours in Las Vegas.

Golf Las Vegas!
Okay - so I write about golf a lot - but can you truly blame me? Have you ever seen the golf courses that Las Vegas has to offer? I'm not talking about budget city golf courses, I'm talking about some of the most dramatic landscaped championship golf courses in the world, and by dramatic, I mean... imagine a 418 foot waterfall shimmering down the mountainside onto a river which flows through a beautiful club house - in the middle of the desert! Unbelievable! Think about it, Las Vegas is the desert - and yet, we boast some of the greenest and most pristine courses in the U.S. like "Bear's Best Golf Course" a course where each hole is an exact replica of another signature hole designed by Jack Nicklaus - did I mention that each hole was handpicked for Bear's Best by Jack Nicklaus himself? Golf in Las Vegas - a definite off the Strip adventure you really should try.

Kayak the Colorado River (Oh yes.. this is Las Vegas!)
If you're a water baby or love to try something new and fun, try this tour on for size. You'll see some unique and hidden places such as the Sauna Cave, Gold Strike Canyon, Lone Palm Canyon, Emerald Cave, Hanging Gardens and many other neat stuff along the route. Not to mention the wild life you might come upon as well.

Green Valley Ranch
Here's a casino that is frequented by locals, the Green Valley Ranch (GVR) is in Henderson, about 20 minutes from the Las Vegas Strip. The casino offers an upscale design and just about all the games you'll find on the strip, and some you won't find on the strip as well. Check out the "Drop Bar" smack center of the Pit and usually packed on weekends. The Ranch's famed weekend hangout is the "Whiskey" and outdoor/indoor club experience. GVR is set to open their Oyster Bar this October.

Red Rock Casino
Another great Off the Strip casino - The Red Rock is in Summerlin, new and quite similar to it's sister casino the Green Valley Ranch. Check out T-Bones - the signature steak house at the Rock - it's simply amazing.

Yes you can! Seasonal of course, but if you have the family with you - and shopping has got you down, take them over to Mt. Charleston. The season is usually mid December into February and March.

Also at Mt. Charleston

The Grand Canyon
There's so much to do at the Grand Canyon, from hiking tours, camping tours, river rafting, kayaking and much more. I personally recommend the river rafting and the helicopter tours.

Primm Valley
From roller coasters to mad casino gaming, this town just outside of Las Vegas and 45 minutes from the Las Vegas Strip is a definite must. Most of the excitement comes in play with the Primm Valley Outlet Mall which winds into Buffalo Bills Casino and just a short tram trip across the highway to Whiskey Pete's, a full day's worth of adventure is at Primm Valley. Primm Valley is also home to one of Las Vegas' top golf courses - the Primm Valley Desert Golf Course.

Lake Las Vegas Resort
Just 30 minutes from the strip, is the beautiful Lake Las Vegas Resort, a beautiful resort landscaped around a man-made lake. The Resort offers two (2) top quality golf courses - The Reflection Bay Golf Course and the Falls Golf Club. The Hyatt at Lake Las Vegas features a boutique casino which is the only casino in Las Vegas that does not open 24 hours. The resort does feature a 24 hour casino however - "Casino Montelago".

There's more to Las Vegas than just the "Las Vegas Strip" - next time you're in Vegas, do something different, do Vegas the way the locals do Vegas. You won't regret it - Pinky Swear!

Friday, September 22, 2006

Top 10 Golf Courses in Las Vegas

Las Vegas is home to some of the top Golf Courses in the world, it's no wonder that architects like Arnold Palmer, Pete Dye and Jack Niklaus have made their mark right here in Sin City. I've golfed most of the championship courses here, and have even spoken to several PGA Professionals and golfers throughout the city. So here's the scoop - if you plan on golfing in Las Vegas, then you'll definitely want to jump in on these golf courses. 

Based on the words by local PGA Professionals and avid golfers like myself - these are the definite top 10 Golf Courses in Vegas. See you on the Tees!

  1. Cascata
  2. Shadow Creek
  3. Reflection Bay Golf Club
  4. TPC Las Vegas
  5. Rio Secco Golf Club
  6. Las Vegas Paiute Wolf
  7. Bear's Best Golf Club
  8. The Fall's Golf Club at Lake Las Vegas
  9. Primm Valley Lakes Course
  10. Revere at Anthem - Lexington Course