Good Golf at Las Vegas Badlands

By: Mel Barosay

Badlands, a Johnny Miller Design with special consulting from Chi Chi Rodriguez, is a 7,000+ yard layout which allows the golfer to chose different venues while enabling course management the ability to maneuver play for maximize speed. This article will be covering a round of golf, which went out on the Diablo Course, a target scheme, and came in on the more forgiving Outlaw Course. Both tracts are somewhat running parallel to one another, which are unlike the third nine-hole layout of the highly acclaimed Desperado Course that lies on the far Eastern parcel of the property.

Hole #10, a par 4, a straight and short 301 yards measure from the blue (middle) tees to an island-like green is the first hole of the Diablo Course. Its design manufactures difficulty from the surrounding dry ravine below it. Accuracy on your approach shot to the green is essential here!

The second hole played today is hole #11, a par 5, 482 yards that starts the golfer over another small ravine to a wide-open fairway for easy passage to the green.

This green is quite reachable in two for a long hitter.

Vegas Show TicketsHole #12, a long par 4, 441 yards hole and number one rated handicap on the Diablo Course weaves the golfer toward the Red Rock and Spring Mountains. As you travel westerly, away from the strip, a much longer second shot is upon you than the yardage markers may attest. Again, this is due to the combination of direction and uphill terrain.

Hole #13, a par 4, 371 yards test is not as long as the previous hole with a distance of 371 yards. It is the second most difficult hole on Diablo as it winds between several easily reachable sand traps protecting each side of its fairway. Once you are positioned correctly, the golfer is confronted with a short and graceful wedge to the angulating green.

Hole #15, a par 4, 374 tribulation is a beautiful mark perched some 50 feet above a fairway with a severe dogleg right to a green not visible from the tee boxes. A lay up shot using a long iron or fairway wood is appropriate for the downward amphitheater-like fairway nestled in the canyon walls. Not much rough between the far outer canyon wall and fairway exists. This means an arid golf shot may require a drop and penalty. This hole is very reachable in two if you stay out of trouble, although if you pull or overdrive your tee shot, this could be a costly mistake. The manicured fairway is well protected from the wind too. To reach the green in regulation, the golfer will be smart to bring the ball in from the right sideFeature Articles, hitting over the less steep arroyo which borders the right side of the fairway all the way around to the back side of green.

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