List of Casino Golf Courses See Shadow Creek Topping the Charts
Shadow Creek Golf Course of MGM Resorts International tops the list for Golfweek amongst the fifty gaming company-owned and operated courses. The panelists of Golfweek mark on a scale of 1 to 10 depending on multiple criteria where an overall composite rating is filed. The North Las Vegas course designed by Tom Fazio saw an overall score of 8.13, while Fallen Oak is a notch below, having secured second place with an overall score of 7.26.
A Fazio layout course, Fallen Oak, is situated in Saucier in Miss. Beau Rivage, an associated casino, is also owned by MGM property. Shadow Creek of MGM, the most exorbitant amongst the public courses in the country saw the prices being outrageously inflated. This is where the peak season saw the gaming company ring in the 18-hole green fee valuing a whopping $1,000. This is demarcated for the months from March to May and from October to November. While the other months would see the fee range a tad lower at $750 per round. Acquiring Steve Wynn’s Mirage led to MGM becoming Shadow Creek’s owner in 2000.
Shadow Creek is joined in by a set of Nevada Courses
The list for Golfweek features Edgewood Tahoe at the 17th spot as the highest amongst the next set of Nevada courses. A Fazio-designed course, Edgewood Tahoe Resort is situated in the Stateline and is the region’s only lakefront course offering golf. The American Century Championship has a permanent home in Edgewood. It is also known for hosting the 1985 US Senior Open. Seasonal variations influence the green fees where the current weekday and weekend rates range $290 and $320, respectively. The figures are much lower in comparison to Shadow Creek.
For the courses in Las Vegas, Bali Hai Golf Club is the only one to feature at number 45. Designed by Lee Schmidt and Brian Curley, the course is situated on Las Vegas Boulevard. The best sports bettor of all time, Billy Walters, was the previous owner of Bali Hai Golf Club. Speculations were rife regarding the conversion of the course to parking for Allegiant Stadium several years ago. However, the efforts have died a slow death, with Bali Hai having affiliations to some of the properties of MGM.
Tribal Courses are a hit
The Golfweek list is inundated with a slew of courses having Native American Casino ties partly because of the allowance of only tribal gaming in some states. The golf-rich state of California and Arizona have a combined 13 courses making the cut. This includes Brooks based course at Cache Creek Casino in California, recording the highest figures amongst the casino golf offerings closing in on at number five in the state. The We-Ko-Pa course designed by Ben Crenshaw is the next on the list situated in Fort McDowell in Ariz. This is one of the two courses having tribal casino associations to feature in the top 20.