Arriving in Las Vegas a day early for my business trip allowed me to experience Cascata Golf Club. People have told me it is the second best golf course in Sin City so I wanted to judge for myself. It is priced like one of the top courses, with only Shadow Creek Golf Course and the Wynn Golf Course charging more for their green fees. Rates at Cascata Golf Club vary, depending on the time of year, from $150 to $395. That fee does not include gratuity for the required caddie.
Upon arrival, you are greeted by a pair of closed gates, and a box with a button to push. Once you state your business, the gates open and you take the two mile drive up into the hills.
|The entrance gate to Cascata Golf Club|
|Stock photo of the back of the clubhouse.|
|The location where the waterfall enters the clubhouse.|
|A view looking into the pro shop from the foyer.|
After chatting with the pro shop staff member for a bit, and getting checked in, he advised me that my locker was ready and available and directed me to the gentlemen's locker room.
|A look into one of several of the wood-paneled locker rooms.|
One of the nice little touches at Cascata is they make you feel very welcome by considering you a "member for a day." This is reflected through their service, as well as the custom name plate assigned to a locker in the locker room. It is metal and magnetic and it really does add a neat little experience that I am starting to expect from courses ranked in the top 100.
|My name on a locker!|
|The inside marshaling area for the carts.|
Upon exiting the clubhouse, you are greeted with a magnificent view of the driving range. In the back is the tall waterfall, that flows down the right side of the range and into the clubhouse.
|A view of the driving range from the cart path just outside the clubhouse.|
|A look down the driving range from the cart path.|
|The practice green.|
|The waterfall continuing to run along the right side of the range.|
There couldn't have been a more perfect, picturesque day for golf. Upon arrival, it was 55 degrees and sunny, with pure blue skies and an occasional light breeze. Within the first hour, it quickly warmed up past 60 and I shed my mock turtleneck.
|Looking down the fairway from the #1 tee box.|
|A look towards #1 green from mid-fairway.|
|A look back down the #1 fairway from the edge of the green.|
A bonus was that most greens had a slope behind them to ease an errant shot hit too far past the pin. However, if a fair amount of spin was placed on the ball, most greens will wave at the ball as it rolls back down the fairway.
|A look at the #1 green from 40 yards out.|
|A look down the fairway from the #2 tee box.|
|A cacti hazard located two yards off the fairway.|
|A look uphill towards the #2 green.|
|A look at the #2 green from the cart path.|
|A look down the fairway from the #3 tee box.|
|A look into the #3 green from the fairway.|
|A closer look into the #3 green.|
|A look into the #4 green from the tee box.|
After a brief relief, it is back to uphill golf. Hole #5 is a Par 5, that plays 523 yards from the tips. It has a dogleg left at around 260 yards, that continues uphill.
|A look down the fairway from the #5 tee box.|
|A look towards #5 green after the turn of the dogleg.|
|A look back down the #5 fairway from the edge of the green.|
|A look at the #5 green from the cart path.|
Hole #6 is a relatively short par 4, playing 379 yards from the tips. However, the uphill slope adds length to the hole.
|A look down the fairway from the #6 tee box.|
|A look into the #6 green from 120 yards out.|
|A look at the #6 green.|
|A look into the green from the #7 tee box.|
|A closer look at the #7 green.|
|A look down the fairway from the #8 tee box.|
|A look into the #8 green from 150 yards out.|
You finish the front 9 out with a downhill hole. It is a par 4 that plays 451 yards. It affords a great view of the desert and mountains in the distance.
|A look down the fairway from the #9 tee box.|
|A look into the #9 green from 100 yards out.|
|A look down the fairway from the #10 tee box.|
|A look into the #10 green from 175 yards out.|
|A look down the fairway from the #11 tee box.|
|A large group of cacti to present a unique hazard.|
|A look into the 11th green from 150 yards out.|
|A look at the 11th green from the top of the hill.|
|A look at the 12th green from the tee box.|
|A look down the fairway from the 13th tee box.|
|A look into the 13th green from 140 yards out.|
|A stunning view from the 13th green looking down the 14th fairway.|
|A view down the fairway from the 14th tee box.|
|A look into the 14th green from 130 yards out.|
|A look into the 15th green from the tee box.|
|A look down the fairway from the #16 tee box.|
|A view towards the green at the second turn.|
|A look into the 16th green from 120 yards out.|
|A look at the 16th green from 30 yards out.|
|A look down the fairway from the 17th tee box.|
|A look into the 17th green from 150 yards out.|
|A look down the fairway from the 18th the box.|
|A look into the 18th green from 280 yards out.|
|A look at the 18th green and the lake that guards the front.|
If you have some time and extra spending money while in Las Vegas, I highly recommend this course. The several hundred dollars you will likely lose on the tables or slots back in town is better spent creating a life-long memory at Cascata. I have yet to play the Wynn Golf Club or Shadow Creek. While they may be better courses or more have a more grandiose reputation, they will be hardpressed to match the fun the course at Cascata provided.