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Thursday, September 10, 2015

A Dream Day In Henderson

A Dream Day in Henderson

Revere sports 36 holes of out of sight views and impressive golf

Story by Bill Bowman

The Revere Golf Club, located in Henderson, Nevada, gives players not one, but two 18-hole layouts designed by Bill Casper and Greg Nash. The courses, the Lexington and the Concord, offer just what players are looking for in a golf outing: variety, challenge, beauty and affordable rates…all wrapped up in a nice little package just 20 minutes from the Las Vegas Strip.

The Lexington, the first of the two courses, is a par 72 layout that stretches out to 7,143 yards. The Concord, the new kid on the block, is also a par 72 course that reaches 7,034 yards.

“We have two great golf courses here,” says Andy Bednar, head golf professional. “And with elevation changes and amazing views of the Las Vegas Strip, it’s just a great place to play.”

The variety, challenge and beauty are all apparent early and often on the Lexington but especially on the par 5, seventh hole.

This masterpiece, called ‘King’s Chapel,’ plays just 489 yards. The tee shot comes from an elevated tee and players can grip-it-and-rip it. But, the second half of the hole is where the challenge and beauty really come into full view. It’s all uphill after the tee shot (so take at least one or two more clubs) and think long and hard before going for the green in two. Bunkers, a pond, arroyos and a waterfall may all look gorgeous, but they can all swallow errant shots. Play this hole smart and birdie is definitely a possibility.

“It’s a 30-foot rise from the fairway to the green,” Bednar says. “It’s definitely a two-club difference and players want to keep the drive to the right. It’s a better angle and the more you go left, the more you’re adding elevation to the shot.

On the Concord, the closing 18th hole will again give players beauty, challenge and variety all rolled into one 551-yard, par 5. From the tips, the tee shot must carry some 200 yards over a pond and split two bunkers. No problem, right? If you’re successful there, the second shot into the green (probably from a slight downhill lie) brings the risk/reward dilemma front and center. If players lay up, it’s an easy wedge into this green. But, you’re in Vegas…and many players will take the gamble and go for the green in two. Good luck. You’ll need to carry a deep canyon fronting the green and stop the ball on a dime as bunkers are strategically placed behind the green. Still feel confident?

For both risk/reward holes, Bednar says the game plan should be simple. “Birdie on both of those holes is a definite possibility,” he says. “But you’ve got to play them smart. You know you can get home in two, but if it’s not a shot you can hit nine out of 10 times, I wouldn’t try it.”

With dramatic elevation changes, true-rolling greens and amazing vistas, both courses offer an ideal spot for that round of golf. Or, two rounds if you’re feeling ambitious and want to play both courses.

The pro shop (well-appointed) and Buckman’s Grille (an outstanding menu) are both spacious and inviting. And there may not be a better spot for dinner or drinks as Buckman’s has a front-row view of the Las Vegas Strip as it lights up.

“The views are just spectacular,” Bednar says of The Strip’s light show. “It’s just jaw-dropping to have the whole Valley lit up. It’s definitely helped make our dinners a huge success for us.”

Revere Golf Club

2600 Hampton Rd., Henderson




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