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The complete guide to luxury Las Vegas golf communities

Known as the Entertainment Capital of the World, Las Vegas is an internationally known resort city where people of all ages and lifestyles come together for its incredible nightlife, shopping, fine dining, entertainment, and recreational choices. Whatever tastes and preferences you have, Nevada’s commercial and cultural center has it for you.

With luxury living as one of its main appeals, buyers looking for homes and condos for sale in an exclusive community have Las Vegas as one of their top real estate locations. The city is known for its top-quality championship golf courses, with over 50 public, semi-private, and private Las Vegas golf communities from which homebuyers can choose. These Las Vegas golf communities are home to legendary championship golf courses designed by the world's biggest and most respected names in the golf industry. These include Bear's Best by Jack Nicklaus and masterfully designed golf courses by notable architects like Tom Fazio, Arnold Palmer, Billy Casper, Raymond Floyd, Pete Dye, and Rees Jones.

World-class living in Las Vegas golf communities

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Whether you are a golfer or someone who desires the upscale lifestyle that Las Vegas offers, you will never go wrong with a Las Vegas luxury home in the best golf communities in Nevada. Luxury home communities built around golf courses provide the best views, lush green landscapes, and unparalleled amenities.

When looking for homes for sale in Las Vegas golf communities, you can choose from public, semi-private, and private golf course communities. Whether you are looking for a luxury estate in one of the premier Las Vegas golf communities or a charming villa with nice golf course views, there is something for everyone here. Choose from a variety of property types from single-family homes to condos and apartments, townhomes, and mansions.

As you look for your dream location in Las Vegas golf communities, consider if you want to live on a public course or a private course. Some of the notable public golf course communities in the city include:

  • Los Prados. Guard-gated, golf course real estate properties for families looking for luxury homes within their budget. Los Prados is where you’ll find an 8-hole community-managed golf course, with other amenities like two swimming pools and tennis courts.

  • Rhodes Ranch. Located southwest of Las Vegas Valley, this public golf course covering over 1,300 acres has a guard-gated entrance and features mostly single-family homes. The community has an amazing clubhouse with a community pool and fitness amenities.

  • TPC Summerlin. Homes on the private and public golf courses in TPC Summerlin are among the most affluent neighborhoods in the city. Living here does not only gives you access to award-winning golf courses but also to the best views and great walking trails in Summerlin.

  • Silverstone Ranch. The golf course may have been shut down way back in 2015 but the community at the base of the Sheep Mountain Range remains beautiful as ever. Homes in Silverstone Ranch are perfect for buyers looking for entry-level and multi-family homes.

  • Stallion Mountain. Located north of Sam Boy Stadium and the Clark County Wetlands Park, Stallion Mountain homes are mostly single-story with two to four bedrooms. This golf course community is ideal for outdoor living with low-maintenance landscaping and fenced backyards.

Whether public or private, Las Vegas golf communities are guard-gated with a roving security patrol, which is included in the HOA dues. These Las Vegas golf communities also have both family sections and age-restricted neighborhoods to suit different lifestyles.

For Las Vegas private golf communities, membership can either be optional or mandatory, depending on the neighborhood. Many private golf communities in Las Vegas have exclusive golf clubs where residents and members can experience the perks of a luxurious private Las Vegas community club - plus, access to the golf course anytime they want. For non-golf players, social memberships are available, so they can also experience the perks and benefits of world-class, resort-style amenities and country club exclusives within their respective communities.

Top Las Vegas golf communities

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Among the many Las Vegas private golf communities, the most prominent ones are:

The Ridges

Named by Forbes as among the top three exclusive communities in the United States, The Ridges is a prestigious neighborhood within the Summerlin community. Bear's Best Golf Course, a world-class 18-hole golf course, is found at its very center. This more than 7,000-yard golf course was designed by none other than Jack Nicklaus, one of the greatest golfers of all time and a renowned golf course designer. It was voted as one of the Best Places to Play by Golf Digest magazine and Best Golf Course in Las Vegas by the Las Vegas Review Journal.

Living in The Ridges

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Real estate in The Ridges is highly sought after, being home to the most impressive custom luxury homes not just in Nevada but in the whole country. With these properties surrounding Bear's Best Golf Course, not only will you get to live near a highly regarded attraction but you will also enjoy unmatched views of the picturesque Red Rock Canyon.

Properties in The Ridges are the top choice among home buyers and property investors due to their perfect location in Summerlin, a highly exclusive community with endless lifestyle opportunities that satisfy both your necessities and luxuries. Here, you will live the best of both worlds — the big city life and the majesty of nature.

Living a healthy and active lifestyle is easy as residents get direct and exclusive access to Club Ridges, a private community center with tennis courts, workout areas, and a resort pool. Recreational programs are also held throughout the year.

Around the community, you can find the Las Vegas Ballpark, the City National Arena, public and private schools, recreational parks, and activities for all ages, culture spaces, and outdoor activities. Plus, there’s the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area to visit if you’re up for an adventure.

Buyers in search of a home in The Ridges will be overwhelmed by the variety of luxury homes found here. There are sprawling mansions equipped with the latest smart home technology, as well as custom single and multi-family homes with outstanding architectural designs. There are also luxury condos with open floor plans and panoramic views of the Las Vegas Strip.

Playing in The Ridges

When you play in Bear’s Best Golf Course, know that you are playing in one of Las Vegas’ top-rated golf courses with features ranging from the awesome but relatively challenging designs and manicured greens as far as the eye can see. It is truly representative of Las Vegas itself — a melting pot of styles and experiences.

Playing at Bear's Best requires fast thinking on top of the rudimentary swinging and teeing skills. The opening (first) hole plays 413 yards from the tips, with a big pond to its left serving as an obstacle. Meanwhile, the closing (18th) hole covers a massive 463 yards and has a huge pond dominating the right side. On the left are a bailout area and a bunker. The challenges of sand, water, and going out of bounds make this closing hole among the most difficult to navigate, even for the veteran golfer. However, the reward of completing the game after succeeding on the closing hole is worthy of bragging rights and a salute to its creator.

The 16 holes in between are just as inviting as these mirror designs of Jack Nicklaus’ layouts of Cabo Del Sol and Palmilla Golf Club in Mexico, Desert Highlands and La Paloma in Arizona, and Las Campanas in New Mexico, among others.

An exhilarating day of playing golf can build a big appetite. Thankfully, Bear’s Best has on-site dining facilities to sate your hunger pangs, including Jack’s Place, a casual sports lounge; and Bear’s Den BBQ, home to juicy, made-to-order sumptuous grilled hotdogs, burgers, and sandwiches.

Red Rock Country Club

Red Rock Country Club, another private Las Vegas golf community, has two deluxe golf courses designed by Arnold Palmer — the private Mountain Course and the public Arroyo Course. This is one of the most elite private Las Vegas golf communities, with members enjoying top-of-the-line amenities and services.

Living in Red Rock Country Club

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Red Rock Country Club is a haven for socializing and healthy and active living. The good news is that when you buy a home in Red Rock Country Club, you also gain membership to the Club and its facilities. This means you get members-only access to gourmet dining, resort-style facilities, a cutting-edge fitness center, tennis courts, and a full year of social programs and activities.

Here’s what’s in store for those under the four membership categories:

  • Golf membership. $10,000 initiation fee with monthly dues starting at $975, inclusive of reservation privileges to the Mountain Golf Course and the Arroyo and Siena golf courses. Members also have full access to the Sports Clubhouse, the Red Rock Spa, and Tot Stop child care services.

  • Executive membership. $7,000 initiation fee with monthly dues starting at $680, inclusive of Golf Membership privileges, but only five days of advance tee time reservation privileges to the golf courses. Green fees also apply.

  • Sports membership. $3,000 initiation fee with monthly dues starting at $399, inclusive of access to the Sports Clubhouse, private restaurant, and social events calendar.

  • Social membership. Annual pre-paid or pro-rated food minimum fees start at $210 per month, inclusive of access to the private restaurant and Club social events calendar.

All the membership plans cover family privileges for immediate family members, including spouses and unmarried children below 23 years old.

Located within the Summerlin community, living in a custom golf property in Red Rock Country Club gives you gorgeous views of the golf course, the breathtaking Rock Canyon, surrounding bodies of water, and the Las Vegas Strip. This 738-acre private desert paradise is also a short drive away from Downtown Summerlin’s shopping, dining, and entertainment hubs, as well as scenic walking trails and biking paths.

Red Rock Country Club features luxury homes with expansive yards, immaculate landscaping, and some of the most beautiful exterior features in Nevada. Around 20% of custom estate homes here sit right on the ridge, while 80% are situated on the golf course. Sprawling estates and condos in Red Rock Country Club are built at almost 3,000 square feet above sea level, making it a premier location for homebuyers who want to have a home with overlooking views of the golf course and the city.

Playing in Red Rock Country Club

Both private and public courses designed by Arnold Palmer showcase his exceptional talent for incorporating natural elements into his designs for a more exciting and visually inspiring golf-playing experience.

The Mountain Course and the Arroyo Course feature five tee placements per hole. The private Mountain Course spans a 7,001-yard par-72 area while the public Arroyo Course spans a 6,883-yeard par-72 area.

The Mountain Course by Arnold Palmer at Red Rock Country Club is dramatically challenging in a luxury setting. It features bentgrass greens and Bermuda grass fairways. Some of the course's most known holes are the Par 4 opening hole called "Anticipation," the bunker protected Par 3 15th hole called "Stone's Throw," and the Par 5 closing hole called "The Falls David." Playing in this private course is a one-of-a-kind experience against the majestic mountainside backdrop.

The public but equally exciting counterpart to the Mountain Course is the extensive Arroyo Course. Beginners and experts will enjoy playing here as the said course encourages competition and camaraderie against the mountain backdrop and cityscape views. Considered as having one of the best layouts in Las Vegas, the Arroyo Course features dramatic bunkers and water hazards. The practice facilities meanwhile feature a double-ended grass range and a short game area with chipping and putting greens and a sand bunker.

In addition to these two world-class golf courses, members of Red Rock Country Club can also access the Siena golf course designed by architects Brian Curley and Lee Schmidt.

MacDonald Highlands

Southeast of Las Vegas in Henderson is the exclusive, guard-gated MacDonald Highlands. A 20-minute drive from the Las Vegas Strip, MacDonald highlands is one of the elite Las Vegas golf communities featuring sprawling luxury custom estates. This private community spans over 1,200 acres with properties developed around the Dragon Ridge Golf Course.

Living in MacDonald Highlands

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Nestled along the picturesque foothills of the McCullough Mountains and perched on top of one of the highest points in Las Vegas, the community of MacDonald Highlands allows its residents to savor the heights of affluence while enjoying panoramic views of the city of Henderson and the Las Vegas Strip skyline from an elevation of 716 meters.

Along with the captivating views, MacDonald Highlands’ main appeal is its laid-back, family-friendly setting and access to exclusive premier amenities. Its proximity to high-quality schools, bustling shopping and entertainment centers, fine dining restaurants, and a wide range of culture and entertainment spaces also make it the perfect place to live for families, active and outgoing individuals, and everyone who wants to experience a high-end lifestyle from several meters above sea level.

Scenic parks and walking trails abound in MacDonald Highlands. Among these lovely nature spots are Linear Park which is popular among walkers and joggers; West Park with its tennis courts, children's playground, dog park, and picnic areas; and East Park where the fitness center, basketball court, and tennis courts are. MacDonald Highlands is also pet-friendly, with dog parks around the neighborhood featuring spacious enclosures, water fountains, and pet facilities. The exclusive Country Club also hosts events for pet lovers and owners.

MacDonald Highlands is home to the 42,000-square-foot Dragon Ridge Country Club that offers exclusive amenities, including a golf pro shop, a ballroom, swimming pool, steakhouse, and mixed grills and lounges. There are also monthly special events for members of the community.

Playing in MacDonald Highlands

The Dragon Ridge Golf Course in MacDonald Highlands is a championship course designed by Jay Morrish and David Druzisky. It consists of an 18-hole, par 72 layout that extends almost 7,000 yards. The design elegantly incorporates the natural elements of the canyons and hillsides and features expansive fairways and well-manicured greens.

The course layout requires a strategic approach at every tee, making it a unique and challenging experience for golf players of all skill levels while enjoying a stunning unobstructed view of the Las Vegas Strip. The mountainside course literally cuts through the residential community and features sweeping elevation changes, desert arroyos, water features, and volcanic rock.

Known as one of the top-ranked golf courses in Southern Nevada, the Dragon Ridge Golf Course was named the Top Private Golf Course in Southern Nevada in the Best of Las Vegas annual awards by the Las Vegas Review Journal. It also hosted Tiger Woods’ Tiger Jams III and IV charity golf tournaments and the Wendy’s 3-Tour Challenge.

The award-winning golf course also features a 60,000-square-foot practice facility with an all-grass driving range, bentgrass putting greens, and a short game area with practice sand bunkers.

Gavin Ernstone, your expert luxury real estate agent for Las Vegas golf communities

Working with a real estate agent who knows the ins and outs of the Las Vegas real estate market and the various communities is a must if you want to find the dream luxury home that perfectly suits your taste, lifestyle, and future living goals.

With 25 years of experience selling dream homes in the Las Vegas Valley under his belt, Gavin Ernstone is the top luxury home Realtor that you can trust. His high level of hands-on, personal service is unparalleled as he strives to ensure that your end-to-end real estate requirements are met.

Get in touch now with Gavin Ernstone, Las Vegas’ very own dream homes specialist, at gavin(at)thedhs(dotted)com or 702.523.3677 to get started with your Las Vegas luxury living.

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