Shadow Creek Bedazzles in Las Vegas

Shadow Creek Golf Course Las Vegas

Tom Fazio conjured Shadow Creek as if by magic from the barren desert floor. (Image: Shadow Creek)

Join George Clooney, Michael Jordan and other high rollers at an ultra-exclusive Tom Fazio design that has been a marquee golf attraction in Las Vegas since 1989.

(Last updated February 2020.)

Like the Tropicana’s gorgeous showgirls or Frank Sinatra’s old Rat Pack, Shadow Creek Golf Course exudes a razzle-dazzle Las Vegas vibe.

Built by flamboyant casino magnate Steve Wynn at a reported cost of US$60 million in Sin City’s northern suburbs, the Tom Fazio-designed beauty is a miracle of modern golf course design. Fazio reclaimed more than three million cubic yards of earth from the desert floor during construction. Streams, lakes, waterfalls, rock outcroppings, rolling hillsides, exotic birds and 21,000 transplanted trees appeared as if by magic at a course that launched to rave reviews in 1989.

A highlight is the 409-yard par-four 9th, where the typically immaculate fairway runs to a green guarded by thick woodland on one side and a lake on the other. And like all great courses, this one ends with a wallop. The tee box of the 527-yard 18th is set high on a ridge, ideal for viewing a spectacular hole interrupted by three waterfalls that tumble into a lake. Sure, you can go for the green in two on this par five, but getting there requires a long precision shot over water. Better to lay-up.

Shadow Creek’s green fee? A whopping US$750, thought to be the world’s most expensive. Adding to the sense of posh exclusivity are lockers bearing the names George Bush, Michael Jordan, John Elway and Wilt Chamberlain. The guest list has also included George Clooney, Matt Damon, Michael Douglas, Reggie Jackson and Joe Pesci.

Tee times are restricted to guests of the 15 Las Vegas properties operated by the course’s owner, MGM Resorts International. An MGM limousine will transport you from your hotel to the course, where your personal caddy will guide you through your round.

And don’t imagine for a moment you’ll be able to sweet talk your way onto Shadow Creek. Even presidents and prime ministers who commit the sin of staying anywhere other than at an MGM property are firmly turned away.



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