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Angel Park - Mountain Course

Las Vegas, NV
Public
Par: 70
Phone: (702)777-2400
website

Men's Summary:
Tees Yards Rating Slope
Professional 6722 71.6 132
Championship 6223 69.2 130
Resort 5718 67.0 115

Women's Summary:
Tees Yards Rating Slope
Resort 5718 72.9 131
Forward 5150 69.0 121
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Angel Park Mountain Course


The Water Feature out behind the clubhouse


Angel Park Clubhouse (from behind)


Opening Par 5


Plenty of room left of that bunker...


Approach to #1


Tee shot on #2


The pond and greenside waste area on #2


#3 - short par 4


Par 3 number 4


Intimidating tee shot on #5


Approach to #5


Par 3 number 6


Tee shot on #7


Approach to #7


Tee shot on #8


Tee shot on #9


Approach to #9


Tee shot on #10


Approaach to #10


Par three #11


Tee shot on #12


Tee shot on #13


Approach to #13


Tee shot on #14


Par three #15


Tee shot on #16


Tee shot on #17


Close-up of the tee shot on #17


Tee shot on #18, dog leg left par 4


A closer view shows the lake beyond the junk.


Yes, THAT lake!


Approach to the green on #18


One of the water features near the clubhouse

Click on one of the thumbnails above to see an enlargement.
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Angel Park - Mountain Course - Overview

Welcome to Angel Park Golf Club, the "World's most complete Las Vegas golf experience." At almost 3000 feet in elevation, Angel Park offers spectacular views of Red Rock Canyon and the Las Vegas Valley. Angel Park Golf Club features 36 holes of championship Las Vegas golf designed by the legendary Arnold Palmer. Angel Park has been the recipient of several awards, including the accolade of Best Golf Course in Las Vegas in the “Best of Las Vegas”, Las Vegas Review Journal Readers Poll (14 out of the past 15 years), One of "Americas Top 50 Course for Women" by Golf Digest Magazine (Palm Course) and “Favorite Golf Course” in Las Vegas by visiting golfers (as nominated by What's On Magazine Visitor Choice Awards). In addition, the Golf Shop at Angel Park has been selected as a "Top 100 Golf Shop in the Country" by Golf World Business four consecutive years!

The Mountain Course opened in 1990 and was designed by the legendary Arnold Palmer and has beautiful views of the Red Rock Mountains. Situated on the west side of the property, the Mountain Course is slightly longer than the Palm Course and has more difficulty playing the par 5's and par 4's. Like the Palm Course, the Mountain Course has some challenging putting surfaces and a player must have great focus to make putts.

All that is PR written by Angel Park itself, and can be found on their website. This is a very plush, scenic course, that is also fairly forgiving, especially in the context of some of the nearby desert courses. There are tees for everyone -- pick ones that will be fun! The starter advised us on the starting tee that if we have a downhill putt, "Don't hit it with your putter -- just blow on it!" By and large, we found this to be good advice. While the greens were pretty fast, downhill putts would not stop rolling!

Lunch afterward on the veranda was breezy and relaxing. This course is a good time.


Angel Park - Mountain Course

This guide is written from the perspective of a bogey golfer, and is therefore shaded to the conservative side. This is written from the Championship tees (blue), which play 6223 yards.

Hole #1 is a wide open 398 yard par 4. The only obstacle in sight is a bunker on the right, but there is so much room here that you can easily avoid it to the left. Driver is the right play due to the hole's length.

#2 is a short par 5, playing 483 yards. What's the big deal? Well in addition to the bunker on the right, there's a pond jutting out in the fairway behone the bunker that you can't see. So the play here is to hit your three wood out left of the tee on your first shot. Then a mid iron well to the left of the fairway. This will set you up for a wedge or short iron into the green, avoiding the pond and the greenside waste area on the right.

#3 is a short par 4, playing 306 yards. It's wide open, so you can certainly hit your driver. But it's also short, so you can certainly hit your three wood just to make sure you don't stray into one of the bunkers. All of the trouble on this hole is collected right in front of the green, so put yourself in position to hit a quality shot into the green.

#4 is a 136 yard par 3. There's trouble everywhere, but since it's a reasonably short hole, there's no reason to hit into any of it. Just make a smooth swing and you'll be fine.

#5 is a par 4, playing 369 yards. The look off the tee box is a little intimidating with a forced carry and kind of a narrow opening. However, that's all just mind games -- the fairway opens up just as wide as any of the others out here. You just need to focus on making a good swing. Once you're off the tee, this hole is pretty benign.

#6 is a longish par 3, playing 189 yards. There's a waste area on the left and some trees on the right, and a bunker just short of the green. The important thing on this hole is to hit a quality shot. You don't have to land on the green, you just need to hit a good straight shot. Lay up if you have to, just stay out of trouble.

#7 gives you another intimidating tee shot. Don't fall for it! It's important to land on the grass, so hit a club that will let you do that. There's trouble up around the green too, so don't get too agressive on your approach shot. If you're on in three, you can still make par...

#8 has another waste area to deal with off the tee, but once you're over that, the hole is pretty straightforward -- just long (410) yards. Make a good swing with your driver.

#9 is a visual puzzle, mostly because of the pond which fills up so much of your field of view. It's about 180 yards to clear that pond, and the hole basically is straightaway over the pond. The only question is: Hit your driver straight over, or bail out right? I bailed out right and wound up in a trap on the next fairway over, which was a really bad idea. If you're going to bail out, use an iron. Otherwise, grit your teeth and hit it straight!

The tenth hole is a straightaway par 4, playing 359 yards. While there is a bunker on the right of the fairway, there's plenty of room here to hit a driver.

#11 is a par 3 over a waste area. It's only 133 yards, so no big deal, right?

#12 is a longish par 4 at 380 yards. Plenty wide open, and safe to hit a driver, though.

#13 is a par 5 with the tee shot over a waste area. I topped my drive and drilled it into one of those little bushes from which it never returned (while I didn't stick my hand in there, I poked around a fair amount with my five iron, but no luck!). Despite the lost ball, driver is still the right play here. It's straightaway and plenty wide.

#14 is another 380 yard par 4. Again with the waste area on the tee shot. Ignore that, and steer left of the fairway bunker on the right, and you'll be fine.

#15 is a 160 yard par 3 next to the snack shack. Take a smooth swing and ignore the waste area. (Yes I topped it into the junk!)

The sixteenth hole is a 348 yard par 4 that runs alonside a waste area on the right. Obviously, you want to steer to the left side of the fairway. Hit your three wood or a long iron if you're not confident in being able to do that.

#17 is a 529 yard par 5, and is rated as the most difficult hole on the back nine. There's a waste area running diagonally across the fairway. While there's room enough to hit your driver, you must stay to the left of the waste area in order to set up your second shot. The hole is long enough that you need to be able to hit a hybrid or long iron on the second shot, but once you've accomplished that, you're home free!

#18, like #9, is another visual puzzle. The play here is a driver, straight over the junk. There is plenty of room in the landing area, before the hole doglegs left around the lake you can't quite see from the blue tees. After a decent drive, all you have to do is avoid the lake on the right, and The home hole is a 400 yard par 4.

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