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Shadow Creek Golf Course

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Shadow Creek Golf Course
I stood on the 18th tee at Shadow Creek Golf Course with a view of the mountains in the background and a sloping fairway that is bordered by a picturesque lake and bright white sand traps and paused. I paused for a long time to just take in the beauty of this golf course in the middle of the desert. Shadow Creek is just a few minutes from the Las Vegas strip but you would hardly know it. Mature trees, plush fairways, lakes and creeks and a journey in to the best of the best. Shadow creek often gets mentioned among the very best golf courses in the world and it is no wonder that this Tom Fazio design has achieved legend status.

The course was carved out of the desert. Imaging asking a talented golf course architect to come up with a course that would provide an experience that is as much about golf in its purest form and a sense of exclusivity. When you are in the center of a fairway, on the tee or on the green it feels like you are the only person on the course. There is a very special feeling of you and your caddie lining up a putt in complete silence.

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Shadow Creek Golf Course Experience
You should know that you must be a guest at an MGM Resorts property(ARIA, Bellagio, Mandalay Bay, MGM Grand, etc.) in order to make a tee time. You’ll be transported from your hotel to the course and from the moment you arrive you’ll get the full VIP treatment. This is a special experience and if there is someone in your life who lives for golf they will truly appreciate the entire package.

One more thing, you should bring every shot that you have ever practiced because you will be challenged to utilize your skill. The fairways are generous when you hit them but the hazards can be demanding. You’ll be surprised by the changes in elevation, the dramatic holes and the way the trees make this a very intimate experience.

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Shadow Creek Golf Course Hole Highlights
Hole 15, Par 4 482 Yards:
A creek runs along the left side of the fairway and it is distracting because it makes the hole look so amazing. It shouldn’t come into play if you natural fade your ball(slice). I have a tendency to draw my long irons but off the tee I placed my shot long the right side of the fairway with about 170 into a pin that is tucked into a spot that is protected by a creek. If you are accurate you’ll land it on the upper tier of the sloping green but if you are like me you end up with a pitch over the creek and a quick putt coming down a deceptively quick slight slope.

Hole 17, Par 3 154 yards:
Downhill to a long and narrow green that is fronted by a small lake that attracts golf balls. I want to tell you that I hit the shot of my life but I never came around on my 9 iron and left it out to the right. I chipped over the sand trap with a miraculous use of the flop and two putted for bogey.

Hole 18, Par 5 529 yards:
When you go to golf heaven this is what the first hole will look like. You‘ll take a shot over the water while avoiding some sand on either side. You’ll need to lay up unless you really believe in your long irons. Water along the right and sand in every imaginable spot challenges you to make a good shot. I had 125 yards coming in and somehow my wedge came up just short allowing my ball to dance on the rocks and then rest in the sand. A few shots later and I was able to sink a putt to fill my card.

Shadow Creek Golf Course Insights
Your caddie will make your Shadow Creek experience one that you will not soon forget. Having someone on your bag that not only understands the course but really wants you to have a good time is very important. Each of the caddies I came in contact did more than describe the hole and point me in the right direction. From reading putts and understanding my game to keeping me engaged when I lose my focus the caddie made me a better golfer during the round.

Shadow Creek Golf Course Specifics
Par 72
Champ – 7560 yards
Back – 7102 yards
Blue – 6626 yards

Shadow Creek Golf Course Tee Times
1.866.260.0069 at http://www.shadowcreek.com/pages/index_main.asp

Phone: 866.260.0069
Website: http://www.shadowcreek.com/pages/index_main.asp

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