Royal Links: A Las Vegas Golf Course Review
05 Mar 2015
by Kyle Rector of AmateurGolf.com

see also: Royal Links Golf Club, All Course Reviews

The Clubhouse at Royal Links, with a replica of<br>the Claret Jug in the foreground
The Clubhouse at Royal Links, with a replica of
the Claret Jug in the foreground

By Kyle Rector - AmateurGolf.com

Pulling up to the gate at Royal Links Golf Club, you get the feeling that you are about to enter something special. From the giant Claret Jug to the Castle-like clubhouse, you get an immediate golf high that helps you to forget about the beating you took at the craps table the night before.

Royal Links Golf Club might be a short drive from the Las Vegas Strip, but we found it to be miles ahead of many of the other Vegas courses that we have played in recent Las Vegas golf trips. I admit that I am a bit skeptical of “inspired by” courses, but Royal Links has done this in a way that does not feel out of place or over the top. Each of the 18 holes is inspired by a hole from 11 different British Open Courses. From the “Road Hole” to the “Postage Stamp”, you really get an authentic feeling and connection to courses and features that I have only seen on television. This was a nice change from the typical desert style golf that you get in and around Las Vegas.

We played in the late December, so conditions in Vegas were probably closer to Scotland than we wanted. Despite the near freezing temperature, the conditions at Royal Links were top notch. Much of the course was dormant this time of year, but the green complexes were a bright emerald that contrasted nicely on the relatively flat layout. Just like the old courses, expect hard, fast greens and fairways that always seem to funnel your tee shots into deep unforgiving bunkers.

A nice golf setting at the Royal Links 18th Green in Las Vegas

The clubhouse and bar are a nice addition to the overall experience. Stymie’s Bar was a perfect replica of a traditional English Pub, right down to the fireplace and Soccer on the television.

Royal Links is definitely on my list of top courses to play in Las Vegas, and many others agree. It was recognized as the “Best Course in Las Vegas” in 2006 by the “Best of Vegas” poll. GolfWeek as named it as one of “Americas Best Courses”.

Don’t come to Royal links expecting a leisurely recovery round after a long night out. Come to Royal Links Golf Club prepared to hit quality shots and 50 yard bump and runs.

Royal Links Golf Club is one of two courses in Las Vegas owned by Walters Golf. Their other course is Bali Hai Golf Club right on the strip.

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