Revere Golf Club: Lexington Course (Henderson, NV on 02/18/16)

I met a few friends in Las Vegas recently and one of them and I checked out the Revere courses. Our first stop was on the Lexington course on a very windy day! I’ve been to Las Vegas now maybe a half dozen times and while it isn’t uncommon for it to be this windy, I’ve never figured out how to play a non-links course in 30+ mph winds! Because of the wind I wasn’t able to play some of the holes as they were designed, but I’ll do my best to be objective! However, I think the wind kept all the other golfers away so we enjoyed a leisurely 4 hour round.

Revere Golf Club is up in the foothills on the south side of town and there are two courses there, Lexington and Concord. If you are staying on The Strip then it should take about 20 minutes to get out there. I’m not sure I’d take a cab, but we had a car which made it easy. I did see on the course’s webpage that they offer transportation to and from which could save some money compared to taking a cab. As you’d probably guess there are some nice views and elevation changes! Both courses are located in Sun City Anthem which is a Del Webb community. So even though there are plenty of homes around, there shouldn’t be many too many off course distractions!

I couldn’t find a bunch on the history on this, but Revere Golf Club is named after Paul Revere who is a well known individual from the American Revolution! The courses (Lexington and Concord) continue with that theme as they are named after battles in the war. Besides the name, the only other thing that I noticed about the theme is that the on-course hole markers make reference to different topics from the era. While researching courses in Las Vegas, I’ve noticed that plenty have themes so the Revere theme here is a nice touch to differentiate the courses. I certainly think that there could have been more memorabilia in the clubhouse and more done on the scorecard and website to support the theme, but what’s been done is some nice trivia.

Our first round was on the Lexington course, which is regarded as the superior course from my research. In short, I agree with that. I say that for three reasons. First, the Lexington course has views of The Strip. I’m a sucker for courses with nice views and it was a treat to see the Las Vegas skyline off in the distance. There are plenty of elevated tees from which to enjoy the views! Second, the Lexington course didn’t feel as squished onto the property as the Concord. Finally, the Lexington course has a desert feel to it. There are different colored rocks and desert bushes which leave no doubt about the region where you are golfing! Lots of holes are framed by hillsides and the colors of the green grass and desert landscape contrasted nicely!

We played the gold tees which are 71.1/133/6590 and each nine has a similar setup. The opening holes play downhill towards The Strip while the closing holes play back uphill towards the clubhouse. There are a nice mix of holes in valleys and on ridges so the wind wasn’t always a bother! I was surprised how forgiving the course was off the tee considering that there is so much desert surrounding the holes. I’d even call the fairways “wide” and there are only a few holes that I’d classify as target golf. The main challenge off the tee on the Lexington course is going to be judging the first bounce once the ball lands on the sloping fairways. The main difficulty still awaits though after finding the fairway! The course is what I’d call a second shot course and you will have to be precise with an iron into and around the greens. The greens are on the small side, have severe undulations, and many have elevated back tiers. That made it pretty easy to make a bogey on almost any hole!

I’d say the conditions were good, nothing that would win any awards, but certainly playable. The course was very green and the overseed came in nicely. There were a few thin sections but that isn’t uncommon from my experience playing courses that have been overseeded. The course showed some signs of heavy play with plenty of ball marks on the greens and divots on the tees. The roll on the greens wasn’t affected though as my putts rolled smooth and fast. I noticed that many tees were sloped which drives me crazy!

For the price we paid (~$40) I didn’t have any complaints and would strongly recommend the Lexington course as a mid-tier option. They threw in some free range balls and waters so it was a great value, especially during peak time of year. Although for the $100+ rack rate I’d probably steer you towards some other places in the area that I’ve played. I wanted to love the course design, but I kept wishing that the green complexes were a bit more playable. I didn’t feel like some decent shots were rewarded as I was left with a putt that broke a ton. That aside, the Lexington course was interesting to play and I was never bored as there always seemed to be multiple ways to play it.

#1 (371 yard par 4):

The 1st is probably one of the more boring holes on the course so don’t judge too harshly early on! The only bother is going to be the large bunker that can catch tee shots. The fairway is a bit out to the right so a draw is best but you can swing away with pretty much any club. I pulled my drive and was actually able to carry the bunker (245 yards) which left me with a flip wedge. A drive landing left of the bunker could kick out of bounds. The approach should be a short iron from a downhill lie so be careful not to hit it thin. The green gets narrow towards the back where there is a small tier.

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#2 (561 yard par 5):

The 2nd is a long, downhill par 5. I’d guess it played about 40 yards shorter than the yardage so it might be reachable in two for some. It is a tiny double dogleg going right and then back left. Like many holes at Revere this one sits in a small valley with plenty of influence from the hillside. The fairway narrows on the drive and because of the angle the bigger hitters might consider a 3 wood. I hit my normal fade which turned out perfect because the right to left slope allowed it to land soft. Shots missing right can funnel down to the fairway. The layup should hug left side because the slope goes the other way. Missing right on the layup could bring the desert into play. The green was smaller than I would have expected given the length of the hole.

2-1 2-2

#3 (416 yard par 4):

The 3rd is ranked as the #3 handicap but it played as the toughest hole of the day while I was there! It is the longest par 4 on the course and has a super tough approach. The fairway is wide, but there is some strategy! The left side is flatter but leaves a worse angle. I ended up on the right half and had a hook lie which easily could bring the desert (left of the green) into play. It is a narrow opening short of the green, which falls off to the right into some grass bunkers. Good luck!

3-1

#4 (161 yard par 3):

The 4th is the course’s first par 3 and could be a chance to knock one close if the pin is on the front half of the green. The main thing to know about this hole is that there is a ridge that runs through the middle of the green. The ridge doesn’t sit at a ninety degree angle from the tee so you might have to try getting a shot to chase back there. It plays about a club downhill so that could take some luck!

4-1 4-2

#5 (377 yard par 4):

The 5th is a mid-length par 4, but one that you’ll need to be careful with, especially on the approach. The fairway is wide but starts to narrow ~110 yards to go so it could be just a layup club from the tee. Make sure to take enough to club to clear the water on the left if you pull it! It is important to play from the fairway so that you can clip the second shot. The green hooks left around some grass bunkers with trouble beyond. Plus, parts of the green slopes towards the back edge.

5-1 5-2

#6 (349 yard par 4):

The 6th is a short par 4, but it is a quirky hole. That’s reflected in it’s #5 handicap! It doglegs right and drops down into a small valley. The hillside slopes everything from right to left so you almost need to land the ball in the right rough near two fairway bunkers and let it kick left into the fairway. The angle and slope of the fairway make it difficult to hold and desert is in play to the left. I hit my 200 yard club from the tee which worked out well. The green has a ridge in the center which divides it into left and right sections and a small, back tier where the pin was located. If you are out of position then a pond short and right could be in play on a bad shot.

6-1

#7 (459 yard par 5):

The 7th was one of my favorite holes at either of the Revere courses! It is a short par 5 and should be reachable even though it is significantly uphill. It offers a bit of target golf as there are three sections of fairway for drives, layups, and shots short of the green. For the drive the fairway is wide and runs out ~250 yards, so you might consider a 3 wood. After the drive you can make a decision to play to the center section of fairway (which isn’t large) or try to get the ball onto or short of the green. The green is cut into a hillside so it will be a completely blind chip even if playing from just short of the green. If you are trying to go for the green in two then you can land it on the front edge with a fade and try to use a four foot rise in the green to stop it. There are three deep bunkers around the green, one of which is blind. Finally, there is a waterfall and a pond over the back which could be a problem. There are so many options and scores available which is why I love this hole! Oddly, it is ranked as the #1 handicap.

7-1 7-2

#8 (181 yard par 3):

The 8th is a long par 3 with some danger. I had to wander around the teeing area to get an idea of the shot that I wanted to play because I couldn’t see where I wanted to land the ball. The trouble is off to the left so a draw is going to be the best shape into the narrow green. Missing short and/or right leaves the best chance of finding the ball. It is another green with a back tier.

8-1

#9 (400 yard par 4):

The 9th is one of the longer par 4’s on the course, plus it plays uphill so it could leave one of the longer approaches of the day. The green is straight ahead but you will have to navigate close to ten
bunkers to get to it. The greenside bunkers are to the left so a draw will be the best shot to get an iron close. Guess what, there’s another back tier on the green!

9-1

#10 (358 yard par 4):

The 10th is one of the standout holes at The Revere! It is one of those holes that some are going to love and others are going to hate. I made a par, but still found it frustrating to play. The tee shot is completely blind and to make it worse, the hole is target golf! It plays significantly downhill to the fairway so you will want to take a couple clubs less than what you are thinking to lay up off the tee. I hit my 175 yard club out towards the green house and that worked out great. There are quite a few bunkers to avoid too. The green is small and located just over a rocky ravine so hitting even a wedge close won’t be easy. I would have liked the hole more if there was an option to hit driver.

10-1 10-2

#11 (580 yard par 5):

The 11th is the longest par 5 on the course and one of my favorite holes on Lexington! It is as scenic as you could ever want with a great view of the valley and the mountains on the other side of town. It probably is going to be a three shot hole but it plays a lot shorter because it is downhill. The fairway is split by some desert, but most most should be able to carry it. It adds a great look to the hole if you ask me! The fairway runs out after a ~290 yard drive and I’d try to get it as close to the end of the fairway as possible to leave the most options for the second shot. The layup can be played towards the green over another patch of desert or out to the right. Playing from the left side leaves a better angle. If you drive it in the rough then be careful as it could be a risky layup. There is some slope from left to right around the green that can yield big bounces.

11-1 11-2

#12 (398 yard par 4):

The 12th is a dogleg right with some subtle challenges. Ideally, it requires a fade off the tee and a draw on the approach. The tee shot is tricky is because the fairway goes right but the slope goes to the left. You almost have to bring the fairway bunkers into play to drive it in the perfect spot. When hitting the approach, the high side (right) is the best spot to miss. Anything to the left can kick into trouble.

12-1

#13 (203 yard par 3):

The 13th is the longest par 3 on the course and visually intimidating from the tee. To me, it looked like I needed to hit a high fade over a front bunker to hold the green (with a long iron). Come to find out the green is larger and that bunker short of the green wasn’t in play unless I clanked it. Plus, there is plenty of room out to the right! It plays about a club downhill and I’d opt to miss short and right. You want nothing to do with the left side of the green. My ball hit the bank and shot straight left into the water.

13-1 13-2

#14 (385 yard par 4):

The 14th starts the uphill climb to the clubhouse! It is ranked as the #2 handicap, but I only hit a 3 wood and mid iron to reach the green. I believe the desert off to the right and a forced carry to the green are the culprits for the harder ranking. The fairway slides around the desert so it is a risk/reward tee shot. If you go down the right side you will have a better view of the green. Depending on how far you hit it you can run through the fairway on various lines (~260 yards to reach the bunker) so driver isn’t needed. I played from the left rough and had a blind shot with the ball below my feet. It was uncomfortable, but the the green is large and there is quite a bit of rough around it. The green has plenty of mounds in it!

14-1 14-2

#15 (342 yard par 4):

The 15th is another good looking hole with all sorts of options! It is a straightaway, short par 4 that should be a chance at a good score. A small bunker in the middle of the fairway (~210 yards) allows for a number of clubs off the tee. You can stay short of it, carry it, or play out to the right or left of it. The left side of the fairway runs out into the desert before the right which had me deciding how aggressive I wanted to be. I’d say the fairway runs out somewhere between 230 to 245 yards. Because it is a bit uphill I decided to hit driver down the right side and was left with just a flip wedge. The green has ridges in it that can funnel shots left and right so it helps to have seen it before. Don’t hit the approach to the right as the desert is closer than it seems.

15-1 15-2

#16 (511 yard par 5):

The 16th is a brilliant risk/reward par 5 and another one of my favorite holes on Lexington! The fairway is wider with some slope to the right and then to the left. The risk/reward starts on the second shot though! You can lay up short of a hazard or towards the left side of the fairway. Or, you can go for it! I’m not the longest hitter but had the distance to get there. The narrow green is perched up in the hillside to the right so if you miss it left (like me) then you probably will be taking a penalty stroke. However, you can fan it out to the right of the green and you might get a kick left off the bank. The green has small steps to a back tier.

16-1 16-2

#17 (139 yard par 3):

The 17th is the shortest par 3 on the course and no doubt would have been easier without the howling wind. The green is deep and guarded by water short and to the right. In order to get it near the flag I would have needed to pick a line in the lake and let the wind bring it back!

17-1

#18 (399 yard par 4):

The 18th is more “normal” considering the last few holes, but it holds its own as a closing hole. The generous fairway slides right to get to the green. Driving it in one of the bunkers to the left could ruin a chance of hitting the green. The approach is uphill to a moundy green. It definitely gets harder the closer to the green that you get.

18-1 18-2

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