THE REVERE GOLF CLUB IN NEVADA
Perched high above the southern Las Vegas Valley in the Black Mountain foothills of Henderson is the sensational and beautiful oasis known as Revere Golf Club. With the 7,143-yard Lexington Course all ready in commission for several years, and the soon to be opened Concord Course (June, 2002), this revolutionary golf experience truly provides golfers of all skills levels with the "shot heard around the world."
Since 1986, the union of Billy Casper and Greg Nash has brought the golf community some of its most visually stunning and enjoyable courses. Casper is a veteran of more than 51 PGA victories, including two U.S. Open titles and a Masters Championship, and represents an extraordinary understanding of the game of golf.
Nash is a gifted architect who brings an artistic flare for aesthetic quality to the table. The two have designed courses worldwide and have built a stellar reputation for their Phoenix-based company. Their unique use of multiple tees, wide landing areas, expansive greens, strategically placed hazards and high risk-reward potential, give Casper/Nash courses the flexibility to please players of all skill levels. Their popularity is attributed to the fact that they take the necessary time to learn the land's requirements, the owner's expectations and the needs of the course's future players.
Among their best-known works are Club Terravita in Scottsdale, Anthem Country Club in Anthem, Nevada, Los Caballeros Golf Club in Wickenburg, all in Arizona, Highland Falls Golf Club in Las Vegas, and the Sun City Palm Springs Golf Club in California. Together since 1986, they have created more than 25 golf courses across the country and in several countries around the world.
Hole number 7 - Kings Chapel is a 489-yard, par-5 desert target layout protected throughout with sand traps on both sides of the uphill fairway. With dramatic views of the Las Vegas Valley, the golfer tees-off to a downhill fairway with a large landing area and hits his second shot to an uphill terrain. The high-recognizable, three-level waterfall rushes down the cliffs beyond the green to ignite the feeling of accomplishment upon arrival.
Like many of the modern day resort-style courses that use multiple tees, the par-5, hole 11, Longfellow is another signature hole with double fairways. Broken by a natural island of desert landscape, players are forced to choose between two routes on their second shot. Although the right fairway is the recommended safer route to the green, the left fairway tempts amateurs and low handicappers alike with its obvious shorter distance and unobstructed approach to the green. Satisfaction of this potential risk/reward gamble personifies the Vegas and American spirits!
The initial design of the course was an outstanding cooperative effort between Billy Casper, Greg Nash and Del Webb to route the fairways in the meandering trek while keeping the homes well above the ridge lines of the course. This has successfully minimized the impact of the 4,755-acre master-planned community to the golf experience while accentuating the challenges of the natural flow of land. Seclusion, serenity, uncrowded and well-planned sums up the feeling a golfer gets when stepping their feet upon this sacred golf mecca.
The No. 6, North Church, 384-yard, par-4 is the farthest point north on the golf course. And, if you can stay out of the bunkers on the right, you won't have any trouble until you start your approach to the green. That may be easier said than done! The bunkers are reachable in length with a driver and with the right-to-left sloping fairway, temptation to aim a little farther right makes the shot even more dangerous. But, then the old "one-if-by-land, two-if-by-sea" bit takes on a whole new meaning. The "land" in this equation is a scary pot bunker hiding in the back-right side of the green. It could easily cost you a stroke. The "sea," on the other hand, is the lake that curls around the green's front-right. Having "feel"with your wedge and proper distance control is essential to success here.
No. 12, named "One-If-By-Land," is a 422-yard, par-4 layout that creates an unique challenge. Bunkers boarder the entire right side of the fairway while the golfer is staring down into the Las Vegas Valley can distract, awe, and cause error if one is not careful. The topography makes the green appear to be higher in the back than it is in the front. The golfer really needs to trust his distance, control, and accuracy here, too. In truth, the green slopes away from you, making all the skill elements very important.
If you haven't noticed by now, all the holes are named an American Revolutionary moniker. No. 13, "Two-If-By-Sea," is a 238-yard, par-3. The "sea" is the last thing you want to see on this hole. If you do, it means you've over shot the green and "went for a swim." The wise golfer will choose a club that will allow the ball to carry the three very large pot bunkers that blocks the view of the green's front section. If the ball is hit too long, you probably find yourself in the large bunker that wraps around the back of the green, or worse, in the water that lies beyond.