Back to Vegas, Part 1: Riding with The Revere

Having attended a lot of Greenskeeper.org outings in the past year, a friend and I had collected a handful of free golf vouchers from the prize pools. With some of them expiring at the end of January, we put together a spur-of-the-moment Vegas trip this week to cash them all in.

Normally, I would review the courses in the order I played them, but I’ll mix it up a bit here. That is mainly because we ended up playing two rounds at The Revere Golf Club in Henderson, once on each course. We played Lexington on Wednesday when we got into town and then Concord on Friday, the day we drove home. However, since they are sister courses at the same facility, it makes more sense to review them together.

The Revere Golf Club (Lexington) • Henderson, NV • 1/13/16

Actually, this was my second time playing this course. The first was back in 2013 (also courtesy of GK vouchers). You can read that original review here. This time, I’ll highlight a few new thoughts and touch on current conditions, as well as post some new photos.

We had a 10:40 tee time, but arrived a little early and it wasn’t too busy out. We went out ahead of our scheduled time as a twosome. The front nine went quickly after we played through a foursome. Then, we caught up to a really slow group at the turn who seemed to get slower with each hole. The front nine took about 1.5 hours, while the back nine took 2.5 hours. Still, an overall 4-hour pace is nothing to complain about.

The conditions were good overall for winter. The tee boxes were good. The overseeded fairways had a few thin/brown spots here and there, but generally provided nice lies. The rough was also overseeded on this course (well, partially), but kept low and not too difficult to recover. Visually, the rough is more dappled in color, which hurts the overall aesthetic presentation of the course. You lose the sharp lines and contours. I wasn’t in any bunkers. The greens looked kind of ugly and brown, but they played fine enough. They were receptive to approach shots and putts mostly rolled smooth at medium speeds.

With this being my second time playing Lexington, I found it to be a fun and challenging course once again. I remembered it being more difficult and, at times, a bit too tricked out. I described it as a roller coaster ride the first time, but didn’t feel that way this time. Coming back with the prior knowledge definitely made a difference, though. My score didn’t really improve, but I found the layout to be more fair once I knew the strategies for certain holes. I think the holes that stand out most here are 2, 7, 10, 11, 16 and 17. Four of those are par-5s and I believe this course has one of the best sets of par-5s I’ve played.

The layout is tricky, but fair once you get to know it a little better. Either way it is a course that requires strategy and accuracy on almost every shot, as well as length at times. It will put every aspect of your game to the test. Also, some of the Vegas views are hard to beat!

Some new pictures from The Revere Golf Club (Lexington) (1/13/16):

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On Thursday, we played at Aliante Golf Club, North Las Vegas Municipal Par 3 Golf Course and TaylorMade Golf Experience. Then on Friday afternoon, we squeezed in one final round at Boulder City Golf Course. I will review those separately in the next review, though, so I can keep the focus here on both courses at The Revere…

The Revere Golf Club (Concord) • Henderson, NV • 1/15/16

Now, I am not sure what Paul Revere has to do with a golf course community in Nevada, but that’s the theme here. The names of each course correspond with the towns to and from where Revere made his famous Revolutionary War ride. That’s about as interesting as the theme gets.

Anyway, we were set to play on Friday with an 8:35 tee time on Concord. Another friend from Vegas came to join us, which was fun. There was a slight frost delay in the morning, so all times got pushed back for an 8:30 start. Fortunately, the tee sheet wasn’t too full in the early morning, so they were able to shuffle and condense the groups for an efficient start. Our threesome was paired with another single and we teed off a little before 9:00. The groups ahead moved quickly and we never pressed much, so we enjoyed a nice relaxed pace of a little over four hours.

This was my first time playing the Concord course, and I was never in a huge rush to come back and play it after visiting Lexington a couple years back. It turns out, you shouldn’t always trust what others have to say and sometimes it’s worth forming your own opinion about golf courses. That said, please keep reading my blog!

Almost everyone I’ve ever talked to who has played both courses at The Revere remarked strongly how much better Lexington was. I always got the impression that Concord was the more basic course built to be more forgiving for the senior audience of the Sun City Anthem Revere community around it. It seemed Lexington was the show pony for tourists and Concord was the reliable old track for locals. Now that I have played Concord and was able to compare it with a second visit to Lexington a couple days earlier, I do not know where this impression of a far inferior course comes from.

Concord easily holds its own, in my opinion. In fact, I might have actually liked it better.

Concord definitely has a different presentation with pine trees lining most of the fairways along with the native desert areas. From the gold tees, the yardages are comparable between both courses, but I did feel Concord played a little shorter and a bit easier. Whereas Lexington has a lot of holes that go downhill first and uphill toward the green, Concord is more consistently either downhill or uphill. The elevation changes are more dramatic, as well.

Unfortunately, you don’t quite get the great views of the city from Concord, but it still offers a nice scenic setting

I do feel that the standout holes of Lexington probably stand out more than anything on Concord. At the same time, there are a few dud holes on Lexington, whereas Concord stays consistently interesting through all 18. I also feel that Concord has a much better collection of par-3s. All of them play at least somewhat downhill from tee to green and have visually striking presentations.

The conditions were very similar to Lexington. The greens were perhaps a tad softer. However, the most significant difference was that they left the rough on Concord dormant for winter. This actually provides a more attractive look with the contour lines being clean and the fairways being better framed from tee to green.

If forced to choose, I’d be hard-pressed to pick between playing Concord or Lexington for my own satisfaction. I’d probably rather play Concord again myself because the layout suits my game better. At the same time, if someone was visiting from out of town and asked me which to play, I would probably have to recommend Lexington for the excellent views of the city and the handful of dramatic signature holes. And apparently, I am in the minority for thinking that Concord is just as good a course as its more appreciated big sister.

Some pictures from The Revere Golf Club (Concord) (1/15/16):

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