Paiute & Pete … the beginning of the “Vegas Trifecta”
World Golf Hall of Fame Inductee and Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient, Pete Dye, is the design force behind the three distinct layouts found at this unique destination just 25 minutes northwest of the world famous Las Vegas Strip. Renowned for his course architecture, as well as comedic commentary about the game and the courses he has designed, Pete Dye proved how “One-of-a-Kind can now come in Threes” in his concept to realization of Snow Mountain, Sun Mountain and Wolf. Never missing a chance to infuse his legendary challenge of the field with his signature elements such as railroad tie bunkers and sweeping slope changes, he ensured each course within this Vegas Trio presents the golfer a different experience from its siblings.
Snow Mountain (Nu-Wav Kaiv)
Opened in 1995, Snow Mountain – the inaugural course for the master planned destination – offers a total of 7,146 yards with a par 72 layout. Golfers will tackle a risk-reward trio of memory-making game in 16, 17, and 18 – the three best finishing holes in Las Vegas. Noted for its oasis of seven water features and no parallel fairways, the design offers wide rye grass fairways, the natural rolling terrain separating each hole, and a variety of tee lengths and angles. Award-winning to the core, Snow Mountain has received numerous accolades including “Number One Public Access Course in Nevada by Golf Digest in 1995, as well as receiving a 4½ star by Golf Digest each year since its opening. Golf Magazine regularly ranks Snow Mountain in the top 15 courses in Nevada as part of its “Best Public Golf Courses” listing.
Sun Mountain (Tav-Ai-Kaiv)
Opened in 1996, Sun Mountain – the second course and still reigning staff favorite – offers a total of 7,112 yards with a par 72 layout. Golfers discover its charm and challenge equally in the sheer length of its daunting par 5s and crisp finish in specifically hole #4 – the best par 3 on the property. Known for Mother Nature at her purest, the spectacular views of sky-scraping mountain ranges and vivid wildflower blooms flank this deceptive design of narrower fairways, strategic bunker placement, and fast-rolling greens. The most requested course for events and by large groups, Sun Mountain has received plenty of top-ranking awards, including Golf Digest’s 4½ stars each year since its opening and also chosen as part of Golf Magazine’s top 15 courses in Nevada in the “Best Public Golf Courses” listing to name just a few.
Opened in 2001, Wolf – still leading the pack of all Las Vegas courses as the longest one in Nevada – offers a total of 7604 yards with a par 72 layout and five tee options to temper the challenge. Recognized for its undulating design complete with steep slope changes and signature holes such as #8 with its sharp “valley” and #15 the famous island green, Wolf carries the picturesque feel of vast openness flanking a layout that advises the golfer to play smart on both the tee off and put in. Wolf holds the same prestigious distinctions as its siblings with 4½ stars by Golf Digest each year since its opening and also as part of Golf Magazine’s top 15 courses in Nevada in the “Best Public Golf Courses” listing. Annika Sorenstem and Karrie Webb officially opened the course by competing in Shell’s Wonderful World of Golf and shot 65 and 64 respectively.
About the Las Vegas Paiute Tribe
The Las Vegas Paiute Tribe, located in both the downtown corridor and in northwest Las Vegas, became recognized as a Sovereign Nation through the Indian Reorganization Act of June 18, 1934, in conjunction with the Las Vegas Paiute Tribal Constitution, approved on July 22, 1970. The Tudinu (or Desert People), ancestors of the Las Vegas Paiute Tribe, occupied the territory encompassing part of the Colorado River, most of Southeastern Nevada and parts of both Southern California and Utah. The tribe operates and owns the 54-championship-hole Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort, which was also the first master-planned, multi-course facility of its kind built on Native American land. The tribe also owns and operates the Las Vegas Paiute Smoke Shop, Snow Mountain Smoke Shop, Las Vegas Paiute Police Department, and Las Vegas Paiute Health and Human Services (lvpaiutetribe.com).