Putt Park – Las Vegas, NV

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Played on January 14, 2013

Sure, we’re oddballs. When planning a trip to Las Vegas we focused our efforts on playing as much mini-golf as possible but the other reason for going was to escape January in Minnesota. As we have eluded to in other reviews, winters can be brutal in our home state so we planned on visiting a place with warmer climates to take in some much needed warm weather. Sadly, our trip to Vegas coincided with unseasonable temperatures of 20-40 degrees fahrenheit. Putt park was the only outdoor course we played and chilly temps resulted in our rush to finish.

Rating:

Par – Putt Park resides about 10 miles directly west of the Vegas strip away from the sights and sounds most tourists take in. The club house is in a strip mall with the course settled in the adjacent parking lot. The course came highly recommended by our internet mini-golf pal from across the pond, Richard Gottfried, and he set us on a scavenger hunt to find the momento he left for the course. You’ll see in the photos below that we found it.

We arrived just as someone had finished cleaning up the course and from the looks of it, this was a regular occurrence. The greens were near spotless. The hazards and exterior landscaping were in excellent shape. Real sand traps, rocks, brick and plants surrounded the exterior of the green.The course offered a decent challenge but lacked anything to put it above par for our tastes. It’s the only outdoor course we could find in Vegas and it clearly would have been more enjoyable with nicer weather. Hoping we can take it in again on our next trip to Sin City.

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View from outside the course
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Playing out of the sand
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Bundled up Mr. Tee taking the high road
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Two paths lead to one hole for Mr. Tee
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Mr. Tee getting ready at hole 14
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Focused Mr. Tee
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Strip mall in the background
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Gnome card and pencil holder
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Richard Gottfried’s (aka @putting_gott) gift to Putt Park

Pros:

Clean and well maintained greens
Real sand used in sandtraps
Kitschy garden gnome in pro shop

Cons:

Flat / non-dimensional play
Surrounding strip mall / general ambiance

Promo video made by Putt Park:

Putt Park Website

Nerds Notes:

  • 18 holes, Par ? (wasn’t listed on the score card)
  • Tots (age 5 and under) Free, Kids (6 to 12 years) & Seniors (55 and older) $7.50, General (13 and up) $8.50. Special season deals on website.
  • Real sand used in hazards
  • Hole numbers stenciled on rocks by each hole
  • No flags in the holes
  • No final hole

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