5 of the best casino golf courses
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5 of the best casino golf courses

Las Vegas’ Shadow Creek is No. 2 on The Mobile Golfer’s bucket list of American golf courses (Photo by Brian Oar / GolfNewsNet.com)

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Do you love casino games as much as you love golf? You are clearly not alone, as there are many fine courses attached to casino resorts – and they’re not all in Las Vegas.

There are casinos all over the US, but there are also some great golf resorts in the Caribbean. Casino games are clearly popular amongst golfers as well. There’s even golf-themed slot machines, such as Playtech’s Golden Tour, and Hole In One by Amaya Gaming, which you can play at certain online casinos.

However, let’s take a look at some of the best, most stunning and challenging casino golf courses.



Shadow Creek with MGM Grand Casino and Resort (Las Vegas, Nev.)

This sprawling casino resort is connected to no less than three immaculate golf courses, that all feature blue skies and green surroundings. The most famous of these is likely Shadow Creek, which reportedly cost $60 million to build. It certainly shows, as it is absolutely beautiful, with sparkling creeks, towering waterfalls and lush gardens everywhere. The green fee is $500, which means it’s not for the average joe - and don’t be surprised if you bump in to a Hollywood celebrity or PGA pro.

The Wilderness at Fortune Bay Casino (Minnesota)

In a completely different environment, on the shore of Lake Vermilion, Minn., and surrounded by mighty pine trees, lays The Wilderness golf course. You’ll play in the middle of “some of the most scenic panoramas of any Midwest golf resort," as they put it. If you want to finish off with a nice steak dinner, you’ll be pleased with The Wilderness Grill, where you can truly enjoy the view as well. It’s also much more affordable than the resorts in Las Vegas, with green fees around $70, depending on the time and season.

Circling Raven Golf Course at Coeur D’Alene Casino Resort and Hotel (Idaho)

This gorgeous course is located in Idaho, some 130 miles from the Canadian border, and while it offers similar views to the courses of Minnesota, it has a unique twist of the northwest in its scenery. The courses spread across wetlands, woodlands and Palouse prairies. Green tees land around $85, while a package including a room is around $250-$75.

Ocean Club Golf Course at Atlantis Resort (Paradise Island, Bahamas)

If you are fed up with the pine trees and cool weather, you can head to the Bahamas, where you’ll instead play alongside palm trees, sandy shores and turquoise seawater – but watch out, or your ball might go for a dip in the ocean. Likely unbeatable if the tropical setting is your thing. Unsurprisingly, this course is slightly pricier, with green fees at about $350, though you can get a nice discount after 1 p.m. The kids can enjoy the water slides while you play!

Black Mesa Golf Club at the Big Rock Casino (New Mexico)

If you would like a more barren landscape, the Black Mesa Golf Club in New Mexico offers a desert backdrop to its courses. In the distance, you’ll see snow-covered peaks and up-close you’ll find various desert plants. It’s known to have one of the most intriguing layouts of any golf course in the west, with parts located in shallow valleys and sprawling across the landscape.

Prefer to play locally?
If you’re not up for the travel, or your golf cart simply can’t make it to the Bahamas, you can always play the casino games online at InstaCasino.com and stick to your local course. There’s always a chance you’ll win and finally get to go on the golf vacation of your dreams.

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