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Las Vegas’ Electric Greens

written by | Posted on May 1st, 2009

The Scene: The scene at JW Marriott is more sedate and serene than at other resorts in Las Vegas. If there were a scene at all it would be around the three pools. The largest, an 11,000-sq.-ft. grass-edged pool, features a waterfall and four 25-yard swimming lanes as well as private poolside cabanas.

Rates: Rooms range from $199 to $359 most nights. A Guys Golf- away package is a 3-night super vacation that runs through October and includes a 2-bedroom suite, airport transfers, in-room “Buddy Basket,” with choice of beer, pretzels and nuts, or wine and cheese, or golf caps and balls. Dinner credits, breakfast buffets, personal golf lessons and golf each day, massage, even a “Guys Night Out” with a car service are also included. The package starts at $3,464 pp dbl.

lake las vegas The Property: Actually, there are three properties here, surrounded by three marquee courses and a 320-acre lake, all only 17 miles from the Las Vegas Strip. Loews maintains an Andalusian ambiance amid a casino, expansive lobby, lounge and restaurants, cascading terrace and 493 rooms and suites. The adjacent Ritz-Carlton provides the added touch of class along this lakefront with a Tuscan-style retreat of 349 rooms and suites connecting to the quaint “fishing village” of cafes and shops anchoring the destination. MonteLago Village Resort features 347 full studio- to 3-bedroom living quarters plus a pool area, movie room and full-service lobby.

The Greens: Jack Nicklaus personally designed Reflection Bay, home of the nationally televised Wendy’s Three-Tour Challenge. The 7,261-yard, par 72 desert course has some exquisitely scenic vantages and uses the terrain’s natural contours to keep golfers on their toes. Highlights include the picturesque 199-yard, par 3 eighth hole. The Golf Institute at Lake Las Vegas Resort offers a number of half- to 3-day, small-group programs, as well as private lessons and video analysis. Participants can also receive personalized club fittings.

The Amenities: The Ritz-Carlton’s Tuscan-themed spa facility is a destination in its own right as a 30,000-sq.-ft. stand-alone complex with 24 treatment rooms and plenty of private relaxing nooks and crannies. Loews, meanwhile, is home to the 11-treatment room Spa Moulay. MonteLago Village is a meandering village of cobbled walkways, art galleries, wine bars and top-tier dining. Fair-weather weekends bring on plenty of events, from arts fairs and dine-arounds to summer concerts on the lake.

The Scene: Lake Las Vegas is somewhat a sleepy backdrop to the frenetic Strip, and nightclubs are not part of the mix. Rather families, romancing couples and meetings delegates enjoy the village scene, which stays lively until midnight on weekends. Also, the lake offers boating, swimming, even gondola rides on warm summer nights, a perfect way to wind down.

Rates: The Ritz-Carlton is running a Golf and Spa Escape through Dec. 30. Included are resortview accommodations, one round of golf at Reflection Bay Golf Club, the nearby Rio Secco Golf Club or the Revere at Anthem Golf Club with unlimited same-day replay, a 50-minute facial or massage and the spa gratuity. Rates start at $419 per room per night and can be applied to Club Level accommodations. Loews has an on-going Golf and Glamour promotion that comes with a private golf lesson with a course pro, a round of golf at Reflection Bay Golf Club, and then a 50-minute Moulay Massage at Spa Moulay. Rates start at $459 per night, sgl or dbl.