Though the Vegas resorts are known mostly for indoor attractions like entertainment, dining, and gaming, for those who have a different definition of “game,” there is also a bounty of volleyball and tennis courts, fitness centers, and golf courses in Las Vegas, both on the Strip and off. Here’s a quick guide.
For lovers of the Scottish game, there are few cities in the world so devoted to golf. There are over 50 golf courses within 30 minutes of the Strip, including the Tom Fazio-designed Shadow Creek. You arrive via limo to marvel at the breathtaking natural beauty that transforms the desert into a lush escape of waterfalls, bubbling creeks, and manicured gardens with majestic mountains in the background. The property is exclusive to MGM Resorts clients. Other great choices for golf courses in Las Vegas include the Rees Jones-designed Cascata, TPC Las Vegas, Royal Links (designed to mimic British Open courses) and even one envied course on the Strip, at Wynn Las Vegas.
Game, Set, Match
Would you rather work on your backhand than your slice? That’s no problem, since you’ll find hard tennis courts at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Bally’s Las Vegas, and the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino––all of which offer lessons and clinics, too. But the best experience in town may be worth a few extra minutes’ drive to LifeTime Athletic Fitness Center in Green Valley, where you can play outdoors if you wish or enjoy their state-of-the-art indoor courts with perfect lighting and temperature. Leagues, drills, tournaments, and social events are all on the schedule here. And the facility includes an extensive array of fitness equipment, basketball, a resort-quality family-friendly pool deck, cafe, spa, and more.
Spikes in the Sand
Do you have a gang itching to face off in a game of volleyball? No sweat! Imagine a little slice of the beach between your toes, with a mini-waterpark steps away, and beyond that, waiters poised to bring you buckets of beers and sliders on demand. It’s right in the middle of all the Strip action at Monte Carlo Hotel & Casino, where they maintain a generously-sized court which isn’t even that widely publicized. Beyond the Strip, sand courts can also be found at the JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort & Spa and several local parks.
Spares and Strikes
Maybe you don’t want quite such a strenuous workout. How about a game or two of bowling? Believe it or not, Las Vegas is a huge bowling town, an activity popular here thanks largely to the 24-hour work shifts. On the Strip, you’ll want to hit Brooklyn Bowl at The Linq, a brooding, dramatic room with two floors of neon-lit lanes with great waitstaff eager to bring you Blue Ribbon fried chicken and beers. Look over your shoulder for prime viewing of great shows. Off the Strip, there are almost too many good options, at casino hotels including Red Rock, South Point, The Orleans, Suncoast, Gold Coast, and Sam’s Town.
Whether you’re looking for tennis, volleyball, bowling, or golf courses in Las Vegas, the city’s got you covered.