Home to the Butch Harmon School of Golf, the course at Rio Secco Golf Club is a fabulous Rees Jones design that lies in the foothills of the Black Mountain Range.
A Rees Jones design. The first hole is welcoming straightaway par four with fairway bunkers on both sides and a BAB left center front bunker. The 2nd tilts right is a long demanding hole. An intimidating tee shot over the dessert, do not get too aggressive. Fairway bunkers left so choose your line carefully on the tee. For your approach aim at the left side of the green as the contour will kick everything right. It is the number one handicap hole. The first par 3 is mid-length and uphill. Two-tiered green with bunker left, right is best as the ball will trundle left. Some consider the short fourth a good risk/reward hole. It is over 300 yards with the green perched on a ledge with a bunker front center. Not to mention the fairway bunkers in the landing zone left and right. I think the best play is layup to flip wedge distance. The 5th is a dogleg left with a BAB on the inside elbow. If you can carry this you will be rewarded with an attack iron approach. For the rest of us aim just right of the bunker and take an extra club on this uphill approach. Left is best as there is a steep dropoff and bunker right. The 6th is another mid-length par three from an elevated tee over a ravine. This hole also has a BAB front left. The par four 7th is the signature hole. Not long and the best approach is from the right side. There is a 20 foot cliff backdrop that frames the green. The front ends with two back to back par fives. The 8th is a birdie holes birdie hole. A short straight par five with the only reach trouble the cross desert at about 220 yards. Greenside bunkers front right and back left. It is rated the number nine handicap hole, ridiculous. The 9th is really just long, 600 yards. Couple of fairway bunkers and greenside front right and back left.
The back starts with a dogleg left, you can cut the corner. However, there is a large bunker on the inside elbow and then a crater behind that. Favor the right side of the bunker off the tee. What you see on 11 is what you get, long and straight. At almost 500 yards, you need two good shots to give yourself a chance. The 12th is the shortest hole and one carries a ravine to a green perched on a ledge. The green tilts left to right. The 13th lens left and you definitely want to cut some of the corner, especially with the fairway bunkers through the fairway. Birdie hole. The par 5 14 also bends left. There is a large bunker on the inside elbow. The landing area is more expansive than it appears off the tee, especially to the right. I would suggest playing it as a 3 shotter, lots of fairway bunkers right and one greenside left. The 15th bends right and you can cut the corner a wee bit. Aim at the middle right fairway bunker. On the approach favor the left as there is a BAB right. The 16th is a mid-length Florida par 3. Water carry to a green surrounded by bunkers. The 17th bends slightly left and is a reachable par 5. However, the fairway stops about 40 yards short of the green to leave a desert carry. Definitely, cut the corner off the tee. The green is two tiered left and tight so make sure you are on the correct side. Play it as a 3 shotter. The finishing hole is strong, long par 4. Desert carry with fairway bunker left. Water left of the green with greenside bunkers left and right.
One of the better public access courses in Las Vegas