Cascata GC is a desert course built near Boulder City, Nevada - some 30 miles from the Las Vegas strip...
The course was designed in 2000 by Rees Jones, son of the famous Robert Trent Jones, and brother of Robert Trent Jones Jnr ( who built the National Old, Coolum, Joondalup, and Meadow Springs in Australia ).
Rees Jones is well known in his own right and in the USA became known as 'the open doctor' after his work in renovating US Open courses.
Cascata was built on the side of a barren desert hillside, and is a feat of ingenious routing combined with a fairly decent budget.The result is quite wonderful - a green landscape meandering up and down the mountain valleys.
Incredibly a key component of the design is the waterfalls and rocky streams featuring on many of the holes. This water is brought in at a cost of $7000 a day - but is a real feature of the course.
This is a high end course.
Currently owned by Caesars Palace Cascata is available for the high rollers, and sets a high standard for service levels, maintenance of the course etc
The word is that the course loses over $1 million a year - but that is a pittance to the offset for looking after the high rollers....
The place gets your attention straight away - you walk into the magnificent clubhouse which has a rocky stream/ waterfall running smack through the middle of the building - yep - inside!
Then when you are loaded on your golf cart in the basement electronic sensors open the doors that allow you venture out to the course.
The course itself is set on a huge canvas - up and down the canyons - and you never see another hole from the one you are on..
You are accompanied on your journey by a succession of waterfalls , and the ever present cascading creek.
Cascata does mean waterfall in Italian after all!
The condition of the course could not be faulted, and the greens were running at 13 on the stimpmeter.
They were seriously quick - but a pleasure to play
Cascata is not as crazy as Wolf Creek, but has plenty of challenges of it's own.
I really enjoyed it.
This would be a great members course - you would be happy to play here over and over.
Favourite hole - the picture postcard par 3 7th
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