Painted Desert Golf Club ushered in the era of desert golf in Las Vegas. This exciting 6,781 yard layout is regarded as the original desert-style layout in Las Vegas having opened in 1987. The course was designed by the highly acclaimed golf course architect Jay Morrish. Morrish has designed many Top 100 gems including the likes of Talking Rock Golf Club in Prescott, Arizona; The Boulders in Scottsdale, AZ; Clint Eastwood's Tehama Golf Club in Carmel, California. For many years Jay Morrish also collaborated on designs with PGA Tour legend Tom Weiskopf, including TPC Scottsdale (home of the PGA Tour's Phoenix Open) and Forest Highlands in Flagstaff, Arizona; Loch Lemond Golf Club in Scotland and Waikoloa Kings' Course on Hawaii's Big Island.
His design strategy implemented at many of these top courses is prevalent throughout a round at Painted Desert Golf Club. The par 72 layout at Painted Desert Golf Club is filled with golf variety and strategy. Premiums are placed on accuracy and shot making. Nowhere is that more evident then the with the par three's that are varied in length and design tests at 148, 188, 197 and 227 yards respectively from the "Back Tees". Morrish also created additional interest with creative mounding, challenging greens and intriguing landscape accents. While the fairways are often guarded on each side by desert-style landscaping, the groomed desert offers golfers the option for an easy escape, a very forgiving layout.