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Hole 11, Revere Golf Club at Anthem (Lexington course)
Hole 11, Revere Golf Club at Anthem (Lexington course)

LAS VEGAS -- If holes-in-one represent golf perfection, par fives that are longer than six football fields strung together from goal line to goal line are the stuff that can leave plenty of room for disaster. They can turn a decent round into the aggravation one gets from losing luggage at an airport or seeing your last dollar disappear in a vending machine without getting that bag of chips in return. If your tee shot doesn't find the fairway, you could spend a week on one of these holes.

Here, then, are the eight longest holes in southern Nevada, each measuring more than 600 yards. A tip of the hat goes to numerous golf-related websites whose information proved helpful in compiling this list.

1. Hole 3, Silverstone Golf Club (Mountain course), 653 yards -- Designed by Robert Cupp, the public facility offers three nine-hole courses at 8600 Cupp Drive. Writer Ron Reece, "The Internet Golf Guy," wrote this about Hole 3 on Lasvegasgolftravel.com: "No, the course is not easy, especially Mountain No. 3 -- the longest hole in the state of Nevada at 653 yards (yikes!). I know, I know, pull out the big dog, crush one about 320, and go for it in two. However, you might want to watch out for that lake that comes into play and practically surrounds the green about 150 yards out. You certainly have to think your way around this hole, and around the course in general to have a nice score at the end of the day."

Hole 7, Boulder Creek Golf Club (Coyote Run course)
Photo courtesy Brian Oak/Boulder Creek Golf Club

2. Hole 7, Boulder Creek Golf Club (Coyote Run course), 635 yards -- Designer Mark Rathert included this as one of the 27 holes open to the public at 1501 Veterans Memorial Drive in Boulder City. Golfcourseranking.com stated: "Coyote Run 9 offers golfers wide, lush fairways allowing for excellent playability and total comfort. With many arroyos meandering through the (nine) holes, even some "missed" shots will leave golfers with continuous scoring opportunities. However with a par 5 playing from 500 to 635 yards, this nine-hole layout also offer a high degree of difficulty."

3. Hole 18, Rio Secco Golf Club, 634 yards -- Located at 2851 Grand Hills Drive in Henderson, this public course was designed by Rees Jones. Tiger Woods holds the course record, having shot an eight-under-par 64. But all he could manage was a par five on the vast 18th hole. Contributor Bill Bowman, writing for Worldgolf.com, stated: "At 7,332 yards, Rio Secco Golf Club, a Rees Jones masterpiece, is also a big hitter's dream (or nightmare if you're not hitting it straight). Rio Secco's 634-yard, par-5 finishing hole plays dead-straight back toward the Las Vegas Strip. But it can play into the wind. Getting home in two? Maybe. Getting home in three? Probably."

4. Hole 1, Silverstone Golf Club (Valley course), 631 yards -- Twoguyswhogolf.com wrote that this course will "challenge the best golfers, beginning with the opening par five, which stretches to 631 yards. It plays fairly straight and open, with fairway and green-side bunkers on the right."

5. Hole 5, Silverstone Golf Club (Desert course), 627 yards -- While acknowledging that Mountain Hole 3 gets most of the attention, Lasvegasgolf.com wrote: "If fact it's just one of the four 600-plus yard par fives at Silverstone. The fifth hole on the Desert nine, for example, is 627 yards with an intimidating 230-yard carry off the tee."

6. Hole 11, Revere Golf Club at Anthem (Lexington course), 625 yards -- Golf legend Billy Casper and Greg Nash teamed up to design this public course at 2600 Hampton Road in Henderson. Contributor Kevin Iole of Lasvegasgolf.com wrote this about Hole 11: "It has a large rock formation in the center of the fairway that splits in two and gives the player a choice of direction to the green. Most wind up choosing the right, though it makes for a much more difficult approach. But the thing that makes this course fun is that you have to stop and think for a second what you're going to do before you swing the club or you'll wind up in big trouble."

7. (Tied) Hole 18, Southern Highlands Golf Club, 622 yards -- Located at One Robert Trent Jones Lane in Las Vegas, the private course was designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr. and Jr. Its website offers this description of Hole 18: "The perfect ending to a perfect day, the finishing signature hole is the longest on the course -- a massive 622-yard par 5 with a split fairway bisected by a stream. Playing the hole uphill and to the left is a bit more risky, but it presents a shorter route and a better shot into the green. Taking the low road to the right will keep you out of trouble most of the way, but you may be left with a blind shot across the water to the green. Either way, you will be rewarded with awe-inspiring views of the elegant Southern Highlands Clubhouse."

7. (Tied) Hole 16, Shadow Creek Golf Course, 622 yards -- Built by casino mogul Steve Wynn and designed by Tom Fazio, this course owned by MGM Resorts International is located at 3 Shadow Creek Drive in North Las Vegas and is open to the company's guests. Vegasjourney.com described Hole 16 as one that doglegs right and features an elevated tee box. The website also has this quote from Golf Digest course architecture critic Ron Whitten: "I'm often asked: `Is Shadow Creek worth its $500 green fee?' Sure, I reply. There are worse ways to spend your money in Las Vegas ...One round at Shadow Creek and you'll forever look at golf and golf architecture differently."

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