is one of the favorite courses in town for many longtime Las Vegans,
who remember it when it was the Sahara Country Club. Even though
the Las Vegas National Golf Club offers even mid- to high-handicappers
a chance at good scores, this course will probably be remembered
best as the place Tiger Woods had the most difficulty with en
route to winning his first professional championship.
Woods won the 1996 Las Vegas Invitational, despite staggering
to a 1-under 70 in his opening round at the Hilton. From the back,
the par-71 track measures just 6,815 yards and the par-5s are
all reachable in two for the long hitters. From the middle tees,
it measures a playable 6,418 and is 5,741 yards from the front.
The par-3s are all relatively long, with none shorter (from the
back tee) than 182 yards. The teeth of this course, though, is