World’s most expensive green fee rises in the creek

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Shadow Creek, which is a 20-minute drive from Las Vegas, costs $1,000 to play in high season

A golf course in America that already holds the record for the most expensive green fee in the world has raised the bar by increasing the cost of 18 holes from $600 to $1,000 (£725).

Shadow Creek golf course In Las Vegas, it has enjoyed its status as the world’s most expensive eco-fee both inside and outside the world since it first opened in 1990, and briefly lost its top spot when Pebble Beach raised its fee to $575. However, the rally to $600 in 2019 has now overshadowed the recent increase of 66%, which brings the price of 18 holes to four digits.

Designed by Tom Fazio, the course was first built as a private club for hotel and property mogul Steve Wynn to entertain his clients and celebrity friends, and has been open to the public for nearly 20 years, although to be able to secure a tee time for guests must already reside in a hotel Wynn’s MGM in Las Vegas, which is a 20-minute drive by private limousine from the track. Only two out of four balls are allowed per day, and only between Mondays and Thursdays.

The $1,000 fee applies to high season (March through May; plus October and November), with an off-peak rate of $750.

Ranked 27th in Golf Digest’s latest ranking of America’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses, and 5th on the list of public golf courses, Shadow Creek has hosted several professional tournaments in recent years, including the CJ Cup on the PGA Tour in October 2020, as well as to The Match’, a made-for-TV showdown between Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson in 2018.

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