Tom Fazio is among the top two of three modern golf course architects and Primm Valley GC, just 30 minutes west of the Strip boasts two of his designs. Both courses have earned 4.5 star ratings from Golf Digest and both are car traffic and housing free. Countless palm and pine trees line both courses along with colourful seas of desert flowers and local vegetation. The Lakes Course is a more traditional style layout with water in play on half of its holes. The fairways are mostly generous and sometimes banked to help kick tee shots back into play. the course's challenge come from all its water as well as strategic bunkering and undulating fairways and greens. The 234-yard par-3 12th hole is a monster. A pond fronts the two-tiered, false-fronted green, which is also bunkered in front.