Saturday, September 3, 2011

Charleston Golf Cart Path - 9/3/11

The Around the Bend Friends went golfing today and, where else, but on an over grown, dilapidated, closed to patrons, golf course in the Spring Mountains. For us, the three foot tall rabbit brush were more beautiful than clean cut fairways or perfectly mowed bermuda greens. Thirty- three of us parked our cars at the Mt. Charleston Hotel on Kyle Canyon Highway and started off down the asphalt golf cart path.

A web site tells us all about the closed golf course.
Mt. Charleston Alpine Resort Golf Club
Resort, $45.00 - $55.00

This well-maintained course was built in beautiful Kyle Canyon at the base of Mt Charleston. This course offers spectacular scenic views of the surrounding mountains and Cathedral Rock, and the weather is outstanding. The greens are average-sized, fast and very undulating, while the fairways are average width and hilly. Water hazards come into play on one hole, and dogleg fairways on two others. The signature hole is #5, a 470-yard, par 4, requiring a well-struck tee shot down a long fairway, then a well-placed approach shot over two lakes with waterfalls.
Design - Golf Course at Mount Charleston Alpine Resort Golf Club
Year Built: 1997
Designer: Jeff Brucker
Greens Grass Type: Bent Grass
Fairways Grass Type: Winter Rye
Water Hazards: Yes
Sand Bunkers: 1-10
Yardage Markers: Electronic Range System

After a very short search on the web, no answers were found as to why the course closed only a few years ago but it is rumored that the reasons had to do with real estate agreements gone bad. It is sad that the course was allowed to grow to weed because it is in a beautiful location. The views of Kyle Canyon would be lovely to look at while playing a game of golf.

We walked around the 2.75 mile cart path and were home before lunch time. As seen in the 1st photo, we had a fun time hitting a few balls into (and past) the drained pond in the middle of the course. There was one place on the path that provided shade and that's where we took our snack break. A fun time was had by all.

Post Script (5/8/13) - This old golf course is now the location for the brand new Spring Mountains Gateway Visitor Center. This hike by the AtBF done in 2011 will never be forgotten nor repeated!

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