Boulder Creek Golf Club in Boulder City has quietly and confidently built an extremely solid reputation as a tournament host course. That will happen when a layout has been a host facility for high school events, top amateur tournaments, college events and qualifiers for PGA Tour tournaments. And recently the course was named as a host facility for several NCAA golf championships and, as has become an annual tradition, the course will host the SNGA Clark County Amateur and Senior Amateur. The CC Senior Am is set for Nov. 19-20 and the regular CC Am is Nov. 21-22. — By Brian Hurlburt, Las Vegas Golf Insider.
The NCAA selection committed voted to hold the Division III men’s national golf championship in 2024, the Division II women’s national golf championship in 2025 and the Division II men’s 2026 national championship at Boulder Creek. General Manager Andy Schaper and head professional David Enyeart worked with Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, Las Vegas Events and NCAA officials to earn the tournaments.
“Boulder Creek is so well-known in golf,” Lisa Motley, LVCVA director of sports marketing, told the Boulder City Review about the honor. “Three events being awarded to one venue is almost unheard of.”
Schaper and Enyeart are also thrilled and it continues to build the strong tradition at Boulder Creek, which was designed by Mark Rathert, who still keeps an eye on things at the layout.
“I am very proud of the golf course at Boulder Creek and it was our vision to create a golfing experience for the municipal golfer that would emulate traits found at the exclusive clubs in Las Vegas,” Rathert told me earlier in 2020. “The course design took advantage of the natural sandy terrain and was accentuated with lakes, streams and waterfalls to provide an oasis feel on many holes. The design promotes long-term sustainably for maintenance requirements, while also offering quality conditions at an affordable price per round.
“The design concept for Boulder Creek embraces each nine having three environments that include desert, arroyos and water hole oasis. That keeps the holes from becoming monotonous. With that said, my favorite holes are those that offer choices from the tee such as #2, #7 and #9 on Desert Hawk and #4, #7, and #9 on Coyote Run. One feature incorporated into my green designs was taking advantage of the site scale where putts often look uphill or downhill, but are actually much less severe than they look or feel. The good player has to keep in mind the site slopes toward the dry lake far off in the distance and has a great influence on what is level or not.”
The top players in the SNGA now play the course, which has become the traditional spot for the County Amateur. In 2019, Kelly Knievel (Senior) and Patrick Woerner (Silver) came away with gross titles while Joe Rada (Senior) and Tony Troilo (Silver) won net titles. In the regular amateur, Ty Sullivan won the championship division and Joel Reinoehl won net.
“Boulder Creek is a modern, resort-style course within a natural desert landscape and more wide-open spaces than Boulder City Golf Course,” says Enyeart. “I love the fact that when you are playing Boulder Creek, each hole has its own individual characteristics and qualities. It’s also a fair, but challenging course. And even though it is played in a desert setting, it shouldn’t be confused with a desert course because there are minimal forced carries and the holes are laid out right in front of you.”