Chimera Golf Club (702) 951-1500
Las Vegas Golf Course Review
Chimera Golf Club (formerly Tuscany Golf Club) in Henderson is the latest championship course to be built in the Vegas Valley. Designed by Ted Robinson, Chimera's claim to
fame is that of a player friendly layout with upscale conditioning and facilities, at prices that make it one of the best golf values in greater Las Vegas. Golfers will be pleased with
the beautiful surroundings and outstanding service and conditioning, as they play a layout that is enjoyable by the novice and experienced player alike.
As evidenced by the photos in this review, Chimera provides a spectacular visual experience, with sweeping scenic views of the Strip in the distance, plus incredible mountain
vistas framing the backdrop on many holes. A generous allotment of of beautiful palms and pines also adds to the aesthetic quality. Lushly landscaped, contoured fairways
provide wide landing areas that lead to mildly undulating green complexes - many tightly guarded by arroyos and bunkers that make good iron play essential to scoring well. Four
sets of tees are thoughtfully interspersed to provide yardages/slopes measuring 6906 yards/132 slope from the Verde tees, 6503/127 slope from the Lilla, 6135/123 slope from
the Rossa and 5616 with a slope of 115 from the Giallo tees.On course golfers will find that the cart paths are permanently marked at 100, 150 and 200 yards, and sprinkler
heads are measured to the center of the green. Pin placement sheets are located in the front of the lushly upholstered golf carts, which also inlcude bal/club washers plus ice
chests with complimentary bottles of water.
A group of relatively short par fours create some interesting risk/reward opportunities, affording long hitters a chance to set up for possible eagles and likely birdies. The 299 yard
7th is reachable off the tee, though a set of deep front bunkers may convince golfers to take a more cautious approach. There also are opportunities to cut distances with accurate
shots over lakes or ponds, on doglegs that require both distance and acuracy. The 440 yard 9th and 404 yard 18th are wonderful finishing holes on each side, with beautiful
water hazards adding character and challenge to their designs. The former doglegs left around a lake with a narrow fairway creating one of the most daunting tee shots of the day,
and the latter turns to the right with an approach over a pond that is fed by a lushly landscaped water fall that cascades just short of the green complex. There also are a couple
holes that feature carries over water off the tee.
As with all great designs, Chimera presents an interesting group of par threes. These four holes measure between 160 and 200 yards from the tips, and rate course handicaps of
6, 8 and 7, with the 200 yard 6th a good challenge as the 10th ranked hole. Hazards in the form of waste areas, sand bunkers and water are highlighted on each of these holes,
which for the average golfer (playing from the Rossa tees) can be played with short or mid irons. Though the putting surfaces are often contoured, the surrounding complexes
provide ample opportunities for recoveries. The par fives are also reasonable in length, and are reachable in two for long hitters.
Our day at Chimera was a special experience. We found the layout to fair yet challenging - and the price is certainly right. It was great to find the course in wonderful shape. The
design presents an ebb and flow that allows golfers to get into a rhythm, with the opening holes on each side providing opportunities to get off to a good start. The 34,000 square
foot clubhouse facility provides stunning pools, tennis and basketball courts, play areas and other recreational opportunities. The Chimera residential community opened its first
neighborhood in early 2005. For more info on the golf course and community, visit our page for Chimera (with direct link to their website) on our web catalog of courses to play in
Vegas by clicking here.