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Getting To Know: Laughlin Ranch Golf Club

An Insightful Interview With Todd Levitt, Golf Shop Manager

By Brian Weis


Whether you have played a course 20+ times a year or looking to play the course for the first time, insights from an insider can help enhance your golf experience. Below is an interview with Todd Levitt who shares some valuable tidbits about the course, memorable holes and must eats and treats at the 19th.

Give Our Readers An Overview of the Golf Course/Property
Laughlin Ranch Golf Club is the most upscale golfing experience available in the Laughlin area. This David Druzisky championship design sits along the rolling desert terrain that is enveloped in the foothills of the glorious Black Mountains. Bring your camera along because the stunning views of the Colorado River, Casino Row, Lake Mohave & the surrounding mountain ranges are sure to be a sight to remember.

Laughlin Ranch Golf Club boasts 78 sand bunkers, 3 sparkling ponds, meandering streams, & manicured fairways bordered by desert arroyos which provide an aesthetically pleasing & challenging golf environment. Also, golf carts are equipped with GPS, which gives you yardage to-the-pin as well as surrounding landing areas.

The Grill at Laughlin Ranch is richly appointed with an upscale ambience, which offers guests quality fine dining promising to please everyone's palate. Along with a grand banquet facility & surrounding outdoor patio & lawn areas, Laughlin Ranch offers several options for gatherings & events.

The Spa @ Laughlin Ranch brings high quality and comfort to its broad array of healthy, authentic and indigenous services with our expert & friendly staff. With 11 treatment rooms, full service salon & state-of-the-art fitness center, your experience is sure to be relaxing & enjoyable.

With many different price offerings, great views, interesting hole designs, wonderful service... a round here is highly recommended. Come visit this hidden oasis in the desert. Located just 4 minutes away from all Laughlin casinos, Laughlin Ranch Golf Club is your best bet when visiting Laughlin.

What Tips or Local Knowledge Would You Provide To Help Them Score Better At Your Course?
Laughlin Ranch golf course is a step up from your typical desert course. This course offers a true test of golf for all ability levels. The first step of achieving that great score is to play the tees that suit your game. Laughlin Ranch offers guests 4 sets of tees from yardages of 4,985 to 7,155. The most important tip I can give to better play this course is to keep the ball in play. I know this one is easier said than done, but if you're able to accomplish this tip, it will go a long way in having that excellent score. No matter the final score or skill level, your golf experience at Laughlin Ranch is sure to take your breath away.

Recent Awards or What You Are Most Proud About The Course?
Laughlin Ranch Golf Club was recently voted 11th & 13th best in the state by Golf Digest & Golfweek. With several tee options and design differences of every hole, each time you play this course seems like your very first time.

What Is The Signature, Most Talked About, or Most Photographed Hole?
Our most talked about hole would have to be #11 (Lookout) because of its extreme length & challenge. Boasting an outrageous 650 yards from the gold tees (tips), this uphill par 5 will challenge even the most experienced golfers. Achieving a par on your typical par 5 would be nothing to write home about, but this hole is the exception to the rule. Hit 2 great shots & you're still using a mid to long iron into this green. Get your par here & move on!

Our signature or most photographed hole would have to be #18 (Spirit Mountain) because of its sheer beauty and design. The tee boxes on this par 5 look downhill onto this beautifully designed hole which meanders around Laughlin Ranch Lake & backdrop of the large clubhouse. There is sure to be some excitement around this hole as well, with the closeness of the on-lookers from The Grill's outdoor patio. So don't choke under pressure and miss that 3 footer for birdie with everyone watching!

What Is Your Favorite Hole? Any Tips to Play It?
My favorite hole has to be #12 (Blue Ridge) because it is nothing like your typical par 4. With an uphill blind tee shot & well protected green, this hole is sure to be a real challenge. Some players choose to go for it and break out driver; others choose to lay up with iron, but with desert arroyos all around the key to this hole is accuracy. The #12 hole is one of the most spectacular looking holes at Laughlin Ranch as well with its beautiful backdrop of the Black Hills & the continuous desert landscape; you'll feel like you're at your own desert oasis.

Must Have Dish or Drink after the round at the 19th Hole?
The must have dish at The Grill would have to be the Laughlin Ranch signature burger. This 1/2 pound burger is accompanied with our new homemade bun made fresh every day and is delicious. Come in on Thursday nights & deck your burger out with up to 25 toppings and wash it down with one of our cold drafts. If the burger is not quite your style, The Grill offers an array of fine dining options as well as our freshly made pizzas. If you're looking for that perfect location of ambience, quality cuisine and friendly professional staff, then The Grill at Laughlin Ranch is the place for you.

Who Holds Course Record and What Was Their Score?
Alex Cejka - 67

Back Tee Stats
Par: 72
Yardage: 7155
Slope: 142
Rating: 73.4

More Information
Laughlin Ranch Golf Club
1360 William Hardy Drive
Bullhead City, AZ, 86429
928-754-1243
www.laughlinranch.com


 

Revised: 11/26/2012 - Article Viewed 20,515 Times - View Golf Course Profile


Written By: Brian Weis

Brian Weis Brian Weis is the Publisher of GolfTrips.com, a network of golf travel and directory sites including GolfWisconsin.com, GolfMichigan.com, ArizonaGolfer.com, GolfAlabama.com, etc. Professionally, Brian is a member of the Golf Writers Association of America (GWAA), International Network of Golf (ING), Golf Travel Writers of America (GTWA), International Golf Travel Writers Association (IGTWA) and The Society of Hickory Golfers (SoHG). In 2016, Brian won The Shaheen Cup, an award given to a golf travel writer by his peers.

All of his life, Brian has been around the game of golf. As a youngster, Brian competed at all levels in junior and high school golf. Brian had a zero chance for a college golf scholarship, so he worked on the grounds crew at West Bend Country Club to pay for his University of Wisconsin education. In his adult years, his passion for the game collided with his entrepreneurial spirit and in 2004 launched GolfWisconsin.com. In 2007, the idea for a network of local golf directory sites formed and GolfTrips.com was born. Today, the network consists of a site in all 50 states supported by national sites like GolfTrips.com, GolfGuide.com and GolfPackages.com. It is an understatement to say, Brian is passionate about promoting golf and golf travel on a local, regional, national and international level.

On the golf course, Brian is known as a fierce weekend warrior that fluctuates between a 5-9 handicap. With a soft fade, known as "The Weis Slice", and booming 300+ drives, he can blast it out of bounds with the best of them.


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