Las Vegas is home to some of the best golf courses in the country. So when Siena Golf Club opened in 2000, it debuted as a course ready to contend with the best and then some. Located in the master-planned Summerlin community amidst the beautiful Spring Mountain and Red Rock Mountain, Siena offers, in addition to stunning views, a par-72 18-hole course ready to challenge players with various water features and 97 pot bunkers.
With all those bunkers set alongside the course’s beautifully maintained greens and fairways, Siena is a course that rewards accuracy, not hard-hitting. Most holes on the front nine feature narrowing fairways that require a straight shot, while the back nine is filled with doglegs set amid rugged desert roughs. In either instance, players are encouraged to take their time and aim well as opposed to going for a shortcut drive. Water plays into six of the 18 holes, so golfers will eventually have the opportunity to make a big shot over water, although more often than not the water hazards are an easily avoidable obstacle.
Five tees make Siena accessible for any level of golfer, with the course running 6,843 yards from the back tees and 4,978 from the forward tees. The ample amount of bunkers, however, makes the course a challenge for even seasoned players. Since Siena is located in a housing division, course designers Lee Schmidt and Brian Curley were working with a landscape devoid of any natural features. Therefore, sand was used to add variety and make a statement. That statement will either frustrate or please players, but a good score can ultimately be found at Siena by sticking to the fairways.
A well-rounded course set to a beautiful backdrop, Siena features a different scenic vista on every hole – in some instances, it will be a mountain; in others, the glowing Las Vegas Strip. The course’s rye grass fairways and undulating bent grass greens are in excellent condition, and players may want to keep in mind one little design secret when playing, which is that all putts break toward the Strip.
Aside from an excellent round of golf, Siena offers a full pro shop in its clubhouse, which also houses the tasty and Tuscan-themed Siena Bistro. Here, golfers can enjoy authentic Italian cuisine while overlooking Lake Siena. Locker rooms and a multi-tiered practice facility are also available. During play, golfers will enjoy excellent service, which includes a golf cart stocked with ice chests, practice balls, and their name adorning its exterior.