6. Reflection Bay Golf Club at Lake Las Vegas Resort, Henderson, NV
Architect: Jack Nicklaus, 1998. Yardage/Slope: 7,261/138. Green Fees: $200$250. Tee Times: 702-740-4653.
This layout features double carries over water and ravines.The routing on both nines climbs along steep canyons and descends to finish along a blue, palm-lined lake.
7. Mountain Course at La Quinta Resort & Club, La Quinta, CA
Architect: Pete Dye, 1980. Yardage/Slope: 6,756/140. Green Fees: $75 $235. Tee Times: 800-598-3828.
Undulating greens and radically different nines define this site, which is carved into desert mountains and mined with pot bunkers and water. The par-three sixteenth plays to an island green.
8. Raven Golf Club at Sabino Springs, Tucson, AZ
Architect: Robert Trent Jones Jr., 1995. Yardage/Slope: 6,776/146. Green Fees: $55$170. Tee Times: 520-749-3636.
Home to the University of Arizona golf team, this aesthetically-pleasing layout deftly combines desert elements and mountain elements, teaming steep slopes with saguaros.
9. Paa-Ko Ridge Golf Club, Sandia Park, NM
Architect: Ken Dye, 2000. Yardage/Slope: 7,562/138. Green Fees: $38$66. Tee Times: 866-898-5987.
Paa-Ko is perched at 6,700 feet just outside Albuquerque. Most holes play through ponderosa pine, piñon and juniper, with mountain ranges constantly in sight. The course closes in winter.
10. Desert Course at Primm Valley Golf Club, Primm, NV
Architect: Tom Fazio, 1998. Yardage/Slope: 7,131/138. Green Fees: $80$195. Tee Times: 800-386-7867.
This track mixes cacti, palms, plateaus and native grasses on the outer edge of the middle of nowhere. Open topography expands the course's sunny disposition.