Double Down on Vegas – Rio Secco & Cascata

Architect Rees Jones describes Cascata as “8th wonder of the golfing world”

Fall is the ideal season for Arizonans to make the short trip to Las Vegas. Football season is kicking off, the MLB playoffs are heating up, the Las Vegas Golden Knights, fresh off their 2018 Stanley Cup appearance, begin their second season and the PGA TOUR rolls into town the first weekend in November. Not to mention, the golf courses and weather are fantastic, too. With major sports action AND quality time on the links, fall is definitely the time to double down on Vegas.

Two Las Vegas beauties, Cascata in Boulder City and Rio Secco Golf Club in Henderson, recently unveiled fall pricing on their popular “Double Down Package.” The package includes green fees, cart fees, practice balls and two memorable rounds of golf – one at Cascata and one at Rio Secco Golf Club.

Once reserved only for the highest of rollers in Las Vegas, Cascata is now a unique experience that is open to resort play, regardless of resort affiliation or residency status. Cascata’s private gates open to a spectacular landscape that forms a magnificent backdrop for a golf experience like no other. Designed by Rees Jones, the par-72 course features stunning vistas at every turn, including the 3,600-foot peak at Red Mountain, impeccably manicured fairways, lakes, and meandering streams.

When building a golf course in the desert, most of the time an architect must create just about all the variation in the individual holes because the land is somewhat flat and featureless. The rocks and valleys at Cascata took care of that problem naturally.

“We routed the holes through the canyons and between the ‘dunes,’ so each one is different and there are many places on the course where you can’t see any other holes,” said architect Jones of Cascata. “It’s the 8th wonder of the golfing world as far as I’m concerned.”

In Italian, Cascata means “waterfall” and upon stepping on the practice range, one quickly realizes how the property got its name. A 418-foot waterfall flows from the steep mountainside towering above the range, meanders through the practice facilities, then cascades into a river that roars through the clubhouse and eventually culminates in a tranquil stream flowing into a small lake fronting the property.

“The water features are really what stand out to me about Cascata,” Jones said. “We took the dry river beds – that I’m sure in ancient times were flowing streams – and pumped water to them. We didn’t have to cut or make those river beds.”

“I think that’s why Cascata’s waterfalls look so natural, partly because they were almost there for us to create. People think the stream is coming down all the way from the top, but there are actually five different systems.”

The Tuscan-style, 37,000 square-foot clubhouse is home to unique private event spaces, perfect for the destination wedding, corporate meeting or social celebration. Tour-class forecaddies are part of the Cascata experience making the “Cascata Experience” truly memorable for all.

Rio Secco is located in the foothills of the Black Mountain Range, just 15 minutes southeast of the Las Vegas Strip, and was also designed by golf course architect Rees Jones, aka “The Open Doctor” for his work on U.S. Open host courses. Much like he has done to enhance and restore U.S. Open venues, in 2017 Jones was brought back to Rio Secco for a course-wide renovation that included complete green and greenside bunker renovations, as well as an expanded and improved practice facility. The par-72 course can play from 5,258 yards to over 7,300 yards and features six holes through steep canyons, six holes on a plateau overlooking the city and six holes in a broad desert wash.

“This is an amazing natural site for golf. When I first saw it, I thought it was the best piece of land in Las Vegas,” said Jones of Rio Secco. “The golf course reflects the beauty that surrounds it which is why it continues to be regarded as one of the best layouts in the west.”

Rio Secco has hosted the Wendy’s 3-Tour Challenge, the Western Athletic Conference Golf Championships and national charity events such as the Natalie Gulbis Charity Golf Classic and Tiger Jam, a major fundraiser for the Tiger Woods Foundation. The club is also home to the Butch Harmon School of Golf and Janelas Restaurant & Bar, situated in the heart of the club’s spectacular 30,000 square-foot clubhouse.

Pricing for the Double Down Package is $499 per person and is valid September 25th through November 18th, 2018. Both rounds must be played within five days of each other and pricing excludes a $50 per person caddie fee at Cascata. 

“We launched our Double Down Package this summer and saw incredible interest,” said Mark Blais, director of golf sales and marketing for VICI Golf Properties, owners of Rio Secco Golf Club and Cascata. “We are extending the package through November to give fall visitors a chance to experience two of Las Vegas’s finest golf experiences in optimum playing conditions with this one cool package.”

For more information or to book the Double Down Package, call Cascata at 702.294.2005 or Rio Secco Golf Club at 702.777.2400. Or, visit either course online at and