Falls Golf Club

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Staring up at the back nine at the new Falls Golf Club at Lake Las Vegas, you’d think Weiskopf spent the past 20 years studying engineering, not course design. The year was 1982. He was fourth on the all-time money list and had one major title to go with his 15 Tour victories. He was 40, yet he still could pound the ball farther than half the younger guys on the circuit.

He was — to borrow a term from the lexicon of shotmaking — in position “A” when golf course architecture came a-calling. Weiskopf jump-started his new career by teaming with Texas-based architect Jay Morrish. The duo would go on to design some of the country’s most innovative courses until parting ways a few years ago.

While Morrish kept his practice going by hiring his son, Weiskopf hung his own shingle in the Valley of the Sun and struck out on a solo career.When the purveyors of Lake Las Vegas Resort decided it was time to add a third course to their multi-billion dollar development 17 miles east of the Strip, Weiskopf fit the profile.

The Ohio native is the first to admit that he barely can draw a stick figure on a napkin, but his ability to conceptualize holes and his adherence to traditional design standards have made Weiskopf one of the desert’s favorite sons.

“Mr. Weiskopf has experience designing and laying out desert courses, and we weren’t exactly dealing with an easy piece of land to work with here,” says Falls Course head professional Greg Brockelman.

The course takes its name from two man-made waterfalls on the 11th and 17th holes. It easily could have been named for the 300 feet of elevation changes between the closely cropped tee boxes on No. 10 and the two-tiered green on No. 18.

Weiskopf typically includes one drivable par-4 in each layout, and the 336-yard par 4 plays the part in dramatic fashion. From the member tees, the green sits just 279 yards away from a tee box that is over 150 feet above the fairway.

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