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Timothy Stonestreet is the President and CEO of Six Star Construction Inc.

Golf in Summerlin

By: Tim Stonestreet

As the owner of Las Vegas construction firm Six Star Construction, I’ve built numerous custom houses in the Summerlin master-planned community, which offers a park-like setting with European-style villages and several world-class golf courses. The community features the Jack Nicklaus Bear’s Best course, two Tournament Players Club golf courses, and five others. Voted Best Golf Course in Las Vegas by the Las Vegas Review Journal and one of the Best Places to Play by Golf Digest, Bear’s Best Las Vegas uniquely groups together 18 of Jack Nicklaus’ favorite holes from a long and notable playing career. In designing the course, Nicklaus and his experienced design team pored over literally thousands of photos and plans of some of the most challenging holes he ever faced. These range from holes at former PGA Tour stop Castle Pines Golf Club in Colorado to a hole at Old Works Golf Club in Anaconda, Montana, which Nicklaus himself designed in 1997. The first and last holes at Bear’s Best Las Vegas feature large water hazards and come from Nicklaus’ Private and Resort Courses at The Club at PGA West. The grounds conditions at Bear’s Best Las Vegas are reputed to be some of the finest in the greater Las Vegas area, and the courses include firm and fast bentgrass greens. Many of the holes feature a view of the nearby Red Rock Mountains, while two holes face directly toward the distant Las Vegas Strip. Due to the course’s initial success, another Bear’s Best course opened in Atlanta a year later featuring different holes. Nicklaus commented that the process of designing Bear’s Best Las Vegas, when all was said and done, took more time than simply designing a new course. I am of the opinion that the effort was well worth it. The outstanding attention to detail makes a Bear’s Best Las Vegas golf experience world class, which Nicklaus fans and Summerlin residents alike have come to expect.


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