Desert Course at Silverstone Golf Club - hole 7
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Desert Course at Silverstone Golf Club - hole 7
The par-3 seventh green on the Desert Course at Silverstone Golf Club is protected by several bunkers. Oleg Volovik/Golf Advisor
Desert Course at Silverstone Golf Club - hole 8
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Desert Course at Silverstone Golf Club - hole 8
The par-4 eighth hole on the Desert Course at Silverstone Golf Club offers a great view. Oleg Volovik/Golf Advisor
Silverstone Golf Club in Las Vegas - practice area
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Silverstone Golf Club in Las Vegas - practice area
There's plenty of room to work on your game in the practice area at Silverstone Golf Club. Oleg Volovik/Golf Advisor
Mountain Course at Silverstone Golf Club - hole 3
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Mountain Course at Silverstone Golf Club - hole 3
The par-5 third hole on the Mountain Course at Silverstone Golf Club plays 653 yards from the championship tees. Oleg Volovik/Golf Advisor
Mountain Course at Silverstone Golf Club - hole 2
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Mountain Course at Silverstone Golf Club - hole 2
You can see the driving range from the second hole of the Mountain Course at Silverstone Golf Club. Oleg Volovik/Golf Advisor
Mountain Course at Silverstone Golf Club - hole 3
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Mountain Course at Silverstone Golf Club - hole 3
Here's a perspective view of the long par-5 third hole on the Mountain Course at Silverstone Golf Club. Oleg Volovik/Golf Advisor
Mountain Course at Silverstone Golf Club - hole 5
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Mountain Course at Silverstone Golf Club - hole 5
The par-4 fifth hole on the Mountain Course at Silverstone Golf Club plays 350 yards from the championship tees. Oleg Volovik/Golf Advisor
Silverstone Golf Club in Las Vegas - flowers
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Silverstone Golf Club in Las Vegas - flowers
Beautiful desert flowers add some extra color at Silverstone Golf Club. Oleg Volovik/Golf Advisor
Mountain Course at Silverstone golf course
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Mountain Course at Silverstone golf course
Here's another great view of the Mountain Course at Silverstone Golf Club. Oleg Volovik/Golf Advisor
Mountain Course at Silverstone Golf Club - hole 9
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Mountain Course at Silverstone Golf Club - hole 9
The ninth hole on the Mountain Course is among four par 5s at Silverstone Golf Club that play longer than 600 yards. Oleg Volovik/Golf Advisor
Valley Course at Silverstone Golf Club - hole 2
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Valley Course at Silverstone Golf Club - hole 2
The water hazard presents a challenge on the par-3 second hole on the Valley Course at Silverstone Golf Club. Oleg Volovik/Golf Advisor
Valley Course at Silverstone Golf Club - hole 9
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Valley Course at Silverstone Golf Club - hole 9
Water guards the right side of the green on the ninth hole on the Valley Course at Silverstone Golf Club. Oleg Volovik/Golf Advisor
Mountain Course at Silverstone Golf Club - hole 1
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Mountain Course at Silverstone Golf Club - hole 1
A view from the first tee on the Mountain Course at Silverstone Golf Club, a par 4 that plays 343 yards and offers an early birdie chance. Oleg Volovik/Golf Advisor
Desert Course at Silverstone Golf Club - hole 2
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Desert Course at Silverstone Golf Club - hole 2
Here's a look at the approach to the par-4 second green on the Desert Course at Silverstone Golf Club. Oleg Volovik/Golf Advisor

Dramatic mountain vistas highlight Silverstone Golf Club in Las Vegas

Editor's Note: Silverstone Golf Club closed down in September 2015.

LAS VEGAS -- Although Silverstone Golf Club isn't too far from the Las Vegas Strip, the dramatic backdrop provided by Sheep Mountain in the distance makes this Bob Cupp design feel much further from the city.

Silverstone offers three nine-hole courses that can be played in pairs for three different 18-hole combinations: Valley, Mountain, and Desert. They each take their name from the array of landscapes you'll find on the course.

The Mountain is the longest course of the three and can feel even longer than the nearly 3,600 yards indicated on the scorecard thanks to elevation changes that range from subtle to dramatic. Golfers can enjoy some of the best views from this nine.

The Valley is Silverstone's shortest course at just under 3,400 yards but like the Mountain, it is characterized by its rolling terrain.

Every combination provides a different set of challenges, but they're still playable for a range of skill levels. Beginners shouldn't feel too intimidated, especially since there are four different sets of tees.

In addition to the golf course, Silverstone also has an extensive practice facility with a driving range, putting green, and multiple short-game areas. The staff is attentive and the plush golf carts include high-end GPS systems. There is also a bonus hole -- a par 3 next to the clubhouse that plays over a pond -- where you can go to break ties or settle a friendly golf wager.

Born and raised in the former Soviet Union, photographer Oleg Volovik moved to the United States in 1992 and now lives with his wife and two children in Los Angeles. He joined the TravelGolf editorial team in 2010. Originally graduated with a Masters Degree in Civil Engineering he continued to dedicate his time and energy to his passion for visual arts and photography. Oleg has extensive experience in fine arts, fashion, event, architecture and journalistic photography. His work has been exhibited in Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Moscow, where he also taught a master class, sponsored by Hewlett-Packard, in April 2007. He may be a novice golfer, but Oleg always wears a white leather glove during photo sessions. "Golf photography is my own 'game' with the beauty of nature and human creativity.
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