Summerlin provides host of wedding sites

The only thing better than the perfect golfing foursome is the perfect twosome. Evidence of that are the golf mates Josh and Tyrell Nichols, who met at the TPC Summerlin course in 2004 and tied the knot there in March 2006.

Josh Nichols is a golf professional at TPC Summerlin, and his wife is director of competitive programming for The First Tee of Southern Nevada.

“We couldn’t imagine getting married anywhere other than a golf course,” said Josh Nichols, “and naturally, we wanted to get married at the golf course in the community where we met – TPC Summerlin.”

According to Stacey Allen, a professional wedding consultant and planner, the Summerlin master-planned community offers betrothed couples many options when it comes to choosing a wedding location. Allen coordinates more than 15 weddings each year, many of them in Summerlin.

Private golf facilities such as TPC Summerlin and Red Rock Country Club are very popular, hosting scores of weddings each year, Allen said. Other popular Summerlin wedding spots include public and daily fee golf courses, such as Bear’s Best Las Vegas and TPC Canyons.

According to Tom Warden, vice president of community and government relations for The Howard Hughes Corp., an affiliate of General Growth Properties and developer of Summerlin, the area’s scenic beauty makes it popular for weddings.

“In addition to the community’s abundant golf courses and parks, neighboring Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area is also popular with couples looking for a dramatic and unique outdoor wedding location. In fact, Red Rock has become one of the most popular places for bridal photo shoots. The contrast between a beautiful white wedding gown and the rugged Red Rock terrain is striking,” Warden said.

Summerlin’s community centers also offer residents a spacious and affordable place for weddings and receptions, according to Lezlie Barnson-DeNardin, community relations director for The Summerlin Council, the non-profit arm of the Summerlin Community Association. According to DeNardin, the community centers host a few dozen weddings and receptions every year, many of them during the summer.

“Our community centers are designed for the exclusive use of residents and host a variety of events and activities,” DeNardin said. “From birthday parties to meetings to wedding receptions, our residents can use these private facilities on an availability basis.”

Summerlin’s abundant parks are also used as outdoor wedding sites on occasion.

“It’s always fun to see a wedding in progress on a beautiful sunny weekend in Summerlin,” DeNardin said.

Summerlin began to take shape in 1990 and is currently home to more than 95,000 residents. With about 7,500 acres still to develop, including the Summerlin Centre urban core, construction activity at the community will continue.

Summerlin is home to 100-plus neighborhood and village parks, more than 150 completed miles of the Summerlin Trail System, 19 public and private schools, numerous houses of worship, shopping centers, medical facilities, cultural facilities and business parks.

Homes are available in a variety of styles — from single-family homes to townhomes, condominiums and lofts — priced from the low $200,000s to more than $1 million. Custom home sites in The Ridges are priced from the $500,000s. Luxury apartment homes offer monthly rents starting from the low $1,000s.

For more information on the community, visit summerlin.com or call 791-4000.

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