Live large in Las Vegas by hiring a caddie

By Travel ArticlesJanuary 7, 2013, 5:00 am

LAS VEGAS -- This oasis of excess in the Nevada desert boasts some of the best -- and wildest -- caddie experiences. From gorgeous young babes to highly trained PGA Professionals, Las Vegas caddies will take any round of golf to the next level.

Caddies are mandatory at Wynn Golf Club, Cascata and Shadow Creek.

At many other high-end public and resort courses -- like Rio Secco Golf Club, Bali Hai Golf Club and Royal Links Golf Club -- taking a caddie is a splurge well worth it.

Wynn Golf Club

The forecaddies of the Wynn add another level of service to a club and resort renowned for it. In 2005, Tom Fazio transformed the old Desert Inn site into a green fantasyland that serves as an escape from the noise and neon lights of the Las Vegas Strip. The final approach shot to the 18th green with a waterfall in back, followed by a post-round beer or meal at the Country Club steakhouse, is about as good as it gets.

Some of the club's forecaddies are PGA Professionals. They're good players who rarely steer their clients wrong. The Wynn's immaculate greens tend to run slick, so listen intently to directions.

The beautiful Parmates, T-Mates

Short skirts, beautiful smiles and some playful sass make these female caddies so popular. Beauty and sex appeal are part of the fabric of life in Las Vegas, even for a game as traditional as golf.

Walters Golf's beautiful Parmates can be ordered at Bali Hai and Royal Links. They are only available at Bali Hai if added at Royal Links as well. The cost is $225 per caddie.

The Parmates act as pretty personal assistants. They replicate the five-star service of the staff at any major Vegas hotel by doing the little things -- repairing divots, fixing ball marks, cleaning balls and clubs and helping with yardage. Mostly, they add energy and fun to any foursome.

Dave Fowlie, a golfer from Calgary, Canada, enjoyed his Parmate experience in 2011.

'When I came back this year, Jennifer [the caddie] remembered my name. She's great,' Fowlie said.

The terrific T-Mates have called Rio Secco Golf Club home since 2006. They cost $200 per caddie, a worthwhile investment on this excellent Rees Jones course located in Henderson.

My T-Mate, Kristin Lindstrom, was a ball of energy during a round in November. Once she parked her cart, she ran from point to point to find balls and read yardages. When I made a good shot or putt, she was quick with a hug or a peck on the cheek. She was a ray of light in an otherwise cruel and unfair game.

She said T-Mates go through training to better understand golf. They're allowed to flirt and be friendly to a point.

'You have to have thick skin and be smart,' she said, adding that most T-Mates are actresses, models and dancers. 'There's a fine line with going too far. It's tough, especially with a bachelor party.'


A Tour-caliber forecaddie accompanies each foursome at this plush course Jones has called the 'Eighth Wonder of the World.'

A 418-foot waterfall winds through the layout, the range and the lavish Tuscan clubhouse, located in Boulder City roughly 22 miles from the Strip. When players arrive, the caddie/tour guide, sometimes a PGA Professional, escorts them to a locker with their name on it and caters to their every whim.

The course swoops majestically through the rock canyons and desert, riding 800 feet of elevation change. The caddies are indispensable when it comes to reading the greens. They will see the breaks first-timers can't. The caddie fee is an additional $25 plus tip.

Shadow Creek Golf Course

Caddies are just the cherry on top of an exclusive experience playing Shadow Creek, the host of the Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational.

The only way to gain access is to stay at an MGM International Resort. Players are pampered the minute they make the $500 tee time.

A limo from their resort whisks them away to this once ultra-private playground hidden in the desert. Fazio's first go-round with Steve Wynn in 1990 created something visually stunning from nothing.

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After Further Review: Tiger's return comes at perfect time

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 22, 2018, 2:19 am

Each week, takes a look back at the week in golf. Here's what's weighing on our writers' minds.

On the current state of golf as Tiger Woods returns to competition ...

Less than four days before Tiger Woods returns to official competitive golf for the first time in a year, Jon Rahm, the new second-ranked player in the world, won on the PGA Tour and Rory McIlroy made an impressive 2018 debut on the European Tour (T-3).

Not since Ben Hogan, Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus crossed paths at the 1960 U.S. Open has there been so many superstars all poised for big seasons, with world No. 1 Dustin Johnson having already won this year and Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas both coming off stellar seasons.

It’s a good time for golf. - Rex Hoggard

On Tommy Fleetwood's continued success ...

There have been scores of talented European players whose skills didn’t translate to the PGA Tour … and maybe, in a few years, Tommy Fleetwood will prove to be no different.

He sure looks like the real deal, though.  

His title defense in Abu Dhabi – on the strength of a back-nine 30 in windy conditions – was his third title in the past 12 months and 11th top-10 overall. A few of those have come in majors and World Golf Championship events, too, which led the reigning Race to Dubai champion to accept PGA Tour membership for this season.

Beginning at Riviera, he plans to play exclusively in the States through May, then reassess for the rest of the year. Hope he sticks, because he’s a fun personality with tons of game. - Ryan Lavner

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Rahm passes Spieth to become world No. 2

By Nick MentaJanuary 22, 2018, 1:25 am

With his win Sunday at the CareerBuilder Challenge, Jon Rahm picked up his second PGA Tour victory and moved to No. 2 in the FedExCup points standings.

He picked up one more No. 2, too.

The 23-year-old Spaniard passed Jordan Spieth to move to No. 2 in the Official World Golf Ranking, behind only Dustin Johnson.

In 19 months, since June 2016, Rahm has rocketed from No. 776 in the world to No. 2, thanks in part to his low divisor, his number of events played.

Asked after his playoff victory over Andrew Landry to discuss his rapid ascent up the world rankings, Rahm was almost at a loss.

“It's hard to believe to be honest, passing Jordan Spieth,” he said. “That's a three-time major champion. I only have two wins. He's got 10-plus, right? It's again – I've said it many times – I never thought I was going to be at this point in my life right now.”

Rahm may only have two PGA Tour titles, but this is his fourth worldwide win in the last year, dating back to last season’s Farmers Insurance Open. He also took the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open and the DP World Tour Championship on his way to claiming the European Tour’s 2017 Rookie of the Year Award.

Dating back to the start of last season on the PGA Tour, Rahm has racked up 12 top-10s, three runner-ups, and two wins.

He will head to Torrey Pines next week ready to defend for the first time.

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Brady compares self to Woods after winning AFC title

By Jason CrookJanuary 22, 2018, 1:05 am

Tom Brady and Tiger Woods are two of the all-time greats in their respective sports ... a fact that is not lost on the five-time Super Bowl winning quarterback.

Fresh off leading the New England Patriots to a AFC Championship victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars, Brady was asked about winning the game despite a cut on his throwing hand - which made national news heading into the matchup.

His response invoked the name of a certain 14-time major winner, something that would be tough to pull off, if not for the fact that he is, you know, Tom Brady.

“I think it's kind of arrogant to say it bothered me when we had a pretty good game, so I wouldn't say that," the 40-year-old told reporters after the game. "It's like when Tiger Woods said, ‘That was my C game’ and he won the tournament."

Tiger Woods winning with his "C game" may be a distant memory for golf fans, but no matter what game he brings, his next chance to win comes next week at Torrey Pines during his official comeback to the PGA Tour.

Brady has a shot at his sixth Super Bowl title in two weeks. The Patriots would probably benefit from him bringing a little better than his "C game" as well.

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Rahm beats Landry in playoff to win CareerBuilder

By Nick MentaJanuary 22, 2018, 1:00 am

Jon Rahm birdied the fourth extra hole Sunday to defeat Andrew Landry in a playoff, win the CareerBuilder Challenge and move to No. 2 in the Official World Golf Ranking. Here’s how things played out in overtime at PGA West:

Leaderboard: Rahm (-22), Landry (-22), John Huh (-20), Adam Hadwin (-20), Martin Piller (-20), Kevin Chappell (-19), Scott Piercy (-19)

What it means: This is Rahm’s second PGA Tour win and his fourth worldwide victory in the last year, dating back to last season’s Farmers Insurance Open. Rahm took the early lead Thursday with an opening 62 and after rounds of 67-70, he started the final round two back. On Sunday, he made five birdies without dropping a single shot on the intimidating Stadium Course. In the clubhouse at 22 under, Rahm watched as Landry made birdie on 18 to force a playoff.

Rahm missed birdie putts that would have ended the tournament on the final hole of regulation and on each playoff hole. Finally, on his fourth trip down 18 of the day, his birdie bid found the cup. With the victory, Rahm passes Jordan Spieth to move to No. 2 in the Official World Golf Ranking, trailing only Dustin Johnson. He enters next week at Torrey Pines looking to defend for the first time.

Best of the rest: A two-time winner playing his second full season on the PGA Tour, Landry shot 68 Sunday, making birdie on the 72nd hole to force extras. Once Rahm finally made birdie on the fourth playoff hole, Landry's putt to extend slid by on the right edge. This is Landry's best career finish on the PGA Tour. Had he won, he would have secured full Tour status through the 2019-20 season and earned invites to the Masters, Players, and PGA Championships.

Round of the day: Sam Saunders fired an 8-under 64 to register this best finish of the season, a tie for eighth at 18 under. The reigning Tour Championship winner was 9 under par through 12 holes before making bogey at 13 and parring his way into the clubhouse.

Biggest disappointment: Overnight leader Austin Cook was eyeing his second win of the season but never contended. The RSM champion carded two double bogeys Sunday en route to a 3-over 75, dropping him from the 54-hole lead to a tie for 14th.

Shot of the day: Rahm's putt to win:

Quote of the day: "One of us had to do it and either one of us would have been a well-deserving champion." - Rahm on his playoff victory over Landry