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.'

Cascata

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.

Watch: Shilton wins $16k timepiece with hole-in-one

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 23, 2017, 2:50 am

Australian Brad Shilton made a hole-in-one on the par-3, 188-yard 11th hole during the first round of the Australian Open, and he was rewarded handsomely for his efforts - with a Tag Heuer watch worth $16k.

Day gets in early mix with 66 in return to Australia

By Associated PressNovember 23, 2017, 2:32 am

SYDNEY - Jason Day's first tournament round in Australia in four years was a 5-under 66 to put him among the leaders early Thursday at the Australian Open.

Day's round came unhinged late with a double-bogey six on the par-4 eighth hole, his second-last of the day. He hit his tee shot into the trees on the left, hit back out to the fairway, missed his approach to the green and then couldn't get up and down.

''That was brutal,'' Day said of the 481-yard hole that played into gusting winds.

But Day recovered quickly to birdie his last to sit three strokes behind fellow Australian and early leader Cameron Davis, who started on the first, had six front-nine birdies and shot 63 at The Australian Golf Club.

In between the two was Australian Taylor MacDonald, who shot 65.

''It was a pretty solid round, I didn't miss many fairways, I didn't miss many greens,'' Day said. ''I'd give myself a seven or eight out of 10.''

Defending champion Jordan Spieth, attempting to win the Australian Open for the third time in four years, was off to a poor start among the afternoon players, bogeying his first two holes.

The Sydney-born Davis played most of this season on the Mackenzie Tour in Canada and will attempt to secure his Web.com card in the final round of qualifying from Dec. 7-10 in Chandler, Arizona.

''Everything went to plan,'' Davis said. ''I got off to a great start. I was hitting my spots and was able to keep it together on the back nine.''

NOTES: Australian Brad Shilton had the first ace of the tournament, using a 5-iron for a hole-in-one on the par-3, 188-yard 11th hole, his second hole of the day. Australian veteran Geoff Ogilvy, the 2006 U.S. Open winner, shot 69. He and Rod Pampling (68) played the first round with Day.

Day: Woods feeling good, hitting it long

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 22, 2017, 9:33 pm

Jason Day says Tiger Woods told him he feels better than he has in three years, which is good news for Woods a week ahead of his return to the PGA Tour at the Hero World Challenge.

Day, a fellow Nike endorser, was asked about Woods during his news conference at the Emirates Australian Open on Wednesday. "I did talk to him," Day said, per a report in the Sydney Morning Herald,"and he did say it's the best he's ever felt in three years'" Day said.

"He doesn't wake up with pain anymore, which is great. I said to him, 'Look, it's great to be one of the best players ever to live, but health is one thing that we all take for granted and if you can't live a happy, healthy life, then that's difficult.'"

The Hero World Challenge will be played Nov. 30-Dec. 3 in the Bahamas and broadcast on Golf Channel and NBC.

Day, who has had his own health issues, said he could empathize with Woods.

"I totally understand where he's coming from, because sometimes I wake up in the morning and it takes me 10 minutes to get out of bed, and for him to be in pain for three years is very frustrating."

Woods has not played since February after undergoing surgery following a recurrence of back problems.

"From what I see on Instagram and what he's been telling me, he says he's ready and I'm hoping that he is, because from what I hear, he's hitting it very long," Day said.

"And if he's hitting it long and straight, then that's going to be tough for us because it is Tiger Woods. He's always been a clutch putter and in amongst the best and it will be interesting to see.

"There's no pressure. I think it's a 17- or 18-man field, there's no cut, he's playing at a tournament where last year I think he had the most birdies at."

Move over Lydia, a new Ko is coming to LPGA

By Randall MellNovember 22, 2017, 5:11 pm

Another gifted young South Korean will be joining the LPGA ranks next year.

Jin Young Ko, the Korean LPGA Tour star, informed the American-based LPGA on Sunday night that she will be taking up membership next year. Ko earned the right by winning the LPGA’s KEB Hana Bank Championship as a nonmember in South Korea in October.

Ko, 22, no relation to Lydia Ko, first burst on to the international spotlight with her run into contention at the Ricoh Women’s British Open at Turnberry two years ago. She led there through 54 holes, with Inbee Park overtaking her in the final round to win.

With 10 KLPGA Tour titles, three in each of the last two seasons, Ko has risen to No. 19 in the Rolex Women’s World Rankings.

Ko told GolfChannel.com Sunday afternoon that she was struggling over the decision, with a Monday deadline looming.

“It’s a difficult decision to leave home,” Ko said after the final round of the CME Group Tour Championship in Naples, when she was still undecided. “The travelling far away, on my own, the loneliness, that’s what is difficult.”

Ko will be the favorite to win the LPGA’s Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year Award next year. South Koreans have won that award the last three years. Sung Hyun Park won it this year, In Gee Chun last year and Sei Young Kim in 2015. South Korean-born players have won the last four, with New Zealand’s Lydia Ko winning it in 2014. Ko was born in South Korea and moved to New Zealand when she was 6.

Ko released this statement through the LPGA on Wednesday: 

"It has been my dream since I was young to play on the LPGA Tour and I look forward to testing myself against the best players on a worldwide stage. I know it is going to be tough but making a first win as an LPGA member and winning the Rolex Rookie of the Year award would be two of the biggest goals I would like to achieve next year."