Stallion Mountain Golf Club springs back to life in Las Vegas

By Travel ArticlesJune 21, 2012, 4:59 pm

LAS VEGAS -- It's the feeling you get when you run into an old friend after they've been gone awhile.

You want to catch up, see how things are going, compliment them on how good they look, and tell them they've been missed.

It's time to welcome back an old Las Vegas golf favorite: Stallion Mountain Golf Club.

The par-72 layout, designed by Jim Colbert and Jeff Brauer, has four sets of tees ranging from 7,351 yards from the tips to 5,747 yards from the front.

Stallion Mountain opened in 1992, but it was closed for three years due to financial troubles. It recently reopened under the guidance of OB Sports and is now a semi-private course that has golf fans buzzing.

'People are excited to get reacquainted with the facility,' said Dan Romstead, Stallion Mountain's head professional. 'And they are amazed at the excellent conditions we have in such a short time.'

Variety and challenge are two words golfers use most often when they look for a course to play. At Stallion Mountain, players get both -- in a big way.

The golf course winds through a gated community, but it doesn't feel cramped. The wide, rolling fairways offer players generous landing areas, and the large greens are receptive and getting better by the day.

Stallion Mountain G.C. opens with a straightaway par 4 at 428 yards from the tips. Bunkers on the right side will challenge players to keep it left, but a receptive green can give players a good look at birdie. The seventh and eighth, both par 4s, share a huge pond (on the left on the seventh and the right on the eighth) and are two scenic and testing holes. Both require pinpoint accuracy off the tee, with water, bunkers and trees providing the challenges. Beauty and toughness never looked so inviting.

They've definitely saved the best for last at Stallion Mountain. The 17th, a par 3 that reaches 218 yards from the tips, and the 18th, a par 5 that checks in at 566 yards, are everything closing holes should be -- and more.

The 17th plays to a triangular-shaped green with the base of the triangle nestling up against a shimmering pond that guards the front of the green. It's just a step or two from the green to the pond, so take an extra club here because short is not good. There is bailout room to the right of the green, so take that into consideration.

The 18th is a sweeping dogleg right with bunkers guarding the left side off the tee and a pond running down the entire right side. A good drive here sets up the dilemma -- be bold and go for it, or play it safer and lay up. Both shots have their pros and cons. Going for it requires a 3-wood second shot (unless you're a really big hitter) and accuracy is a must because the green, while it's huge, is a small target from about 250 yards out. Laying up also has its perils as the pond right and bunkering left pinch the fairway just short of the green. Solid shots and good thoughts from tee to green just may give players a look at a birdie (or even an eagle) to close out their round.

Stallion Mountain Golf Club: In the clubhouse

Stallion Mountain Golf Club's 38,000-square-foot clubhouse is opulent from the moment you walk through the doors. Whether it's lunch for two, a corporate outing, a wedding for 300 or any other special event, the staff and facility can handle everything from start to finish.

'It's just a beautiful clubhouse, and we've got the room to handle multiple events at one time,' Romstead said.

Stallion Mountain is a semi-private layout that will be capped with a membership of 300. They are at about 80 in the first month of being open, and that has Romstead smiling.

'The golf course is the centerpiece of the community, and we're getting busier with new faces every day,' he said. 'We've got a great facility with great people.'

Stallion Mountain Golf Club: The verdict

If you've never played Stallion Mountain, or if you're a local who remembers it from its heyday, it's definitely a course that should be on your must-play list. With a challenging layout, just enough water, sand and trees to add to the test, rolling fairways and beautiful landscaping, this classic has been brought back to life in a big way.

Forget bells and whistles. This is just good, solid golf on an outstanding course.

'People forget how good a track this golf course is,' Romstead said. 'Combine that with great conditions, great people, great service and great food, and it all adds up to a wonderful experience.'

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Fleetwood rallies to defend Abu Dhabi title

By Will GrayJanuary 21, 2018, 12:48 pm

The 2018 European Tour season has begun just as the 2017 one ended: with Tommy Fleetwood's name atop the standings.

Facing the most difficult conditions of the week, Fleetwood charged down the stretch to shoot a 7-under 65 in the final round of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, good enough for a two-shot win and a successful title defense.

Abu Dhabi was the start of Fleetwood's resurgence a year ago, the first of two European Tour victories en route to the season-long Race to Dubai title. This time around the Englishman started the final round two shots off the lead but rallied with six birdies over his final nine holes to reclaim the trophy.

Fleetwood was five shots behind countryman Ross Fisher when he made the turn, but he birdied the par-5 10th and then added four birdies in a five-hole stretch from Nos. 12-16. The decisive shot came on the final hole, when his pitch from the left rough nestled within a few feet of the hole for a closing birdie.

Fleetwood's 22-under total left him two shots ahead of Fisher and four shots clear of Rory McIlroy and Matthew Fitzpatrick. After entering the week ranked No. 18, Fleetwood is expected to move to at least No. 12 in the world when the new rankings are published.

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Garcia cruises to five-shot win in Singapore

By Associated PressJanuary 21, 2018, 12:10 pm

SINGAPORE - Sergio Garcia played 27 holes on the last day without dropping a shot to win the Singapore Open by five strokes Sunday in an ominous display of his newfound self-belief as he prepares to defend his Masters title.

Still brimming with confidence after claiming his first major title at Augusta National last year, Garcia started his new season with a runaway victory at the Sentosa Golf Club, finishing at 14-under 270.

Returning to the course just after dawn to complete his third round after play was suspended on Saturday because of lightning strikes, Garcia finished his last nine holes in 4 under for a round of 66 to take a one-shot lead into the final round.

With organizers desperate to avert the constant threat of more bad weather and finish the tournament on time, Garcia promptly returned to the first tee shortly after and fired a flawless 3-under 68, cruising to victory with 10 straight pars as his rivals floundered in the stifling humidity.

''It may have looked easy, but it wasn't easy. You still have to hit a lot of good shots out there,'' Garcia said. ''It's always great to start with a win, to do it here at this golf course against a good field in Asia on conditions that weren't easy. Hopefully I can ride on this momentum.''

Garcia's closest rivals at the end were Japan's Satoshi Kodaira (71) and South African Shaun Norris (70). Both birdied the last hole to share second spot but neither was ever close enough on the last day to challenge the leader.

Full-field scores from the Singapore Open

''I could not reach Sergio. I was thinking, 12 or 13 under for the win, but he went beyond that,'' Kodaira said.

Jazz Janewattananond (71) and his fellow Thai Danthai Bonnma (73) finished equal fourth at 8 under, earning themselves a spot in this year's British Open, while American Sean Crocker, who was given an invitation to the event after turning pro late last year, also won a place at Carnoustie by finishing in a tie for sixth.

Garcia made just three bogeys in 72 holes and his victory provided the 38-year-old with the 33rd title of his professional career and his sixth on the Asian Tour.

He has also won three titles in the last 12 months, including the Masters, and his game looks to be in better shape now than it was a year ago.

He credits the Singapore Open as having played a part in toughening him up for Augusta National because of the steamy conditions and the testing stop-start nature of the tournament, which is regularly stopped because of inclement weather.

Although he finished tied for 11th in Singapore a year ago, Garcia won the Dubai Desert Classic the next week and was in peak form when he won the Masters two months later.

"I'm extremely happy with how the week went. It was a tough day and a tough week, with the stopping and going. Fortunately, the weather held on. Still, it was hard to play 27 holes under this heat and I can't wait to get a cold shower,'' Garcia said. ''I came with some good confidence and wishing that I will play well. I hit the ball solid the whole week and didn't miss many shots.''

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Kelly beats Monty with two-shot swing on final hole

By Associated PressJanuary 21, 2018, 3:21 am

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii – Jerry Kelly made an 18-foot birdie putt on the final hole, Colin Montgomerie missed a 6-footer for par and Kelly turned a one-shot deficit into a victory Saturday in the Mitsubishi Electric Championship, the season opener on the PGA Tour Champions.

After Kelly drove it well right into lava rocks on the par-4 16th, leading to bogey and giving Montgomerie the lead, Montgomerie made a mistake with his tee shot on the last, finding a fairway bunker. Montgomerie's approach went over the green and after Kelly converted his birdie, the 54-year-old Scot jammed his par putt well past the hole.

Full-field scores from the Mitsubishi Electric Championship

It was the third win on the over-50 tour for the 51-year-old Kelly, who finished tied for 14th last week at the PGA Tour's Sony Open in Honolulu. That gave him confidence as he hopped over to the Big Island for his tournament debut at Hualalai. The limited-field event includes winners from last season, past champions of the event, major champions and Hall of Famers.

Kelly closed with a 6-under 66 for a three-day total of 18-under 198. Montgomerie shot 69. David Toms shot 67 and finished two shots back, and Miguel Angel Jimenez was another stroke behind after a 66.

Bernhard Langer, defending the first of his seven 2017 titles, closed with a 70 to finish at 10 under.

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Rahm manages frustration, two back at CareerBuilder

By Randall MellJanuary 21, 2018, 1:21 am

Jon Rahm managed the winds and his frustrations Saturday at the CareerBuilder Challenge to give himself a chance to win his fourth worldwide title in the last year.

Rahm’s 2-under-par 70 on the PGA West Stadium Course left him two shots off the lead going into the final round.

“I wasn’t really dealing with the wind that much,” Rahm said of his frustrations. “I was dealing with not being as fluid as I was the last two days.”

Full-field scores from the Career Builder Challenge

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The world’s No. 3 ranked player opened with a 62 at La Quinta Country Club on Thursday and followed it up with a 67 on Friday at PGA West. He made six birdies and four bogeys on the Stadium Course on Saturday.

“The first day, everything was outstanding,” Rahm said. “Yesterday, my driver was a little shaky but my irons shots were perfect. Today, my driver was shaky and my irons shots were shaky. On a course like this, it’s punishing, but luckily on the holes where I found the fairway I was able to make birdies.”

Rahm is projected to move to No. 2 in the world rankings with a finish of sixth or better on Sunday.