Las Vegas golf vacations on four different budgets

By February 9, 2010, 9:30 pm
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LAS VEGAS – Face it, the weather's getting bad in much of the country. That cuts down on the time and places to play golf.

Not in Las Vegas. With sunny skies 300-plus days a year, teeing it up here tomorrow under bright sunshine is as sure a bet as there may be in this gaming-friendly town.

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In these troubled economic times, there's no better value for stay-play-and-eat than Las Vegas. And if your pockets are deep and you're looking for that out-of-this-world golf vacation, Sin City has that too.

Grab a No. 2 pencil and take notes.

A Las Vegas golf trip on $100 per day

At this price the availability of good golf, lodging and meals will surprise you.

The choices are plentiful and include Primm Valley Golf Club (with packages starting at less than $100 for a room and a round of golf the next day on either of two terrific Tom Fazio golf courses. At this price, stay two nights and play both courses).

A few other courses with green fees that fit this category: Rhodes Ranch Golf Club, Las Vegas National G.C., Badlands Golf Club, Black Mountain Golf &Country Club, Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort, Angel Park Golf Club, and many others. One note: Make sure to check tee times and dates for best rates. Obviously you're going to pay less to play on a Tuesday afternoon rather than a Saturday morning.

Another bargain to look into is food. There are various coupons on Web sites and other fronts, many of them the 2-for-1 variety. One of the best buffet deals around might be found at the Excalibur Hotel and Casino (rooms starting at $31 per night) which sports a $29 per day all-you-can-eat pass to their buffet. That's all your meals for one low, low price all day (certain limitations apply).

There are many others, you just need to take the time to scope them out.

A Las Vegas golf trip on $200 per day

At this rate, you've got the chance to stay and play at two of Vegas' finest. This one's almost too impressive to believe. It's Rio Secco Golf Club, a spectacular Rees Jones layout, and the Rio All-Suites Hotel. They are offering a two-night, one round of golf special for $168.20. Throw in a couple of buffets and you're under $200.

For a course as impressive as Rio Secco G.C. (home of the Butch Harmon School of Golf and the Wendy's Three-Tour Challenge), there may not be a better bargain around. (And, as with many other deals in Vegas, times and dates are subject to availability so act quickly on this one).

A Las Vegas golf trip on $1,000 per day

Walters Golf has a deal called the High Roller Golf Package. It includes two nights at Mandalay Bay Resort and two rounds of golf. The courses include Bali Hai Golf Club and Royal Links Golf Club, two stunners. Cost is $599 during the week and $699 on the weekend. A couple of meals at nearby Mandalay Bay and maybe even one at famed Cili at Bali Hai should still keep you under the $1,000.

Las Vegas golf trip: Unlimited budget

Three Las Vegas golf courses jump out at golfers when price isn't an option: Cascata, Shadow Creek and Wynn Las Vegas.

Which is the best? That's up to you to decide as everyone has his or her favorite.

Cascata, linked with Harrah's properties such as Caesars, Harrah's, Bally's and others, sports a price tag of between $350 and $500 depending on season and desired tee times. But there are specials available and this Rees Jones design is a masterpiece and should be on everyone's play list.

Shadow Creek is one of the world's hidden wonders. Secluded from view, this Tom Fazio layout is affiliated with MGM properties. It has a $500 price tag, but don't let that deter you if you're looking for the ultimate golf experience. Simply stay at any MGM property, take the 20-minute limo ride to the course and prepare to be pampered and amazed.

Wynn Las Vegas has sweet suite options (the Salon suite is one of the most impressive around) that will suit any golf traveler. Add in a round of golf at the stunning Wynn Las Vegas and you're spoiling yourself. It's not cheap (the golf is $500), but if you're looking for luxury, you've found it.

In the end, remember to check around. With more than 60 golf courses in the Vegas area and just as many hotel/motel options, the deals are out there.

And after all, even at these great prices, it's nice to save a little money because you've still got to eat and sleep before and after the golf.

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Stock Watch: Spieth searching for putting form

By Ryan LavnerJanuary 16, 2018, 1:50 pm

Each week on GolfChannel.com, we’ll examine which players’ stocks and trends are rising and falling in the world of golf.

RISING

Patton Kizzire (+8%): By today’s accelerated standards, he’s a late bloomer, having reached the Tour at age 29. Well, he seems right at home now, with two wins in his last four starts.

Rory (+7%): Coming off the longest break of his career, McIlroy should have no excuses this year. He’s healthy. Focused. Motivated. It’s go time.

Chris Paisley (+5%): The best part about his breakthrough European Tour title that netted him $192,000? With his wife, Keri, on the bag, he doesn’t have to cut 10 percent to his caddie – she gets the whole thing.

Brooke Henderson (+3%): A seventh-place finish at the Diamond Resorts Invitational doesn’t sound like much for a five-time winner, but this came against the men – on a cold, wet, windy, 6,700-yard track. She might be the most fun player to watch on the LPGA. 

New European Ryder Cuppers (+2%): In something of a Ryder Cup dress rehearsal, newcomers Tommy Fleetwood and Tyrrell Hatton each went undefeated in leading Europe to a come-from-behind victory at the EurAsia Cup. The competition come September will be, um, a bit stiffer.



FALLING

Jordan’s putting (-1%): You can sense his frustration in interviews, and why not? In two starts he leads the Tour in greens in regulation … and ranks 201st (!) in putting. Here’s guessing he doesn’t finish the year there.

Brian Harman’s 2018 Sundays (-2%): The diminutive left-hander now has five consecutive top-10s, and he’s rocketing up the Ryder Cup standings, but you can’t help but wonder how much better the start to his year might have been. In the final pairing each of the past two weeks, he’s a combined 1 under in those rounds and wasn’t much of a factor.

Tom Hoge (-3%): Leading by one and on the brink of a life-changing victory – he hadn’t been able to keep his card each of the past three years – Hoge made an absolute mess of the 16th, taking double bogey despite having just 156 yards for his approach. At least now he’s on track to make the playoffs for the first time.

Predicting James Hahn’s form (-4%): OK, we give up: He’d gone 17 events without a top-15 before his win at Riviera; 12 before his win at Quail Hollow; and seven before he lost on the sixth playoff hole at Waialae. The margins between mediocre play and winning apparently are THAT small.

Barnrat (-5%): Coming in hot with four consecutive top-10s, and one of only two team members ranked inside the top 50 in the world, Kiradech Aphibarnrat didn’t show up at the EurAsia Cup, going 0-3 for the week. In hindsight, the Asian team had no chance without his contributions. 

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Langer not playing to pass Irwin, but he just might

By Tim RosaforteJanuary 16, 2018, 1:40 pm

Bernhard Langer goes back out on tour this week to chase down more than Hale Irwin’s PGA Tour Champions record of 45 career victories. His chase is against himself.

“I’m not playing to beat Hale Irwin’s record,” Langer told me before heading to Hawaii to defend his title at the Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai. “I play golf to play the best I can, to be a good role model, and to enjoy a few more years that are left.”

Langer turned 60 on Aug. 27 and was presented a massage chair by his family as a birthday gift. Instead of reclining (which he does to watch golf and football), he won three more times to close out a seven-win campaign that included three major championships. A year prior, coming off a four-victory season, Langer told me after winning his fourth Charles Schwab Cup that surpassing Irwin’s record was possible but not probable. With 36 career victories and 11 in his last two years, he has changed his tone to making up the nine-tournament difference as “probable.”

“If I could continue a few more years on that ratio, I could get close or pass him,” Langer told me from his home in Boca Raton, Fla. “It will get harder. I’m 60 now. It’s a big challenge but I don’t shy away from challenges.”


Bernhard Langer, Hale Irwin at the 1991 Ryder Cup (Getty Images)


Langer spent his off-season playing the PNC Father/Son, taking his family on a ski vacation at Big Sky in Yellowstone, Montana, and to New York for New Year’s. He ranks himself as a scratch skier, having skied since he was four years old in Germany. The risk of injury is worth it, considering how much he loves “the scenery, the gravity and the speed.”

Since returning from New York, Langer has immersed himself into preparing for the 2018 season. Swing coach Willy Hoffman, who he has worked with since his boyhood days as an as assistant pro in Germany, flew to Florida for their 43rd year of training.

“He’s a straight shooter,” Hoffman told me. “He says, 'Willy, every hour is an hour off my life and we have 24 hours every day.'"

As for Irwin, they have maintained a respectful relationship that goes back to their deciding singles match in the 1991 Ryder Cup. Last year they were brought back to Kiawah Island for a corporate appearance where they reminisced and shared the thought that nobody should ever have to bear what Langer went through, missing a 6-footer on the 18th green. That was 27 years ago. Both are in the Hall of Fame.

"I enjoy hanging out with Hale," Langer says.

Langer’s chase of Irwin’s record is not going to change their legacies. As Hoffman pointed out, “Yes, (Bernhard) is a rich man compared to his younger days. He had no money, no nothing. But today you don’t feel a difference when you talk to him. He’s always on the ground.”

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McIlroy: Ryder Cup won't be as easy as USA thinks

By Ryan LavnerJanuary 16, 2018, 1:18 pm

The Americans have won their past two international team competitions by a combined score of 38-22, but Rory McIlroy isn’t expecting another pushover at the Ryder Cup in September.

McIlroy admitted that the U.S. team will be strong, and that its core of young players (including Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas and Rickie Fowler) will be a force for the next decade. But he told reporters Tuesday at the HSBC Abu Dhabi Championship that course setup will play a significant role.

“If you look at Hazeltine and how they set the course up – big, wide fairways, no rough, pins in the middle of greens – it wasn’t set up for the way the Europeans like to play,” McIlroy said, referring to the Americans’ 17-11 victory in 2016. “I think Paris will be a completely different kettle of fish, so different.”

At every Ryder Cup, the home team has the final say on course setup. Justin Rose was the most outspoken about the setup at Hazeltine, saying afterward that it was “incredibly weak” and had a “pro-am feel.” 

And so this year’s French Open figures to be a popular stop for European Tour players – it’s being held once again at Le Golf National, site of the matches in September. Tommy Fleetwood won last year’s event at 12 under.

“I’m confident,” McIlroy said. “Everything being all well and good, I’ll be on that team and I feel like we’ll have a really good chance.

“The Americans have obviously been buoyant about their chances, but it’s never as easy as that. The Ryder Cup is always close. It always comes down to a few key moments, and it will be no different in Paris. I think we’ll have a great team and it definitely won’t be as easy as they think it’s going to be.” 

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Floodlights may be used at Dubai Desert Classic

By Ryan LavnerJanuary 16, 2018, 12:44 pm

No round at next week’s Dubai Desert Classic will be suspended because of darkness.

Tournament officials have installed state-of-the-art floodlighting around the ninth and 18th greens to ensure that all 132 players can finish their round.

With the event being moved up a week in the schedule, the European Tour was initially concerned about the amount of daylight and trimmed the field to 126 players. Playing under the lights fixed that dilemma.

“This is a wonderful idea and fits perfectly with our desire to bring innovation to our sport,” European Tour chief executive Keith Pelley said. “No professional golfer ever wants to come back the following morning to complete a round due to lack of daylight, and this intervention, should it be required, will rule out that necessity.”

Next week’s headliners include Rory McIlroy, Sergio Garcia and Henrik Stenson.