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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Perez skips Torrey, 'upset' with Ryder Cup standings

By Will GrayJanuary 24, 2018, 2:19 am

Pat Perez is unhappy about his standing on the U.S. Ryder Cup points list, and his situation won't improve this week.

Perez won the CIMB Classic during the fall portion of this season, and he followed that with a T-5 finish at the inaugural CJ Cup. But he didn't receive any Ryder Cup points for either result because of a rule enacted by the American task force prior to the 2014 Ryder Cup which only awards points during the calendar year of the biennial matches as well as select events like majors and WGCs during the prior year.

As a result, Perez is currently 17th in the American points race - behind players like Patrick Reed, Zach Johnson, Bill Haas and James Hahn, none of whom have won a tournament since the 2016 Ryder Cup - as he looks to make a U.S. squad for the first time at age 42.

"That kind of upset me a little bit, the fact that I'm (17) on the list, but I should probably be (No.) 3 or 4," Perez told Golf Digest. "So it kind of put a bitter taste in my mouth. The fact that you win on the PGA Tour and you beat some good players, yet you don't get any points because of what our committee has decided to do."

Perez won't be earning any points this week because he has opted to tee it up at the European Tour's Omega Dubai Desert Classic. The decision comes after Perez finished T-21 last week at the Singapore Open, and it means that the veteran is missing the Farmers Insurance Open in his former hometown of San Diego for the first time since 2001.

Perez went to high school a few minutes from Torrey Pines, and he defeated a field that included Tiger Woods to win the junior world title on the South Course in 1993. His father, Tony, has been a longtime starter on the tournament's opening hole, and Perez was a runner-up in 2014 and tied for fourth last year.

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Woods favored to miss Farmers Insurance Open cut

By Will GrayJanuary 24, 2018, 1:54 am

If the Las Vegas bookmakers are to be believed, folks in the San Diego area hoping to see Tiger Woods this week might want to head to Torrey Pines early.

Woods is making his first competitive start of the year this week at the Farmers Insurance Open, and it will be his first official start on the PGA Tour since last year's event. He missed nearly all of 2017 because of a back injury before returning with a T-9 finish last month at the Hero World Challenge.

But the South Course at Torrey Pines is a far different test than Albany, and the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook lists Woods as a -180 favorite to miss the 36-hole cut. It means bettors must wager $180 to win $100, while his +150 odds to make the cut mean a bettor can win $150 with a $100 wager.

Woods is listed at 25/1 to win. He won the tournament for the seventh time in 2013, but in three appearances since he has missed the 36-hole cut, missed the 54-hole cut and withdrawn after 12 holes.

Here's a look at the various Woods-related prop bets available at the Westgate:

Will Woods make the 36-hole cut? Yes +150, No -180

Lowest single-round score (both courses par 72): Over/Under 70

Highest single-round score: Over/Under 74.5

Will Woods finish inside the top 10? Yes +350, No -450

Will Woods finish inside the top 20? Yes +170, No -200

Will Woods withdraw during the tournament? Yes +650, No -1000

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Monahan buoyed by Tour's sponsor agreements

By Rex HoggardJanuary 24, 2018, 12:27 am

SAN DIEGO – Farmers Insurance announced on Tuesday at Torrey Pines a seven-year extension of the company’s sponsorship of the Southern California PGA Tour event. This comes on the heels of Sony extending its sponsorship of the year’s first full-field event in Hawaii through 2022.

Although these might seem to be relatively predictable moves, considering the drastic makeover of the Tour schedule that will begin with the 2018-19 season, it is a telling sign of the confidence corporations have in professional golf.

“It’s a compliment to our players and the value that the sponsors are achieving,” Tour commissioner Jay Monahan said.

Monahan said that before 2014 there were no 10-year title sponsorship agreements in place. Now there are seven events sponsored for 10-years, and another five tournaments that have agreements in place of at least seven years.

“What it means is, it gives organizations like the Century Club [which hosts this week’s Farmers Insurance Open], when you have that level of stability on a long-term basis that allows you to invest in your product, to grow interest and to grow the impact of it,” Monahan said. “You experienced what this was like in 2010 or seen other tournaments that you don’t know what the future is.S o to go out and sell and inspire a community and you can’t state that we have a long-term agreement it’s more difficult.”

Events like this year’s Houston Open, Colonial in Fort Worth, Texas, and The National all currently don’t have title sponsors – although officials at Colonial are confident they can piece together a sponsorship package. But even that is encouraging to Monahan considering the uncertainty surrounding next season’s schedule, which will include the PGA Championship moving to May and The Players to March as well as a pre-Labor Day finish to the season.

“When you look back historically to any given year [the number of events needing sponsors] is lower than the typical average,” Monahan said. “As we start looking to a new schedule next year, you get excited about a great schedule with a great group of partners.”

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Day WDs from Farmers pro-am because of sore back

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 24, 2018, 12:07 am

SAN DIEGO – Jason Day has withdrawn from the Wednesday pro-am at the Farmers Insurance Open, citing a sore back.

Day, the 2015 champion, played a practice round with Tiger Woods and Bryson DeChambeau on Tuesday at Torrey Pines, and he is still expected to play in the tournament.

Day was replaced in the pro-am by Whee Kim. 

Making his first start since the Australian Open in November, Day is scheduled to tee off at 1:30 p.m. ET Thursday alongside Jon Rahm and Brandt Snedeker.