While The Golf Guy and 'Birdie' Bailey Mosier can argue opposing sides of most topics, on Las Vegas they simply must agree – the Entertainment Capital of the World has it all. In this edition of He Said/She Said, they share their perfect Vegas weekend in light of this week's Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.
By The Golf Guy
I’m going to Vegas to spend the week at the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open? And I need to have a game plan? Well, let me count the ways ...
First off, let it be known that I love Vegas. Yet at the same time let it be known that I hate Vegas. Actually, the hatred is more like I’m scared of Vegas. A city that has based its reputation on the slogan, 'What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas,' doesn’t seem to realize that anything strange or very unusual that happens there will unfortunately stay in your own mind. So that slogan just isn’t that comforting.
That said, going to Vegas for a golf tournament can actually help anyone keep the stupidity level to a minimum. Why? Because golf is a 'gentleman’s game,' one that offers up the 'golf clap,' and a sport that requires people to call penalties on themselves. Possible case in point: “Man, you are one hot babe, would you like to come back to my room and do some night putting?” Right then and there, you realize you are a golfer and quickly call a two-stroke penalty on yourself and let the lady play through and not bother her anymore.
As for a Sin City itinerary the week of the JT SHO, this is The Golf Guy’s fool-proof plan:
• Play some golf at Bali Hai. The location and convenience is hard to beat – right on the strip. It’s a beautiful course, and if you can handle airplane noise – and unfortunately there is a lot of it – you will save yourself plenty of time in having to drive to many of the courses far from the strip.
• This is a must: the Bellagio water show. That might sound strange coming from The Golf Guy, but hearing Andrea Bocelli sing 'Time to say goodbye' to the amazing water show warms my heart. Much like standing on a tee box during a late afternoon round with good friends, with the sun going down and the shadows stretching over the fairway.
• Wanna see a Vegas show? Well, do me a favor and skip all the foolishness and just go to a comedy show. There’s always a big-name comic in town and it’s always worth the salty price of admission. There are options as well. My favorite when it comes to affordability? George Wallace at the Flamingo. He’s freaking hilarious.
• Spend at least a few hours playing the Wheel of Fortune slot machine. I used to think slot machines were for water show-watching sissies, but this slot machine is highly addictive. Let’s just say, when you finally win a free spin of the wheel, and you hear ‘Wheel … of … Fortune,” blaring out the speakers, you can’t help but get completely giddy.
• I know most of you are waiting for me to suggest going to a gentleman’s club. My friends tell me it can be fun. But I wouldn’t know. OK, I’m lying. It is fun. And weird. Well, kinda like Vegas as a whole.
• Oh, last thing: Go to the actual Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. Like the title sponsor suggests, the least you can do is drag your hungover self out to the course and help support a wonderful cause. And it's a perfect 'killing two birds with one stone' situation: You help a worthy charity and you can start getting your base on for the ensuing wild evening.
By 'Birdie' Bailey Mosier
You can’t go wrong with Vegas. Take it from the girl who grew up there – yours truly – it really does have all the glam, glitz and appeal you think it does.
I often get asked the question, “What was it like growing up in Vegas?” to which I respond the same way every time: “It’s just as much fun as you imagine it to be.”
Vegas has it all. Warm weather, great golf and good-looking cart girls. Food, flair and nightlife. Shows, casinos and shopping. Anything you want at any hour of the day.
Whether you live there or you’re lucky enough to be visiting this week for the PGA Tour stop – the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open – you’re guaranteed to leave happy even if you leave empty-handed.
So what would 'Birdie' do if she were there this weekend to take in the fun and the sun? Let me share some local knowledge on all the best Las Vegas has to offer.
Golf: I would certainly head out to TPC Summerlin to catch some of the PGA Tour action. Walk the course and get some exercise, or find some shade and pop open a beer as you watch the world’s finest go low at the TPC. If you can sneak in a round or two of your own, my recommendations are Rio Secco – a Rees Jones design – and any one of the three courses at the Paiute Indian Reservation located northwest of the strip. I've grazed many fairways of the 100-plus golf courses in Vegas, and Rio Secco and Paiute top my list every time.
Eats: The best steak I’ve ever had was at the SW Steakhouse inside the Wynn. Pricey, by some standards, but you’re in Vegas for Pete’s sake. Splurge. Trust me, this is one meal you won’t regret.
Drinks: They don’t call it the 'coolest' bar on the strip by accident. The Minus 5 bar located inside the Mandalay Bay is one of my favorite spots. You enter what is essentially a giant freezer where the temperature is kept at minus 5 degrees Celsius (23 degrees Fahrenheit) and are given coats and mittens to help withstand the chill. It’s a fun change of pace to your otherwise typical loud, crazy bar scene and it’s worth trying at least once.
Shopping: Yes, I had to throw this one in for all the ladies and, whether you know it or not, for all you men out there, too. The Fashion Show Mall off of Las Vegas Blvd. and Spring Mountain has every store you could possibly dream up. From designer labels to feel-good brands, this mall will keep the ladies occupied for hours and will give the men some time to themselves. Which brings me to …
Gambling: Another question I get asked all the time is whether or not people who live in Vegas gamble all the time. The answer is no. Not all the time. We have jobs and other hobbies, too. But when the occasion calls for gambling, the must-play game for me is craps. I love the energy and excitement of getting an entire table full of people involved. It’s true you can lose big and lose quickly at the craps table, but when it’s hot, there’s no greater gamble.
I could go on and on about all the gems Las Vegas holds, but instead I may go pack my suitcase and head to the City of Sin. It’s been far too long since this West Coast girl painted that town red.