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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Storms halt Barbasol before Lincicome tees off

By Associated PressJuly 20, 2018, 11:29 pm

NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. - Brittany Lincicome will have to wait until the weekend to resume her bid to make the cut in a PGA Tour event.

Overnight storms delayed the start of the second round Friday in the Barbasol Championship, and an afternoon thunderstorm suspended competition for good. The round will resume Saturday morning with much of the field still to play.

The second stoppage at Champions Trace at Keene Trace Golf Club came 20 minutes before Lincicome's scheduled tee time.

Lincicome was near the bottom of the field after opening with a 6-over 78 on Thursday. The first LPGA player since Michelle Wie in 2008 to start a PGA Tour event, she needs a huge rebound to join Babe Zaharias (1945) as the only female players to make the cut.

Troy Merritt had the clubhouse lead at 15 under, following an opening 62 with a 67.

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Third-round tee times for the 147th Open

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 20, 2018, 9:05 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Eighteen major champions made the cut at The Open and will be playing the weekend at Carnoustie, including 60-year-old ageless wonder Bernhard Langer, and both major champs so far this year, Patrick Reed and Brooks Koepka.

Twenty-four-year-old Gavin Green will be first off solo Saturday at 4:15 a.m. ET. Reed and Rhys Enoch will follow along 10 minutes later.


Full-field scores from the 147th Open Championship

Full coverage of the 147th Open Championship


Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods, both at even par for the tournament, six shots behind leaders Zach Johnson and Kevin Kisner, are in consecutive groups. Mickelson is playing with Austin Cook at 8:05 a.m. and Woods is with South Africa’s Shaun Norris at 8:15 a.m.

Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler, both three shots off the lead, are also in consecutive groups. Fowler is at 10 a.m. with Thorbjorn Olesen and Spieth is 10 minutes later with Kevin Chappell. Rory McIlroy, looking to win his first major since the 2014 PGA Championship, is at 10:40 a.m. with Xander Schauffele. McIlroy is two shots behind.

Johnson and Kisner are last off at 11 a.m.

4:15AM ET: Gavin Green

4:25AM ET: Rhys Enoch, Patrick Reed

4:35AM ET: Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Justin Rose

4:45AM ET: Yusaku Miyazato, Tyrrell Hatton

4:55AM ET: Ross Fisher, Keegan Bradley

5:05AM ET: Ryan Fox, Jason Dufner

5:15AM ET: Bryson DeChambeau, Henrik Stenson

5:25AM ET: Tom Lewis, Sam Locke (a)

5:35AM ET: Paul Casey, Chris Wood

5:45AM ET: Bernhard Langer, Rafa Cabrera Bello

6:00AM ET: Paul Dunne, Brett Rumford

6:10AM ET: Masahiro Kawamura, Shubhankar Sharma

6:20AM ET: Cameron Smith, Brendan Steele

6:30AM ET: Marc Leishman, Lee Westwood

6:40AM ET: Byeong Hun An, Kevin Na

6:50AM ET: Julian Suri, Adam Hadwin

7:00AM ET: Gary Woodland, Si-Woo Kim

7:10AM ET: Yuta Ikeda, Satoshi Kodaira

7:20AM ET: Marcus Kinhult, Thomas Pieters

7:30AM ET: Beau Hossler, Haotong Li

7:45AM ET: Cameron Davis, Sean Crocker

7:55AM ET: Louis Oosthuizen, Stewart Cink

8:05AM ET: Phil Mickeslon, Austin Cook

8:15AM ET: Tiger Woods, Shaun Norris

8:25AM ET: Lucas Herbert, Michael Kim

8:35AM ET: Jason Day, Francesco Molinari

8:45AM ET: Sung Kang, Webb Simpson

8:55AM ET: Patrick Cantlay, Eddie Pepperell

9:05AM ET: Matthew Southgate, Brooks Koepka

9:15AM ET: Kyle Stanley, Adam Scott

9:30AM ET: Charley Hoffman, Alex Noren

9:40AM ET: Ryan Moore, Brandon Stone

9:50AM ET: Luke List, Danny Willett

10:00AM ET: Thorbjorn Olesen, Rickie Fowler

10:10AM ET: Jordan Spieth, Kevin Chappell

10:20AM ET: Zander Lombard, Tony Finau

10:30AM ET: Matt Kuchar, Erik Van Rooyen

10:40AM ET: Rory McIlroy, Xander Schauffele

10:50AM ET: Pat Perez, Tommy Fleetwood

11:00AM ET: Kevin Kisner, Zach Johnson

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Facial hair Fowler's new good-luck charm

By Rex HoggardJuly 20, 2018, 8:12 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Before, during and after the Fourth of July, Rickie Fowler missed a few appointments with his razor.

He arrived in the United Kingdom for last week’s Scottish Open still unshaved and he tied for sixth place. Fowler, like most golfers, can give in to superstition, so he's decided to keep the caveman look going for this week’s Open Championship.

“There could be some variations,” he smiled following his round on Friday at Carnoustie.


Full-field scores from the 147th Open Championship

Full coverage of the 147th Open Championship


At this rate, he may never shave again. Fowler followed an opening 70 with a 69 on Friday to move into a tie for 11th place, just three strokes off the lead.

Fowler also has some friendly competition in the beard department, with his roommate this week Justin Thomas also going for the rugged look.

“I think he kind of followed my lead in a way. I think he ended up at home, and he had a little bit of scruff going. It's just fun,” Fowler said. “We mess around with it. Obviously, not taking it too seriously. But like I said, ended up playing halfway decent last week, so I couldn't really shave it off going into this week.”

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Spieth (67) rebounds from tough Round 1 finish

By Ryan LavnerJuly 20, 2018, 7:55 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Guess whose putter is starting to heat up again at a major?

Even with a few wayward shots Friday at Carnoustie, Jordan Spieth made a significant climb up the leaderboard in the second round, firing a 4-under 67 to move just three shots off the lead.

Spieth showed his trademark grit in bouncing back from a rough finish Thursday, when he mis-clubbed on the 15th hole, leading to a double bogey, and ended up playing the last four holes in 4 over.

“I don’t know if I actually regrouped,” he said. “It more kind of fires me up a little.”


Full-field scores from the 147th Open Championship

Full coverage of the 147th Open Championship


Spieth missed more than half of his fairways in the second round, but he was able to play his approach shots from the proper side of the hole. Sure, he “stole a few,” particularly with unlikely birdies on Nos. 10 and 11 after errant drives, but he took advantage and put himself in position to defend his claret jug.

Spieth needed only 25 putts in the second round, and he credited a post-round adjustment Thursday for the improvement. The tweak allows his arms to do more of the work in his stroke, and he said he felt more confident on the greens.

“It’s come a long way in the last few months, no doubt,” he said.

More than anything, Spieth was relieved not to have to play “cut-line golf” on Friday, like he’s done each start since his spirited run at the Masters.

“I know that my swing isn’t exactly where I want it to be; it’s nowhere near where it was at Birkdale,” he said. “But the short game is on point, and the swing is working in the right direction to get the confidence back.”