Watching the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open at the TPC Summerlin makes me think that a golf vacation to Las Vegas might not be such a bad thing. It’s amazing to me that we have the technology and money to turn vast desert expanses into oases of green for the express purpose of playing a game. Thanks to President Obama’s slamming Vegas vacations and the general state of the economy there are some tremendous deals out there. A colleague of mine and his wife flew to Vegas last weekend for less than I spent staying home and taking the boys to a dinner out and a movie. I’m not a gambler—graduate classes in statistics and probability have convinced me that using my money as firestarter is a better use than putting it down on a table game—but I do like the idea of visiting some of those amusement park hotels, such as the Venetian. And I’d naturally play a round or two.