The Shriners Makes Me Want To Go To Vegas

imageWatching 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.

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  1. I played several rounds of golf in the Las Vagas area several years ago (Paiute-Sun, TPC Canyons, Las Vegas National).  One might get a great airfare and hotel deal but generally the golf is fairly expensive.

    I found the courses to be good but not inspiring.  Desert courses are much like links-style courses except there is ugly scrub, rocks, and cactus in place of grass and gorse covered dunes. My preference is a more natural course (seaside or parkland) over the manufactured ones in the desert.


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