Category: Nevada

Las Vegas: Where should I play?

There are a lot of things to do in Las Vegas. You can see a show, eat at some of the biggest and best buffets in town, and dance the night away at some of the best nightclubs in the world. I’ve been to Vegas several times, and I rarely gamble… Who has time to gamble when there are so many things to see and do? The next time you are planning a trip to Sin City, consider bringing your golf clubs. There are a of great golf courses in town, but here are our five favorite. Continue reading “Las Vegas: Where should I play?”

Tim Burke wins 2nd World Long Drive title

Tim Burke

I don’t hit the ball very far off the tee. I never have. But as time goes by, technology in clubs and golf balls, and an obsession with overall physical fitness, guys are hitting the ball further and further. I just saw a stat today that Keegan Bradley averaged 301.1 yards in 2014. I hit a drive 300 yards once… It was downhill downwind and I got a good bounce. But it was 300 yards! Anyway, there are some hardcore guys out there that hit the ball even further than that. These guys aren’t on TOUR, but every year they come together for the World Long Drive Championship.

This year Tim Burke won his second title in three years on Wednesday night, defeating Jeremy Easterly with a 394-yard drive in the final match to take the title. 394… I’ve played par 4s shorter than that!

Tim is only 29 and he won in 2013, which played out on a unique stage at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. His final-round drive of 427 yards is the longest ever recorded in the last stage of a World Long Drive Championship. Right?! 427 yards… That is crazy long!

A few years ago I played 18 holes with a guy that works at the Legacy Golf Club in Phoenix, Arizona. He competes in long drive competitions, and I remember one hole I hit a drive as good and as far as I could hit it. He flew his drive a good 100 yards past mine. Funny story… I made birdie. He made bogey. I digress.

Burke commented on his win, saying, “I got dedicated this year; got a little better golf swing, learned how to handle the pressure a little better and everything came together.”

So what does Burke win? Oh, just a cool title belt, think WWE, and $150,000.

Shiners Hospitals for Children Open Preview

Shiners Hospitals for Children Open

The Shiners Hospitals for Children Open is this week at TPC Summerlin in fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada. It’s still hard to believe that the 2015-2016 PGA TOUR season is upon us, but some big names are teeing up this week in Sin City. Rickie Fowler will be in the field this week. He has promised a “more active schedule” this year. Time management is a major concern for TOUR players, and Fowler recently commented on that, saying,”Time management is a big part of playing well out here, when to play, when not to play, and how much off the course to do.” Fowler will start his year this week, and looking at the field, he has a pretty good chance to win.

There aren’t a lot of big names playing this week. Other notables include Martin Laird, Jonas Blixt, Chad Campbell, Graham DeLaet, Davis Love III, Brandt Snedeker and Hunter Mahan. You know… The more I look at the guys playing this week, the more excited I get. Of course, last week, the Open ended in a playoff with two guys that normally don’t produce a lot of headlines. It was fun seeing Emiliano Grillo win… It was his first TOUR event and he punched a ticket to play in the Masters Tournament. To keep things interesting, both Emiliano and Kevin Na are in the field this week.

Regardless who wins this week, the winner will walk away with $1,152,000 and 500 FedExCup points.

The Shriners Hospitals for Children Open has been a Las Vegas tradition since Fuzzy Zoeller won the event in 1983. I was born in 1983… Think about that for a second. The mission to support world class pediatric care offer countless opportunities for fans and players alike to start their own traditions with us.

I will be watching this weekend and the tournament will be live on NBC Sports all weekend long. If I wasn’t playing golf this weekend, I might skip over to Vegas for some PGA TOUR action. Tiger isn’t in the field, but it promises to be an exciting weekend of professional golf.

18 Holes with The Caddy Girls

The Caddy Girls

I’ve never played golf with a caddy… Yet. I am planning a trip to Bandon Dunes, and they require golfers to take a caddy. But I recently had the chance to meet a caddy… Not your average caddy. This caddy was a girl. She works for The Caddy Girls. The Caddy Girls offer a unique experience, and promise a fun way to spend the day on the links. The girls are experienced and professional, and for lack of a better word, cute. I think that is part of their schtick, though. I mean, you can learn more about modeling services on their website, and even order a 2015 calendar featuring some of The Caddy Girls. Like I said, I’ve never used a caddy before, but after finding this organization, I might have to change that.

I sat down with Meghan Tarmey to learn more about The Caddy Girls and what golfers can expect when looking to hire them.

What exactly are The Caddy Girls?
We are an all-female professional golf caddying company. We mostly forecaddie, but can carry clubs. We also specialize in staffing events with our girls as models, bartenders, tradeshow assistants etc.!

You are in several states including Arizona, Nevada, California and Florida. Are you looking to expand into more states in the future?
Yes, we plan to take it to as many markets as possible and have been expanding every day.

How many girls work for The Caddy Girls?
We have over 250 on our roster currently.

Do the girls have to golf, too?
Not a requirement, but a huge bonus! Some have never picked up a club when they apply. A few months in they are in love with the game and trying out golf themselves!

What about The Caddy Guys?
Same business model… Different gender! We do caddy for females too, and have in the past especially at tournaments. One day we should add some men to the team!

I want to hire a caddy. What is the process for that and how much will it cost?
The rate would be between $149 and $169 depending on the location, golf market, and how many caddies you hire. You call us, or email, or go to our site and we can book all of your tee times or golf packages for you, or you can forward them to us. From there we book your caddy and she will be at the bag drop!

Are there courses that you don’t work with The Caddy Girls?  
Some private courses or courses that have in house caddies will not allow us. Overall we can caddy at most public golf courses in all of our markets.

What is your favorite course in Arizona?
My personal favorite is Grayhawk Golf Club – friendly staff, gorgeous course and I’m EXTREMELY fond of that bar that overlooks the course and you can grab a delicious margarita and hit the driving range out front.

Tell me more about the calendar.
This year was our first year we decided to “GO ALL IN!” and we flew 13 caddies to Bimini, Bahamas for our first ever international destination calendar shoot. Our sponsors (Traditional Golf Packages out of Williamsburg, Virginia and Resorts World Bimini) came through and helped this happen. The final result is amazing and we had a blast on that island (they only drive golf carts – it was perfect!)

What can I buy in The Caddy gift shop?
We have some schwag – tees, balls, koozies, calendars and ball markers. We will be expanding our merchandise line in 2015!

You have a website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Who manages all of those social media accounts?
Mostly me! But several of our girls help out, like our marketing director Jessica Walters and Alyssa Derr (also they caddy!)

What’s next for The Caddy Girls?
We just signed the lease for our very first office! It will be the official home base, caddy headquarters and meeting place for our “champagne Wednesdays!”