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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?”

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 Frys.com 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.

Spanish Trail Country Club

There are many different types of golf courses to choose from when selecting a place for your outing here in Vegas. There is of course our famous desert target courses that spread out all across the valley. There is also a good handful of some traditional courses that more than likely you’d pass up if not for write ups like this.

Spanish Trail Country Club is one of those facilities I’m referring to but in my opinion is worth a consideration. A beautiful course designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. back in 1984 that sits on the South West side of the Las Vegas valley, Spanish Trail Country Club is a step back in time when the glitz and glamour of a golf course was about the course and not the amenities.

There are three nine hole configurations at Spanish Trail, the Sunrise Course, the Canyon Course and the very challenging Lakes Course bring the total to 27 holes of outstanding golf. Three nines gives you three different options for your round or rounds. Most recently, in the pouring rain, I made my way around arguably the most difficult combination the Canyon/Lakes.

With five tee boxes to choose from and distances from 7,116 to 5,705 the course has more than enough variety for the different level players. Be warned though, if you are up for the challenge from the tips the Lakes course is a beast and with very difficult 2nd hole that stretches you out to 601 yards you may have a few choice words for Mr. Jones Jr. after you walk away from the tee. Speak softly though because just around the corner you’ll find one of the many signature holes at Spanish Trail the daunting par 3 3rd hole that will challenge the best players in your group.

The golf course is the star of Spanish Trail Country Club but that by no means is a discredit to the staff and personnel that make your round so enjoyable. The guys in the Pro Shop were a joy to deal with and beyond helpful.

Before your round you’ll find a full service practice facility with a large practice range, a fantastic chipping area that also includes some bunkers for you to work on that aspect of your game and a practice green that rolls near perfect to the greens you’ll encounter on the course.

So if you’re a fan of the more traditional style of golf and haven’t realized that you need to carry a “rock” club with you for the majority of the course you’ll play here in Vegas, consider Spanish Trail Country Club for your next outing. There is some fantastic golf to be played there and I think you’ll enjoy yourself from the 1st tee to the 19th hole.

• Spanish Trail Country Club • 5050 Spanish Trail Lane • Las Vegas, Nevada 89133 •

Shriners Hospitals for Children Open Recap

The Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, or what I more loosely call the “Shriners Open,” wrapped up this past weekend and for the first time since the inception of the FedEx Cup, Las Vegas held a FedEx Cup event. I’m sure the folks over at TPC Summerlin were happy as well when they heard that the Vegas stop was going to be FedEx event, but I doubt they were as excited as I was.

In the weeks leading up to the Shriners I was eagerly anticipating the release of the field. Not being a FedEx points event and a stop on the failed “fall series”, even though it’s consider a premier golf destination, just couldn’t attract the crowd gathering names without having a large check to help reel in the big fish, has struggled to say the least. The crowds have been good and the golf has been great with events like the Jonathan Byrd hole in one during the playoff of 2010 that took place in the dark was amazing and Ryan Moore winning last year in his home city and college was a pleasure to see, but it just didn’t feel like big boy golf if you know what I mean.

Much to my delight the field for this Open did not disappoint. With names most any golf fan would recognize, like Webb Simpson, defending champions Ryan Moore, Kevin Na and Jonathan Byrd, fresh off the Presidents Cup teams were Graham DeLaet, Angel Cabrera, Zach Johnson and of course, Simpson. There was an influx of players that were certainly crowd pleasing as well, with the likes of Kyle Stanley, Ryo Ishikawa, Jhonattan Vegas, Vijay Singh, David Duval, Russell Henley, Nick Watney and Davis Love III.

All those players in the field were fantastic to see but it was some local flair that really added to some of the excitement for the fans. UNLV graduates like Derek Ernst, Kevin Penner (who had a huge following) Charley Hoffman, Chad Campbell, Bill Lunde, Andres Gonzales and Ryan Moore made the Shriners a UNLV showcase for all the great players that have come through the university.

In the end it was a dominating effort from the start for Webb Simpson. Posting rounds of 64, 63, 67, & 66 (260) Simpson cruised to a 6 shot victory earning a well deserved win in the fresh new season of the FedEx Cup race. Looking over the final results I had to feel for players like Andrew Svoboda, Greg Chalmers, Brendon Todd and Carl Petterson who all shot four rounds in the 60s but finished 10 or 11 shots behind Simpson, which is a testament to how well Simpson played.

All in all I’d have to say it was a successful week for the Vegas PGA event and hopefully in the years to come some of the even bigger names on tour will decide that Vegas is worthy event to play in. I long for the days of 1996 when I followed Tiger around Las Vegas National the buzz a player of that caliber along with players like Bubba Watson, Phil Mickelson and Rickie Fowler bring to a tournament is incredible.

Time will tell but for now I’m happy to see the increase of great players being added to field and I’m sure the future is going to be great for Las Vegas and the PGA TOUR.