Well Traveled Golfer
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- Golf March Madness at Historic Las Vegas National
- The Mesquite Amateur Celebrates 15th Anniversary
- Paradise Found: Lana’i
- Desert Willow’s Firecliff Course Re-Opens Following Bunker Renovation
Golf March Madness at Historic Las Vegas National
When Tiger Woods shot a 1-under par 70 at Las Vegas National Golf Club during one of his rounds en route to winning his first PGA Tour event, the 1996 Las Vegas Invitational, there was no such thing as a GolfBoard.
But now there is, and the perfect time and place to try one out is at the National course in Las Vegas during college basketball March Madness, which begins this week and runs throughout the month.
Las Vegas National Golf Club is perfectly located minutes from the Las Vegas Strip and is offering a special March Madness deal, which includes your tee time, cart and a free set of TaylorMade rental clubs. There are several college basketball conference tournaments being played in Las Vegas so if your favorite team is here – and there are several from the Pacific Northwest playing in Vegas – be sure to make a tee time at National and experience Vegas history and future all at the same time.
“Our history dates back to the LPGA Tour championship in 1961 and runs all the way through Tiger Woods winning in 1996,” says Coy Wood, general manager of the famed club. “Our course has also hosted the Tournament of Champions. But not only do we have that amazing history, we are always looking forward and offering guests quality conditions, top-level service and unique elements such as the GolfBoard, the Las Vegas Golf Hall of Fame exhibit and much more. Another unique element here is that the movie “Casino” was filmed at our course, with the plane landing here, and guests can see the house just off the first fairway that was used in the movie. We will also show the basketball games on TV in the Rat Pack Bar & Grill and offer drink and food specials throughout the month.”
Las Vegas National is an oasis-style course featuring hundreds of mature pine trees and some of the most challenging par-3 holes and a memorable finishing hole. The staff at National is ready to welcome you and your group today, so make your reservation now and experience the history, present and future of Las Vegas golf, all wrapped up into one course.
Visit www.LasVegasNational.com for tee times or call 866.695.1961.
The Mesquite Amateur Celebrates 15th Anniversary
Attracting golfers from around the country, the Mesquite Amateur is the second largest amateur golf tournament in the nation. Presented by Mesquite Gaming, the competition celebrates its 15th anniversary this year and is anticipating over 600 players.
The event consists of a 54-hole, net, stroke-play tournament with five different age divisions. Participants compete against a field of players with a similar handicap. The tournament takes place over three days and features an award-winning seven-course lineup with challenging styles of desert, arroyo, vista and canyon play.
The captivating lineup includes the CasaBlanca Golf Club, featuring an 18-hole, 7,011-yard championship course designed by Cal Olson; Falcon Ridge Golf Club, which boasts a 6,550-yard par 71 desert layout with several elevated tee shots from high plateaus; the Palms Golf Club; the Canyons Course at Oasis Golf Club, an 18-hole, par 71 course; Coyote Springs, a Jack Nicklaus Signature Course with a challenging par 72, 7,471-yard layout; the Arnold Palmer-designed Palmer Course at Oasis Golf Club; and the Gary Panks-designed Conestoga Golf Club.
Winners are chosen by first comparing a three-day cumulative score. From there, the top four participants from each flight compete in the 18-hole championship round at the CasaBlanca Golf Club. Nick Page of Montgomery, Texas took home the first place trophy in 2016.
Each year the Mesquite Amateur also awards one Virgin Valley High School senior with a scholarship in memory of Bruce King, a late golfer who participated in the first 10 years of the tournament. Jackelyn Rivera, the 2016 award recipient, received a $3,000 check toward her university of choice with an additional $2,000 distributed during her college career.
The entry fee for the tournament is $525 before March 31, 2017 and includes a Tee Gift with $100 credit to TaylorMade Mobile Pro Shop, three rounds of golf at various courses, admission to all special events and nightly dinners, special tournament participation, and the chance to play in the final championship round.
The competition includes nightly dinner parties and raffle prizes. Each night is different, ranging from cuisine prepared by local area chefs to a full dinner buffet with cocktails. Special events throughout the week include Cigars Under the Stars, the Mesquite Amateur Wine Luncheon, and the championship dinner where the final awards and trophies are presented.
The Mesquite Amateur will take place May 29-June 2, 2017 and sponsors include TaylorMade, The Mesquite Resort Association, Callaway Golf, Southern Wine & Spirits of Nevada and the City of Mesquite.
To register and for more information, visit www.mesquiteamateur.com.
Mesquite Gaming includes Virgin River Hotel/Casino/Bingo and CasaBlanca Resort-Casino-Golf-Spa. A premier golf destination, Mesquite Gaming owns and operates The Palms Golf Club and CasaBlanca Golf Club. Combined, the two properties feature 1,186 guest rooms, 76,000 square-feet of casino space, with 1,600 slot machines and 36 gaming tables, 70,000 square-feet of meeting and convention space including an outdoor entertainment venue.
Paradise Found: Lana’i
The Four Seasons Resort Lana’i and its spectacular Manele Golf Course is the authentic Hawaiian vacation experience
Located just a few miles west of Maui, the pristine island of Lana’i is an unspoiled paradise of spectacular sea coast and enchanting highland forest. The island is 98 percent privately owned, providing a sense of uncrowded natural calm unique within the Hawaiian Islands.
A land of pine forests, rolling hills, red lava cliffs and wide sandy beaches, Lana’i embodies the spirit of old Hawaii, allowing visitors to connect with the island’s culture and explore its endlessly beautiful landscape exactly as you wish.
Lana’i is just 13 miles wide and 18 miles long, with ground elevations varying from sea level to more than 3,400 feet. The central landscape offers mist-shrouded mountains and forests of Cook Island pines where wild deer roam freely. The coastline is ringed by secluded white-sand beaches, rugged red lava cliffs and crystal-clear waters.
A place of deep cultural significance, Lana’i features many historic sites, old fishing villages and unique topographical attractions. The island’s only community is the quaint plantation town of Lana’i City, with a full-time population of just 3,000.
For nearly a century, Lana’i was home to Hawaii’s largest pineapple plantation and was known as the Pineapple Island for its fields of golden pineapples. James Dole turned Lana’i into a pineapple plantation in 1922, and it eventually grew to produce three quarters of the world’s pineapples. The plantation closed in the 1980s, and the island has since emerged as one of the world’s most idyllic vacation destinations.
Now, in this paradise, the Four Seasons Resort Lana’i offers world-class island-wide relaxation and recreation, from off-roading to sporting clays, horseback riding and helicopter tours to snorkel sails.
Re-opened in February 2016 after a complete multi-million dollar renovation, the resort is again among the finest resorts in Hawaii, already achieving the prestigious AAA Five Diamond status in June 2016. Four Seasons Resort Lana’i is located on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean and Hulopo’e Bay, a marine sanctuary that’s a playground to spinner dolphins and humpback whales.
Inspired by Hawaii’s diverse influences, the redesigned interiors feature walls of teak and zebra wood edging artisan-produced Nepalese Lokta paper and mahogany floors laid with wool hand-woven area rugs. Fully integrated and intuitive lighting, temperature, service, and privacy controls offer a highly responsive in- room technology experience that also includes a 75-inch, platinum bezel LED television panel, in-room iPad Airs, wearable key wristbands that allow guests maximum flexibility, and more.
Among the resort’s many amenities is the award-winning Jack Nicklaus Signature Manele Golf Course. The visually stunning layout is painted in a rainbow of colors, from black lava outcroppings to red cliffs that tumble toward the blue sea, to the pristine white sand bunkers that dot the verdant green coastline.
Every hole provides spectacular ocean views, while the 18th is known for views of dolphins in the bay. Built on lava outcroppings, the course features three cliff-top holes that use the Pacific Ocean as a water hazard. Five tees allow the course to be enjoyed by all skill levels while presenting a formidable test to the best players. Tee shots over natural gorges and ravines must be precise.
Opened in 1993, the course rolls over dramatic, unspoiled natural terrain, and every hole promises majestic ocean views. In winter months, the course’s fairways are among the best vantage points for spectacular sightings of whales making their annual migration.
Desert Willow’s Firecliff Course Re-Opens Following Bunker Renovation
Desert Willow Golf Resort in Palm Desert, Calif. is proud to announce the completion of an extensive bunker renovation on its award-winning Firecliff golf course . Firecliff reopened on October 24, 2016 to rave reviews. The project included new drainage, liners and new sand for all the bunkers, improving overall playability and conditions of the golf course.
The modifications were made under the direction Dr. Michael Hurdzan, one of the course’s original designers, to maintain the integrity of the original course design. All the bunker complexes were modified, and new bunkers were added in some areas while some removed bunkers from other areas. This renovation is the first of a multi-phase renovation planned for the Firecliff course. Future phases will include tee box and green renovations as well as turf reduction.
“This project is a testament to the commitment to excellence and the long-term sustainability of the resort,” said General Manager Derek White. “We are proud to partner with the City of Palm Desert, which has re-invested in the well-being of this community amenity.” PGA Head Professional Ryan Szydlowski said, “Our most loyal guests will notice a significant change to Firecliff’s bunker conditions. Accomplished players will have the poise to get aggressive with their shot selection and the rest of us will have more confidence we can get out in one try. Aside from playability, the new bunkers have refreshed the appearance of every hole. We can’t wait for our guests to visit this season!”
Prior to the renovation, the Firecliff course was considered one of the best public golf facilities in the California desert region, and was recently ranked by Golfweek magazine as No. 29 in the “Best Municipal Course in the Country” category.
Desert Willow Golf Resort is owned by the City of Palm Desert, and is also home of the Mountain View course and The Terrace at Desert Willow restaurant featuring some of the best outdoor dining for breakfast and lunch in the Coachella Valley.
For more information visit www.desertwillow.com, call (760) 346-7060 or visit the Golf Shop.