For those of us familiar with the golf scene in Las Vegas, it’s a tremendous challenge to operate courses these days. Play is down, and attracting golfers to a facility is tough.
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Every year, the PGA Fashion and Demo Experience comes to Las Vegas. PGA and industry professionals meetmet for three days — Aug. 15-17 — about golf education, instructional workshops from experts and networking opportunities.
Old has become new again with a recently renovated Las Vegas course. In summer 2012, a devastating storm pounded east Las Vegas and destroyed dozens of homes and businesses. One of those businesses was Desert Rose Golf Course
Connecting to Topgolf’s corporate headquarters press department to arrange a story at its new flagship location in Las Vegas, 4627 Koval Lane, was tougher than I thought it would be. So I headed down the corner of Harmon Avenue and Koval Lane to check it out under cover. Getting there was extremely easy. Topgolf is behind the MGM Grand with the entrance off Koval Lane.
North Star Golf Course in Fairbanks, Ala., at 64 degrees and 89 minutes is the northernmost USGA-sanctioned golf course in North America.
I was very interested when I heard Golf Summerlin had hired a consultant to give the three golf courses — Palm Valley, Highland Falls and Eagle Crest — a comprehensive review of Sun City’s three golf operations.
What exactly is an executive golf course? To find the answer, I turned to Donny Long, director of golf at Golf Summerlin, for his definition of an executive golf course.
Right up front, I want you to know that I lean conservative. But at times, you have to be one-off. Take a chance. Explore new venues. Get out of Dodge, so to speak.
Why do golfers have fun playing the game? Is it just the fact of being on a golf course?
Let's get the essentials out of the way. The day of golf started at 8 a.m.
We all know what oxymorons are, and we probably have had some good chuckles over them. You know: jumbo shrimp, job security, business ethics, cafeteria food, government assistance, and my favorite, living dead.
Fifteen years ago, I moved to Las Vegas for a job transfer. Two weeks in, my new boss said, "Let's go play golf. I have a favorite course." That was my introduction to Desert Pines Golf Club.
It's always a good thing when you enter a golf show and hear drivers smacking balls into the nets with an occasional "Oh, yeah!" accompanying.
Alright, parents: Listen up. You may be thinking of introducing your son or daughter to the game of golf, but how to do it?
It happens to me every time I go on vacation. I go wine tasting, and I want to buy a winery; I go to a coast resort, and I want to buy a bed and breakfast at the shore; I go play golf, and I want to buy a golf course.
Ah, a day playing golf at one of the valley’s premier courses. It doesn’t get much better than that. Spanish Trail Country Club beckons, offering history, luxury and a great playing experience.
Maybe it was too far away; maybe my schedule was too busy. Probably it was the fact that my golf swing is already close to perfect. Whatever, it’s been quite a while since I’ve been to the Callaway Golf Experience on Las Vegas Boulevard South. A lot has transpired. It’s now the TaylorMade Golf Experience. In November 2013, the owners and brothers, John and Ron Boreta, didn’t renew their agreement with Callaway Golf, which cleared the way for the relationship with TaylorMade.
I want you to meet a pair of very dedicated golfers. They love golf and participate monthly in organized golf events. They work on their games and can tell you how long they drive the ball. One shares how proud she is of her new driver; the other can tell stories of when he was third man on his college golf team. Both wear big smiles when on the course.
You would have done the same thing, I know you would have. Maybe I’ll end up in hot water; if I do, it would have been worth it.
“GolfBoard is undeniably the most exciting and enjoyable way to experience any (golf) course.”
Readers, my hat is off to you guys. Congratulations on a job well done. It seems that a lot of you are passionate about golf. Also evident is that many of you are equally passionate about the Coyote Springs Golf Course. Responses to a recent column about how Coyote Springs might increase its profile and attract more golfers ran the gamut. And, if you recall, the best would win a round of golf with yours truly (a truly unique experience, to be sure).
I kind of remember where I was when I heard the news.
I found myself in the midst of a conundrum recently. . For those of you who love golf and business decisions, please put on your thinking caps, turn off any distractions and pay attention. Your help is needed; I ask you to participate.
Times are tough, no doubt about it. Especially on a reduced income.
I was not looking forward to the task. Clearing out your desk is not a pleasant chore. It’s the fall version of spring cleaning.
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