Golf Amongst the Coyotes at Paiute Golf CourseWritten by Mel Barosay
Golf Amongst Coyotes at Paiute Golf Course
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It is 39o at 5:00 a.m. on a dark, but clear early November morning in Las Vegas. Loading a golf bag in car and heading 77 miles on I-15 North to Mesquite, Nevada (a town named for its hardwood Mesquite groves when settled By Mormon families in 1880).
Vegas Show TicketsOn agenda for day is "crown jewel" of Mesquite master-planned community, Oasis Golf Course. The rear view mirror provides a picture of island (they call Las Vegas), rich in resource and life with all its glimmering lights. As speed limit is increased to 75 m.p.h., and abandoning other headlights from behind while passing last bastions of outer Twilight Zone (Nellis AFB), glimpse of sunrise in high eastern sky is apparent. Ambivalence is experienced during get away from vexation of city to sense race against sunlight, and feeling of being first golfer to tee off and touch virginity of unwielded golf course. Going forth to hear a new story and experience in yet another new golf adventure
A little over an hour later, as daybreak just occurred, Arnold Palmer-designed Oasis Golf Course, which is recognized as one of top 5 best new resort golf courses in North America and is rated among "top 10 you can play" by Golf Digest is evident. Immediately greeted graciously by Randy (the Director of Golf) and his staff, golf cart is loaded with a brief set of course facts and nuances and onto tee #1.
The first thing that strikes an avid golfer about Arnold Palmer design is hilly terrain with meandering fairways. This requires concentration to perfectly position drive, otherwise second shot will be in thicker rough, and out of position to reach green in regulation since there are many blind shots over rolling mounds and into gullies. This provides golfer with plenty of course management options, including use of draw and fade. The course starts out and finishes as a typical master-planned golf course community with new, upper-scale homes and commercial space trimming its desert target course layout. Beautiful man-made creeks and landscaping lace first four holes, and lakes and cascading water fountains mask most of latter back nine
After first few holes, a golfer can't help but notice scorecard is colored yellow, starting on hole #5 thru #8. As one marks their score and proceeds to #5, they are greeted with a majestic view of one of prettiest holes a golfer can be bestowed with! Just in few moments it takes to travel in cart from holes #4 to #5, you are perched some 75 feet above carpet-like fairway which looks as if it was cut into rugged sandstone canyon and grass poured by a helicopter with "liquid seed." The golfer is truly presented with next golf challenge, a par 5, 512-yard downhill and narrow hole with reachable sand traps, utilizing natural features of canyon it was placed in. No more signs of man, just a poster sign indicating you are entering an environmentally sensitive area and entry to these domains are prohibited (oh, yes, this is where I first linked-up with Wayne, my amiable Quasi Guide and Course Ambassador who stood on meticulous-contoured green some aloofness away and graciously escorted me later throughout back nine). Also, these holes are a reptile sanctuary, so hit your ball straight, or forever lose it, and remember why there is yellow coloring on your scorecard
It was a triple scoop at Cascata. - A Golf Course Fit For CaesarWritten by Janice Wilson
It was a triple scoop at Cascata. - A Golf Course Fit For Caesar
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It was a triple scoop at Cascata.
One scoop of celebrity surprises, second scoop — spectacular scenery, and third scoop was filled with sensational golf when Michael Douglas and Friends Celebrity Golf Tournament converged at Cascata Golf Course in Boulder City, Nevada. It was one of those spring days that you felt lucky to be alive! (Opening photo: Michael Douglas celebrates "Closest to Hole" win at Michael Douglas & Friends charity golf event at Cascata.).
Being part of paparazzi for day and experiencing rush of star power mixed with media frenzy, and thrill of competitive golf was scintillating. Michael Douglas, Kenny G. , Andy Garcia, Heather Locklear, Shelby Lynne, Kyle Mac Lachlan, Leslie Nielsen, Haley Joel Osment, William Petersen, Joe Pesci, Martin Sheen, Robert Wagner, Mark Whalberg. and Luke Wilson, provided star power and sportsmanship to tee off for a good cause and raise money for Motion Picture and Television Fund for members of film industry who have fallen on hard times. Past events have raised more than $1.5 million.
They say, "Do what you love and money will follow!" These celebrities proved this to be true as they competed for Lexus $1 million hole-in-one shoot out that occurred just prior to taping of 6th annual Michael Douglas & Friends Celebrity Golf presented by Lexus. They all gathered on practice tee warming up their swing for shoot out. It didn't seem quite fair that these celebrities could be great golfers AND super-stars as well.
Vegas Show TicketsAlice Cooper plays golf 254 days a year, although I found out that he's never played with his makeup on. He's a scratch golfer. Haley Joel Osment from Sixth Sense, is sixteen years old and gave all others quite a run for their money. (He had his own peanut gallery of twelve-year-old girls following him around.) Haley plays on his high school golf team. Kenny G. had great rhythm to his swing. Andy Garcia was just as sexy in person as he is in movies. Mark Walberg from Sex in City, takes game seriously, while Heather Locklear looked as great in person as she does on screen. She's quite a free spirit! Shelby Lynne, country western singer — looked like only beginner, but she was such a good sport no one minded. Tom Arnold, with his size thirteen shoes declared himself comic relief in his foursome. Robert Wagner was penultimate gentleman and gave Shelby Lynne a few golf tips to ease her nervousness. Everyone was ready to show crowd that they could compete with best of them.