When newly minted golf director Orrin Vincent assembled a team of sharp course management minds in 1972, he couldn’t have expected the reach he and his brain trust would one day possess. The enterprise formed that day at a course on the banks of Lake Tahoe now spans the nation, encompassing 41 courses scattered across 15 states, from Florida to Washington. In keeping with the standard set forth 40 years ago, the organization is made up of experts with experience across all aspects of golf course management—from construction and maintenance to design and soundproofing tee boxes. Their signature flare for perfectionism amid naturally dramatic settings can be witnessed at each course in the OB Sports directory, including the Robert Trent Jones Jr.-designed Monarch Beach Golf Links in California, the 36-hole Gamble Ranch in Washington, and the Arnold Palmer-designed Angel Park Golf Club in Las Vegas.
Amilcar "Mica" Cipili, head instructor of Gracie Jiu Jitsu Las Vegas, knows what works for self defense and when placed in a real life fight. Raised in southern Brazil, Mica was already mastering the martial arts of kung fu, capoeira, and judo until he saw a Brazilian jiu-jitsu match that changed his life. Mica became obsessed with the "gentle art," which eschews brute force for more effective strategies of balance, leverage, and debate skills to use mid-grapple. Mica soon perfected the grips, flips, and submissive holds of jiu-jitsu with help from the Machado brothers–progeny of jiu-jitsu pioneer George Gracie. With his new-found fighting savvy, Mica earned a third-degree black belt, a mantle-busting array of over 90 champion titles, and even trained MMA greats such as UFC owner Lorenzo Fertitta. At his Gracie Jiu Jitsu Las Vegas institute, Mica trains fighters of all levels in classes six days a week. In addition to Brazilan jiu-jitsu and judo for adults and kids, the training center features courses in judo, MMA, wrestling, and boxing.
At Paradise Ranch—an equine educational center that specializes in horse-assisted therapy sessions—expertly trained steeds help students learn techniques to tackle developmental difficulties, boost communication skills, and strengthen their bodies. Children can spend time with Luna, the notorious ranch troublemaker, or Spiritt, who loves to mug for the camera. While they may be confused for the children of Hollywood celebrities, these guys are actually two of the seven therapy horses at the ranch. Specially designed courses take place inside a sprawling, climate-controlled arena, which grants students a comfortable place to learn and helps horses avoid embarrassing underarm sweat stains.
The sharpshooters at Pacific Archery Sales outfit hunters with the tools and skills necessary to hit the bull’s-eye of any target, be it an eight-point buck or the doorbell of a friend’s house. Inside Pacific Archery’s pro shop, open seven days a week, experts help customers select bows, arm guards, and targets, as well as additional hunting supplies such as knives and bow-fishing equipment. Students refine their aim during lessons on an indoor range boasting 20-yard lanes and mounted trophies from past hunts.
Located adjacent to the Gentleman's Club The Sapphire, Sapphire Pool & Day Club is where Vegas's industry people play when the sun is out. DJs spin music as people drink cocktails or try to guess the depth of the pool by throwing in the tallest person they know. While sitting poolside, guests might end up sharing the shade with celebrities such as Kourtney Kardashian, Pam Anderson, Adrian Grenier, and Dennis Rodman, who have all previously been spotted sunning on the pool's chaise longues.
While hopeful revelers wait in line outside a club, guests of Good Times VIP are already congregating around a reserved table as servers begin pouring drinks from reduced-price bottle service. The special treatment is a result of Good Times' personal relationships with clubs around Las Vegas and Los Angeles. Whether for a bachelor party, birthday, or extraspecial Department of Sanitation inspection, its prearranged club crawls guarantee clients skip lines or sneak in through private entrances at reduced or free admission. A staff member is assigned to each party as a personal concierge, planning every detail ahead of time and staying on as a contact throughout the celebration. To supplement club crawls, the staff can also use their list of contacts to investigate special rates on limo service, concert tickets, spa days, and recreational activities such as jet skis or party boats.