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.
King Putt takes the rigors of an outdoor ground game and translates them into an indoor, glow-in-the-dark experience perfect for any age and weather. The northwest course encourages birdies and eagles amidst a jungle environment of jolly, golf-enthused animals. The southeast locale near Henderson provides an Egyptian backdrop, with Anubis heads and black-lit sarcophagi gracing each stroke.
Since 1967, the Southern Nevada Golf Association has served as the best source for deeply discounted greens fees and golf deals for public and private courses throughout the region. A licensed representative of the United States Golf Association, the SNGA carries out a number of official duties, including administering the USGA Handicap System, organizing tournaments, and arbitrating golf-related disputes, such as whether or not grass hulas qualify as appropriate club attire. The not-for-profit organization counts more than 50 courses and approximately 10,000 individuals among its membership ranks, and continuously strives to expand its reach while protecting the game’s integrity and traditions.
Nestled within the gated Los Prados community in the northwest corner of the Las Vegas Valley, Los Prados Golf Course challenges golfers with a track of tight fairways and desert surroundings. Designed by course architect Jeff Hardin in 1987, the course was strategically sculpted to incorporate fast-moving greens and golf carts that shape-shift into jousting steeds.
Before each demanding round, players can practice chipping and putting into the facility's practice areas, and afterward, they can drop by the restaurant to feast on a menu of steak and seafood. Guests can also visit the pro shop to pick up a new glove or replace clubs that have signed a peace treaty with all golf balls.
Course at a Glance:
Designed by World Golf Hall of Famer Billy Casper and course architect Greg Nash, Palm Valley spans 6,849 yards of undulating fairways set against a dramatic backdrop of striking mountainscapes. Relatively generous fairways entice aggressive tee shots throughout rounds, but particularly ill-struck drives are likely to find the shadows of encroaching pine trees or the grizzly sands of 68 bunkers peppered throughout the course. Nine ponds loom ominously throughout the course, occasionally forcing golfers into tricky course-management decisions and granting golf balls a chance to pursue their lifelong dream of becoming dinner for fat fish. The course’s emerald corridors play their way into expansive greens, where bentgrass surfaces, subtle breaks, and shape-shifting holes can complicate even the simplest putts. Together, these attributes are what make the course a popular destination for players of all skill levels, and what prompted the Southern Nevada Golf Association to select it as its home course.
Course at a Glance: * Designed by Billy Casper and Greg Nash * 18-hole, par 72 course * Length of 6,849 yards from the farthest tees * Course rating of 71.6 from the farthest tees * Slope rating of 123 from the farthest tees * Four tee options * Link to scorecard
An official PGA Tour event, the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open sets a field of 132 tour pros against the rugged desert terrain of TPC Summerlin, with all proceeds benefitting Shriners Hospitals for Children. The four-day, 72-hole tournament tees off around 7 a.m. on Thursday, as pros chip and putt through arroyos, canyons, and lush bentgrass greens in pursuit of a $4.4 million purse rumored to contain a pack of much needed tic tacs. Some of golf's best players are invited to play in this storied event, which was first won by Fuzzy Zoeller in 1983, served as the stage for Tiger Woods's first professional PGA Tour victory in 1996, and witnessed PGA tour history last year when Jonathan Byrd aced a hole-in-one from 204 yards. Jonathan Byrd, along with Charley Hoffman, Martin Laird, Nick Watney, and other top PGA tour stars are scheduled to appear. Viewers can clap out encouraging incantations while following their favorite player or claim a prime spot off the 18th hole to watch pros emerge from the course's rich flora to drop approach shots on a green wrapped by a lake, bunkers, and the pressure to finally win the approval of indifferent godparents.