From the framed photos of legendary players lining the walls of the stately clubhouse to the last putt on the meticulously manicured 18th green, Desert Pines Golf Club surrounds players with tradition. Named one of the Top 50 Public Courses in the nation by Golf Digest, the Pete Dye design opened in 1997 and received a major overhaul 10 years later, complete with 18 newly designed and rebuilt greens. The course features rolling mounds and thousands of mature pines that delineate narrow fairways, yielding beautiful views and occasional lucky bounces back to safety. Unlike other area courses and driving ranges that double as airport runways, wind isn't much of a factor at Desert Pines, thanks to its low elevation, dense foliage, and zero-gravity tee boxes.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 71 course * Total length of 6,810 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 70.6 from the back tees * Course slope of 125 from the back tees * Three sets of tees per hole * Scorecard:m]]
Recognized as the Best Course in Las Vegas in 2006 by the Review-Journal, Royal Links Golf Club honors the game’s centuries-old traditions with a links-style labyrinth of holes modeled after 11 British Open rotation courses. The Dye International design transports players to such famous holes as the Road Hole at St. Andrews and the Postage Stamp at Royal Troon, and commemorates great moments in British Open history with monuments interspersed throughout the course. As players crush their drives down hilly, narrow fairways, professional forecaddies illuminate the hole’s history, warn players of hidden pot bunkers, and squelch rumors about a local ball-eating Nessie lurking in the waterways.
After completing a round, golfers can head to the elegant clubhouse, which borrows architectural details from Scottish castles, or load up on gear at the pro shop, named one of America’s 100 Best Golf Shops in 2004 and 2005 by Golf World.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 72 course * Total length of 7,029 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 73.7 from the back tees * Course slope of 135 from the back tees * Three sets of tees per hole * Scorecard:m]]
Guests arriving for a family or professional portrait at Mikel's Fine Art Photography Portrait Studio may experience an inexplicable craving for a donut. That's because the 2,400-square-foot space was once home to a Winchell's Donut House. And Mikel J. Conrad would know; in an interview with the Henderson Press, Conrad explained that he worked at Winchell's as a senior in high school, going on to dabble in the security business before finding a job and nurturing his passion for photography with industry great Van Frazier. After honing his craft for nine years with Frazier, Conrad opened his own studio, complete with a charming country-rose garden and the latest technology in lighting and backgrounds. Conrad draws upon close to two decades of experience as he welcomes children and graduating seniors to his expansive studio or travels on-location for portrait or fine-art shoots. As an Eagle Scout and regular participant in current scouting activities, Conrad regularly donates time, money, and services to the Boy Scouts of America and other local groups. His scout training also helps him to restore old photos that have been damaged by the sun, water, or marshmallow-covered fingers.
The first time Christie Mumm saw her newborn daughter's face, she knew nothing would ever be the same. She couldn't have anticipated, though, how much her love for her own husband and child would spill over into her work, and how it would, in turn, fuel the growth of her photography. From its beginnings as a part-time venture based out of Mumm's home in 2001, JLM Creative Photography has grown to fill an elegant downtown studio whose pale blue walls are filled with images of the candid smiles she has captured. As a mother, Mumm is keenly aware of how quickly children grow, change, and shape shift into wererabbits, and she's made it her mission to help other couples and families memorialize their fleeting, joy-filled moments.
Mumm and her team specialize in fine-art lifestyle portraiture and wedding photography. Her penchant for natural-light work has led her to many picturesque destinations, including a Lake Tahoe engagement shoot and a vintage-inspired wedding shoot on a lush 13-acre Nevada City estate; both were featured on the wedding-planning website On the Go Bride. Mumm has also written a book—Family Photography—which emphasizes the importance of relationships in the digital-photography business.
At Belle Handbags, Shoes and Accessories, chic women's adornments from brands such as Rioni and LYDC London pack the shelves, earning praise from City's Best in 2011. Patrons root through jewelry, hair accessories, and wallets, finding treasures such as shimmering necklaces that accentuate elegantly poised formal heels or their more casual flat brethren. Alternatively, awe-invoking handbags comfortably hide makeup and spare red noses for spontaneous circus performances.
A Southwest-based company for more than a century, Frazee Paint and its team of manufacturers are well acquainted with the unique climactic conditions of the region. Always pulling from the latest technology, their technicians design each of their paint and coating products to withstand dry heat, sparse rainfall, and showers of chewing tobacco from passing cowboys. Their quality paints, wall-coverings, wood-care products, and painter's tools stock the shelves of more than 125 retail locations throughout California, Arizona, and Nevada, as well as international dealers in Mexico, China, and Guam.
Strap on your unthinking cap and let loose on Primm Valley Casino Resorts' family-friendly attractions, ranging from thrilling coasters to the gentle, youngster-bouncing Frog Hopper. Riders taller than 4 feet can take the plunge on the Turbo Drop, which boasts a 170-foot vertical free fall at 45 mph, or The Desperado, a twisting coaster with more banks than a financial district and more giggle-induced glee than insider trading. The Adventure Canyon Log Flume refreshes riders with water while stimulating their trigger fingers with laser-light target shooting in splashy surroundings. If brick-and-mortar amusement doesn't crank your cerebral cortex, take a ride in the Maxflight Cyber Coaster, which virtually simulates an authentic rollercoaster down to the last detail.