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.
At Rhoderunner Golf Center, director of Instruction Gaylord Rhodes and PGA Tour instructor Jimmie Bullard teach by giving constructive feedback as their pupils hit the ball, helping them understand why a shot strayed right or hooked left. By so doing, they give their charges the ability to diagnose their own swing flaws—and keep their natural motion intact as they make improvements to their swing mechanics.
Rhoderunner's indoor studio boasts two aboutGolf simulators that serve as both the digital training venue and assistant coach, with drills and practice modules that help golfers zero in on practicing specific shots. They also offer club-fitting technology that pair players with the right set of sticks. The simulators also furnish full rounds at replicas of world-famous golf courses, such as the Old Course at St. Andrews, letting golfers play a world-class course without having to bow to Jack Nicklaus's spikes.
Like a city street after every nearby car wash has malfunctioned, The Bubble Run welcomes participants to play in light, glistening foam. Runners, walkers, jumpers, and skippers cruise their way through five easygoing, untimed kilometers, each marked with a 6-foot-deep bog brimming with colorful foam and floating bubbles. Bubbleteers armed with foam-slinging cannons ensure that each adventurer receives a healthy dose of bubbles as they pass, running safely thanks to the dry makeup of the foam solution used. Racers clad in white may start clean as a whistle, but by the time they cross the finish line, they’re dyed like a rainbow, finally readying them to sneak up on a leprechaun. Then the fun keeps going—live DJs and bubble cannons amp up afterparties to celebrate runners' efforts. Proceeds from each race benefit local charities.
KISS concerts notoriously rock fans with more than just music: through the years, the band's shows have featured pyrotechnics, dazzling light displays, and levitating drum kits. Golf, on the other hand, has carved out its place as a quiet, relaxing getaway. At KISS by Monster Mini Golf, these two very different worlds clash in a custom-designed, glow-in-the-dark adventure. The indoor experience presents 18 holes of rock 'n roll miniature golf, complete with music from a live DJ and luminous shades of purples and blues that beam around players like lasers at a KISS concert. Away from the course, the KISS-centric fun continues with arcade games, a KISS museum, and spacious rock 'n roll-themed event rooms for hosting parties and unraveling Gene Simmons' tongue when he visits.
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.
Water Wings Las Vegas recognizes that swimming lessons aren't just for kids. Sure, there's Baby Swim, which introduces three-month-olds to the water with the help of their parents. Likewise, Seahorse teaches freestyle and backstroke basics to 3–5 year-olds. But the pool—part of the United States Swim School Association—also caters to Adults who can work one-on-one with an instructor, take group classes, or get in an hour-long workout during a lap swim class. No matter the age or skill level, swimmers can practice all year long since the swimming pool is indoors. Its water stays 90 degrees, the perfect temperature for practicing the breaststroke or keeping a marshmallow at room temperature.