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Las Vegas: The place to stage your next corporate golf outing

By S. Adam Cardais,
The Wolf at Las Vegas Paiute Resort
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Known as one of the most difficult golf courses in Las Vegas, The Wolf at Las Vegas Paiute Resort is an opportunity to see your boss sweat on a Sin City corporate getaway. (Courtesy Las Vegas Paiute Resort)

Your company has some serious money to burn and a desire to really impress its employees and customers. Then there's only one place to head for your next corporate golf outing: Las Vegas.

Sin City combines all the necessary ingredients for an upscale, high-rolling corporate getaway: excellent resorts, plenty of entertainment options and great golf courses.

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In Vegas, you can gather the group for a brainstorming session in the morning at one of the Venetian's opulent meeting rooms, play 18 at the TPC at The Canyons in the afternoon and take your employees for a few hundred at the poker table in the evening.

Now that's a corporate retreat! Here are a few ideas on where to meet and where to golf.

Las Vegas Resorts

Wynn Las Vegas: Ok, so maybe only the gang from Microsoft can afford to stay here, but if your company's got some serious bucks and values employee and customer satisfaction, Wynn Las Vegas is the place for your corporate retreat.

Boasting the Mobil 5 Star and AAA 5 Diamond rating, Wynn is one of the most luxurious resorts in a town known for luxury. It boasts 200,000 square feet of state of the art meeting space. The rooms have 10-foot ceilings, a wall of glass and 42-inch plasma TVs, and the bathrooms are mammoth.

Staying at Wynn gets you access to its ultra-exclusive, $500 a round Tom Fazio-designed golf course, which is surrounded by a tall chain link fence.

Tableau is the resort's signature restaurant. Led by chef Mark LoRusso, it serves American cuisine with a French flair. For a starter, try the Main lobster salad before moving onto a Kobe beef burger.

The Venetian: With more than 1.9 million square feet of meeting space, the Venetian is another good option. The hotel has three different grades of suites, something to match every taste. The Venezia Concierge Palazzo, the hotelĀ¹s premier suite, is 700 square feet of pure luxury, with two flat screen televisions and private check in.

Choose from 17 restaurants, including Bouchon by Thomas Keller, the man Time magazine named "America's Best Chef." For a bit of pampering, check out the 69,000-square-foot Canyon Ranch spa.

Las Vegas Golf Courses

TPC at The Canyons: Carrying a 131 slope rating, this Bobby Weed-design is full of forced carries, so you better be comfortable shooting over canyons if you're going to play a round here.

"This is a course where you can run through ProV1s like they're range balls, racking up an astronomical hidden round charge," Chris Baldwin wrote in a story for LasVegasGolf.com. "Five holes in and you're already starting to wonder when the tests of manhood are going to stop."

They don't. If the carries weren't enough, subtler obstacles such as little ravines and brush areas will have you perpetually on your toes. Plus, the elevated greens are just as likely to spit back your best approach shot as they are to accept it.

The Falls: Tom Weiskopf designed one of the most beautiful layouts in Las Vegas at the Falls. Dramatic elevation changes and sweeping views of the Vegas skyline are transfixing. But don't get too distracted: The Falls also has lightning-fast greens and some seriously severe bunkering, making it a great, if shocking golf experience.

The Wolf course at Las Vegas Paiute Resort: Demonical Pete Dye is at his worst at The Wolf, a course filled with swales, fake fairways, alternate landing areas and plenty of uneven lies. At a staggering 7,604 yards, it is the longest course in Nevada.

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