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LAS VEGAS -- Welcome to Las Vegas. There's so much that you could do, but so little time. With that in mind, here's a look at Vegas from A-to-Z to whet your appetite and give you ideas to check out -- whether it's golf, entertainment, dining, shopping or all of the above.
A-Aria. The Aria Resort and Casino is one of Vegas' new places to call home on your visit. From shopping to dining to entertainment to just relaxing, this is the new place to be on the Strip.
B-Bear's Best Golf Club. Jack Nicklaus' design features 18 holes that replicate some of his top holes from courses out west, including Old Works in Montana, Desert Mountain in Arizona, Castle Pines in Colorado, and PGA West in California.
C-Concerts. If they're on the 'A' list, they are playing Vegas. And when they aren't on stage, they have been known to party -- just a little -- when they visit.
D-Delmonico's Steakhouse. Located on the Las Vegas Strip, you'll think you've died and gone to heaven with some of the best steak choices anywhere. Add in a little wine and your dining experience is complete.
E-Eagle Crest Golf Club. One of a trio of courses in the Golf Summerlin family, this executive course is perfect for that quick 18-hole outing. Or check out the sister courses, Highlands Falls or Palm Valley, for the championship golf experience.
F-Fitting. If you're going to buy new clubs, get them fit for your body type and your swing. The folks at the Callaway Golf Center, right on the Strip, will fit you to a 'T.'
G-Golf packages. For a weekend getaway or a week-long trip, there are any number of golf course/hotel packages (many featured right on this site) that will fit your budget and your golf course desires.
H-Homes on golf courses. Many golf courses in Las Vegas are lined with stunning places to call home. If you've ever thought of owning property on the course and in the heart of Vegas, now's a great time to check out what's hot.
I-Instruction. From the world's best, Butch Harmon at the Butch Harmon School of golf, to instructors that work with some of the PGA Tour's top players, the choices of top-flight instructors is as varied as they courses they call home.
J-Justin Timberlake. The musician and actor has put his name on the PGA Tour's annual stop in Vegas.
K-Kids. While Las Vegas is known as an adult playground, they haven't forgotten about the kids. From Circus Circus' Adventuredome which features five acres of rides, arcades and enough choices to satisfy any kid -- no matter their age. Want more? Check out the scare-a-minute rides atop the Stratosphere.
L-Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort. Three Pete Dye golf courses that will amaze and challenge every player in your group. The 15th hole on Paiute's Wolf Course is a par 3 with an island green.
M-Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino. At the South end of the Strip, this resort is the home to a shark reef aquarium as well as well as a wave pool. Add in great restaurants and entertainment choices and you've got a great vacation destination.
N-Now, as in GolfNow.com. When you're looking for that perfect tee time at that perfect course, check out GolfNow.com's selection of Las Vegas tee times.
O-Odds. Betting is a staple of Las Vegas, and the PGA Tour, while not at the top of the list, will keep you glued to the television for the whole tournament as you check to see if your golfer, and your bet, wins.
Q-Quantity and quality. No matter your taste or budget, there are golf courses, hotels, restaurants and entertainment options to satisfy you.
S-Strip clubs. It's not all golf and buffets in Las Vegas. A few groups of guys have been known to frequent the gentlemen's clubs in the area -- or so we've heard.
T-Twenty four. As in 24 hours a day you'll find this vibrant city in full-swing. It doesn't matter if you're a morning person or a night owl, this town is always ready for action.
U-Upcoming events. It's always wise to know what's going on in Vegas before making your reservations. With big events can come higher golf prices. But if you're here for the big event, you and your buddies already know it's going to be a great weekend.
V-Versace. If you or that significant other is into shopping, Versace is one of more than 160 stores in the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace that cater to guests and visitors alike -- from fashion to food to fun, it's all right here.
X-XS Nightclub. It's tough to play golf at night, but the action doesn't have to stop just because the course is closed. Just remember that dressing appropriately is important at the club as well as on the course.
Y-Year-round. That' the allure of Las Vegas in that you can enjoy everything the city has to offer all year. With more than 300 days of sunshine a year, it's a good bet you'll have fantastic weather no matter when you plan to visit.
Z-Zumanity. One of Vegas' top shows, this one is the sensual side of Cirque du Soleil. Need we say more?
May 5, 2011
Bill Bowman is a Las Vegas-based writer who has nearly 40 years in the sports-writing business. He's spent the past 15-plus years covering the golf scene in Vegas and has teed it up for magazine profiles with celebrities including comedian Bill Engvall, actor Jeffrey Donovan (USA's Burn Notice), ESPN personality Colin Cowherd, NASCAR's Kurt Busch, Collective Soul's Ed Roland, the Baltimore Ravens' Jonathan Ogden and many others.
From high-tech gadgets to clever, low-tech stocking stuffers, more great gift ideas have come across my desk this season than in the past five years combined. If you can't find something above for every golfer on your list, I'm going to chalk it up to Grinchiness.
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