Golf News for Thursday, January 10, 2013 | Tournaments

Las Vegas World Amateur to feature world class golf courses

The countdown continues for one of the most anticipated amateur golf events of 2013. The Las Vegas World Amateur is slated for February 11-15, 2013, and participants will experience top Las Vegas golf courses designed by some of the game's greatest names and designers. Among the golf courses to be played are Pete Dye's Sun Mountain at Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort, Johnny Miller's Badlands Golf Club, and TPC Las Vegas, a PGA Tour course consulted on by Raymond Floyd.

Dye, Miller, and Floyd are all members of the World Golf Hall of Fame. Complete tournament details and reservation information is available at www.VegasWorldAmateur.com. Look for future press releases about other Las Vegas golf courses to be played during the event.

"There are many advantages to creating a high level amateur golf event in Las Vegas, and a plethora of quality golf courses to use in the rotation is at the top of the list," says Eric Yaillen, Executive Director of the Southern Nevada Golf Association, the organization staging the Las Vegas World Amateur. "We have had wonderful response about our courses from players who have already signed up, and they are eager to experience what these courses have to offer. On the golf course side of things, the staffs of these award-winning properties are rolling out the "green" carpet to ensure we are a success in our first year."

The Las Vegas World Amateur is a V.I.P. golf tournament that is hosted by world class resorts and golf courses, and is open to a wide range of golfers. Caesars Entertainment is the resort and party partner for the tournament, with the opening reception taking place at the exclusive Gallery Nightclub at Planet Hollywood Resort and the awards dinner being held at Bally's Las Vegas, one of Las Vegas' biggest and most historic resorts. Official and exclusive hotel room rates will also be available to Las Vegas World Amateur participants.

About Sun Mountain at the Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort:
Overall, the Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort is the home to the only three signature Pete Dye golf courses in the area. Dye is a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame and also the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award, and is arguably the biggest name in golf course design. Sun Mountain was the second of the three at Paiute, and features typical Dye flare. While the course is a "kinder and gentler" Pete Dye layout, golfers will find challenge with water holes and dramatic bunkering. The resort is the home to the popular GolfAPalooza free replays promotion, and a large and beautiful clubhouse which features dramatic views of the mountains. The course annually is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by Golf Digest. More info LVPaiuteGolf.com.

About The Badlands Golf Club:
Johnny Miller once described The Badlands as an "E-Ticket Ride at Disneyland" and that is, without a doubt, the case at the course. The facility features 27 holes of dazzling desert golf accented by ravines, canyons and native desert vegetation. Miller is a 25-time PGA Tour champion and an accomplished golf course architect. Chi Chi Rodriguez served as a consultant on The Badlands. The course was rated as a Top 10 course in Nevada by Golf Digest, and also named favorite golf course in a Las Vegas Review-Journal newspaper poll. More info: BadlandsGC.com.

About TPC Las Vegas:
The TPC Las Vegas is owned and operated by the PGA Tour, and is dubbed "the Home of Pro Golf in Las Vegas." The moniker fits because many of the PGA Tour and LPGA Tour pros who call Las Vegas home play and practice at the course during off weeks. The course was designed by Bobby Weed, the lead architect of PGA Tour Design Services, with consultation by Raymond Floyd, a World Golf Hall of Fame member. The course is best described as "Desert Elegance", and is a former host course for events on both the PGA Tour and Champions Tour. Among those who won on TPC Las Vegas are Hale Irwin, Jim Furyk, and former Las Vegas resident Jim Colbert.More info: TPC.com/LasVegas.

About the Las Vegas World Amateur:
The Las Vegas World Amateur is open to all golfers - men, women, young and old - with a valid USGA Handicap Index (issued by a licensed club or federation). It features six competitive divisions, ranging from men and women 49 and under to the super seniors (70+). Within the divisions, golfers are flighted by closely grouped handicaps. The event features numerous flights and the winner of each advances to the Championship round, an 18-hole shootout that determines the World Champion. The tournament is scheduled to be played on approximately 8 different premiere Las Vegas area courses, and each flight plays a different course each day.

CONTACT:
Ann Sunstrum, 702.845.7036, asunstrum@snga.org



 
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