Hit the jackpot in Las Vegas with the Cleveland Golf Pro-Am event, Nov. 2-5
Couldn't qualify for the U.S. Open but still want to play in a big-time golf tournament? Well, you might want to consider the Cleveland Golf Pro-Am, to be held in Las Vegas on Nov. 2-5.
Sponsored by Cleveland Golf in conjunction with LasVegasGolf.com and CLI Groups, this fall event will have a major championship feel, and anyone with a USGA handicap is eligible.
The three-day event will pit teams of four amateurs and a professional in a 54-hole competition to played on three of the finest golf courses in Las Vegas. It will feature opening ceremonies, luxury accommodations, an awards ceremony and a $20,000 purse to be paid to the winning amateur teams, conforming to USGA amateur status. (Prize money is based on 25 paid teams, and the tournament is limited to 25 teams.)
In addition, professionals who gather their amateur teams will be paid a $1,000 appearance fee in addition to all expenses, except for airfare. All amateur participants also will get a staff bag worth $500 from Cleveland Golf.
Accommodations include four nights at the Green Valley Ranch Resort & Casino, which is located just off the Las Vegas Strip.
The festivities will begin on Sunday, Nov. 2, with check-in and cocktail reception at the Green Valley Resort, followed by an 8 a.m. breakfast and a 9 a.m. shotgun start at the first course at exclusive Canyon Gate Country Club. Designed by Ted Robinson, this 6,742-yard par-72 overlooks Red Rock Canyon, providing some of the most pristine conditions in Southern Nevada.
Each player, by the way, will play their own ball, with the two better-ball net scores being counted on each hole. Amateurs will get 80 percent of their handicap with a maximum of 18 strokes. (Round 2 is a three better-ball net, and Round 3 is a two better-ball net.)
The second round takes place on Tuesday, Nov. 4 at the Revere at Anthem in nearby Henderson, Nev. Designed by Billy Casper and Greg Nash, the layouts here provide terrific tests, no matter the skill level.
The tourney concludes on the much-lauded The Falls Golf Club, the newest of the three golf courses at the Lake Las Vegas Resort. This stunning Tom Weiskopf design plays through mountainous terrain down to the desert floor. The elevation changes on the back nine are extreme, making for spectacular views of Lake Las Vegas and the bright lights of the Vegas strip.
The event concludes with an awards ceremony back at the Green Valley Ranch Resort.
To reserve your spot or for more information please visit www.clevelandgolfproam.com.
June 16, 2008