Play golf with a football legend in the Pro Legends $1 Million Shootout at Desert Pines, Royal Links

By Mike Bailey, Senior Staff Writer

Chances are if you're a football fan, one of your favorite players in the last two or three decades will be playing in the MGM Grand Football Legends $1 Million Shootout in Las Vegas.

Desert Pines Golf Club
Amateur golfers and NFL legends with gather at Desert Pines for modified shamble-tourney.
Desert Pines Golf ClubRoyal Links Golf Club

The event, which is presented by Smith & Wollensky in Las Vegas, will feature more than 60 legendary players who made their mark in the National Football League, and you can join them June 2-6 for two rounds of golf, cocktail parties, a poker tournament and an awards banquet.

The list of players includes legends Ken Houston, Jerry Rice, Ed "Too Tall" Jones, Mark May, Paul Warfield, Andre Rison, Stanley Morgan, Rodney Harrison, Billy Joe Tolliver, Ken Houston, Ricky Watters and Billy Joe Dupree, among others. Some of the players, such as Rickey Jackson, Warfield and Rice, are Hall of Famers, but more than anything, like most of us, they love to have fun on and off the golf course.

"Nearly all of the NFL guys know each other so (expect) lots of jokes, pranks and games," said Tom Lutes, president of Pro Legends Golf Inc. "But as the second day arrives, a little competitive spirit comes out.

"Participants are usually a little intimidated the first day (with the celebrities), but after that, it is just a great time for a great cause."

All for a good cause

The event benefits Operation Homefront, the mission of which is to provide emergency financial and other assistance to the families of service members and wounded soldiers.

The golf tournament, which is a modified shamble featuring foursomes with a celebrity, will be played at Desert Pines Golf Club and Royal Links Golf Club in Las Vegas. Both are Dye designs. Desert Pines features thousands of imported Carolina Pines as well as lakes, streams and bentgrass greens. Royal Links pays tribute to the great British Open courses of Scotland, such as the Old Course at St. Andrews and Carnoustie.

As part of the entry fee -- which is $2,195 before May 15 and $2,495 after -- participants get to stay four nights at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino. The fee also includes a stake in a poker tournament, VIP cocktail reception, awards banquet at Smith and Wollensky Steakhouse, a gift package and transfers to and from the airport and the golf courses. All total, the suggested retail value of the package is more than $3,000.

"How often do you have an opportunity to play golf with NFL Hall of Famers and All Pros as your playing partners?" Lutes asked. "These are experiences and memories you will talk about for years to come."

Special program to air July 4

Much of the experience will also be filmed in high definition and presented in an hour program to be shown on Fox Sports Network on July 4.

The program will showcase wounded veterans who get to participate in the event with their favorite football players. Highlights of the program will include interviews with wounded heroes as well as the celebrities. It will also explore the wounded soldiers' road to recovery.

To register or for more information on the MGM Grand Football Legends $1 million Shootout, click here.

Mike BaileyMike Bailey, Senior Staff Writer

Mike Bailey is a senior staff writer based in Houston. Focusing primarily on golf in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and Latin America with an occasional trip to Europe and beyond, he contributes course reviews, travel stories and features as well as the occasional equipment review. An award-winning writer and past president of Texas Golf Writers Association, he has more than 25 years in the golf industry. Before accepting his current position in 2008, he was on staff at PGA Magazine, The Golfweek Group and AvidGolfer Magazine. Follow Mike on Twitter at @MikeBaileyGA and Instagram at @MikeStefanBailey.

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