Wynn Golf Club Returns With Championship Course Designed By Tom Fazio
LAS VEGAS, NV – The only resort golf course on the Las Vegas Strip returns to Wynn Las Vegas on Friday, October 11, with the grand reopening of the Wynn Golf Club. The original 18-hole championship course established in 2005 has been reimagined by legendary golf course architect Tom Fazio to give players a new golf experience from the first drive to the last putt.
Fazio, this time joined by his son Logan, took special care to create a course suitable for players of all skill levels. New golfers will find it approachable and fun, while more experienced players will be tested by the movement of the land, locating the proper angles, and getting close to the pins on the large flowing greens.
The course sits on 129 acres of the resort’s private backyard, with eight all-new holes and 10 revamped holes. Lush landscapes unique to desert golf include several water features and streams, 100,000 shrubs, and 7,000 mature trees, many of which date back to the 1950s when the land was home to the historic Desert Inn Golf Club.
Significant changes begin on the first hole, which has been rerouted from its original design to dogleg right instead of left. Highlights include a 486-yard par 4 (no. 16) and a par 5 (no. 11) that tops out at nearly 600 yards. The signature 18th hole has been transformed from a par 4 to a par 3, which can be stretched to 249 yards, culminating on a green framed by a 35-foot-tall by 100-foot-wide waterfall for a truly spectacular finish.
More than 400,000 cubic yards of earth and 300 trees were relocated to accommodate wider landing areas, contours, and elevation changes to fairways throughout, as well as bunker alterations that make for easier access and egress. Each hole received an approximate 300-square-foot green expansion as well as a redesign and recontour to create new hole locations, while green surrounds were made more receptive with the addition of collection areas shaped to feed balls toward putting surfaces.
Completing the experience is a professional caddie program staffed with several PGA members, new on-course culinary program, lithium-powered golf carts, expansive pro shop, and luxury clubhouse. Golfers with a room reservation at Wynn Las Vegas or Encore can secure tee times 90 days in advance.
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Youth on Course Partners with TGA Premier Sports
PEBBLE BEACH, CA – Youth on Course – the non-profit organization providing young people with subsidized golf, college scholarships, paid internships and a caddie program – has announced a partnership with TGA Premier Sports, the nation’s leading introductory and recreational junior golf program.
This partnership between two of the industry’s premier youth golf organizations will provide more Youth on Course membership opportunities for junior golfers and further strengthen TGA’s Player Pathway by increasing the number of new players and families who transition from off-course to on-course programs.
Beginning this month in Northern California, parents who register their kids in TGA golf camp programs will receive a complimentary Youth on Course membership. In addition, parents who register their kids in TGA after-school enrichment programs will have the opportunity to add a Youth on Course membership where they will have affordable access to more than 1,200 partner courses. The partnership will expand to additional regions in 2020.
TGA has impacted more than 700,000 kids to date through its after-school golf enrichment and camp programs. More than 70% of TGA’s participants and their families are new to the sport while 42% of its total participants migrate to local golf facilities.
Youth on Course has more than 70,000 active members across the country. Since 2006, juniors have played more than 925,000 rounds while the organization has helped generate more than $6.2 million in tee-time revenue reimbursed back to individual golf courses.
NFL Alumni Announces Expansion of Golf Initiatives Benefiting Members and Chapters
MOUNT LAUREL, NJ – NFL Alumni is partnering with a group of leading golf companies and executives to expand the number of golf events and services to the more than 4,500 former players, coaches, officials, cheerleaders and associates that comprise its membership. Joining the NFLA in this initiative is Great Golf Resorts of the World Inc. (publisher of PGA Magazine), Buffalo Groupe, LLC, Joe Steranka, former CEO of the PGA of America, and former PGA Director of Diversity, Earnie Ellison.
Among the initiatives planned are:
- NFLA Super Bowl of Golf: This 40-year-old golf championship will include media partners, sponsors and will expand the field vying for Super Bowl of Golf Championship Rings at Pinehurst Resort, April 29-May 2, 2020.
- NFL Alumni/NFL Draft Pro Am: The inaugural event will feature teams of amateur golfers captained by NFL Alumni representing each NFL team. The event will be during NFL Draft week in Las Vegas.
- NFL Alumni Golf Professionals Program: A new program will be formed to introduce members to the sport, improve their skills and prepare them for competitive golf events at the chapter and national level.
“Golf has become an important social, health and business activity for thousands of NFL Alumni members,” said Beasley Reece, CEO, NFL Alumni. “This led us to seek a dedicated network of golf experts to help us grow the number and quality of golf experiences for our membership including the Super Bowl of Golf, a new event around the NFL Draft and a new alliance with local PGA Professionals in our 36 Alumni Association chapters.”
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