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Sunday, November 22, 2015

LAS VEGAS GOLF ADVENTURE

LAS VEGAS GOLF ADVENTURE
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA

Enjoyed an epic golf trip with three great friends in Las Vegas.  Our adventure began with accommodations at the Aria Sky Suites which is a hotel within the Aria Resort and Casino.
The Sky Suites are amazing with a private entrance and lobby complete with complimentary drinks, beer, wine and snacks throughout the day and night.  Amazing service in a very upscale environment.  Absolutely love the Aria Sky Suites.  We played three courses during a four day visit to Las Vegas.  TPC Las Vegas, Bears Best and Bali Hai.  We all agreed that Bali Hai was the most beautiful and enjoyable course of the three.  Of course, we had to stop at In N' Out Burger just off the Strip on the way to TPC.  I love In N' Out Burgers and try to have a least one every time I am a city that has one.  TPC Las Vegas was very challenging but fun.  The round became kind of a blur towards the end of our round as we were indulging in the beer cart a little to often.  After the round, we enjoyed more cocktails and some pretty good food in the clubhouse.  Great service.  Next up was the Bears Best Golf Course.  This round was last minute as we were supposed to be attending the University of Hawaii vs UNLV Football game at 3:00 pm.  My friends overwhelmingly voted to play golf on this day rather than attending the game.  Bears Best features the 18 best holes chosen by golf course legend and designer Jack Nicklaus.  The Golden Bear has etched 18 amazing holes in the desert with views of the Strip and multi-million dollar homes that surround the course.  Some of the homes are just amazing with huge outdoor spaces, pools, bbq pits, basketball courts, pizza ovens and just about everything else money can buy.  My round was cut very short here as on the third hole I lost my IPhone.  I remember taking a photo of the hole and then using the phone to obtain yardage to the pin info using a golf app.  As I approached the next hole I went to take another photo and realized my IPhone was missing.  I went back to Hole #3 and asked all of the players on the course if they had found a phone.  Everyone said no.  I traveled back to the tee box and replayed every shot in my head while driving along the course and into the bunkers where I had hit my ball.  No luck.  I went back to my group and tried to golf.  I could not get my mind off the phone so I went back again to Hole #3 and retraced my tracks.  Again no luck.  I went back to my group and then back to Hole #3 and Hole #2 just to be safe.  No luck finding the phone.  I called my Wife using my friends phone to let her know I had lost my phone.  She called me the usual names and then went online to try to search for the phone using an app.  She said it was showing no signal.  I gave up on the phone and tried to golf with my group on the final few holes.  I had told everyone on the course, the beer cart girl and course employees that there was a $200 reward if anyone finds the phone.  As we approached the 18th Hole, the sun was going down and it was getting dark.  My friends phone rang and it was my Wife.  She had got a satellite signal showing the phone in a sand trap on Hole #3.  She actually texted an image of the area where the phone was laying on the ground.  Me and one of my friends looped back to Hole #3 and began our search.  We fanned out with one going to the right and one to the left.  We scoured the course as the sun set.  It was now dark.  My friend started calling my phone to see if we could pick up a flash of light from it.  I pretty much gave up as it was just too dark now.  My friend was in a large sand trap on the left side of the fairway when he saw a blinking light.  He picked up the phone and handed it to me saying "I found your phone".  We were happy but getting cold and headed to the clubhouse to celebrate the find with a nice warm Irish Coffee.  Our last round of golf was at Bali Hai which is literally on the Strip.  Took less than 10 minutes to get there from the Aria Sky Suites.  Loved the course, staff and food at Bali Hai.  Truly one of the best golfing days of my life.  Probably did not hurt that the beer cart girls were servicing our group with drinks non stop.

ARIA SKY SUITES
ARIA SKY SUITES BEDROOM
ARIA SKY SUITES BATHROOM
VIEW FROM MY SKY SUITE AT ARIA
HAD TO STOP AT IN N' OUT BURGER JUST OFF THE STRIP BEFORE PLAYING TPC LAS VEGAS
TPC LAS VEGAS HAS BEEN HOME TO MANY PGA EVENTS
TPC LAS VEGAS
TPC LAS VEGAS
HOLE #1 AT BEARS BEST
HOLE #3 AT BEARS BEST WHERE I LOST MY IPHONE
BALI HAI
BALI HAI CLUBHOUSE - GREAT ENVIRONMENT, FOOD AND PEOPLE
BALI HAI IS BEAUTIFUL
















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