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The Hole Truth: 3 of Golf’s Greatest Myths Debunked

The Hole Truth: 3 of Golf’s Greatest Myths Debunked

When a game has been around as long as golf has, there’s bound to be a bit of storytelling in the mythos. In fact, it should come as no surprise that this legendary sport has its fair share of tall tales that have, no doubt, been passed on for a very long time. But is there any truth behind these legends? The answer is: No, not much. Here, we debunk three of the most wide-spread fables in golf history.

scotchThe Myth: Golf courses have 18 holes because there are 18 shots in a bottle of scotch

While this tale certainly isn’t without its charms, it doesn’t have history on its side and I’d venture to guess that it was likely lore dreamed up by sauced up Scots. While games similar to golf that have been played since the times of the Romans, the old country’s famous course at St. Andrew’s dates as far back as at least 1552. Before the days of regulation, the number of holes could range anywhere from five to twenty four. In 1764, when the first four holes of the Old Course were combined into two, the standard eighteen that are played today were born. So unless the scotch bottle shrank (not likely), this one is wholly untrue.

20111102125035The Myth: The term “caddie” was originally coined by Mary, Queen of Scots

Mary, Queen of Scots is reputed to be the first female to play golf. During her youth in France, it was tradition for military cadets to carry the clubs of royalty. These cadets became known as “caddies” and the word is reputed to have traveled back to Scotland when her highness returned in 1561. And while it’s a nice story, there are a myriad of reasons this story probably isn’t true (the claim that the Queen was the first woman to play golf is extremely unlikely, for one).

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, “caddie” comes from the French word, cadet, meaning a younger/junior in the branch of the family. The first known written use of the word dates to 1610 when it meant “a gentleman who entered the army without a commission to learn the military profession and find a career for himself” (as was regularly done by sons of French nobility before the revolution).

Fast forward a bit, and caddie became used as a term for an errand boy in the Scottish 18th century, particularly used when referring to the delivery of water in the age before modern utilities. It wasn’t until 1857 that caddies were mentioned carrying golf clubs. Prior to that, as evidenced by paintings from the ages, there were no bags and the clubs were carried in a bundle, proving this to be another piece of folklore in the world of this great sport.

golfThe Myth: GOLF is an acronym for “Gentleman Only; Ladies Forbidden”

I saved the whopper for last and, sorry to break it to you, boys: This one is completely false. The word, golf first appeared in the written language in 1425. There are two theories surrounding the term’s origins: The first, speculating the term being derivative of the Dutch word kolf, a generic term for “stick” or “club”. However, the Oxford English Dictionary colors that unlikely for several reasons, among them being that no Dutch game has ever been convincingly identified as golf. Many historians theorize the word derived from the Scottish goulf (also gowf), a verb meaning “to strike or cuff”.  This would at least place the term coming from what we now recognize as the people who invented the game.

As for the term being an acronym, it’s an unsubstantiated rumor that likely gets passed on due to its believability. The game has a long history of being played by men. When coupled with the fact that there are still several courses which don’t allow females to play, this one gets difficult to debunk.

Personally, I’d prefer the term, flog (‘golf’ backwards). It’s much more accurate anyway.

 

 

 

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Boys of Summer

Boys of Summer

You know what they say: Boys will be boys. This summer, it seems like the ante has been upped by several notches to put together a host of experiences that are for the guys. Guns, fast cars and gentleman’s clubs are just a few of the things that can now be packaged with your Vegas golf vacation, making an experience that is truly adrenaline pumping, one hell of a party and easier on the wallet than you probably thought possible. Could these be the recipe for the perfect summer weekend with the fellas? We think so.

Machine Gun Vegas - MOBBottle and Bullets VIP Las Vegas Golf Package

Get more bang out of your Las Vegas vacation – literally! Escape to the MGM Grand Las Vegas for three nights and play two rounds of championship golf at Royal Links Golf Club and Desert Pines Golf Club (plus limo transportation). Then spend your time partying it up VIP style with your choice of VIP Table service at your choice of Tryst Nightclub or Sapphires Gentleman’s Club. You’ll also get to test out your shooting skills with the Shooting MOB Package at Machine Gun Vegas. It’s a package that gives new meaning to shootin’ em dead (of course we mean the golf balls). From $719/ per person.

SapphiresThe Gentleman’s VIP Las Vegas Golf Escape

Experience the ultimate in Las Vegas nightlife! Be treated to 3 nights at MGM Grand Las Vegas, 2 rounds of award-winning golf at Royal Links Golf Club and Desert Pines Golf Club (plus limo transportation). After your rounds of golf, you’ll be treated like a VIP at the world famous Sapphires Gentleman’s Club (includes entry, VIP table, 2 bottles of SKYY). Just don’t blame us when you wake up the next morning wondering what happened. From $559/ per person.

TRYST VenueVIP Las Vegas Golf and Nightlife Package

Get the VIP treatment during your next Vegas escape when you and your buddies stay 3 nights at MGM Grand Las Vegas and treat yourself to 2 rounds of golf at Royal Links Golf Club and Desert Pines Golf Club (with limo transporation). After your round, you’ll be clubbing in style with a VIP table at Tryst Nightclub, complete with a liter of Grey Goose. Sounds like the best kind of trouble! From $559/ per person

lamboUltimate Adrenaline VIP Las Vegas Golf Package

Want to party like a rock star and do Vegas the way it was always intended to be done? Look no further than this amazing package, designed to cater to your inner thrill seeker and to help you make the most of your Vegas vacation. It includes 4 nights at the MGM Grand Las Vegas and 2 rounds of championship golf. You’ll play a rounds at the British Open inspired Royal Links Golf Club, the Pete Dye designed escape to the Carolinas, Desert Pines Golf Club and be treated to limo transport to and from each.
Looking for ways to fill the other two days? How about spending some time doing 5 laps in a Lamborghini Gallardo or Ferrari F430, courtesy of Exotics Racing, or shooting some guns at Machine Guns Vegas?
Of course, Vegas isn’t just renowned for its unique daytime experiences, it’s also known for its killer nightlife, which is why you’ll get a VIP table at your choice of Tryst Nightclub or Sapphires Gentleman’s Club. It’s a one of a kind trip you and your buddies will never forget. From $959/ per person.
For more information about any of these packages, or to book them, call (877) 975-6898!

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It’s Summer in Vegas!

It’s Summer in Vegas!

Summer is on and there’s never been a better time to escape to Vegas for a little R&R. Whether it is golf, shows or access to the city’s infamous daytime pool parties, we have many packages which are sure to fill the needs of even the most discerning tourist. By bundling your activities together, you can actually save big this season. And who doesn’t like saving money?

WetRepublic6-LargeMaximum Vegas VIP Golf Package

Want to relax with some golf and then get fired up at the pool? This is the package for you! Escape to the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino for 3 days and 2 nights and play two rounds of golf at the award winning Royal Links Golf Club and the Pete Dye designed, Desert Pines Golf Club. When you’ve finished unwinding with your rounds, you can head over to the MGM’s infamous day time pool party club, Wet Republic, where you will be given VIP entry into the venue. Add other amenities like 20% off show tickets to Cirque du Soleil’s KA and 20% off spa services, and you have all the makings of a very relaxing vacation.

{a38cd9cb-1a29-4beb-853f-3989323153c4}royal links_610Vegas Summer Escape 2013 Package

One of the most anticipated Vegas deals released by MGM Resorts every year, this package has a large amount of incredibly deep discounts and amenities for your getaway.  When you book at any of the eight participating resorts, you will receive exclusive offers from each, as well at a $25 Golf Course Resort Credit and FREE Callaway X HOT golf club rentals! Some highlights include: Complimentary entry to the MGM’s pool party, Wet Republic, a $50 Cabana Credit at Mandalay Bay, 2-for-1 Breakfast at Il Fornaio in New York New York and more! You can view a complete list here.

3-steal-mike-tysons-tigerWolfpack VIP Hard Rock Golf Package

Inspired by The Hangover movie series, this package is ideal for the tourist who wants to party hard and play hard in the city of neon lights!  You get 3 nights at the hottest party spot in town, the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino and two rounds of golf at Desert Pines Golf Club and the British Open inspired, Royal Links Golf Club. If you’re feeling extra adventurous, you can add a one of the gorgeous ParMates to your round, making your experience that much more unique and special. Then top off your wild Vegas vacation complete with some free drinks at Vinyl and 35 Steaks +Martinis and a complimentary daybed at the pool. Just make sure you don’t get drunk and wake up with a tiger in your bathroom, huh?

These are just a few of the options offered for your next golf trip to Sin City. With so many to choose from, what will you do during your Vegas summer vacation?

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Bring Your WolfPack to Vegas

Bring Your WolfPack to Vegas

Las Vegas is the number one bachelor party destination in the United States, with a whopping 35% of all tourists flocking to the city to partake in this time-honored tradition. Whether it be clubbing, lounging, seeing a show or just general bonding time with your friends, Vegas has a lot to offer any group of guys in town to celebrate their buddy’s impending marriage. For the golfing types, there are a lot of great, inclusive packages offered by Walters Golf that can actually shave off a lot of the buck and offer a lot more bang! Here are just a few:

34872The Ultimate Mancation VIP Golf Package

You know anything with the words “ultimate” and “mancation” in the title cannot possibly provide anything less than a stunning experience for your next Bachelor party. This one definitely doesn’t disappoint. For just $429 per person, guests are given access to the most desirable courses and party spots in Las Vegas with five star service the entire time. The Ultimate Mancation VIP Golf Package includes a round at Royal Links Golf Club, as well as a round at Desert Pines Golf Club. While at Royal Links, the foursome will also be treated to the company of a ParMate, adding something special to the bachelor experience not found anywhere else! The party is also given access to a host of other amenities and experiences including: Limo transportation, VIP admission to one of Vegas’ hottest clubs and, of course, 2-for-1 bottle service at their choice of gentleman’s club (Sapphires or Spearmint Rhino). It’s an experience the groom-to-be will never forget!

Untitled-2The Wolfpack VIP Hard Rock Golf Package

Looking to create your own version of the hangover? Then your wolfpack is in for a treat! Inspired by the well-known Hangover series, this package includes everything you and your boys need to get the party started and have an unforgettable weekend in Vegas. It includes three nights at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino and two rounds of golf at Royal Links Golf Club and Desert Pines Golf Club. While at the hotel, guests will be given tons of great inclusions including money off at several restaurants and the spa, complimentary drinks at Vinyl and a free daybed at the pool during your stay all for only $299 per person. Want to up the ante on your golf rounds? Include a ParMate to caddy for you at Royal Links for just $50 more!

mgm-grand-las-vegasThe Maximum Vegas VIP Golf Package

Escape to one of the city’s most recognizable hotels, located centrally on the world-famous Las Vegas Strip. Not only does this package include two rounds of golf at Royal Links and Desert Pines, but it also gets you three days and two nights at the MGM Grand, VIP access to day time pool party, Wet Republic and huge discounts on shows and other services – all from $349!

Whichever of these packages you choose, they are all sure to provide the kind of unforgettable experience that Vegas has become known for and are all sure to leave you and your buddies with lots of memories for years to come!

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4 Reasons It’s Good to Golf In Las Vegas

4 Reasons It’s Good to Golf In Las Vegas

The Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority estimates that nearly 40 million people travel to the neon sandbox each year.  From the city’s numerous shows and nightlife offerings, to the world-famous buffets and bars, it’s no wonder the city is heralded at the “Entertainment Capitol of the World” but it’s also a great destination for anyone who wants to get out and hit the greens. Here are 4 reasons why you should consider Las Vegas for your next golf vacation!

The Weather

When people think about Las Vegas, they are no doubt thinking about the wonderful year-round subtropical weather. With an average of 300 sunny days per year and more than 3,800 hours of sunshine, it’s unlikely that your golf round will be rained out or in conditions that are intolerable to play in.

bali-hai-golf-clubThe Accommodations

Las Vegas has hundreds of hotels to choose from, in many different price ranges so there is one for everyone’s budget. The number of them also makes it easy to find accommodations near whatever course you choose to play. Most tourists want the experience of staying in the middle of all the action on the Strip but when you want to golf, this can cause your transportation fees to add up quickly since many courses are a bit of a haul from the action. This can be remedied by playing the South Pacific inspired, Bali Hai Golf Club, located directly on the Las Vegas Strip, just down the road from the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino. This tropical paradise is an award-winning course, earning itself accolades from GolfDigest, GolfWeek and many other publications.

royal-9thThe Courses

The Valley is filled with many courses that cater to golfers of all levels and ages, with several offering unique experiences that cannot be found anywhere else in the United States. Royal Links Golf Club, located just miles from the heart of the famous Las Vegas Strip, offers the best holes of the British Open rotation courses (including the Old Course at St. Andrews, Royal Troon and Muirfield), allowing golfers to play these legendary holes without having to go all the way to Scotland. Tiger Woods holds the course record of 67 and was quoted saying he was, “amazed at how well Pete and Perry Dye did in recreating the holes.” If you’re planning a golf vacation in Vegas and want a memorable golf experience, Royal Links is the place for you.

The Flight Prices

Since Las Vegas is a major tourist destination, many airlines offer various specials on flights to the city throughout the year, which you can be alerted to by signing up for their e-mail lists. Domestic carriers like JetBlue and Southwest release sales every Tuesday and by the afternoon all the major airlines will have adjusted their fares to compete. You can also try setting up alerts through Kayak or SkyScanner, which will allow them to tell you when the price of your ticket drops, enabling you to go a bit easier on your wallet.

Whether you’re a seasoned vet or a newbie, come find out all the reasons why Las Vegas is an exciting and unique destination for all golfers. To find out more about the courses featured, learn about Stay & Play packages or see more information about other golf offerings, visit Walters Golf.

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Is Las Vegas a Golf Destination? That is the question…

As a golf enthusiast who has traveled to many places to play golf, I have come to the following conclusions:  Las Vegas does not offer the most courses, lowest prices, nor is the market jammed with overbooked courses filled with golfers just looking play as much golf as they can.   Consistent with Las Vegas at large, the golf providers offer, cool, unique, fun and friendly experiences that are unique to the industry.  Where else can you play a course on the famed Las Vegas Strip that transports you to a South Pacific Island, then the next day play the 18 best holes from the British Open? Imagine teeing it up on the Famous Road Hole from St. Andrews just a few minutes from the Strip at the Royal Links Golf Club. These are only a few examples. There are other great courses that have a Carolina theme and Country Club feel along with many traditional Desert Courses from which to choose. So now we know the courses are great…  What else?

Many golf destinations offer good golf, but when you putt out on the last hole, do you look at your buddies and ask “What are we do tonight”? As you may or may not know, that question is somewhat irrelevant and inapplicable in Las Vegas.   Tremendous volume of world-class dining, amazing shows, gaming, clubbing, pool parties, sports books, spas; not to mention a lot of good looking people abound here! This dynamic is combined with spectacular accommodations, comprised of literally hundreds of thousands of room available in Vegas with the room product second to none…

Golf packages and destination accommodations in Las Vegas are perceived to be expensive. Those days are in the distant past. When bundling the room, golf and transportation together, the prices are surprisingly affordable.  Go to waltersgolf.com and take a look at their Stay and Play Packages. Pricing is similar or less than many destinations having nationally-ranked golf and the best rooms in Vegas.

So all things considered, would I say that Las Vegas is a Golf Destination? I would say it’s more than just a Golf Destination – it’s THE ULTIMATE Golf Destination…..

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Royal Links Golf Club

Royal Links Golf Club

Royal Links Golf Club in Las Vegas is a Vegas links-style golf course created to honor the rich tradition and history of the game of golf. It is one of the most unique golfing experiences in the country. This Links style course faithfully recreates holes inspired by the British Open rotation golf courses such as “The Road Hole” and “Hell Bunker” from the old course at St. Andrews and “The Postage Stamp” from Royal Troon.

Royal Links Golf Rates as low as $79 per round!

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