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Hitting the Links, Vegas Style

Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by RossW, Dec 15, 2006.

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  1. RossW

    RossW North of the 49th

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    My Trip Report

    Hitting the Links in Las Vegas.

    This trip was a bit different then a lot of the past Las Vegas trips I’ve been on.

    The focus was about golf, and not just the "gambling, drinking, and wandering around" type trips that have been the norm of the many previous jaunts I have done. Don’t get me wrong here, I did do the above, just not as much….LOL ....what would a Vegas trip be without some of the above. :D

    Got in on Saturday night on time at 9:00 pm and had my car picked up within a ½ hour or so of landing. I was planning on going up Paradise Road to the LV Hilton where I was staying. I had told Al that I figured it would be around 10 pm when I got there . He was staying that night there as well with me. It worked out well for him as it was a place that was on his to-do list of places to try out. I got a great rate via a mailer that I received, but it took a bit of re-checking with LVH to secure the space, as some convention or something was there. I think what happened was that the convention released a lot of the reserved rooms they had and it all went back into available inventory. The mailer deal was pretty good. 3 nights, 25.00 in eats, 2 spa passes (which I used on Monday and Tuesday mornings) – there is nothing better then a good steam room session, the sauna, whirlpool, cold plunge in the morning. They have all the fancy body washes, hair gels, shaving lotions, etc, etc, to make yourself all clean and pretty smelling for the rest of the day :thumbsup: and two drinks at the Shimmer Bar, which were never used. The other nice thing was double points for the 3 day stay when using my slot card.

    Doing the Spa thing in the morning is relaxing, I just find it a great way to start the day, and it’s something I am only able to do when on holidays.

    As mentioned, Al was there with me for the one night, and had arrived in Vegas earlier in the day. We had planned to meet up at the LVH SuperBook bar.

    Anyway, back to the rental car escapade, I took a wrong turn when leaving Car Rental Road and ended up getting back on LV Blvd coming out from Russell Road and heading in to town past the famous sign and Mandalay Bay. I had never seen the "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas" sign at night so I guess the wrong turn had a silver lining in a round about way. Traffic on LV Blvd on a Saturday night is a bitch. Slow doesn’t describe it. Stop and Go. If I had of not made the wrong turn , I would have most likely not been a ½ hr or 45 minutes late meeting up with Al. I got checked in and met Al at the VP bar. Didn’t do much more that night really, other then some slot action and walking around. It was a long day of travel and with being on East Coast time, I was tired. Al turned in a little earlier then I did and was up in the room not that much later then him.

    Sunday morning, we headed down to Jackie’s. (That’s the El Cortez, for those not in the know….LOL) Al and I seem to call it this when talking about the place. Had a good feed of sausage and eggs and the ambience of Careful Kitty’s restaurant. Like Al, a meal at Careful Kitty’s has become somewhat of a tradition for me on recent Las Vegas trips, plus the breakfast grub is pretty decent and priced well to boot.

    I had a tee time at Las Vegas National Golf Course for 11:22 am that morning. It was a nice course to play, and the foursome I was put into was great as well. John and Jack were only were out for 9 holes so it was just Craig and I for the back nine. I played better on the front, as I struggled with a few holes on the back. That's my game though, Mr. Inconsistent, when it comes to swinging the club. I still love to play though, no matter how high the numbers on the card get...:wave:

    Kudos to ken2v for the free round certificate he sent me for LVN. Thank you very much Ken!!

    All I needed to pay was a $25.00 cart fee. I had a few beers after in the clubhouse with Craig and then back to LVH to met up with Al, who spent the day watching and betting football with Hurricane Mikey.

    Went back to the room and hung out there for a bit, had a few more beers and then Al and I headed back downtown. Al had a room booked at the El Cortez for Sunday night as it’s a place he likes to stay at, so he checked in there for the night as our first order of business. I must say the newly renovated rooms are outstanding for the price you pay. It looks a lot nicer then the $27.00 they charge. I would suspect that being it is early December, and it is a little slower in Las Vegas at this time, that the $27.00 rate is about as low as it would go for. When walking into the room, it was quite impressive, it looked more like an $87.00 or $97.00 a night room to me.

    As I said to Al, this has the be the best room value in Vegas, bar none!!
    Good job on the renovations, Jackie. Well Done!!

    I’d have no problem staying there, and for what it’s worth, I think my wife wouldn’t mind it either. Very nicely decorated and the furniture and such was new and of a quality, you wouldn’t expect for the El Cortez. The rooms have come a long way from the Vintage Room I had at MM2. The pictures on their website are a true representation of the quality of the newly reno’d Tower Rooms.

    We had a meal at the Gate and just wandered around a bit thru some of the downtown joints. The fried Oreo was a new Vegas experience for me as well. I quite enjoyed it. After dessert, we ventured out with the car to visit HM at Sunset Station.

    He hammered on us pretty good I must say at the blackjack table. Al took more of a beating than I did. I netted out down 80 bones. Not sure what Al’s total loss was. :confused2: :cry: That was the only table action all trip for me. I was getting really tired by this time. I was tired prior to jumping in the car and driving to Sunset. Not sure why, but the time change (3 hours for me) as I’m on Eastern time, seems to kick me in the ass more these past few trips to the desert. Seems to be harder and harder to adjust. Is it an age thing maybe? LOL Who knows what it is, it just does. :snore: Wandered a bit around Sunset and then headed for our separate digs. Sleep, at least (maybe a better word would be ….last….) for me was the order.

    A good night’s sleep and I was up early and well rested. Watched a bit of CNN and just relaxed in the room for a bit. Al called and we set up a time to meet at around noon as he was checking out of the El Schlitz and checking into Glitz Towers (Wynn) later that day.

    The noon meet time, gave me a few hours in the Spa to steam and relax, shave and shower. A great relaxing way to start the day – the spa thing … I’d highly recommend it to anyone :thumbsup:

    Meet with Al at the El...hey that rhymes, and we put all his stuff in the car, weren’t sure as what to do for lunch, so the ACG came out and we scoured it for lunch ideas. Came across the Magnolia’s 2-4-1 entrée coupon, that seemed as good as any, and we both hadn’t tried the place before at the Four Queens downtown, so off we went. I had the sourdough chicken melt , Al had the Philly steak sammich. Mine was quite good.

    The tab was about 10 bucks or so with tip. Thank ACG.

    We headed out the see what was up at the Angel Park Golf Center that is out in Summerlin. It’s in and around the SunCoast hotel and the J.W. Marriott and Rampart Casino area. Got a great deal on a twilight rate, 25 bucks w/ a cart and all the golf you can get in. We were able to play the front 9 on the Mountain course. Got off to a rocky start w/ two 7’s but birdied # 3 w/ a chip-in from about 35 yards or so. NICE!! :nworthy: I haven’t had a chip-in in about 2 years or so. And a chip-in bird at that - Oh hell yeah!! Followed that up with another bird on # 4 and I settled in to a decent 9 holes, after adding up the damage, it was bogey golf overall, which for me is the norm. Bought a nice Angel Park logo golf shirt at 75% off as a souvenir of my visit. I also found an Angel Park logo Titleist ball as a bonus in the stones on # 8. A most enjoyable afternoon. Tried to meet up with HM for some dinner but with the car rental exchange we needed to do, etc, etc, it was too tight, time-wise. We bailed on that idea and headed back to LV proper. We descended upon our favorite downtown joint, at 6th and Fremont, namely Jackie’s, and had dinner at Roberta's. It’s been on my list for a while now. I had the New York steak / shrimp combo. Very tasty, and I was unable to finish it all. I’d return there again for sure. Just a note to those who have the POV coupon that is offered there. Don’t’ try to get away with a loose one. I had one from a trade back in March 06, and they wouldn’t honor it as it had been removed from the book prior to using it. Damn! Missed out on a $25.00 discount. But not all was lost, as Al had a free bottle of wine coupon he got when checking in on Sunday. We were able to use that one instead.

    After dinner we had to run to Car Rental Road and do the switch of the cars. I rented Sat night to Monday night, Al had his from Monday night to Wed afternoon. It worked well as we were basically able to both save some loot and split the car rental cost, so to speak, over the course of the trip

    After that Mr. Fancy, j/k Al…:haha: checked into Glitz Towers a.k.a Wynn. What a great view and nice digs for sure at Steve’s joint. We sat around for a bit and relaxed, I drifted off for about 15 or so minutes on the couch, maybe longer – how long was it Al? - propped up on some pillows staring out the floor to ceiling window. A great room for the price and with the freebies that were thrown in, that made it a great value for sure. We then headed up to the north Strip, stopped into a few spots, I had a cheap Heineken at Slots of Fun, and we wandered through Evil Clown Ville aka Circus Circus and made our way out the back way of the Riv over to the LV Hilton. We parted ways there and Al took the monorail back south, I played a few slots and wandered around a bit.

    Side Note – I was hit on by a young African American gal who saddled up beside me at the Price is Right Cliffhanger 5 cent machine I was playing later on that night. I’d have to say she was early 20’s. A real beauty, great smile. etc. etc..... :drooling: She proceeds with the smile my way, and then drops 5 bucks into the Cliffhanger machine next to mine, hits the Cliffhanger bonus on the first spin, and then gets the max bonus payout. The mountain climber stops just before falling off. She prints a TITO to the tune of 125 bucks or something around there. She rubs my back as I’m watching her bonus round finish, and says, "Hey you’re my lucky charm tonight". I smiled and said "I guess I am." :)

    I then hit my bonus after hers, and faired out about $80.00 less then her. I printed my TITO, smiled at her and said "Have a good night, and good luck." She smiles again, I smile again, and I then walk away. I’m a married man. ….. nuff said ….

    Always nice though to think someone else still might be interested in an old man of 42 years of age LOL….: :woot: :evillaugh

    As my father-in-law said to me one time – "Nothing wrong with looking at the menu when you’re married, you just can’t place an order anymore".

    Wandered some more and did well on a new fangled Elvis slot machine that has three levels, if you win anything on level one it moves to level two and so one. He sang a lot of songs over the hour I played the machine. Finished up about $140.00 net and went upstairs to bed. Another good night’s rest, and the next morn, I ordered some room service to burn up the $25.00 dining credit I had. I’ve never done breakfast room service before. Started with a Bloody Mary, Belgian waffles, Ham, Canadian bacon and a fruit smoothie drink. Yum….... w/ tip it was a $35.00 meal….fun though to have the butler bring it up to the room for a change.

    Lost the 140.00 from the night before right smartly that morning as well. DAMN!!.

    Meet up with Al again at the Star Trek entrance around noon. It’s Tuesday now, my last day here. After checking out of my room, we headed off to the Strip, saw the Mac King show, Big Elvis and milked a bar top VP machine for the rest of the afternoon at the Barbary Coast. I quite enjoyed the Mac King show. We were able to make dinner plans that worked that night at Ellis Island with the Hurricane. We met up later on. I pulled a no-brainer, when I asked what the steak special was when Al ordered one up. My bad….LOL… Apparently it, the $5.95 or whatever it costs special, is as "common knowledge" as the $20.00 trick is, and other Vegas "in the knows" for lack of a better term that us Vegas addicts should know about. I guess I must have forgot about it as I've read about it in the past, but it didn’t cross my mind that night. As Hurricane Mikey posted on his blog, I threw out a softball, so I was easy pickins'. I guess I deserved it. We all had a laugh…..all in fun. We had a lot of other laughs and some great conversations as well. It was an enjoyable evening. E.I. has some decent $1.00 microbrews and my stuffed pork chop was quite good. Lots of laughs at the table and it is always nice to meet new Vegas weirdoes as GotaVegasJones calls the lot of us.

    Scott and Earl, it was nice to meet you both, thanks for some laughs and good company. I do hope our paths cross again sometime in the future. Good to know that there are others out there like ourselves, isn’t it. The folks who truly love Las Vegas. God Bless us all… :)

    $15.00 per person paid for our meals and left a good tip for our break-in waiter. The only thing I really didn’t like all that much was the white wine that came along with the meal deal….it wasn’t up too much, but what would one expect when the special included salad, appetizer, main course, dessert and wine all for $10.95. All in all, a true bargain at the Island.

    Mikey took us back to the IP garage where Al had the car parked, I organized my luggage and secured my golf clubs, and put the bag cover on, Al took me to the airport, and the rest is routine. Uneventful flight home, tired the next day, but that’s supposed to happen after a Las Vegas trip.

    The golf is an idea that will be high priority from here on in. I might stay out in Summerlin the next time. We never made it into the SunCoast or the J.W. Marriott, but the golf is right there next to it and other courses are within close range. But with the offers that the Las Vegas Hilton sends my way, it’s tough to stray from that place. The day after I returned home, two mailers were waiting for me, one from Jackie, and a Jan, Feb Hilton deal - a 3 nighter, similar to the one I just used from the LV Hilton, were in my mailbox.

    I ran a good amount of cashola thru the machines at LVH, so I figure I’ll be on the radar of the LVH for a little bit longer at least, and the mailman will continue to drop mailers and slot tourney promo’s in my mailbox.....hopefully that's a good thing...:ssst:

    A fun and relaxing trip, no real late nights or hangovers or the like. Good times, good company, and some different eats (deep fried Oreo’s, room service) and activities (golf, different spa, room service, etc.) It’s always nice to meet new T2Ver’s and to reconnect with the ones from the past. Thanks for the lift back to the IP garage, HM.

    The challenge now is to get the bride to come along. Four days without kids and such each year would do her a world of good, I believe. And what better place than Las Vegas. I could golf, she could Spa, get pampered....shop...whatever.....

    Thanks for the round of golf Al and for picking up the majority of the Roberta’s meal. It was a fun trip.

    Now, to figure out how and when I can put up another countdown clock?

    The next travel for me is a trip to Southwest Florida this Feb for 9 days.
    Who knows when the next trip will be after that one??

    Thanks for reading,

    Cheers

    RossW
     
  2. doctor_al

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    He's alive! I was beginning to wonder, hadn't heard anything since you left. Much as I hate dealing with the coupies, we did get a couple good deals out of 'em, meals and the show. Good trip, glad you could make it out.
     
  3. DonD

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    Another fine TR, thanks Ross!:thumbsup:
     
  4. HoyaHeel

    HoyaHeel Grammar Police & Admin

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    Sounds like a great trip!!!

    OK, how to get the wifey to Vegas?? Shows, spa, shopping??? Keep hammering the "more to Vegas than gambling" angle I guess. Winter trips to get away from Canada?? Any trip to get away from the kids (er, um, enjoy "couple time"?)
     
  5. Jack21

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    Whatsamater, Ross....the Elco has no Foxnews??!:poke:

    Sounds great, man. I must get a round in w/ you sometime...the only time I golfed out there it was at the Painted Desert and we packed it in after 16 or so...:drunk:

    Enjoyed the read, man; glad to see you fed the VEGAS JONES

    BTW, when you got your back rubbed by Cliffhanger machine chick, did it move?...and if so, what would the FIL have said about that??!:wink2:

    :thumbsup:
     
  6. chef

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    Ross,
    You should have taken me up on my offer of my unused ACG and LVA coupies?
    In a previous TR, you mentioned Vegas burnout. It sounds like you're back in the swing of things.
    The Hilton, ElCo and Wynn is a perfect trio of hotels to stay at.
    Andy
     
  7. SH0CK

    SH0CK Stylin' and Profilin' Quasi Tech Admin

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    I thought it was "It don't matter where you get your appetite, as long you go home to eat." Wait... maybe I shared to much :ssst:

    Nice trip report Ross. Glad you whipped away the bad feelings you had from the previous trip :thumbsup:
     
  8. RossW

    RossW North of the 49th

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    Andy,

    I had an ACG from the March 06 trip. Ken also had some extra POV's as well, but we were unsure how to get them in time until I thought of having them sent to to the hotel. They didn't arrive until Monday as there was a message on my room phone then. All in all, we didn't get to use any POV's anyway.

    Also, I stayed all three nights at the LV Hlton. Sat w/ Al and then Sunday and Monday I was solo.

    Al was the one on the move he did the El Cortez and Wynn on his own. We just met up each day around noon.

    Also - thanks for the comments all, it was a relaxing trip - just what I needed for a few days..:thumbsup:

    Ross
     
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    RossW North of the 49th

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    Eric, a round of golf sometime would be great. Painted Desert is a nice course, I've played it before when I took those lessons a while back.

    There are so many choices now in Vegas for golf. I'm looking forward to Ken's book for some good insight on the whole Vegas golf scene.

    As for, did it move? There still is warm blood flowing thru these vains lad, but I think I'll plead the 5th.... LOL :ssst:
     
  10. Beach Crazy

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    Very nice TR, Ross. Sounds like it was a most enjoyable trip.

    Why don't you just surprise your bride. Book your trip and then let her know. :)
     
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