Vegas Stay: Imperial Pallor. Remodeled room was decent, the howl from Carnaval Court could not be totally drowned out by air conditioner noise. Notable eats: Noraâ€™s. As reported by others, very good â€œbasicâ€ (and thatâ€™s not a slam) Italian fare. We wolfed down a commendable Chateaubriand at the Pallorâ€™s steak joint. Itâ€™s not Charlie Palmer Steak but more importantly itâ€™s not Great Moments Room. Viva Mercadoâ€™s was markedly indifferent for lunch, which is the first time I can say that after a dozen or so visits. Could it be related to the pending move? Gotta give props to the Pallor's room service folks. Play: Badlands (Diablo/Outlaw) â€“ 89 from the tips; Troon Golf is running things at Badlands now and the change is bordering on phenomenal. On the crapper side, re-routing to accommodate the condo-towers on Desperadoâ€™s 9th remove the teeth from that once-stellar par 5 and return a Dentugrip-grade mid-length par 4 in their place. Also, a very bad decision on Diabloâ€™s 4th (if someone buying a house on a course doesnâ€™t see the course they deserve a few stucco-dings) puts the champ and back tees in an unplayable chute amidst the foliage â€¦ play that one from the added â€œproâ€ tee. LV National â€“ no idea what I shot since itâ€™s run by American Golf Corp. so that means after 4.5 hours plodding around the course I quit after 15 with four groups queued up ahead of us on 16. Paiute Sun Mountain â€“ an ugly 41/54 = 95. I suck. PGA Fall Expo: The move to Mandalay Bayâ€™s conference center was a plus. But the showâ€™s a dud and I doubt Iâ€™ll make it a three-peat next year. But I am quite impressed with the total line of goodies from Bridgestone. Gambling: Played several hours of Jacks at MSS and LVH. Good beers at the former, one octogenarian cocktron sighted exactly once at the latter. $100 profit. Played a couple hours of vodka-hazed blackjack at the Pallor, scoring a small profit, then watched my bud toss the dice for 40 minutes w/o break. Valley of the Sun Stays: Westin Kierland and Superstition Mountain Golf & Country Club. Hard to leave both places. Notable eats: In-villa dinner prepared by Supe Mt. executive chef. Dinner brought to villa by line chef. The Good Egg at T-bird and Scottsdale. Roaring Fork ... 'nuff said about that place. The Kierland grub was pretty good. Play: Kierland (Acacia/Ironwood) â€“ 91. The Golf Club of Scottsdale â€“ 84. Private Jay Morrish/Dick Bailey course between Troon and Rio Vista. Itâ€™s a â€œcoreâ€ course meaning no houses and one youâ€™d never tire of playing. An AZ top 10 easily. Just for giggles try the 500-yard par-4 18th from the tips. Superstition Mountain (Lost Gold) â€“ 92. The LPGA-used Prospector track closed for overseeding the day we arrived. But after playing Lost Gold and driving Prospector, the pros should switch courses, methinks. Great members courses and I canâ€™t remember a more driver-friendly Nicklaus design anywhere; he kills you on the greens. Other fun stuff: Kierland has a three-part golf-improvement program with fitness training, clubfitting and instruction by top-drawer instructors Mike and Sandy Le Bauve. LeBauve (Mike) now has me (trying) to swing on an entirely new plane, I grunted my way through a session with the trainer (and could barely walk for two days) and I loved the fitting session. As for the latter, though Iâ€™ve gone through a number of such sessions, this had the advantage of launch monitors, green grass, course access and no single-manufacturer affiliation. Long-story short Ping appears to have fitted me properly for irons/wedges, I overload and overspin both stock drivers I play with (Ping G2 and TM R7 460), my fairway wood is ill-suited and I need longer, stiffer, higher-kick shafts in my hybrids. The driver session was most interesting because I could hit, say, a Nike Sasquatch with three different shaft/loft combos then do the same with Cleveland, etc., and long-story-short, I spec best into a 9.5* Callaway FT-3 draw-biased Tour head with a Mitsubishi Diamana Blue 73g 45â€ x-flex shaft. As for T, she went spa crazy. Shopping: We both bought a ton of stuff (Vegas outlets, Nordy Rack and Nordy for me, Arizona Mills and Kierland Commons for T).