Prelude: Some messages from the accounting department are better than others. Case in point: I’ve been working from home since mid-March and recently got a Slack message from accounting saying if I don’t take some time off soon, I’ll stop accruing vacation time by December. Nothing like practically being forced into a vacation, right? So I immediately submitted for a week off from work, with no real plan for what I’d do. I’ve been monitoring the Vegas COVID situation from afar but hadn’t really considered going myself. Around this same time, I played golf with a couple guys and we all started talking about how many courses we’ve played. While I don’t consider myself a true “course collector” in the sense of wanting to play every last course, I do keep a list and it’s closing in on 300 different courses. Anyway, that conversation sort of reignited by desire to get to 300 sooner rather than later. While there are plenty of local courses I haven’t played, I figured why not take this opportunity to notch off a few on my “Vegas Golf Wish List”? All of this is my way of saying this trip came together rather last minute when A, I had the time off of work, B, the Las Vegas weather forecast looked great for golf (sunny and low 60s, little wind), C, myVEGAS had two-night comps at Aria readily available, and D, there were some surprisingly great deals to be had on golf tee times and Vegas courses are mostly in great condition right now after fall overseeding. Plus, it sounded amazing to get away. (Oh, AND I sorta had made a tradition of a “November Vegas Golf Trip” for five years running before snapping that streak in 2018, so this just felt right.) After reserving two nights at Aria from myVEGAS/Mlife, I booked tee times for Monday and Tuesday and decided to play Wednesday by ear. I also got two $25 myKONAMI Free Play rewards – one for Aria and another for NYNY. I also bought some KN95 masks from Amazon, figuring those are probably safer than the typical cloth masks I wear when grocery shopping, etc. Not wanting to eat in any restaurants, I identified a few take-out opportunities that would still get me to some of my favorite Vegas eateries, and one new one I’d been wanting to try. I was all packed up (including warm clothes because the low temperatures were forecast in the mid-30s) Sunday night and had an 11:25 tee time on Monday morning in Vegas. Let’s gooooo!