Monday and Tuesday in Vegas, Wednesday and Thursday in Laughlin South Coast: Since it has been well reported that SC is a Coast clone in layout and offerings, Iâ€™ll just go with my impressions: Great beds and bedding, nicely (lightly) decorated, comfortable rooms, but with all that square footage they should have done better with the bathrooms, which are standard in all ways â€˜cept being a bit bigger than most and at least having the curved shower curtain bar. Wi-fi a nice touch. Efficient valet. Donâ€™t think I want to be around when the equestrian center is going full bore and hubcap-sized belt buckles are all the rage; nothing against equestrians, itâ€™s just not my bag. Surprisingly smoky casino given it wasnâ€™t packed and the fact that it is brand new. Disappointing. Very disappointing. And I really canâ€™t hang with the location. I know that might strike some as odd given how we always drive in and cruise all over town at will. There's just no there there, and absolutely no other sights or diversions w/o jumping on the shuttle or getting behind the wheel. South Coast food: Big Sur Oyster Bar â€“ Oysters, chowder: typical Coast quality, which is high. Coronado Cafe â€“ I know itâ€™s only eggs and spuds and pork, but breakfast was sub-par. Silverado Steakhouse â€“ 25 bucks for (advertised) USDA Prime NY, with starch and a good salad (true mixed greens, Champagne vinaigrette, properly hued toms). Doesnâ€™t seem to know what rare is and the service was horrid; our blathering server was like a fly buzzing around incessantly. Pace was way too quick. Great price but not a great value all things considered. Other food: Sushi King â€“ Outstanding, as always. No toro or oysters, which was a bummer. Sundance Grill, Silverton â€“ Iâ€™ve had breakfast there several times now and itâ€™s just top-notch. (HATE access to that place, though.) Beef Barron, Flamingo Laughlin â€“ Wow, a cool- purple-in-the-center hunk of meat exists? Thank you. Golf: Callaway Golf Center, Reflection Bay, the Falls, Revere-Concord, Mojave Golf Resort and Laughlin Ranch. Let me tell you â€¦ oh, that will come later. OK, a tiny snippet: Angel Park kicks its ass, outstanding, damnable scrapers all over the back nine but the course still rocks, visually appealing/great hangover course, fun play, without question the real deal. I was scheduled to play Mountain Falls in Hahrumph but the course was under a deep freeze Monday morn and as Iâ€™ve no interest in indulging in the townâ€™s only other reason to visit, I opted not to cool my heels for several hours waiting for the frost to leave. Flamingo Laughlin: In a word, implode the place. As much as we have a home in Laughlin, itâ€™s been the Flamingo. The place is tired, dirty, worn out. One of the best restaurants on the river â€“ Alta Villa â€“ isnâ€™t open the first part of the week yet the oxygen-tank crowd is queued up hundreds deep before the 4 pm opening of the barf-fet. The area by the RiverWalk bar and the book smells like the party room of a frat house, every roof and wall surface is tinged a cancerous pallor by 15 years of torchers and with Caesars pulling out, Harrahâ€™s refusing to step in and Strat/AZ Chuck Icahn still not asserting himself, everything is in stasis. The beds are crap, the linens are like horse hair, the furnishings were dated and worn out five years ago, the dÃ©cor is awful, supplies appear to be so low that unsealed (refilled?) shampoo bottles are all you get in the room and thereâ€™s not a note pad or pen in sight, and locker rooms have cleaner carpets than the casino. I had fun playing the slant top 9/6 Jacks machines overlooking the river â€“ and with the relative air quality relief provided by the nearby doors â€“ and Ketel One is available, but the time is at hand for a fundamental re-do. Laughlin, itself, needs to get a grip on the fact that its core demographic of 10 or 15 years ago is, letâ€™s be honest, dying out, and to continue to cater almost exclusively to those who have participatory experience with or at least first-hand remembrances of WW II is a mistake. I donâ€™t think a new room has been added in town since the early-mid â€˜90s and no new resorts have gone up in something like 15 years. Laughlin canâ€™t and shouldnâ€™t try for the Palms/HRH crowd, but with the physical setting, the river, the appearance of good golf, it need not be the getaway equivalent of a mortuary anteroom. We get there about once a year now and I think weâ€™re gonna give the Nugget a try. (Ate at Casa Serrano in the Riverside's annex; there are a half-dozen or so sister restaurants in Kingman and along the river. Good tamales, camarones diablo and chile verde; skip the carnitas.) Good vibes: Heading up to the JW Marriott for three days of golf and spa starting this coming Friday!!