Vegas PGA Tourney Adds Club Scene Elements With Pools Around Final Three Holes
In an “attempt to enhance the spectator experience” at TPC Summerlin, the PGA Tour Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in October is “taking a page from the Las Vegas club scene and will be looking to have a ‘dayclub’ vibe for those who need a break from golf,” according to Steve Carp of the LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL. Six pools “will be strategically placed around the final three holes, and The Hill, which has been a popular place to meet, drink and watch football the past few years, will add a new element of sophistication thanks to Hyde, which runs a successful nightclub at Bellagio and will bring that service to this year’s tournament.” Tournament Dir Adam Sperling said, “I think it’s changing how we look at creating entertainment opportunities.” Carp noted the event “experimented with a viewing area last year at the No. 15 green, where fans could literally touch the players.” The close proximity to the green “proved so popular that the tournament has expanded the idea to holes No. 16 and No. 17, where fans can sit at no extra charge and enjoy beverages sold through sponsors of those holes.” The pools will have “lifeguards and security so things don’t get out of hand, and complimentary towels will be available.” Two of the pools “are part of the Zappos Fan Experience, which will include a nine-hole miniature golf course and other interactive golf activities.” Ticket prices “will remain the same as last year -- $30 in advance, $35 at the gate -- and will include admission to The Hill” (LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL, 9/17).