We know pro athletes love Las Vegas. In fact, if you've been to Las Vegas in the past, you've probably seen one at the tables or in the clubs.
Tom Lutes founded the Pro Legends Golf in 2009 in Colorado. This year, he's bringing the series to the Strip.
The first event of the year is the Football Legends $1 Million Shootout, held at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino June 2-6. Among the 60 NFL greats participating are Andre Rison, Steve Beurlein, Ricky Watters, J.J. Stokes, Eric Davis, Rodney Harrison, Billy Joe Tolliver and Ed "Too Tall" Jones. The format is a modified shamble featuring foursomes with a football great in each group.
The whole package is $2,195 until May 15 ($2,495 after) and includes a four-night stay at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, entry fee to the tournament, cocktail reception and awards banquet with the legends, $100 MGM gambling dollars, gift bag valued at $300, golf and airport transfers.
The cost is actually far less than one round in most PGA Tour Pro-Am events with a PGA Tour pro, and in this case, you'll have a chance to win some big money.
Included in the entry fee, event participants can enter a private poker tournament that pays out up to $24,000. And the best chance to win big is a 150-yard shot that each contestant will have four shots at. If holed, it pays out a cool $1 million.
A silent auction will also be held during the event, with winners announced on the final evening at the awards banquet.
Great golf, great athletes and it's for a great cause -- the Pro Legends Series will benefit Operation Homefront, a charitable organization that provides emergency financial and other assistance to the families of our country's wounded soldiers. The organization will receive proceeds from the event's auction, as well as half of the $1 million if someone makes the 150-yard shot.
Following the Pro Football Legends event, the Pro Baseball Legends will come to Vegas Sept. 8-12, and will feature more than 60 baseball greats.
And, later this year, the Hockey Legends $1,000,000 Shootout is scheduled for Oct. 26-30. Also keep an eye out for the Basketball Legends and Celebrity Legends Shootouts coming soon.
Located in downtown Las Vegas, Desert Pines G.C. pays tribute to the Carolina Sandhills. It's a sea of green with tall pine trees and rolling hills. Its narrow fairways and numerous water hazards mean the course demands precision over power.
Quite different from it is Royal Links, featuring 18 holes inspired from the British Open. Renditions range from the long, Road Hole from St. Andrews to the short, par-3 "Postage Stamp" of Royal Troon.
To register or for more information on the MGM Grand Football Legends $1 Million Shootout, click here.
April 27, 2011