Las Vegas' ultra high-end Cascata throws out the welcome mat
Cascata, one of Las Vegas’ $500 per round courses that Michael Jordan, George Clooney and Co. like to play, is easing off on its access rules. But not its price tag.
Cascata used to tout itself as a course only open to Caesars guests (and whatever big-name celebrity or gambler it comped). With the merging of Harrah’s with Caesars that changed to a host of Sin City properties. Recently, Cascata started allowing packagers like Las Vegas Golf Travel to sell it. Now, its website also lets golfers know there’s “limited availability” for other guests. Even of nonaffiliated hotels.
Limited, as in, if you call.
Think Cascata’s realizing that a $350 weekday and $500 weekend greens fees with a mandatory caddie ("suggested” tip $50 per person) tacked on is exclusive enough? There’s nothing more annoying than a course that charges ridiculous fees and then adds conditions to it.
With that said, Cascata is a wonder.
“It’s not a place where we’re going to sell a lot of rounds obviously,'’ said Scott Bowles of Las Vegas Golf Travel. “But for once in a lifetime splurge, you’ll see some golfers heading out there for the experience.”
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Golf is a quirky game with quirky rules. It is this quirkiness that allows any Joe-Bob to call in a rules violation. If you don't like it, too bad. If you don't like the fact that Wie is under greater scrutiny, too bad too, because it goes with the territory--I'd be that Chris would trade places with her to be under that kind of scrutiny in a heartbeat ;-)
I personally believe that Bamberger didn't do the "dirty deed" for reasons other than upholding the rules. I believe his comment in SI that he regrets not approaching Wie before signing her card.
Finally, Chris bashing Wie's caddie is all wrong. The caddie was understandably upset at the time--Chris, let it go. Oh yeah, I forgot, you can't...
A for golf, b- for value.
And Chuck...mention quirky one more time and I am coming through the screen. Golf is more than a game of rules...its a game of tradition, a game of sportsmanship, a game of integrity. Only a few our nailing Bamberger for calling a rules violation. Nearly everyone from Tiger Woods, Vijay Singh down to me (including Bamberger himself---but not Chris), are critical of his timing. That's why this was such brouhaha. His timing turned a TWO SHOT penalty into a DQ in the most watched pro debut in a decade. I am sure she will always remember the first sunday she turmed pro...but not for the right reason.
So will it be red or black this time?
If you pay $500 for a round of golf, do the greens roll 5 times truer, than on a $100 golf course? Is the scenerey really 5 times better? Are the cart girls 5 times more luscious? The fairways 5 times more green?
In my opinion the golfer who spends that kind of money on his green fees is doing it more for the status than anything else.
I've heard, when you play these exclusive course, that when the guy in your group breaks wind on the tee they somehow have a way of making it smell like lilac. Ok, now I'm just being silly. Time to pack it in.
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