Wednesday, July 31, 2013 | 11:30 p.m.
Editor’s Note: As Robin Leach winds down his traditional summer vacation under the Tuscan sun in Italy and heads to the East Coast for a brief visit before returning to the rigors of Vegas DeLuxe, many of our Strip personalities have stepped forward in his absence to pen their own words of wisdom. We continue today with Adam Sperling of Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.
Those of you who have attended Las Vegas’ PGA Tour stop in the past and those who have been waiting for the arrival of the FedEx Cup before making a trip out to TPC Summerlin this October are in for a treat in 2013 as we begin a new chapter in our rich and storied history.
The 2013 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open promises to be an experience and event unlike any other previous versions over the past 30 years. Now a part of the FedEx Cup regular season, the tournament that previously boasted one of the strongest fall fields in golf is poised to attract even more of golf’s top names this fall from Oct. 14-20.
The tournament that brought the PGA Tour its first $1 million purse now offers a $6 million purse (with more than $1 million going to the winner). The tournament that hosted Tiger Woods’ first professional victory will now provide Ryan Moore, the first former Runnin’ Rebel to win the hometown event, an opportunity to become the first repeat winner of the event and receive the coveted invitation to the Masters.
The changes inside the ropes pale in comparison to what is being planned for the attendees. New this year, all tickets will include access to the Hill, a remodeled 10,000-square-foot entertainment pavilion overlooking the 16th, 17th and 18th holes. Once inside the Hill, guests will enjoy more than three-dozen flat-screen TVs, upgraded menu options, after-play drink specials and live entertainment Friday and Saturday nights.
That’s right, new this year, all Friday and Saturday tickets will allow access to that evening’s concert series. Not only that, but for those of you who have trouble escaping the office Friday or getting your weekend chores completed Saturday, for the first time this year, we’ll be offering a reduced-price ticket that allows access Friday and Saturday beginning at 2 p.m. so you can still catch the final hours of play and stick around for the live music.
Additional changes are planned for out on the course, with a new mobile entertainment and beverage distribution area slated for the eighth-green viewing area. Brand new spectator enhancements in the Fan Entertainment Zone will provide a fresh and exciting activation for fans of all ages upon entering the course. You might even spot a few of your local favorite dining establishments out here bringing your daily favorites directly to you while on the course.
With all of these exciting adjustments set to take place, it would be easy to lose track of what isn’t changing — our commitment to local schools, charities and our host organization, Shriners Hospitals for Children. Popular fundraising programs that allow schools and nonprofits to sell tournament tickets and retain 100 percent of the proceeds for their organization are still available by contacting our tournament office. Our Sunday walk-a-thon benefiting the Goodie Two Shoes Foundation returns for the fourth consecutive year.
On Monday, the course will be closed to the public for special-educational programming for fourth- and fifth-graders in Clark County School District and former UNLV standout Charley Hoffman and his foundation’s Pro Am that has generated more than $225,000 for Las Vegas charities since its inception. Kick Off Your Heels, the popular Women’s Day networking event, returns Tuesday to provide an afternoon of friendship and business development.
None of these changes could have been possible without two groups, the Shriners Hospitals for Children and you, the Las Vegas community. We look forward to your support this October and to providing you world-class golf for years to come.
Check out our other guest columns today from chef Erick Stecher of SHe by Morton’s at Crystals and chef K.C. Fazel of Tender Steak & Seafood at Luxor and Thursday Michael Clift of “The Australian Bee Gees” at Excalibur, Charles Ressler of First Fridays and the staff of Vegas.com.
Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.
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