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Hey, that pasties lady on Fremont Street shouldn't be allowed to have all the
nearly nude fun.
Next month, Downtown Vegas will host the Ho! Ho! Speed-Oh! run in benefit of Opportunity Village. If that name sounds familiar, it's the charity championed by Penn on this most recent season of Celebrity Apprentice.
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A 40-minute ride south on the I-15, before the elevation begins to rise and the driver becomes subject to the laws of California, lies Primm, Nevada. A dusty locale situated in the Mohave Desert, Primm signifies both beginning and end -- the commencement of an action-packed weekend in Las Vegas for those commuting from California, the final stop on the ride south for those departing Nevada.
To call Primm a city would be akin to designating the MGM Grand a sovereign state. The 2000 census population for Primm was just 436 people. It's more of a rest stop than a city, but it's a rest stop with plenty of attractions and, in typical Southern Nevada tradition, plenty of excitement.
We made the trek down to Primm under the guise of a round of golf at the Primm Valley Golf Club, but with an 8:00 a.m. tee time, there were plenty of hours left in the day for us to explore the various attractions the city has to offer.
We know life is busy and it's hard to remember everything. So, just for you, we've compiled the very best of our Off Strip Adventures to date. Even better (as well as easier), we've included one for each personality type so there's less to commit to memory. Just pick your adventure and file it under Vegas fun for your next off Strip outing!
For those who like to feel like their life is on the line: We would be remiss not to recommend the one off Strip adventure where your life is ACTUALLY on a line, right? Of course, we would! That's why Bootleg Canyon Ziplines is the best choice for those who want to experience desert views while hanging on for dear life. Did we mention you zip down the side of a mountain at 40+ miles an hour? Yeah, this one will definitely get your heart beating.
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Amid the blue-collar community of North Las Vegas -- where the style and swagger of the world-renowned Strip gives way to the more traditional American ambience of pickup trucks, apartment complexes and fast food eateries -- lies an emerald paradise whose beauty is matched only by its ferocity. Carefully secluded from the outside world, it's where privacy and splendor converge to stop time, if only for a few hours, before the necessary return to the rank and file.
With an understated elegance mindful of tradition, Shadow Creek golf course embodies the opulent lifestyle of Las Vegas without the overblown penchant for excess. You don't golf Shadow Creek, you experience it, just as one does not simply stare at the Mona Lisa or merely listen to Beethoven's Symphony No. 9. Shadow Creek transcends the expectations of what a golf course should be and emerges to the classification of what it truly is: A work of art.
Of all the possibly thoughts that could have been running through this writer's mind during a recent outing at Bear's Best Golf Course, this was the cogitation that had seared itself into our cerebrum. The surrounding beauty of the nearby mountains, a unique layout and the tranquil environment with which Bear's Best calls home were temporarily forced to take a backseat to a third-tier quote from an Adam Sandler movie.
We didn't plan for this to happen. Nor did we want it to. But, 18-time Major Championship winner Jack Nicklaus had set a bear trap in West Las Vegas... and we happily walked right into it.
The happiest 5K on the planet made its way from Australia to Las Vegas last weekend and left downtown painted in hues of orange, yellow, green, and purple. The Color Run course never touched Fremont proper, instead sending runners through residential neighborhoods and past pawn shops, antique stores, and bail bondsmen while getting shot in every orifice (or at least that's what it seemed like) with colored powders. And, it was amazing fun for 8,000 participants. One might shrink at the idea of tourists running outside the casino district downtown, but there were some cute and historical buildings mixed in with a lot of potential. We heart a colorful downtown even more.
For those that missed the Color Run (actually more of a Color Walk from what we saw, but that's ok, too!), there are a couple other upcoming opportunities to amaze through our Downtown bubble.
The first thing you'll notice is the quiet. It's unmistakable. Perhaps, it takes a few holes or maybe you become cognizant of this feature while standing on the tee box at No. 1. But, either way, there will come a point during any golfer's round at Arroyo Golf Club at Red Rock when they realize this course is almost completely devoid of ambient noise and distraction.
That's a big plus in this golfer's book, which is not to say we dislike courses that fail to offer such a benefit. But, this Chatter'er has long subscribed to the notion that the game of golf is as much about the physical and mental challenge as it is the opportunity to unplug from the world and relax for a few hours.
As if the serenity weren't enough to put our minds at ease, Arroyo Golf Club is nestled close to the base of the nearby Red Rock mountains in the Vegas suburb of Summerlin, meaning every hole that faces west offers a beautiful vista of the remarkable surrounding landscape. As you have no doubt already gathered, Arroyo scores well in the ambience and aesthetics categories.
We love The Strip, but we also love the awesome outdoor adventures that can be had, in many cases, not too far away. After sharing our trip to Mount Charleston, VegasChatter reader David M. reached out to us with some added input that we thought was important to share with everyone.
The Spring Mountains are a larger mountain range of which Mount Charleston is the tallest and thus best known. Although, they are found throughout the mountain range, we hadn't mentioned its really neat standouts. Sometimes you don't realize what you missed until it's too late. And, in the interest of ensuring it doesn't happen to you, we introduce the region's unique Bristlecone Pine Trees, as shown throughout this article thanks to the photography skills of David M. These trees, which only grow in a few select places in the world, chose right here smack in the middle of the Las Vegas mountain range to grace us with their presence.
The prominent topic in Las Vegas over the last few weeks -- both in face-to-face conversation and via social media -- has been the city's displeasure with the unseasonably cool temperatures that have swept across the landscape. Never mind the fact that not a single flake of snow has found its way onto the valley floor. (Although, quite a few things did freeze over including the fountains of Caesars.) Nevertheless, we live in the desert. We moved here because we prefer warm temperatures.
That's not to say that a colder climate is devoid of benefit. A big advantage awaits golfers unafraid of donning an extra layer of fabric to brave the Vegas morn. The chilly air has kept a large percentage of golfers away from the courses, paving the way for casual four-hour rounds spent focusing on one's game rather than the amount of time it's taking the group in front to clear the green.
We capitalized in full on nature's recent gift to the brave with an early January round at Painted Desert, an 18-hole layout situated on the western side of town. Designed by Jay Morrish and opened to the public in 1987, Painted Desert stakes claim to being one of the first desert layouts in Las Vegas. Tight fairways with a few strategically placed water hazards are two course characteristics to keep in mind when approaching the first tee.
At VegasChatter, we always keep our ear to the ground to keep you up-to-date on what's going on. Recently, a VegasChatter fan gave us a tip about the Wetlands Park just southeast of The Strip. We did some digging around and found some great reviews and interesting tidbits on this unique find!
Only 20 minutes away from the center of The Strip, the Wetlands Park might just be the closest off Strip adventure one can have. The park offers visitors a completely different experience than what others in the area can provide. Lush green banks along large ponds of water isn't a common sight in Vegas, however, it can be found in the wetlands!
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If not for the slightly chilled winter air that blew gently against our exposed faces during a recent December afternoon, it would have been easy to confuse our outing at Wolf Creek Golf Club with something out of a video game. After all, you don't encounter vistas with this type of jaw-dropping power during the rigors of day-to-day life. This was something different, something special. It's something that won't soon be forgotten and definitely something worth writing about.
Wolf Creek was ranked right near the top of our must-play list when we began writing this column at VegasChatter last summer for a variety of reasons. The course was named Golf Digest's 2011 Fans' Choice Champion (best public course in America) and appeared in the 2009 installment of the ever-popular Tiger Woods PGA Tour video game. And let's not forget about the pictures. One look at the Wolf Creek website is sure to seal the deal for any golfer tentative about making the 87-mile trek out to Mesquite for an afternoon on the links.
Let's start with the obvious: You're not going to find a more scenic or awe-inspiring course in Southern Nevada than Wolf Creek. The lush, 6,939-yard layout winds up and down through the rugged Mesquite canyons like a roller coaster, offering a combination of Instagram-friendly photo opportunities with challenging risk/reward tee shots and approaches. The first great example of this feature takes place on the tee box of the Par-4, 445-yard second, where you'll take in a breathtaking view of the course and surrounding mountains while contemplating how much of an angle to cut on this downhill, severe dogleg left.
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As we were walking off the 18th green at Stallion Mountain on a recent wind-chilled Wednesday afternoon, we couldn't help, but reflect upon a passage from Tom Doak's The Anatomy of a Golf Course. To paraphrase, Doak makes the case that any good course should feature a stiffer challenge on the 17th hole as opposed to the 18th in order to provide players who are trailing in their match one last chance at pulling even without making the tract's closing hole too difficult for the average golfer to enjoy.
Located approximately eight miles from The Strip in east Las Vegas, Stallion Mountain Golf Club takes this advice to heart with a dynamic 1-2 punch to cap off a solid 18-hole experience. The 196-yard Par-3 17th features a multi-tiered green with a tee shot that must carry an intimidating, yet aesthetically pleasing, water hazard. It also offers a bailout area for the timid on the right, as well as a challenging opportunity for pin-seekers to showcase their iron play.