Live golf events have a lot of competition for the attention of Las Vegas sports fans this time of year—baseball’s playoffs are in full swing, the NBA and NHL seasons are starting up, the NFL rules on Sundays and UNLV football owns Saturdays (OK, maybe that last one’s a stretch).
So even a full-fledged PGA Tour event with a $6.2 million purse like the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open can use a boost to stand out among the crowded sports calendar. So this year, in addition to adding a nine-hole putt-putt course for kids, tournament organizers have decided to go the Vegas route—by adding swimming pools.
The Shriners Open, which is October 16-19 at TPC Summerlin—with pre-tournament events and activities October 13-15—will be the first PGA event to feature public pools, with six swimming stations positioned throughout the course, including two as part of the Zappos.com Fan Experience. For the price of a ticket, spectators can lounge in the water while watching the pros try to avoid it.
Of course, where there are pools, there are the traditional Vegas accoutrements: private cabanas (manned by Bellagio’s Hyde nightclub), VIP services and, of course, DJs who will spin after each round into the evening.
Yes, it may take some time for the normally stodgy PGA Tour to get used to party pools adjacent to bunkers, but if it increases the chances of Brandt Snedeker or Billy Horschel taking an impromptu dip after knocking in the winning putt on Sunday, we’re all for it. For ticket information, visit ShrinersHospitalsOpen.com.