Linq Hotel opens newest pool


The newest addition to the Las Vegas Strip and exclusive to LINQ Hotel & Casino guests 21 and over, The LINQ Pool provides a cooling escape with spectacular views of the High Roller observation wheel and the LINQ Promenade. This center-strip destination features two pools, a 32-seat center bar lined with four plasma televisions and full of signature cocktails, draught beer, frozen drinks and poolside dining options from Nook Express. The main pool boasts a wet deck with lily pad daybeds available for rent, while the second pool is accessed from a standalone elevated deck with tables available for rent as well.

· Two pools welcome guests of the all-new LINQ Pool Deck. The main pool features first-come, first-serve open seating and a wet deck where you can rent one of four lily pad daybeds. The second pool can be accessed by a standalone elevated deck with tables available for rent.

· 10 cabanas available for rent which include a large sectional seating area, personal electronic safe, plasma TV, USB port for phone/music player, built-in speakers, reserved chaise lounges and a refrigerator stocked with bottled water and RESQWATER. Cabana hosts and waitresses will provide fresh sliced fruit and veggies and whether guests desire bottle service or sunscreen, our staff will make sure all the bases are covered while the overhead misting system and ceiling fan keep guests cool.

· 35 daybeds line the pool deck and include a personal electronic safe, a handy compartment to keep clothing and shoes dry and built-in umbrella holders to provide shade from the warm sun.

· 25 cabana hotel rooms line the pool, offering unique hotel guest rooms featuring an exclusive patio area connecting the room directly to the pool deck. The patio area includes a plasma television, sectional seating and umbrellas to keep you shaded. As a cabana room guest, “wake-up calls” are available from the cabana staff where guests can have menu items delivered directly to them at a specified time.

These brand new Deluxe Poolside Cabana rooms provide private patios with direct access to The LINQ’s pool. Soak up the sun with waitress service from the nearby pool bar. Picture it like your own day club experience. The 300-square-foot room has one pillow-top king bed. Electronic features include USB charging stations and a 47-inch LED flat-screen TV. The room is designed with modern furnishings and pops of color. Guests can check-in via the VIP check-in desk. Room service is available upon request. *Book this room from now – 9/30/2015 and receive a $200 daily food and beverage credit during your stay.


This stylish Las Vegas pool is set to be an instant summer hit. It’s the perfect place to relax, all while enjoying the upbeat energy. Think of it like an amped up backyard BBQ party. Recovering after a wild night? Head to the pool’s Recover Zone. Opening late May 2015 and available every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the indoor shady spot will feature TVs, pool tables and other games. Electronic lockers are also available to all guests.

But if you’re here to keep the summer spirit going, there are plenty of parties to look forward to. The LINQ Pool will host weekly and monthly events, so there’s always something to add to your social calendar. These include everything from Cinco de Mayo; fashion shows; a reggae-inspired party; DJ competitions; and even “Champagne Sundays” pool parties, the perfect way to end the week. Want to enjoy every second of the party without having to deal with the stress of planning it? Keeping every type of group in mind, we have created a variety of party packages to choose from when booking your event. To inquire about pool cabana and daybed reservations, please call (702) 835-5713 or email For general information such as pool hours, events and promotions, please call (702) 835-5713.

Great night with Former Mayor Oscar Goodman


Friend of Las Vegas Golf Magazine, Larry Olmstead has written a great piece on former Mayor Oscar Goodman’s dinner June 11 at his restaurant Oscar’s at the Plaza in Downtown Las Vegas. This is a great deal and Goodman is a fantastic storyteller with lots of behind the scenes information on Old Las Vegas. Check out his story here

Las Vegas Sign Designer Dies


We at Las Vegas Golf Magazine were sorry to hear of the passing of Betty Willis, who was the designer of the iconic Las Vegas sign. The sign is one of the most recognizable in the world and the history behind it is fascinating. Read more about the story here

Clarion Hotel latest in a history of Las Vegas implosions

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In the wee hours of Tuesday morning The Clarion Hotel was imploded and another piece of Las Vegas history was reduced to rubble. It was the 13th hotel in Las Vegas to meet the fate of a serious amount of dynamite. This implosion wasn’t the spectacle of past demolitions and it didn’t even go as planned. The elevator shaft didn’t fall and had to be taken down after the dust settled.
Like previous hotels that have been flattened, the Clarion had a rich history and was linked to the glory days of Vegas. A brief history of the facility can be found here. The implosion was captured on video and can be seen here.
Below is a list of previous hotel demolitions with links to video of the implosions.
The Dunes Hotel was the first and was demolished in 1993 and was replaced by the Bellagio. Click here for implosion video.
The Landmark met its demise in 1995 and wasn’t replaced by another resort, but instead a parking lot for the Las Vegas Convention Center. Click here for implosion video.
The Sands, where Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack were frequent headliners, fell in 1996. The Venetian took over that spot. Click here for implosion video.
Redd Foxx was associated with the Hacienda and was the star of that hotel’s lounge for years. It was destroyed in 1997 and replaced by Mandalay Bay. Click here for implosion video.
One futuristic hotel gave way to another when the Aladdin was blown up to make room for Planet Hollywood in 1998. Click here for implosion video.
One of our sentimental favorites the El Rancho has a long, storied history in addition to the place where we learned to play craps. The hotel closed in 1992 and didn’t get brought down until eight years later. Ironically, the Fontainebleau, which replaced it, sits unfinished with an uncertain future. Click here for implosion video.
The Desert Inn, which had a golf course on property and was the site of an LPGA Tournament for years, met its demise in 2001. It was replaced by the Wynn Las Vegas. Click here for implosion video.
The Castaways was off the Strip, located on Boulder Highway and dates back to the mid-50s. It hosted professional bowling events and professional boxing. It was destroyed in 2006 though replacement plans remain sketchy. Click here for implosion video.
Bourbon Street is another facility that doesn’t have a replacement, but was taken down anyway in 2006. It was a smaller casino located on the east end of the central Strip. Famed singer Wayne Newton was a minority owner at one point. Click here for implosion video.
Boardwalk was the third casino to be imploded in 2006. When open it had a rollercoaster on the roof and had a Coney-island theme. It sat where the City Center is now. Click here for implosion video.
The Stardust was the casino featured in the movie Casino and when it opened in 1958 it featured the largest swimming pool, casino and hotel. It was blown up in 2007. Click here for implosion video.
One of the oldest casinos to be imploded was the New Frontier in 2007. It had the distinction of being the first place Elvis Presley performed in Las Vegas and the site of one of Diana Ross and the Supremes last concert. An Australian billionaire hopes to build a new casino there. Click here for implosion video

Stratosphere tries to lure visitors with new ad campaign


The Stratosphere has long been a unique resort. In between The Strip and Downtown it is kind of an oasis but has always been popular with tourists. Now the hotel and casino is trying to attract business with a new ad campaign as evidenced by this story from Associated Press. Tell us if you agree with the resort that the Strip is too snooty.

Bali Hai and Siena golf courses receive national honors


Two Las Vegas area golf courses were acknowledged by a national golf website recently.
Bali Hai was named as one of the top 25 friendliest courses in the country. Some of the criteria was based on reader’s reviews and how they were treated by the staff at the winning facilities.
Siena was recognized as one of the most improved courses. The website looked at reader’s reviews from 2013 to 2014 and calculated the facilities that had the most improvement.
We at Las Vegas Golf Magazine are a little biased of course, we think all of the courses here are great and have fantastic staff. Do you have a favorite. If so share it with us.

The secret to a long life

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So The Irish Times recently interviewed a 100-year woman from Ireland

who credited her longevity to drinking beer and playing golf.

We can think of no better advice and where else to do a lot of both of those activities

than here in Las Vegas. Check out the link to read the story. Irish Times 


Merry Christmas


From all of us
at Las Vegas Golf Magazine
have a Merry Christmas
and may all your putts be gimmes.

Beware of the Aerated Golf Course

17th Hole at Siena Golf Club

When it comes to booking a tee time for your upcoming golf trip, it is important to look into the golf course maintenance schedule. Typically golf courses in the Las Vegas area over seed and aerate their golf course for “Winter Over Seeding” during September and October to prepare the course for colder soil temperatures that drop below 70 degrees during the winter months.

As an avid golfer, I understand that the process of adding Rye grass into courses that are Bermuda grass based, which takes two-four weeks, must be done to give a golf course that emerald green look. Yet, nothing can more frustrating than booking a tee time for an excellent price only to a find out that you will be playing a golf course that looks as if it has been dried out. Or when you strike a putt with a superb roll and then suddenly see it bounce off line like a car with blown out tires due to punched greens.

Finally my personal favorite experience when it comes to playing a golf course in the Las Vegas area during the over seeding months of September and October has to be when I was looking forward to playing a monster of a track from the tips that happened to land on an above average temperature Fall day. The last words that I heard from the cart barn staff before taking the cart to the first tee was “Sir, we have placed a bucket of ice water in your cart because you may need it today because the course is in a ‘cart path only’ mode.”

By looking at the website of the golf course you intend to play for the maintenance schedule or even better calling and asking if the course is preparing or has just finished its “Winter Over Seeding” you can save the frustration for the casino tables.