For Immediate Release July 9, 2009
Las Vegas area selected for 2010 Western Golf Alliance Open
Planning begins for major golf event at this entertainment mecca
BOTHELL, Washington. The Western Golf Alliance today announced the selection of the Las Vegas area as the host for the 2010 Western Golf Alliance Open. Las Vegas was selected over other outstanding proposals from the Washington Cascades, Scottsdale area, and the Kohler, Wisconsin area to host the biennial golf championship of the WGA.
"Las Vegas includes an exceptional number of elite golf courses, and the overall quality of golf is really what is important in selecting an Open destination," said Peter McGarry, WGA president. "We know that this destination affords us the opportunity to put together an amazing golf experience for our members."
"Certainly, we'll be basing course selection on the ranking of the premier public courses in the area," added Peter Weidenfeld, WGA competition committee co-chairman. "That said, I'm excited about being able to expand the overall 'Open Experience' to include the world-class casinos for which this city is famous," Weidenfeld added. "The 2010 Open will not just be a golf tournament, it will be an extraordinary golfing event."
The Western Golf Alliance is known for holding its Open on elite, famous courses that represent the very best golf in the region. While the WGA has not made a final determination on which courses will be used for the Open, early indications are that the organizers will remain loyal to the "public access" traditions of the club and bypass the exclusive, limited-play "high roller" courses. Instead, the 2010 Open will focus on more accessible and world-class public and resort courses that represent the true spirit of the WGA. Again, while no definitive courses are yet selected, the competition committee has indicated they will specifically focus on Wolf Creek Golf Course in Mesquite, and the courses associated with the Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort.
For the first time, for the 2010 Open the WGA actively considered proposals from locations outside the nine western regions of the club, accepting a bid from Kohler, Wisconsin as a finalist. The strong Kohler bid included the American Club Resort has a "host" resort, and golf at the four exceptional golf courses that comprise the Blackwolf Run and Whistling Straights golf clubs. While this locations was not selected, this unofficial change in policy opens up new options for future WGA Opens.
The WGA expects the announcement of Las Vegas to spur interest in membership, and is prepared for such inquiries. All probationary members that join between now and May 2010 are eligible to enter the Western Golf Alliance Open and participate in regional qualifying.
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About the Western Golf Alliance: The Western Golf Alliance is the premier golf organization in the United States. The WGA exists to further the greatness of this grand sport of golf through the improvement of golf play by its members, the promotion of golf rules, etiquette, and tradition, and the ability to gather together from time to time for golf events and tournaments. The regional organization spans five western states, and is organized into nine geographic regions. Further information is available at www.westerngolf.org. Wolf Creek Golf Club opened to national acclaim in 2000. In 2002, Golf Digest picked Wolf Creek as “America’s Best New Course”. Since then, Golf Digest once again named Wolf Creek one of “America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses” and “America’s 50 Toughest Golf Courses” for 2007/2008 (#25 and #31 respectively). Golf Week placed Wolf Creek at #26 on its list of “Top 100 Resort Golf Courses”. ZAGAT rated Wolf Creek as “Excellent” in its 2007/2008 Survey of “America’s Top Golf Courses”. For more information about Wolf Creek Golf Club visit www.golfwolfcreek.com. Founded by the Las Vegas Paiute Tribe, The Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort was the first master planned multi-course resort to be developed on Native American land in the United States. The Paiute offers three championship golf courses, facilities and catering for corporate events, wedding ceremonies and receptions, and a full-scale clubhouse including an award-winning Pro Shop, restaurant, bar, outdoor terrace, and smoking/cigar lounge. Recipient of the World Golf Hall of Fame (WGHOF) 2008 Lifetime Achievement Award and 2008 inductee into the WGHOF, Pete Dye, is the creative force behind the design of Snow Mountain, Sun Mountain, and WOLF. For more information see www.lvpaiutegolf.com.