February 24, 2010 (Las Vegas, Nevada)–Bear's Best Las Vegas is the home of 18 Las Vegas golf holes hand-picked by Jack Nicklaus and his design team. This Las Vegas golf scene is part PGA West in Palm Desert, Cabo Del Sol in Cabo San Lucas, with sprinkles from Castle Pines and Old Works thrown into the mix. And for golfers looking to have a Las Vegas wedding, there is an all-inclusive package for $10,000 that may make a bride's day that much better and take advantage of these unique Las Vegas golf surroundings.–By Brian Hurlburt.
"The obvious thing to say about Bear's Best Las Vegas is that it is a beautiful setting," says Gordon Parker, Private Events Director. "But nearly every venue in the city is beautiful, but what I think separates Bear's Best is the total package. We're nestled in the shadows of the Red Rock Mountains, plus have views of the Las Vegas Strip in the other direction. And not many banquet rooms offer views of the mountains from one window and views of the Strip from another."
Parker believes that at least 50% of those who reserve weddings at Bear's Best Las Vegas are golfers so the Jack Nicklaus layout enhances the overall Las Vegas wedding package, and the unique "Best of" scenario makes for a more memorable experience for any of the golfers in the wedding party who may play during the wedding festivities. The Las Vegas golf holes at Bear's Best Las Vegas are some of Nicklaus' favorites from courses he has designed by his golf courses around the world. Holes have been taken from PGA West, Castle Pines, Cabo Del Sol, Old Works, and other top-rated Nicklaus courses.
"I like to say, 'Yes is the answer, what is your question?', when consulting with brides," says Parker, who leads a wedding organizing group that is Beverly Clark certified. "Brides tell me all the time how pleasant we are and how accomodating we are to any request, and sometimes they tell us they don't find that at other venues. This is a special day for the bride, and our inclusive package takes a lot of the stress out of the process because we handle everything." The $10,000 package includes the ceremony, reception, menu, wedding cake, DJ, photographer, flowers, coordination, etc. Parker says 34 are already on the books for 2010 since the package became available.
But while Parker says he and his staff will "handle everything" he cautions that brides will still encounter a very personal touch with each vendor. Parker works with a professional group of vendors, but the bride and groom still have the chance to meet individually with each to determine colors, flavors, packages, etc. The process is guided by Parker, but the day belongs to the bride, as does the planning process and decision making.