Las Vegas, Nevada (June 14, 2012 UPDATE June 16)–World Golf Hall of Famer Billy Casper has been getting a lot of media attention this week at the U.S. Open at Olympic Club, site of his own national championship in 1996. Besides being one of the game's greatest players, Casper has made an indelible impact in the Las Vegas Golf Region, having helped design six Las Vegas golf courses. And three of them at Golf Summerlin are offering unlimited summer golf tee times deals and discounts for two extended weekends in July for only $105. Call 800.803.0758 for all details. –By Brian Hurlburt
The official offer from Golf Summerlin management: "Golf Summerlin is treating golf enthusiasts this July 4 holiday to their choice of sizzling deals on individual rounds and double weekend unlimited golfing specials at its three Summerlin courses. Players may choose to tee it up at Highland Falls, Palm Valley or Eagle Crest golf courses for $45 per round or just $105 per person for unlimited golf for five days: June 30 and July 1, July 4, July 7 and July 8. Las Vegas locals and visitors are welcome to take advantage of the July 4 promotion savings. Tee times will fill up fast so early booking is encouraged."
Golf Summerlin is made up of the three Billy Casper and Greg Nash golf courses, with Highland Falls Golf Club earning the "Best of Las Vegas" recognition in 2011 by the Las Vegas Review-Journal readers. Highlands Falls and Palm Valley are official 18 hole Las Vegas golf courses while Eagle Crest is a delightful executive length Las Vegas golf course. Follow Golf Summerlin on Facebook www.facebook.com/golfsummerlin or Twitter @GolfSummerlinLV.
And you will be playing these courses designed by Casper, who, in 1996, came from seven shots back on the back nine to beat Palmer at the Olympic Club in San Francisco. It was a low point for Palmer to lose but he has been quoted as saying he made many friends that week. For Casper, it was an emotional roller coaster to come back and beat such a legend.
"It was interesting as we walked off the green on the last hole, he had congratulated me for winning the tournament and his head was hung," Casper told the media at Olympic. "… I put my arm around his shoulder and I said, 'Arnold, I'm sorry.' And I truly, I was sorry. You know, we have such empathy for each other." We will offer more insight about Casper and his win in 1966 in future posts. Quote via ASAPSports.com.