Welcome to the official website for the POS Open Golf Outing held in Mesquite, NV!

Dates for our 2017 Trip – Sept. 20th – 25th

(Complaint Department for the handicaps and calculations is 636-443-1999, ext. 1015)

History of the Mesquite Golf Outing

Approximately 20 years ago, a small group of compulsive golfers, Gary Lindquist, Jim Randall and Bernie Brader, made a trek to Las Vegas to play some desert golf. During one of their rounds, they met a guy that suggested that they try some of the courses in Mesquite, Nevada and St. George, Utah. The following year, they ventured northeast about 80 miles to Mesquite and started what has now become an annual event for golfers, drinkers and degenerate gamblers alike. The group started with 4 and for several years hovered between 8-16 attendees. About 2000 or so the group started to expand as the trip became more popular. In 2006, we topped out with 72 total golfers. Our last trip (2016) had 50 or so total attendees with a couple last minute cancellations. Our group usually averages between 50 and 60 golfers.

Overview of the Trip

This trip is all about fun and excess. Golf is the excuse, but the golf shouldn’t be taken too seriously, unless of course you over extend on your side bets. Between the golf, the drinking, the gambling and fun, this can be described as the ultimate “guy trip”.

The trip is scheduled annually in mid to late September to take advantage of the lower golf fees available at that time of the year. We try to shoot for a Wednesday evening thru Monday night, although over the years several groups have gone out early on Wednesday to play a “tune up” round. Last year we organized a Wednesday round, which most of the group joined. We try to accommodate as many scheduling conflicts as possible. All attendees will make their way to Las Vegas to meet and load into vans for the trip north to Mesquite. Once in Mesquite we check in to the Casablanca Hotel and Casino. The Casablanca is comfortable resort with most of the amenities that you can find at the large Vegas properties. Golf is scheduled either in Mesquite or 40-50 miles NE in St. George or Hurricane, Utah. Scheduled golf is played on 4 days with Sunday non-scheduled and used for relief and non-golf recreation. All golf is handicapped in some manner to even out the wide variety of golf skills, and to make the golf betting fair for all. (Some will dispute that) The last day on the trip, golf is usually played early in the AM to allow for enough time to travel back to Vegas for your return flight home.

The cost of this trip is remarkably low, if you take out the gambling factor. We’ve been successful in keeping the trip reasonable due to the time of year and the size of our group. Realistically this trip should cost you around $1,000 exclusive of your airfare and gambling. The POS Committee negotiates discounted green fees and special deals for our group which allows to play golf at courses that are as nice if not nicer than any you’ve probably played. The room expense has always been pretty low. This past years room expense was around $180 per person, this year (2017) the rates, excluding taxes and “resort fee” are $34.00 (S-TH) and $64.00 (F-S). We plan on collecting approx. $15 for each round of golf for group golf bets.  Scoring results are posted in the Casa as they are calculated.

The trip is very organized with most of the details worked out and paid for in advance. Each room will have 2 guys, although a few guys choose to room alone. Each van should have 4 riders, and each rider will have specific duties. You will need to pick a driver, co-pilot for navigation, a money man to collect and distribute golf gambling bets and a beverage manager to keep all well lubricated. Each attendee is given a complete packet with golf schedules, tee times and all pertinent information.  Due to the variety of arrival schedules and the return schedules of a few of the guys, structured van groups don’t work for all.

2015 Trip Details

With all the issues surrounding collection in advance for all the fees, we have moved to program whereas you pretty much do your own travel scheduling, room and transportation reservations. The only prepaid expense we collect is the golf fees.

We’ve booked September 20th – 25th as the firm date for this year’s trip. A total of 35 rooms are reserved. Transportation and golf has not been booked. The Mesquite area is pretty much a small town with the Casa Blanca being the largest casino and hotel. Our group is usually one of the larger groups staying at the Casa.  In past years our trip coincided with the Long Drive competition, so there were a few more than normal. We expect that the Casa will be open for biz for us and that rooms will be reserved as needed. Initial contacts have been made to ensure this. We had discussed changing the trip dates to allow for more golf in Mesquite, but all the courses are usually closed or not barely payable due to overseeding, so we will probably playing most golf in Utah as in the last few years.

  • Airfare

    Airfare will be your responsibility to pay for and book. Most of the group will fly out of STL to Vegas on Wednesday afternoon, although as our group continues to expand and change, we are getting attendees from all over the US with many arriving early. Most arrive in LV Wednesday and return home on Monday. Some of the guys leave as early as Saturday. Your travel can be scheduled to your convenience, although we like to try and get as many as possible for the first 3 rounds of organized golf. If your van group has varied travel schedules, there’s a very good chance we can mix and match vans on the last day or at least get you to the airport on time for any return flight. We’ve never had a situation that couldn’t be coordinated within the group.

    Southwest Airlines is usually the best choice out of STL, but that’s up to you.

  • Vans

    Ground transportation is usually handled by your van group. Many of the attendees have frequent flyer points or other arrangements that they use for ground transport. If you don’t have a fixed van group, you can let the committee know and we’ll try to match you up with others that may have openings. Having a comfortable van group is one thing that can be important. You spend a lot of time in the van and getting along with your van mates can really help your trip.

  • Golf

    All the scheduled golf requires prepayment at least 45 days before departure. Many of the courses require full payment in advance, hence we need full payment in advance to cover our golf reservations. We are shooting for courses that will not be over seeded and will allow carts in the fairways, although we have done a round or two of cart path only. The older the group gets, the more important “free range” on the course becomes. We expect to be playing mainly in Utah, but that won’t be scheduled until late spring or early summer.

  • Hotel

    Rooms are usually shared with a roommate of your choosing. A few guys will room by themselves, which is fine. The cost of the rooms are usually shared between the roommates. Many of us get rooms fully or partially comped depending upon casino play. It is an individual choice to use your gambling comps for your rooms, food, spa or whatever. Your room needs to be reserved in advance under our group number and must be reserved no later than August 20th or you won’t have a room. If you get a free night coupon from the Casa, please be aware that you can’t use the coupon with our group rate, so you’ll need to decide what works out best for you.

  • Gambling

    Upon arrival at the Casa Blanca, you should get a players card from the “Play it Again” booth. Whenever you play slots or table games, you should use your card. This will get you comp credits for use as you see fit. The last couple of years, the comps have been spotty at best.. Keep in mind that the comps are based on volume of cash in and play, so don’t feel obligated to gamble just to earn comps. It’s not worth it. If you are going to work the comp system, do your best to get noticed early and start that dialogue with the pit boss or supervisors. Over the last few years the committee has had the cards printed and awaiting your arrival. We’ll try to do this again.

  • Suggestions

    Any suggestions to help us enhance and improve the trip are always appreciated. Stay tuned for regular updates and details concerning the 2017 POSOpen.

  • Questions and Comments

    Contact the “webmaster”, def@epcusa.com (put MESQUITE 2017 in the subject line).

Email is the best way to get information distributed to the group, but if necessary you can get contact phone numbers from any of the regulars on the trip.

Courses

Here are some links to the Casa Blanca and some of the courses we have played: