Welcome to the official website for the POS Open Golf Outing held in Mesquite, NV!
Dates for our 2019 Trip – Sept. 4th – 9th
(Complaint Department for the handicaps and calculations is firstname.lastname@example.org )
History of the Mesquite Golf Outing
Approximately 25 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 2018, we topped out with 74 total golfers. Our last trip was our largest to date even 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 (2019) the rates, excluding taxes and “resort fee” are $49.00 (S-TH) and $69.00 (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.
2019 Trip Details
The transportation, both air and ground along with your hotel expense and incidentals are all on you to cover and pay. The only prepaid expense we collect is the golf fees.
We’ve booked September 4th – 9th as the firm date for this year’s trip. A total of 40 rooms are reserved. Golf is booked for 2019 except for the final round in Vegas on Monday. 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 has coincided with the Long Drive competition, so there were a few more than normal. We expect that the Casa will be open for biz, as they have been going thru a couple year renovation updating from vintage 1973 to eclectic 1986. We’ve moved the trip up a couple weeks this year to try and play more in Mesquite. This may be a single year effort as we ended up missing out on Sky Mountain, which is always a group favorite. Most of the Mesquite courses over seed in mid September, so they are usually closed when we play. This year, we are playing in Mesquite on Wednesday and Saturday. Sunday is an off day as some will be heading home, others will be heading to Vegas for the Monday round and some will just relax at the Casa. The Monday round is expected to be an 8am shotgun in Vegas. The exact location is not determined as of April 22.
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.
Here are some links to the Casa Blanca and some of the courses we have played:
(We usually play 27 at Sky Mountain the first day, 18 holes regular and a 9 hole Scramble afterwards)