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.
2017 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.
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: