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2014 Barracuda Championship Highlights

barracuda championshipThe face of the Barracuda Championship (formerly Reno-Tahoe Open) was made-over just in time for its highly-anticipated 16th year; the annual Reno Tahoe tournament is now named the Barracuda Championship, based off its new title sponsor, Barracuda Networks. Although the name of the game may have changed, the tournament’s esteemed reputation remains as a favorite stop on the PGA Tour for golfers and spectators alike… With a course surrounded by Reno Tahoe’s spectacular snow-capped mountains and sky-high pine trees, how could it not? Better yet, this year’s Barracuda Championship promises to be bigger, better, and more lively than ever due to the wide variety of new on-site activities for spectators to enjoy; with the Mirassou Wine Walk, the Food Truck Stop, the Kids’ Tree House and more, this year is sure to be a hole-in-one for the whole family.

HIGHLIGHTS:

When: July 28- August 03

Venue: Jack Nicklaus-designed Montrêux Golf and Country Club (par 72, 7,472 yards). Montrêux is the third longest course on the PGA Tour and it has also rated the 6th most difficult course among all PGA Tour events.

Purse: $3 million (first place, $540,000) and 300 FedEx cup points

Scoring: Modified Stableford scoring- The Barracuda Championship boasts the opportunity to be the only event on the entire PGA Tour to play with this format. Rather than counting the total number of strokes taken as in typical stroke play golf, Modified Stableford involves scoring points based on the number of strokes taken at each hole. This exciting format encourages the professionals to shoot for the pin every time which creates more excitement for spectators.

Tickets: Season pass (week-long ticket) is $65. Daily tickets are $20. Children 15-under are free with an accompanying adult.

Media: Live Television Coverage will be on The Golf Channel

PLAYERS:

The Barracuda Championship welcomes 132 PGA Tour Professional golfers to Reno Tahoe.

121212Since its start in 1999, the Barracuda Championship has been host to a number of PGA stars, including Gary Woodland, Jonathan Byrd, J.J. Henry, and more.  Displaying incredible playing ability year to year, including a record-breaking low round of 61 for 2011 champion Scott Piercy, and an unprecedented feat on a pair of par 3s by acing two holes in the same round in 2006 by Yusaku Miyazato, all of these athletes have brought excitement to the grounds of Montrêux. This year, the Barracuda Championship is excited to announce that top-ranked amateur golfer, Patrick Rodgers, who recently finished a record career at Stanford University, will start what is sure to be a prosperous professional career at the event. Jason Allred, coming off a top 15 finish at the Memorial Tournament, will also be in attendance.  Lasly, a fan favorite, John Daly, will be there as well! A complete list of all the players can be found here!

SPECIAL EVENTS:

Women’s Day: The Barracuda Championship brings back Ladies day this year on July 27. Much more than simply a ladies golf outing, Women’s Day presented by Barrick Gold invites all women, from avid golfers to amateurs, to enjoy a “tee”-rific day on the green. Welcome back Lisa “Longball” Vlooswyk, the 7-time Canadian Women’s Long Drive Champion, as she gives advice and tips to fellow lady golfers and entertains with an interactive golf demonstration. Enjoy all aspects of this exciting event including a fashion show featuring “bigs” and “little’s” from Reno Tahoe’s own Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern Nevada, a special introduction to Women’s Health by KTVN’s Wendy Damonte, and a chance to tee up with a ball of yarn from Jimmy Beans Wool for a long-drive contest!

Pro-Am Golf Event: The Pro-Am allows you and your guests a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to play alongside a PGA Tour professional at the beautiful Montrêux Golf and Country Club. Tee times and groupings are decided upon at the Tuesday evening Pairings Party the night prior at the Eldorado Hotel Resort, featuring hosted food and beverage in an elegant setting while you play a “Deal or No Deal” game to learn who your PGA Tour professional teammate will be the following day. Each participant receives a valuable gift package and a commemorative photograph with the Pro in your group.

Patriot’s Luncheon 2014: The Barracuda Championship salutes the troops in a very special way with the 5th annual Patriots’ Luncheon featuring the K9s For Warriors program and benefiting the Veterans Guest House.  Come out July 29 from 11:30 am until 1 p.m. for a visiting soldier’s story about war, post traumatic stress disorder and the rescue dog that helps him each and every day, where you will no doubt be inspired and moved while benefiting an amazing cause.

Check out all of the events and activities the Barracuda Championship has to offer this year.

BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW:

Reno Tahoe USA is happy to extend the opportunity to receive $4.00 off a “Good Any-Day” ticket, (no limit on how many you can purchase). Click here to purchase and enter promotional code RSCVA14 to activate the discount.

And don’t forget to save those tickets after the tournament is over- on the back of each ticket is a special discount for Wildcreek Golf Course, a local favorite golf course. After watching golf all week, you now have the perfect excuse to extend your stay in Reno Tahoe and play golf… you don’t want to let this discount go to waste!

25th Annual American Century Championship in Full Swing

The #1 celebrity sporting event in America returns to Lake Tahoe for its 25th year. July 15-20, 2014, over 80 sports and entertainment celebrities will compete at Edgewood Tahoe Gold Course for $125,000 of the 600,000 purse.

Celeb sightings will be of plenty, including these athletes and entertainers:

Golden State Warriors superstar Stephen Curry
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers
World Champion Miami Heat guard Ray Allen
Olympic gold medalist Bode Miller
Comedian Larry the Cable Guy
Current Kansas City Chiefs and former 49ers quarterback Alex Smith
NFL Hall of Famers Steve Young, Jerry Rice and John Elway
Former NY Yankees catcher Jorge Posada

NFL participants include Hall of Fame running backs Emmitt Smith, Marcus Allen, Marshall Faulk; former All-Pros Jerome Bettis, Tim Brown, John Lynch; and current starts Jared Allen of the Chicago Bears, Jason Witten of the Dallas Cowboys, Oakland Raiders kicker Sebastian Janikowski.

The NBA will be represented by five-time NBA champion and coveted coaching candidate Steve Kerr, Brooklyn Nets head coach Jason Kidd and former Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro. Hockey checks in with All-Star goalie Martin Brodeur, Joe Sakic, Hall of Famer and $1 million 2011 tournament hole-in-one winner; former NHL All-Star center Jeremy Roenick, and 1980 Olympic Gold Medal winner and team captain Mike Eruzione.

Major League Baseball greats to appear include Hall of Famers Greg Maddux and Ozzie Smith; future HOF third baseman Chipper Jones; former All-Stars Vince Coleman, Kenny Lofton, Fred McGriff, David Justice, Tino Martinez and Kevin Millar; pitchers Tim Wakefield, Bret Saberhagen and Derek Lowe.

Elway, Wagner, Eruzione and Chicago Bears’ Super Bowl-winning quarterback Jim McMahon return as the four who’ve played all 25 years.

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NBC Sports and NBC Sports Network will televise the tournament live as follows:

- Friday, July 18: 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. ET, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. PT (live) on NBC Sports Network

- Saturday, July 19: 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. ET, noon to 3 p.m. PT (live) on NBC.

- Sunday, July 20: 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. ET, noon to 3 p.m. PT (live) on NBC.

Tournament scoring is based on a modified Stableford format with 10 points for a double eagle, 8 for a hole-in-one, 6 for eagle, 3 for birdie, 1 for par, 0 for bogey, and minus 2 for double-bogey or higher. The 54-hole tournament has been played at Edgewood Tahoe’s 6,707-yard lakeside course since its inception in 1990. Inaugural American Century Championship winner Mark Rypien, a two-time NFL pro quarterback, will return to Edgewood Tahoe for the 25th anniversary with hopes of repeating his victory. Other returning champions include Hollywood actor Jack Wagner, a two-time American Century Championship winner, and eight-time winner Rick Rhoden.

Season Passes and daily tickets are currently available online at www.TahoeSouth.com and www.TahoeCelebrityGolf.com. Season passes are $50 through May 31; beginning June 1, it’s $60. Tickets are $15 each day for the Lake Tahoe Celebrity-Amateur on Tuesday, July 16; practice round on Wednesday, July 17; and the American Century Celebrity-Am on Thursday, July 18; and $25 for each tournament round, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Kids 10 and under receive free admission – limit two — when accompanied by a paying adult.

Discounted Daily Tickets will be available beginning June 1 at 127 Raley’s, Bel Air or Nob Hill Foods locations throughout Northern California and Nevada. Tickets are $12 (regularly $15) for access Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, and $22 (regularly $25) for Friday, Saturday and Sunday tournament action or $18 with a grocery purchase of $50 or more for up to four tickets.

The tournament is also offering complimentary tickets for all military. All active duty, reservists, National Guard and veterans can receive two complimentary tickets, including one for a guest each day of the tournament. All service men and women who would like to attend must apply at https://americancenturychampionship.sheerid.com/ to redeem the special offer. At the events, participants must show photo ID along with the ticket voucher at tournament gates to receive the complimentary ticket(s).

Golf Haven – Lake Tahoe

If ever there was a golf haven, it must be in Lake Tahoe. With 24 golf courses within an hour’s drive of North Lake Tahoe, and the sparkling blue of Lake Tahoe in the background, this is most assuredly one of the most diverse and splendid golf spots in the world.

Diversity is the keynote of this area. One can play golf in mountainous, pine-studded fairways or putt on open desert-fringed greens, all with a backdrop of alpine mountain lakes at the home of the 1960 Winter Olympics.

Here are just a few highlights of some of the best courses around Lake Tahoe.

  • Old Brockway Golf Course: A lakeside course that dates back to the 1920’s and was host of the first Bing Crosby Annual tournament. This course has seen the likes of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and President Dwight D. Eisenhower playing its links.
  • Incline Golf - Talbot.IVCIncline Village: There are two spectacular courses at Incline Village, the Championship and the Mountain course. Robert Trent Jones, Sr. designed the Championship course, calling it “the ideal mountain layout with a challenge you won’t want to miss and views you will never forget.” His son, Robert Trent Jones, Jr., designed the Mountain Course at Incline Village. This course has spectacular green sites and contours and demands more accuracy than distance. A par-58 course that continues to challenge even the best golfers, every hole is unique with many unrivaled views of Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada mountains.
  • The Resort at Squaw Creek: This breathtaking course is located at the base of Squaw Valley, surrounded by six majestic Sierra mountain peaks. Robert Trent Jones Jr. also designed this course. with the purpose to preserve the unique beauty, natural wetlands and wildlife habitat of Squaw Valley. He succeeded with a resulting natural, fantastic golf course that blends harmoniously with its beautiful mountain surroundings. This course features nine holes on the meadow of Squaw Creek and nine in the rolling forest at the edge of the Squaw Valley ski resort, host of the 1960 Olympics.
  • Northstar Golf Course: Designed by prolific golf course architect Robert Muir Graves, this par-72 course serves up a magnificent view of Mount Rose and a variety of nine holes of mountainous, wooded fairways plus another nine of open, meadow-side holes. Built to incorporate Tahoe’s mountainous landscapes with Martis Valley’s open meadows, this is truly a vibrant and exciting course.

Farther north around Truckee, are more noteworthy courses:

  • Martis Camp features a private club with a 2008 Tom Fazio designed, award-winning 18-hole, par-72 golf course. From the longest tees, it presents 7,751 yards of golfing, blending dramatic topography of the High Sierras with the magnificent landscape of the Martis Valley. The front-nine take advantage of awe-inspiring mountain views, while the next seven holes crisscross Martis Creek and wind through the valley floor. Majestic mountain vistas frame the final two holes with the 18th green in the shadow of a 70-foot rock promontory where the impressive 50,000 square-foot Martis Camp Lodge sits.
  • Coyote Moon: This course designed by Brad Bell, takes advantage of the natural setting in 250 acres of secluded rolling hills, with towering pines, enormous outcroppings of granite and the picturesque Trout Creek adding dramatic elements to your golf game.
  • Gray’s Crossing: Located at the Tahoe Mountain Club near Truckee/North Lake Tahoe, the Golf Club at Gray’s Crossing ranked in Golfweek Magazine’s “Top 50 Best New Courses” in 2008. This course combines the feel of a traditional private club with fast greens and tournament-like conditions daily. Peter Jacobsen and Jim Hardy designed this course for fun, yet challenging play and its towering pines and weaving fairways certainly deliver that. The natural mountain views of Mt. Rose in the background are breathtaking.
  • Old Greenwood: Also located at the Tahoe Mountain Club, this Jack Nicklaus Signature Designed masterpiece course was rated among Golf Digest’s “America’s Top 100 Greatest Public Courses” in 2011. Golf Magazine also rated it among the 10 Best New Public-Access Courses in the Country. Situated among 600 acres of towering pines in the mountains near North Lake Tahoe, the Old Greenwood course serves up 18 holes of golfing perfection. Since this course is just across the street from Gray’s Crossing, a golf vacation here could be a double-treat.
  • Tahoe Donner: Also in the Truckee area is this amazing, towering pine-lined course on 200 acres of pristine Sierra landscape. Tahoe Donner provides an 18-hole, 7,002-yard par-72 championship golf course. With stunning views and meandering creeks, granite rock formations, elevations changes and greens so consistently pure they are recognized as the “Best Greens in the Tahoe Region,” this is a true mountain course where golfers can enjoy the serenity of their natural surroundings.

A little bit further away, but still within an hour’s drive of North Lake Tahoe, you can find:

  • Montreux Golf 4x6Montreux Golf and Country Club: Located in Reno, Nevada, at this home of the Reno-Tahoe Open, you will find a Jack Nicklaus Signature Design course that he called one of his top five designs. This course winds through nearly 7,500 yards of rolling greens, drops in elevation and quiet meandering creeks bordered by towering pines. Trying to keep your eye on the ball and not get distracted by the magnificent scenery may be your biggest challenge here.
  • Graeagle Meadows Golf Course: is one hour north from Reno and Tahoe in Graeagle, CA. This location bordering the Tahoe National Forest and along the Middle Fork Feather River in Plumas County, offers more mountain views, tall pines and lots of water with elevated tees across its 6,725 yards of “extreme golf.”

In Conclusion:
No matter what courses you choose to play in this golfing haven, you are sure to find the scenery breathtaking, the courses challenging and your experience at Lake Tahoe delightful.

About the Author: Joe Laing is the Marketing Director for El Monte RV, a nationwide RV rental company.

The Golf Courses at Incline Village Open May 9th

The Championship Course and the Mountain Course are set to open on May 9th! This has been the earliest ever that the Mountain Course has opened and the first time that both courses have opened on the same day. Thank you, warm weather!

#9 - golfing at the Championship Course, Incline VillageThe Championship Course

Located at 955 Fairway Blvd. in Incline Village, designer Robert Trent Jones Sr. called the course “the ideal mountain layout” with “views you will never forget”. With tightly cut fairways and fast greens, it demands accuracy and distance. Golfweek Magazine rated the Championship Course a “Top 10 Best Course You Can Play in Nevada”. The course also boasts a top-of-the-line restaurant, the Grille, a driving range and chipping area and putting green and they’re celebrating their 50th anniversary!

The Driving Range at the Championship Course is open 7 days a week 10am-5pm (weather permitting).

The Mountain Course

Located at 690 Wilson Way in Incline Village, this 18-hole, par 58 course is fun and affordable. You can play and be back with the family to enjoy the rest of your day. It features incredible views of Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada mountains. Events like Nine & Wine and Family Fun Days are a non-intimidating way to play the course.

Specials and Events

Sundays are Family Fun Days at the Mountain Course

Family Fun Days Start Sunday, May 11th

Bring the family out to play some golf during special Sunday fun days! Anyone under 18 plays FREE with a paying adult! Every Sunday the whole family can also enjoy these events:

-          On each hole, tees are set up with special (shorter) yardages.

-          There are two cups on every hole- a regular 3” and a giant 8” cup.

-          A small 3-hole putt-putt course is set up on the practice green for an extra fun challenge.

-          Starting May 25th, a kid-friendly menu is available (including ice cream sundaes!)

Nine & Wine: A Popular Mountain Course Event

A Popular Thursday Event Back for its 9th Year

Back by popular demand, Nine & Wine is kicking off on Thursdays at 5:30pm starting June 24th! Four-person teams play a 9-hole scramble before enjoying wine paired with 3-course appetizers afterwards. A different vintner is featured every week with 5-6 different wines per event. The cost is $35 PPH/$40 visitor, includes cart. Please reserve your spot by calling (775) 832-1150 at least two weeks in advance for the day you’d like to attend (a waiting list is available for last-minute reservations). 2014 Nine & Wine Dates: June 26/ July 10, 17, 24, 31/ Aug 7, 14, 21

NEW Thrill & Grill on Sunday Afternoons

Enjoy a Relaxing Round on the Back 9 Followed By a BBQ-Style Dinner

Start out your Sunday afternoon at the Mountain Course Build-Your-Own-Bloody Station before a 3pm shotgun start on the back nine! The round on the back nine is designed in a fun, non-intimidating format with silly rules switching up the game (and you shoot into the 8” cups used for Family Fun Day). Afterwards, a delicious BBQ-style dinner is served (featuring a different meat each week), with a draft beer included with your meal. $30 PPH/$35 visitor; includes cart. Reserve your spot for the Thrill & Grill by calling (775) 832-1150. 2014 Thrill & Grill Dates: June 22, 29/ July 6, 20, 27/ Aug 17, 24

NEW Friday Night Horserace

$20 Buy In, Last 3 Teams Remaining Win Cash Money

This fast-paced and exciting event starts out with 2-man teams teeing off from the same hole at 5:30pm on Friday nights. Alternate shot, blind draw partners, $20 per person “buy in” (with an option to “buy back in” at $20 per team). The Beverage Cart follows the crowd and the last 3 teams to make it to hole #9 win cash money. Need to have a verifiable USGA handicap to play. Reserve your spot by calling (775) 832-1150; the Mountain Course starts taking reservations at 9am the morning of event. $5 cart fee per team. 2014 Friday Night Horserace Dates: June 27/ July 11, 18, 25/ Aug 1, 8, 15, 22

Score Discounted Tickets to Reno-Tahoe Open and Wildcreek Golf Course

Buy a discounted Reno-Tahoe Open ticket and score discounted green fees at Wildcreek Golf Course!

IMG_9632Reno-Tahoe Open Discount:

Reno Tahoe USA is happy to extend the opportunity to receive $5.00 off a “Good Any-Day” ticket, (no limit on how many you can purchase). Click here to purchase and enter promotional code RSCVA13 to activate the discount.

Wildcreek Discount:

If  you purchase the “Good Any-Day” ticket to the Reno-Tahoe Open, look for the special Wildcreek Golf Course on the ticket back, and score a discounted green fee on a championship course!

$35 (Mon-Fri)

$40 (Sat/Sun)

The special discount is valid starting RTO tournament week and expires on Dec 31, 2013.  Valid for a single golfer and not valid with any other offers. Advance tee times are required and golfer must present their original RTO Any-Day ticket stub to Wildcreek Pro Shop staff to activate the offer.  Call the pro shop at 775-673-3100 for tee times and more information.

Experience Reno Tahoe USA Events at the Reno-Tahoe Open

WillysIf you’re planning to go to the Reno Tahoe Open, stop by Experience Reno Tahoe USA Events! There’s great prize giveaways, free special event decals, cool displays and discount tickets for an upcoming off-road race.  This exhibit tent is located between the driving range and the #1 tee box, just look for Washoe Willys!  Entry cards for the prize giveaways are available on the public parking shuttles or at Experience Reno Tahoe USA Events!  Deposit your completed entry in the raffle drum at the exhibit tent; winners will be selected on Monday, August 6.

Check out these prizes!

ExperienceRenoTahoePrizeFormThe Biggest Little City is known for its plethora of great special events that entertain locals and visitors alike year round.  Reno-Tahoe Open is a proudly showcasing several partner events as they bring a piece of their special event right to the golf course! Guests will enjoy a hot air balloon display , a classic car exhibit from Hot August Nights and the National Automobile Museum, a jet from the Reno Air Races and more, right on the grounds of Montrêux Golf & Country Club. Available for viewing August 02-05, 2012.

Pros at the Reno-Tahoe Open

The Reno-Tahoe Open kicks off July 30 – August 5, and this years’ tournament is drawing in some big names in the golf game! Here’s a quick peek at some of the players you can look forward to seeing on the beautiful links at Montrêux.

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PADRAIG HARRINGTON – Three time major champion winner, including two British Open titles, and a six-time Ryder Cup member.

SCOTT PIERCY -winner of the 2011 Reno Tahoe Open, he has had two top-ten finishes so far this year and has already surpassed last year’s total earnings.

ROCCO MEDIATE – 6 time PGA tour winner; a fan favorite most noted for forcing Tiger Woods into a playoff at the 2008 US Open.

BOO WEEKLEY – 2 time PGA tour winner and has already had two top 10 finishes this year.

CHRIS DIMARCO – 3 time PGA winner and is currently playing some of his best golf in 10 years.

RICH BEEM – PGA Championship winner and 16-year PGA TOUR veteran has had two top-25 finishes on the PGA TOUR so far in 2012. He returns to the Reno Tahoe Open for the 10th time.

SHAUN MICHEEL – Returns to the Reno Tahoe Open for the 8th time. He was the 2003 PGA Championship winner and one of only two golfers to have ever recorded a double eagle on a par 5 at a US Open.

TODD HAMILTON – This Texas resident was the winner of the 2004 British Open and 2004 Honda Classic and was named “Rookie of the Year” in 2004.

JOHN DALY – Has won 5 times on the PGA TOUR and a fan favorite. Known for his astoundingly long drives and outrageous golf attire, this will be his 6th appearance at the Reno Tahoe Open.

DAVID DUVAL – A 13-time winner on the PGA TOUR, including the British Open.  He was a former World No. 1 player on the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR).

LEE JANZEN – Two-time US Open winner and The Players Championship winner has played on 2 Ryder Cups teams and the President’s Cup team.

MIKE WEIR – This Canadian has had an impressive 8 wins on the PGA TOUR, including a Masters victory, and has played in 5 President’s Cup teams.

JUSTIN LEONARD – winner of the 1997 British Open, he’s a 12-time winner on the PGA Tour.  He’s ranked 10th in total career earnings with more than $31.5 million.

STUART APPLEBY – An Australian who was named 2010 PGA Tour Comeback Player of the Year, has 9 career wins.  At the 210 Greenbrier Classic, he became only the 5th player in tour history to shoot a 59.

STEWART CINK – 2009 British Open champion with 6 career victories on the tour. He’s spent 40 weeks inside the top 10 in the Official World Gold Rankings since turning pro in 1995.

Be sure to visit RenoTahoeOpen.com on July 28 for a complete list of scheduled competitors and to purchase your tickets.

Fore the Love of Golf, it’s Time for the Reno-Tahoe Open

As the date of the 14th annual Reno-Tahoe Open approaches, July 30 – August 5, read all about the event, who’s playing, discounts, and how to get involved in the favorite stop of the PGA TOUR by its members!

rtoTo start, how about a coupon:

DISCOUNTED TICKETS!

Receive a $5 discount on general admission tickets, valid for any day of the tournament. The regular price of the general admission tickets is $20, but you will receive them for just $15.

Now that’s settled, here is a list of who you will see out on the green. These are the committed players as of today.

MAJOR TOUR PLAYERS:

RICH BEEM – PGA Championship winner and 16-year PGA TOUR veteran has had two top-25 finishes on the PGA TOUR so far in 2012. Returns to the Reno Tahoe Open for the 10th time.

SHAUN MICHEEL – Returns to the Reno Tahoe Open for the 8th time. He was the 2003 PGA Championship winner and one of only two golfers to have ever recorded a double eagle on a par 5 at a US Open.

TODD HAMILTON – This Texas resident was the winner of the 2004 British Open and 2004 Honda Classic and was named “Rookie of the Year” in 2004.

JOHN DALY – Has won 5 times on the PGA TOUR and a fan favorite. Known for his astoundingly long drives and outrageous golf attire, this will be his 6th appearance at the Reno Tahoe Open.

DAVID DUVAL – A 13-time winner on the PGA TOUR, including the British Open. He was a former World No. 1 player on the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR).

LEE JANZEN – Two-time US Open winner and The Players Championship winner has played on 2 Ryder Cups teams and the President’s Cup team.

MIKE WEIR – This Canadian has had an impressive 8 wins on the PGA TOUR, including a Masters victory, and has played in 5 President’s Cup teams.

Give a little, get a little… Reno-Tahoe Open needs some VOLUNTEERS.

rtoGain a true “inside the ropes” experience behind a PGA TOUR event!  The RTO cannot operate without an amazing force of volunteers and they could use help for a variety of positions throughout the event (July 30-August 5).  If you can’t volunteer, you can always forwarding this opportunity to friends, family or organizations that you are affiliated with… just sayin’.

Reasons to Volunteer

  • Help your community (the RTO Foundation has donated $2.2 million to nonprofits and schools to-date)!
    • Take pride in the success of this special event that receives 18 hours of GOLF channel coverage for our destination!
    • Volunteers will be able to play a round of golf for FREE at Dayton Valley Golf Club on Mondays during the month of August.  Just show your Volunteer identification badge!
    • Experience a PGA TOUR event behind the ropes!
    • It’s fun!

What is Expected

  • You do not have to commit to working every day of the event and depending on the committee that you serve, the average workday is just 4 to 6 hours long.  There are some assignments that may require longer days.
  • Typically, volunteers work three or more shifts, but the RTO is very flexible in working with your schedule and are delighted to have your assistance in any capacity you are able to provide.
  • Volunteers pay $55 to cover the cost of their uniform and receive a shirt, hat, a meal with each shift worked and two season passes to the Reno-Tahoe Open! The package is valued at over $200.
  • Must be at least 16 years of age by July 30, 2012.

How to Sign Up

For more information or to sign up, call 775.322.3900 or visit http://www.renotahoeopen.com/index.php/volunteer/

About the Reno-Tahoe Open

In its 14th year, the Reno-Tahoe Open is one of just 47 PGA TOUR events worldwide, and now the only event on the PGA TOUR calendar with a Modified Stableford scoring format.   For 2012, David Duval, John Daly, Lee Janzen, Mike Weir, Rich Beem, Shaun Micheel and British Open winner Todd Hamilton have already committed to play in this year’s event and more major tour players are expected!

11 REASONS TO GO TO THE 2011 RENO-TAHOE OPEN

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  1. golfRenowned PGA TOUR icons including Rocco Mediate, Jose Mario Olazabal, John Daly, Mike Weir, Steve Elkington, David Duval and dozens more.
  2. Balls fly farther in our mountain air – there should be some monster drives.
  3. “Experience Reno Tahoe Events” (on practice hole #1) is the place to be. With VIP giveaways, food, the Walktail contest and other activities from the area’s top special events you’ll never want to leave.
  4. Courtesy shuttle to “Experience Reno Tahoe USA Events” offered from 18th green.
  5. It’s the only PGA TOUR summer event on the West Coast.
  6. Fiesta Loco with Reno Tahoe USA. Going crazy normally isn’t proper etiquette on the golf course, but it is protocol if you’re in this specialty food and beverage tent.
  7. $3 million prize purse.
  8. Exclusive special offers on Reno Tahoe USA’s website including FREE Wine Walk tickets and a chance to win 2 VIP Pavilion tickets.
  9. Join the inaugural Walktail cocktail walk where local bars compete for the honor of being chosen as the signature cocktail at the Reno-Tahoe Open.
  10. Buy your ticket through the Nevada Humane Society and 75% goes towards helping man’s best friend.
  11. It is in Reno Tahoe USA… need we say more?

The Reno-Tahoe Open is August 1-7 at Montrêux Golf & Country Club.

To view pictures from last year click here.

For tickets visit www.RenoTahoeOpen.com or call 775-322-3900.

FIVE FUN WAYS TO DISCOVER RENO

For some, Reno, Nevada is known for the same vibrant nightlife and gambling outlets as Las Vegas – but on a smaller and more intimate scale. Obvious tourist attractions include shopping, restaurants, singers, comedians and magic shows. But beyond the slot machines and flashing lights, there is a plethora of family-fun activities available.

Go just a short distance out of town though and you will find a treasure trove of non-gambling alternatives that are great for all ages. Here are five family-friendly activities you may want to consider for your next vacation to Reno, Nevada.

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Anglers prize the Reno area for some of the best fly-fishing territory around. You can visit one of the many tackle shops in the area for maps of private and public lakes and river access areas. If you are interested in having a true fisherman’s experience, consider taking a class or attending one of the fly tying clinics and tie your own. There is nothing like catching that two-pound trout on a bumblebee you created with your own two hands.

Only 40 miles from Reno is famous Lake Tahoe, which offers spectacular views, clear mountain air and ample fishing holes for privacy or group activities. Guides are available, or you can pack a picnic basket, quilt and fishing gear and head off on your own for an adventurous day on the water. If you have always wanted “to land that BIG one,” consider visiting Pyramid Lake. This lake proudly boasts they have the largest Cutthroat Trout.

Whether you choose Pyramid Lake, Truckee River, Lake Tahoe or one of the other streams, lakes and rivers near Reno, prepare yourself for a day filled with awesome scenery and relaxing outdoor fun.

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Many people think you have to go to Lake Tahoe to enjoy hiking trails that offer hikers challenging terrain. Not true! There are numerous trails in Reno parks and just on the outskirts of the city.  Hikers and trail watchers can find easy, moderate and challenging trails to test their skills and that will suit a variety of levels of physical fitness. You will find short trails that start at about 600 feet and have a gentle slope and more challenging trails that test your endurance.

About eight miles out of town in the gorgeous Sierra Mountains that surround Reno, Nevada, you will find the Tahoe Rim Trail in Galena Regional Park. This trail offers a loop that is just over 9 miles of moderate to mostly steep climbing. Hikers can expect to see desert terrain covered with sage, pine, juniper bushes and the occasional waterfall. Bring lots of film or extra chips for the camera. The views are breathtaking. And remember to pack plenty of water and a few energy bars or a lunch.

Golfgolf

If golf is your game–Reno, Nevada is your destination. There are over 50 golf courses within 90 miles of Reno proper. The PGA stops in Reno for the Reno-Tahoe Open, so you know the greens are great. No matter what your level of expertise, you will be able to find a course to fit your skill. Private lessons are available at most of the courses through resident pros and through guest pass arrangements. Since the high altitude gives golfers a natural advantage, you can expect to hit the ball further with every stroke. Get ready to play the lowest score of your life. If you’re a family with younger kids that aren’t ready for the big green yet, check out the many mini-golf options in the area.

Explore the Pastmuseum

For a relaxing day with some educational benefits, consider visiting one of the numerous museums in Reno. You can find museums dedicated to a variety of topics. An automobile museum, a museum dedicated to Disney and many others call Reno home. The Wilbur D. May museum is an adventure the entire family can enjoy. The artifacts and collectibles gleaned from years of traveling the world offer an exciting, eclectic blend. The indoor waterfall you’ll find there is always a big hit with kids and adults alike. Remember to check days and hours the museum is opened before planning your day. Some museums have limited hours.

Read, Paint, Write

Many artists enjoy the inspiration they absorb from the desert climate and surrounding rivers and mountains. Writers claim to feel the spirit of the nomadic American Indians. Artist carrying pallet and canvas attempt to capture the delicate yellow flower of the desert cactus in the early morning. Students from the college can be seen relaxing near the river as they search for answers to questions posed by Aristotle.

Visiting Reno is an opportunity to enjoy nature with your family, while having fun and learning, too. Enjoy.

This post was written by freelance writer Martha Keagan who is a full time mother, writer and part time real estate agent. Keagan has assisted hundreds of college students find housing and apartments in Reno for years. Reno is a great city, if you are looking to visit or even relocate to Reno, find a short term apartment to stay in before you decide to purchase a house.