2019 SCHEDULE: JUNE 26-30, 2019
We are making a major change for the 2019 Kauflin Invitational. Our destination is Reno, NV. I was introduced to this area over the past couple of years, and I have completely fallen in love with the place. I used to think of Reno-Tahoe as a swanky ski-community that had a golf course or two around. What I have discovered is there are at least 9 or 10 courses within an hour of Reno that are “travel-worthy”, courses that will absolutely blow you away.
The golf courses at our disposal will captivate the group for sure, but the biggest reason for the move is my relationship with (the newly branded) The Row in Reno. It is a collection of 3 casino hotels that are all attached to each other, offering 3 different experiences under one roof. The place has everything our group could ask for and more. We will be staying at the property in the middle, The Silver Legacy Hotel & Casino, which features not one, not two, but SIXTEEN working Pai Gow tables. The place is phenomenal, trust me!
As usual, we will have transportation to and from golf each day. There is also a FREE shuttle that runs every 30 minutes to and from the airport so know one has to worry about cabs or Ubers. The hotel is literally only about 5 minutes from the airport. Are you starting to understand the appeal of this place? I think our group would have a blast even if we were playing golf in 3 or 4 cow pastures. But we will be playing some courses unlike anything you have ever experienced before. More details soon.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 26, 2019
As in years past, we will use Wednesday as the arrival day for the group. Get in early, get in late, doesn’t matter at all.
THURSDAY, JUNE 27, 2019
Our plan is to have a mid-morning shotgun start at nearby Somersett Country Club. Somersett is very similar to the Revere in Henderson and other courses we have played in previous years. A wonderful layout with a tremendous staff.
FRIDAY, JUNE 28, 2019
This will be our big day of the trip. We will have a set day of 36 holes for the group. The plan is to do a four man scramble or shamble in the morning at Nakoma Resort which is about 45 minutes from the hotel in Clio, California. We will do a team event for a couple reasons: So everyone doesn’t get completely worn out, and because it is one of the most difficult courses I have ever played.
We will figure out a plan for lunch later, but then in the afternoon we will hold an event I have been waiting to do for a couple years. We will take the last tee times on the sheet (no shotgun) at Grizzly Ranch Golf Club. This place is quite simply one of my favorite courses on the planet. There is a serious western theme at Grizzly Ranch. The Director of Golf wears a cowboy hat and boots, even to play golf. And the head pro is from Wisconsin originally. There is a great scene at the 18th green where you can sit and watch groups come in. Then after everyone is finished, they set up a pitching contest from the pro shop to the flag on the 18th hole. Winner of that contest wins a pair of cowboy boots. Then we will stay for a down home barbecue at the course. Can’t wait.
SATURDAY, JUNE 29, 2019
Our final round together will be a morning shotgun at Gray’s Crossing in Truckee, CA. There is another course on property called Old Greenwood, a Jack Nicklaus design that is also pretty awesome. Those looking to stay and play Old Greenwood in the afternoon will have the option to do so.
SUNDAY, JUNE 30, 2019
I doubt we will have any Sunday morning golf planned this year for those spending the night Saturday. There is almost always a connection involved to get to Reno, so the day is a little more congested with a longer travel day. I think with the feedback I received from the Fiesta Henderson trip this year…Reno/Tahoe is going to be a great home base for this group.