Las Vegas Without Gambling
A single weekend – or a few days mid-week if you’re on a budget – in Las Vegas is enough time to get into financial trouble or the swing of things in America’s capital of “Why not”? We recommend the latter because the payout (mostly stories you can tell your friends back home) is guaranteed.
Here are some of the rewarding ways (think great golf, great cigars, and driving really, really fast) a non-gambling man can spend time in Sin City – and come away with tales of not-so-gamey fun worth telling.
Drive a Ferrari race car.
Unbridled acceleration is a real buzz: G-forces smash your chest into your seat as your helmeted head seems glued up against the roll bars. Dream Racing of Las Vegas offers thrill seekers one-on-one training in a high-tech simulator, followed by five or more laps around Las Vegas International Speedway's nine-turn 1.1-mile track in a Ferrari F430 GT with a roaring 512-horsepower V8. It’s easy to muster the bravado to crush the accelerator on the straightaway, but navigating those tight turns takes real finesse and technique. Dream Racing is the only place in the States where you can drive this quarter-million-dollar, flaming red beauty.
Play a Tom Fazio golf course.
Photo: Wynn Las Vegas
Designed on the site of the defunct (and demolished) Desert Inn Golf Club by legendary golf course architect Tom Fazio and Vegas hotel magnate Steve Wynn, the par 70 Wynn Golf Clubmeasures 7,042 yards from the championship tees. The designers had more than 800,000 cubic yards of earth shifted to provide substantial elevation changes, fairway contours, and room for the pipes that feed the waterfall guarding the back of the green on the 18th hole, the course’s signature straightaway. Your caddy will likely suggest you play from a less-demanding tee box. Follow his advice.
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