As a public service to those of you attending the Golf Industry Show in Vegas, we’ve been sharing our GIS12 Travel Tips on Twitter in these days leading up to the show.  This is meant to build excitement and be a fun guide to a great show in a crazy place.  Ok, we also did this to hopefully get you to stop by our booth and to really see what we could do with 140 characters!

The opinions (and desperate attempts at humor) offered here reflect Jeff Ryan’s view and not those of CourseVision corporate.  If you are twisted enough to like this follow


 
  • #GIS12 Travel Tip 1: It is illegal to pawn your dentures within the city limits of Las Vegas.

  • #GIS12 Travel Tip 2: Free time? Take a tour of Zappos $1b in 10 yrs & just Vegas’ City Hall for new HQ! Link

  • #GIS12 Travel Tip 3: In last 20 years, Nevada sports books have taken $55.2 billion in sports bets. Books ‘won’ $3.8B on those bets for a 6.9% win rate.

  • #GIS12 Travel Tip 4: Vegas law allows the consumption on the street of any alcoholic beverage in an open container.

  • #GIS12 Travel Tip 5: True love @ the GIS?  A wedding license is $60 in Vegas with no blood test or waiting period.  There are 315 a day.

  • #GIS12 Travel Tip 6: Not true love @ the GIS?  The average cost of filing for a divorce in Vegas is $450 and a bloodletting does occur.

  • #GIS12 Travel Tip 7: Bally’s Hotel in ‘10 used 1 million rolls of toilet paper. No truth to the rumor that 83% were female guests.

  • #GIS12 Travel Tip 8: If you are 1 of the 4,723 “qualified” buyers attending, be aware that you are outnumbered 2.15 to 1 by vendors.

  • #GIS12 Travel Tip 9: Water is scarce. Vegas courses have removed >800 acres of turf but Cirque du Soleils “O” has a 1.5 million gallon tank

  • #GIS12 Travel Tip 10: In 1 yr Caesar’s used 2m cherries, 11k oz. of caviar, 2m oz. of tomato juice, & 600k oz. of vodka - that’s a weird drink.

  • #GIS12 Travel Tip 11: Wow!  Watch Vegas grow.  Link Watch the water level drop on the right!

  • #GIS12 Travel Tip 12: Harrah’s bought 306 tons of carbon offsets to make the 2008 World Series of Poker the 1st “green” poker tournament.

  • #GIS12 Travel Tip 13: The golf business is a grind so be aware that visitors are twice as likely to commit suicide in Vegas vs elsewhere.

  • #GIS12 Travel Tip 14: Free food in Vegas if you weigh >350lbs.  Heart Attack Grill 6000 calorie burger almost kills? Link

  • #GIS12 Travel Tip 15: Need some spare cash? On any night there is some $30 - 60 million in Vegas casino vaults.  Can you say Ocean’s 13?

  • #GIS12 Travel Tip 16: Vegas is home to the largest community of Hawaiians outside of Hawaii.  Island fever must get really bad. Aloha!

  • #GIS12 Travel Tip 17: Which 1 of these was never a Vegas showgirl?  Marilyn Monroe, Vanessa Williams, GCI’s Pat Jones or Pam Anderson?

  • #GIS12 Travel Tip 18: Do you know that all the numbers on a roulette table add up to?  666 Is that who runs the casinos?

  • #GIS12 Travel Tip 19: Las Vegas is a Spanish term meaning “The Meadows”.  Hmm..I do drink while I am in Vegas and might have missed them.

  • #GIS12 Travel Tip 20: Denial is rampant in Vegas (and golf).  13% of visitors say they come to gamble.  87% of visitors end up gambling.

  • #GIS12 Travel Tip 21: Which is greater at the MGM Grand?  The # of pillowcases washed daily or # of doors?  Doors win 18,000 to 15,000.

  • #GIS12 Travel Tip 22: Don’t miss Feherty in the General Session at 8:00am 3/1 LVH-Paradise South.  Watch here for the Feherty Top 10 Quotes.

  • #GIS12 Travel Tip 23: As you walk to floor, check out the carpet in the vendor booths.  Small ones (10’x10’) pay $275-$652 to rent carpet!

  • #GIS12 Travel Tip 24: Hoover Dam contains 3.25 million cubic yards of concrete, which is enough to pave a two-lane highway from SF to NY.

  • #GIS12 Travel Tip 25: Most anticipated session?  “Best iPad Superintendent Uses” 9:30am 2/29 in booth #2876.  William Brown @greensuper

  • #GIS12 Travel Tip 26: Cab from the airport? Make sure your cabbie takes Swenson & not the tunnel. Check what it should cost Link

  • #GIS12 Travel Tip 27: There are >200,000 slot machines in Vegas.  The largest slot machine jackpot ever won was just under $40,000,000.

  • #GIS12 Travel Tip 28: 515 vendors paid to exhibit & lots more will be on the floor trying to sell without paying for a booth. #hatesuitcasing

  • #GIS12 Travel Tip 29: 17 of the 20 largest hotels in the US are in Vegas.  The world’s largest atrium is found in the Luxor.

  • #GIS12 Travel Tip 30: Like Vegas?  Now’s the time to buy a house as the average price has gone from $275k to $107k in last five years.

  • #GIS12 Travel Tip 31: Wait you already own a piece of NV!  It’s the 7th largest state with 110,540 sq miles and 85% is federally owned.

  • #GIS12 Travel Tip 32: Packing?  The record high temp is 118, record low temp 8, average 3.5” rain a year and Feb is the wettest month.

  • #GIS12 Travel Tip 33: Frustrated with the green committee?  Go drive a 15 ton Caterpillar at DigThis a heavy equip playground 3 miles away

  • #GIS12 Travel Tip 33a: Take the kids to DigThis too. If they are 14 and 48” tall they can rip it up too.  Link Awesome!

  • #GIS12 Travel Tip 34: Show ROI? 2008 = 25,737 attendees - booths $22.50/sq.ft.  2012 = around 13,000 attendees - booths $23.00/sq.ft.

  • #GIS12 Travel Tip 35: What happens in Vegas? Not prostitution, Las Vegas is located in Clark County and does not have legal prostitution.

  • #GIS12 Travel Tip 36: The closest legal brothel is Laughlin (70 miles).  Those cards they hand out on the strip are for “companionship"only.

  • #GIS12 Travel Tip 37: Honey turn out the light!  The electricity to operate the Luxor pyramid beam is estimated at $60 per hour.

  • #GIS12 Travel Tip 38: Still thinking about the guy who asks why you aerate?  Fire an AK-47 at Guns & Ammo Garage Link 4 miles

  • #GIS12 Travel Tip 39: There are 15,000 miles of neon tubing on the strip and downtown.  How many CFLs would we need to replace these?

  • #GIS12 Travel Tip 40: Jumbo shrimp?  More than 60,000 pounds of shrimp are consumed daily in Vegas.

  • #GIS12 Travel Tip 41: I’ve checked and none of the GCSAA staff is staying in any of these $40k a night suites.  Link

  • #GIS12 Travel Tip 42: Pop quiz.  How much of the GCSAA’s $15.1m in revenues for 2012 will come from next week’s show in Vegas?  ($7.5m)

  • #GIS12 Travel Tip 43: Half! That’s concerning when you hear opinions like Dr. Frank Rossi’s “Are You A No-Show?” Link

  • #GIS12 Travel Tip 44: Don’t like your room? There are >150,000 hotel rooms in Vegas.  To spend a night in each room would take >410 yrs

  • #GIS12 Travel Tip 45: Which is a larger Las Vegas convention in 2012?  The GIS or the Adult Entertainment Expo? Porn beats turf 30k - 20k

  • #GIS12 Travel Tip 46: In fact, the GIS is not even in the top 30 largest conventions that Vegas will see this year.  Link

  • #GIS12 Travel Tip 47: @stonecreeksuper will get the 2012 GCSAA President’s Award for Environ Stewardship & he just ordered #CourseVision.

  • #GIS12 Travel Tip 48: Dan Dinelli from North Shore CC was the last #CourseVision user to win in 2009. Virtual tour NSCC Link

  • #GIS12 Travel Tip 49: Need a show break?  A mile away is the Pinball Hall of Fame with >150 games.  Bring quarters - same odds as slots.

  • #GIS12 Travel Tip 50: Forgiveness? 1 mile to Guardian Angel Cathedral.  Chips okay in collections. “Chip monk” cashes them in at casinos.