After playing more than 18 holes with former New York Yankee Derek Jeter at the exclusive Shadow Creek Golf Course, the President made a point of playing Reflection Bay Golf and Beach Club, which reopened three weeks ago after being shut for about five years due to the recession and soaring water prices.
President Barack Obama made a point of playing golf on November 23 at a Henderson, Nev. course that reopened just three weeks ago after being shut for about five years due to the recession and soaring water prices, the Bloomberg News Service reported.
After playing more than 18 holes on the previous day with former New York Yankee Derek Jeter at the exclusive Shadow Creek Golf Course, Bloomberg reported, Obama visited the Reflection Bay Golf and Beach Club in Henderson, a Las Vegas suburb, two days after giving his highly publicized speech on immigration at a local school.
“It’s great awareness for a course that just reopened three weeks ago,” Matt Boland, Reflection Bay’s Director of Sales and Marketing, told reporters as Obama hit balls at the club’s driving range, Bloomberg reported.
Obama’s playing partners at Reflection Bay included former Tiger Woods coach Butch Harmon and White House aides Marvin Nicholson, Joe Paulson and Mike Brush, Bloomberg reported.
The Reflection Bay course, designed by Jack Nicklaus, sits beside 330-acre Lake Las Vegas, which was created by damming the Colorado River. Billionaire hedge-fund manager John Paulson’s Raintree Investment Corp. bought the course, across the lake from a gated housing development that is home to celebrities including singers Celine Dion and Britney Spears, earlier in 2014, Bloomberg reported. Only electric boats are permitted on the lake, to keep the setting quiet.
At Shadow Creek, built by casino magnate Steve Wynn and owned by MGM Resorts International, Obama and Jeter were part of a foursome that included Las Vegas businessmen Stephen Cloobeck and Brian Greenspun, Bloomberg reported. Cloobeck, Chairman and founder of Las Vegas-based Diamond Resorts International Inc., is a Democratic political donor who was among hospitality industry executives who met with Obama in May to talk about reducing wait times at U.S. airports to boost the tourism industry, Bloomberg reported. Greenspun is Chief Executive Officer of Greenspun Media Group, which owns the Las Vegas Sun newspaper.
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