It was a triple scoop at Cascata.

One scoop of celebrity surprises, second scoop — spectacular scenery, and the third scoop was filled with sensational golf when the Michael Douglas and Friends Celebrity Golf Tournament converged at Cascata Golf Course in Boulder City, Nevada. It was one of those spring days that you felt lucky to be alive! (Opening photo: Michael Douglas celebrates "Closest to the Hole" win at the Michael Douglas & Friends charity golf event at Cascata.)
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Being part of the paparazzi for the day and experiencing the rush of star power mixed with media frenzy, and the thrill of competitive golf was scintillating. Michael Douglas, Kenny G. , Andy Garcia, Heather Locklear, Shelby Lynne, Kyle Mac Lachlan, Leslie Nielsen, Haley Joel Osment, William Petersen, Joe Pesci, Martin Sheen, Robert Wagner, Mark Whalberg. and Luke Wilson, provided the star power and sportsmanship to tee off for a good cause and raise money for the Motion Picture and Television Fund for members of the film industry who have fallen on hard times. Past events have raised more than $1.5 million.

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They say, "Do what you love and the money will follow!" These celebrities proved this to be true as they competed for the Lexus $1 million hole-in-one shoot out that occurred just prior to the taping of the 6th annual Michael Douglas & Friends Celebrity Golf presented by Lexus. They all gathered on the practice tee warming up their swing for the shoot out. It didn't seem quite fair that these celebrities could be great golfers AND super-stars as well.

Vegas Show TicketsAlice Cooper plays golf 254 days a year, although I found out that he's never played with his makeup on. He's a scratch golfer. Haley Joel Osment from the Sixth Sense, is sixteen years old and gave all the others quite a run for their money. (He had his own peanut gallery of twelve-year-old girls following him around.) Haley plays on his high school golf team. Kenny G. had great rhythm to his swing. Andy Garcia was just as sexy in person as he is in the movies. Mark Walberg from Sex in the City, takes the game seriously, while Heather Locklear looked as great in person as she does on the screen. She's quite a free spirit! Shelby Lynne, the country western singer — looked like the only beginner, but she was such a good sport no one minded. Tom Arnold, with his size thirteen shoes declared himself the comic relief in his foursome. Robert Wagner was the penultimate gentleman and gave Shelby Lynne a few golf tips to ease her nervousness. Everyone was ready to show the crowd that they could compete with the best of them.

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Jetsetters Magazine Golf MallButch Harmon, one of the top teaching professionals in the world was on hand to give everyone a few golf tips. (He was Tiger Woods coach.) He said that the key to a good golf swing was to stay in your own rhythm. He said that a lot of people think that hitting the ball hard is how you become a good golfer. But he said that the key to a great swing and good golf is to find your own natural rhythm and to stay within. That's probably why Kenny G. is such a great golfer. Even though he's small in frame, he's got tremendous rhythm and is consistently staying within his personal rhythm and swing. Alice Cooper does the same, even though he's hunched over in stance from all his rock and roll days, he swings to the rhythm of his own beat and the ball flies straight towards the hole. After listening to Butch Harmon, I could see that finding your own tempo is a key element to a good golf swing.

Duffer DVDsI didn't realize that Cascata Golf Course won Golf Magazine honors for one of the top 20 courses built in the U.S. since 1959. It is ranked the best course in Nevada. Cascata is an exclusive desert golf club owned by Caesars Entertainment, Inc. This stunning 400-acre golf facility is set in the foothills of the River Mountains range near Boulder City, just 30 minutes south of Las Vegas. It is designed by legendary golf architect Rees Jones. The course is available exclusively to guests of Caesars Entertainment resorts, so it was quite a privilege to be on the inside of those gates and thrilling to walk this beautiful and exclusive course.

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Michael Douglas & Robert Wagner
Heather is at home on the range.


Shelby Lynne performing.

It soars 3200 feet above the Las Vegas desert valley. The par-72 course drapes across mountain slopes that provide striking vistas at every turn. The lush fairways take your breath away as they meander for 7,200 yards through the mountain terrain amid the stark desert beauty that was in full bloom. As the day grew warmer and the golf competition heated up, the multiple waterfalls, and some resident bighorn sheep were pleasing distractions. Every hole holds an awe inspiring beauty that only a world class golf course offers.

The nine hole scramble had three teams of three celebrities and each team was accompanied by one of America's top golf teachers. The crowd loved watching the competitive spirit and learned some great tips from the coaches. Everyone felt honored to be raising money for a good cause, as they watched their favorite celebrity blow a four foot putt, or drive the ball three hundred yards to the pin. But for me, seeing and experiencing this exclusive desert golf course, Cascata, was the cherry on my triple scoop Sunday!

— By Janice Wilson, Jetsetters Magazine Golf Editor and Las Vegas Correspondent.


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