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Major Series of Putting (MSOP) plans to build a spectacular temporary sports venue one block off the Las Vegas Strip, adjacent to Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, specifically to house the largest putting tournament in history starting March 10, 2017.
“We are thrilled to host MSOP in such an exhilarating location, right in the heart of Las Vegas,” said Guillaume Béland, president and general manager of MSOP.
With millions in prize money, participants will compete for their share of the purse on a 20,000-square-foot, 18-hole par-36 putting course created by Nicklaus Design, arguably the world’s most acclaimed golf course design firm. Nicklaus Design, founded by golf legend Jack Nicklaus, has created more than 400 golf courses in 41 countries. A rendering of the course design is available at MSOP.com/2017.
“Designing the official 18-hole putting course for MSOP presented unique challenges and opportunities for Nicklaus Design. This is the first artificial 18-hole course we have designed strictly for putting,” said David Savic, design associate at Nicklaus Design.
The course will feature surfaces from Southwest Greens’ exclusive Golden Bear line of turf, which is available only to those installing Nicklaus Design greens.
“Installing our PRO System on the MSOP stadium course will provide the participants world-class performance that our customers have become accustomed to expect,” said Kevin Holinaty, president of Southwest Greens Construction. “We are proud to be a part of such an ambitious undertaking. Working alongside Nicklaus Design allows us to build a unique design concept within a stadium setting – something definitely not seen before.”
MSOP plans to construct a Populous-designed temporary venue at 110 E. Harmon Avenue, adjacent to Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. The venue is anticipated to feature amenities such as state-of-the-art live leaderboards, grandstand seating, club house, restaurant and sports bar and more.
“Our vision is to design a sports venue where spectators will have clear views of all 18 holes from every seat in the house,” remarked Jeff Keas, senior principal at Populous. “Our goal is to create an atmosphere that is welcoming to professional and amateur golfers alike.”
The biggest putting tournament in history, the 2017 MSOP Championships are scheduled to start March 10, 2017, in Las Vegas. The event will offer a wide variety of putting tournaments, including singles and team events in stroke play and match play formats with exclusive events for women, amateurs and professional golfers.
Entry fees and potential prize purses vary by event. To view a list of MSOP events featuring direct registration, visit MSOP.com/championship.
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