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As we head into the dog days of summer what better way to get ready for the heat than to play a round or two of golf.

I started playing golf back in Steubenville, Ohio at the public course we affectionately referred to as “Goat Hill.” The course was located at the top of Le Belle View Hill next to the public swimming pool. It was called Goat Hill because you never had a shot except the drive that you could actually stand on even ground.

My good buddy Tom “Terrible” Wilson, a scratch golfer and captain of the Big Red high school golf team, took up the task of teaching or trying to just get me off the tee. He gave up after several outings but we are still buddies to this day.

Wilson still has a knot in his head from my drive that hit a pole to the side of us and then almost knocked him out as it came right back and hit him in the head. That drive cost me my golf teacher and two pitchers of beer at the Washington Bar. Oh, well.

I did continue to play and actually got a little better once I relocated to Vegas. I played with friends one or two times a week and was actually shooting in the low 90’s and high 80’s. I was still working at the Stardust and one of our regular bettors was in charge of the practice range at the old D.I. He invited us to come over anytime and hit off the practice tee as many balls as we wanted.

I started to go over on my lunch break and the pro watching me comes up, says I have a nice swing and he could take four to six shots off my score with a few lessons. I guess he never met Tom Wilson. I said what the heck, it could mean some cash for me down the road with my weekly golf buddies.

After several lessons I was never able to get off the tee again and couldn’t finish a round of golf. My clubs are somewhere at the bottom of Lake Mead but I still enjoy watching golf and sometimes have a yearning to get back on the golf course, ride around, hit a few shots and make some putts.

Ah, CasaBlanca!

If you have that yearning there is no better deal going on than the deal CasaBlanca has. If you have never been to Mesquite you are really missing out, and if you have never golfed there, it’s a gem in the desert. The deal is as good as it gets.

Try room and golf for just $79 and the restaurants are top notch. I have friends that make the trip every year for this great package and they tell me that there is no better spot to eat than Katherine’s.

Now if you happen to take the short ride to Mesquite, remember what my friend and avid golfer Dean Martin would say: “If you drink, don’t drive. Don’t even putt.”

The great Bobby Jones stated “the secret of golf is to turn three shots into two.” Even baseball players golf and “hammering Hank Aaron” said, “It took me 17 years to get 3,000 hits. I did it in one afternoon on the golf course.”

While at the Casablanca you can also bet horses and sports in their full service race and sportsbook. Look to bet on the Cardinals this week in their series with the Brewers.

Belmont aftermath

What looked like a wide open Belmont Stakes turned out to be a two horse race between Irish War Cry, the favorite, and Tapwrit, the second choice. Jose Ortiz sat the perfect trip on Tapwrit, who ran down the favorite down the lane with the other Todd Pletcher runner, Patch, picking up the show dough. The others were not in the hunt.

Santa Antia Play

As Santa Anita continues their three day week of racing my play of the week will come on Friday’s card in the last leg of the pick five. We will use a runner who is exiting my horses to watch column, No. 7 Miz Strawberry Dee, who gets off the grass and moves to 7 furlongs on the dirt. She will sit a perfect trip behind the speedy No. 4 Forthenineteen. We will also use All of a Sudden. Our play will be on No. 7 Miz Strawberry Dee to win and key her in exactas with No. 4 Forthenineteen and No. 5 All of a Sudden.

Get off that couch and take a trip. If you golf hit them long and straight. You could be walking around lucky and not even know it.

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