Michael Jordan is one of those celebrities who likes to slip into Las Vegas, hit the clubs and maybe the links, depending on the weather. This spring, you can see the basketball legend in a much more public way at the 10th Annual Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational March 31 through April 3 at Shadow Creek, the private course owned by MGM Resorts.
And the event is all open to the public, marking the first time Shadow Creek has opened its doors to the world. Tickets went on sale this week.
The event has raised more than $5 million for charity since its inception in 2001. In past years, sports legends including Wayne Gretzky, Charles Barkley, Mario Lemieux and Julius “Dr. J” Erving and entertainment personalities such as Mark Wahlberg, Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell and Don Cheadle have walked the course. This year’s event beneficiaries include the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the James R. Jordan Foundation, Cats Care, Nevada Cancer Institute and the participating celebrities’ charities of choice.
This year’s tournament is scheduled to kick off Wednesday, March 30, at Aria at CityCenter with a welcome reception presented by Jordan Brand. The first of two rounds of the Celebrity-Amateur tournament, which pairs one celebrity with four amateur participants, will take place Thursday, March 31, at Shadow Creek. The final round of the Celebrity-Amateur will take place Friday, April 1, followed by the MJCI Celebration, one of the event’s signatures featuring headline entertainment.
The MJCI two-person, 36-hole scramble format tournament begins Saturday, April 2, and includes only the competing celebrities. The second and final round of the MJCI will be played Sunday, April 3.
Haven’t been to Shadow Creek yet? The course always makes the Top 10 list from Golf Week magazine. It’s located in the middle of the Nevada desert and was originally designed by Tom Fazio. Natural beauty, rolling terrains, glistening brooks and ponds, spectacular waterfalls, lush gardens and mature trees are just some of the cornerstones of the course.
Want to check out the tournament? You can buy general admission passes for Thursday and Friday for $25 each, or on Saturday and Sunday for $50 per day. A weekly pass goes for $100. Or splurge on a daily VIP pass for $100 per day or a weekly VIP pass for $300. VIP spectators will enjoy an unparalleled view of the course from an open-air hospitality complex featuring a “VIP Party Deck” overlooking the par-5, 18th hole.