Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational Tees Off (Ugh) in Las Vegas this Weekend
The Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational returns to Las Vegas's Aria Resort and Casino this Thursday through Sunday. Among the celebs joining Jordan are Wayne Gretzky, Ray Romano and Luke Wilson. Non-celebs graciously invited to play include Joey Fatone, Juan Pablo Galavis and Alan Thicke.
In addition to getting to eye celebs, the MJCI will give the public a rare look at Shadow Creek Golf Course. Last year Forbes declared it "the most luxurious U.S. golf course." Access is normally reserved for MGM Resorts International's guests -- with Golf.com referring to the course as "the golf world's answer to Area 51." So this weekend is a rare opportunity for travelers to Vegas.
Other athletes and entertainers you'll get to see play include Marcus Allen, Brian Baumgartner, Jerome Bettis, Brandi Chastain, Chris Chelios, Roger Clemens, Vince Coleman, Richard Dent, Julius Erving, Josh Freeman, Dwight Freeney, Ken Griffey, Jr., Penny Hardaway, Dan Jansen, Brody Jenner, Bruce Jenner, Janet Jones-Gretzky, Toni Kukoc, Greg Maddux, Christina Milian, Jonathan Ogden, Paul O'Neill, Jake Owen, Patrick Peterson, Mike Piazza, Ahmad Rashad, Aaron Rodgers, Gretchen Rossi & Slade Smiley, Stuart Scott, Ozzie Smith, John Smoltz, Mauricio Umansky, Russell Wilson, Winky Wright and Adrian Young.
The four-day event breaks down into two parts:
- the celebrity-amateur tournament pairs a celeb with four amateurs on April 3–4
- the two-person, 36-hole scramble includes only celebs and takes place April 5–6
Now in its 13th year, MJCI has raised nearly $7 million for charities. This year's beneficiaries include Make-A-Wish, James R. Jordan Foundation, Keep Memory Alive, Opportunity Village and Cats Care, the NBA's Charlotte Bobcats's charity.