Bali Hai Golf Club alive and well on the Las Vegas Strip

By October 18, 2010, 7:42 pm
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The 16th hole at Bali Hai Golf Club (Courtesy Walters Golf)

LAS VEGAS – Okay, here's the bottom line: Bali Hai Golf Club, located on the famed Las Vegas Strip, is alive and well – very well in fact.

Despite rumors the course will shut down to allow Walters Golf to use the land for other endeavors, beautiful Bali Hai Golf Club's lush fairways, brilliant blue ponds and pristine white-sand bunkers await you on your next trip to Vegas. It's tee times as usual.

'Bali Hai's playability, customer service and conditioning are always first-rate,' said Josh Hill, Walters Golf's Director of Sales and Marketing. 'It's almost like you're transported to the South Pacific, playing an amazing golf course right on the Las Vegas Strip.'

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And it's not just any course. The layout, a Lee Schmidt/Brian Curley design, stretches to 7,002 yards of amazing golf, dramatic views and stunning features. You want water features? How about seven acres of them. More? There are more than 4,000 trees lining fairways with more than 100,000 tropical plants adding to the beauty.

And it's still here for your enjoyment for another three years or so. 'We just completed our overseed and the course is in amazing shape,' Hill added. 'We've got five-star customer service and that's one reason why we have so many repeat players and why the course has such a high ranking.'

Ah, yes, that ranking. How about the No. 6 rated course in the United States by Golf World in 2009. Piquing your interest? It should. Being located right on the Strip gives players at Bali Hai another advantage of not needing to take costly cab rides to outlying courses. Plus, once you set foot on the property, you'll feel like you're the most important customer they have that day. And you are.

'We really pride ourselves in making sure players have a first-class experience here,' Hill said.

Bali Hai Golf Club: The ambience
Walking in the door, players will be hit with one startling fact – you're not in Kansas anymore. There's opulence everywhere, from the pro shop, to the dining room, to the course. It's a first-class experience that has to be seen to be believed. Throw in a remodeled Cili Restaurant, which is open 11:30-3:30 every day, and you've got the makings of a perfect day – on and off the golf course. And if you're planning that special day (wedding, anniversary, retirement, etc.), Cili is open in the evenings to host those events. Why not play golf during the day and have that special event in the evening? And the best part is you can leave all the details to the professional staff and just enjoy yourself.

The finishing holes
These three golf holes – a par 3 with an island green and a pair of PGA Tour-length par 4s (try 484 yards and 486 yards) will – end your round in high fashion. The 16th hole plays just 141 yards from the tips, but what a 141 yards it is. The island green (with undulations that will test your flat stick prowess once you get on the green) is backdropped by the Bali Hai G.C. clubhouse so don't be surprised if you've got an audience when you tee it up.

The 17th plays longer than its 484 yards because it plays uphill. Par or birdie here is reason to celebrate. But don't celebrate too long because they've saved the best for last at Bali Hai. The 18th is both beautiful and daunting. The beauty comes from the views of Mandalay Bay in the background and the lush green fairway that is dotted with bunkers. Take the driver out because you'll need all the distance you can get. Find the fairway and step one of your journey is complete. Now comes the tough part. This gorgeous hole now becomes even more breathtaking with a deep-blue pond and beach-like bunker guarding the approach shot. It's a beautiful golf hole – on an amazing golf course – to end your round.

Tee time specials at Bali Hai
Yes, even at high-profile golf courses there are specials. And at Bali Hai, golfers who are flexible on the day and time are rewarded with specials on the Walters Golf website that can save players are much as 33 percent. Golf in paradise and savings? A match made in heaven – or at least in Las Vegas.

So next time you're in Vegas and looking to tee it up, Bali Hai is just a phone call – and driver – away at the south end of the Strip.

-- by Bill Bowman
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Fleetwood rallies to defend Abu Dhabi title

By Will GrayJanuary 21, 2018, 12:48 pm

The 2018 European Tour season has begun just as the 2017 one ended: with Tommy Fleetwood's name atop the standings.

Facing the most difficult conditions of the week, Fleetwood charged down the stretch to shoot a 7-under 65 in the final round of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, good enough for a two-shot win and a successful title defense.

Abu Dhabi was the start of Fleetwood's resurgence a year ago, the first of two European Tour victories en route to the season-long Race to Dubai title. This time around the Englishman started the final round two shots off the lead but rallied with six birdies over his final nine holes to reclaim the trophy.

Fleetwood was five shots behind countryman Ross Fisher when he made the turn, but he birdied the par-5 10th and then added four birdies in a five-hole stretch from Nos. 12-16. The decisive shot came on the final hole, when his pitch from the left rough nestled within a few feet of the hole for a closing birdie.

Fleetwood's 22-under total left him two shots ahead of Fisher and four shots clear of Rory McIlroy and Matthew Fitzpatrick. After entering the week ranked No. 18, Fleetwood is expected to move to at least No. 12 in the world when the new rankings are published.

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Garcia cruises to five-shot win in Singapore

By Associated PressJanuary 21, 2018, 12:10 pm

SINGAPORE - Sergio Garcia played 27 holes on the last day without dropping a shot to win the Singapore Open by five strokes Sunday in an ominous display of his newfound self-belief as he prepares to defend his Masters title.

Still brimming with confidence after claiming his first major title at Augusta National last year, Garcia started his new season with a runaway victory at the Sentosa Golf Club, finishing at 14-under 270.

Returning to the course just after dawn to complete his third round after play was suspended on Saturday because of lightning strikes, Garcia finished his last nine holes in 4 under for a round of 66 to take a one-shot lead into the final round.

With organizers desperate to avert the constant threat of more bad weather and finish the tournament on time, Garcia promptly returned to the first tee shortly after and fired a flawless 3-under 68, cruising to victory with 10 straight pars as his rivals floundered in the stifling humidity.

''It may have looked easy, but it wasn't easy. You still have to hit a lot of good shots out there,'' Garcia said. ''It's always great to start with a win, to do it here at this golf course against a good field in Asia on conditions that weren't easy. Hopefully I can ride on this momentum.''

Garcia's closest rivals at the end were Japan's Satoshi Kodaira (71) and South African Shaun Norris (70). Both birdied the last hole to share second spot but neither was ever close enough on the last day to challenge the leader.

Full-field scores from the Singapore Open

''I could not reach Sergio. I was thinking, 12 or 13 under for the win, but he went beyond that,'' Kodaira said.

Jazz Janewattananond (71) and his fellow Thai Danthai Bonnma (73) finished equal fourth at 8 under, earning themselves a spot in this year's British Open, while American Sean Crocker, who was given an invitation to the event after turning pro late last year, also won a place at Carnoustie by finishing in a tie for sixth.

Garcia made just three bogeys in 72 holes and his victory provided the 38-year-old with the 33rd title of his professional career and his sixth on the Asian Tour.

He has also won three titles in the last 12 months, including the Masters, and his game looks to be in better shape now than it was a year ago.

He credits the Singapore Open as having played a part in toughening him up for Augusta National because of the steamy conditions and the testing stop-start nature of the tournament, which is regularly stopped because of inclement weather.

Although he finished tied for 11th in Singapore a year ago, Garcia won the Dubai Desert Classic the next week and was in peak form when he won the Masters two months later.

"I'm extremely happy with how the week went. It was a tough day and a tough week, with the stopping and going. Fortunately, the weather held on. Still, it was hard to play 27 holes under this heat and I can't wait to get a cold shower,'' Garcia said. ''I came with some good confidence and wishing that I will play well. I hit the ball solid the whole week and didn't miss many shots.''

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Kelly beats Monty with two-shot swing on final hole

By Associated PressJanuary 21, 2018, 3:21 am

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii – Jerry Kelly made an 18-foot birdie putt on the final hole, Colin Montgomerie missed a 6-footer for par and Kelly turned a one-shot deficit into a victory Saturday in the Mitsubishi Electric Championship, the season opener on the PGA Tour Champions.

After Kelly drove it well right into lava rocks on the par-4 16th, leading to bogey and giving Montgomerie the lead, Montgomerie made a mistake with his tee shot on the last, finding a fairway bunker. Montgomerie's approach went over the green and after Kelly converted his birdie, the 54-year-old Scot jammed his par putt well past the hole.

Full-field scores from the Mitsubishi Electric Championship

It was the third win on the over-50 tour for the 51-year-old Kelly, who finished tied for 14th last week at the PGA Tour's Sony Open in Honolulu. That gave him confidence as he hopped over to the Big Island for his tournament debut at Hualalai. The limited-field event includes winners from last season, past champions of the event, major champions and Hall of Famers.

Kelly closed with a 6-under 66 for a three-day total of 18-under 198. Montgomerie shot 69. David Toms shot 67 and finished two shots back, and Miguel Angel Jimenez was another stroke behind after a 66.

Bernhard Langer, defending the first of his seven 2017 titles, closed with a 70 to finish at 10 under.

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Rahm manages frustration, two back at CareerBuilder

By Randall MellJanuary 21, 2018, 1:21 am

Jon Rahm managed the winds and his frustrations Saturday at the CareerBuilder Challenge to give himself a chance to win his fourth worldwide title in the last year.

Rahm’s 2-under-par 70 on the PGA West Stadium Course left him two shots off the lead going into the final round.

“I wasn’t really dealing with the wind that much,” Rahm said of his frustrations. “I was dealing with not being as fluid as I was the last two days.”

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The world’s No. 3 ranked player opened with a 62 at La Quinta Country Club on Thursday and followed it up with a 67 on Friday at PGA West. He made six birdies and four bogeys on the Stadium Course on Saturday.

“The first day, everything was outstanding,” Rahm said. “Yesterday, my driver was a little shaky but my irons shots were perfect. Today, my driver was shaky and my irons shots were shaky. On a course like this, it’s punishing, but luckily on the holes where I found the fairway I was able to make birdies.”

Rahm is projected to move to No. 2 in the world rankings with a finish of sixth or better on Sunday.