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.'
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