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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Chamblee: Like Tiger in '13, Mickelson should've DQ'd self

By Golf Channel DigitalJune 19, 2018, 2:46 pm

Two days after Brooks Koepka left Long Island with the U.S. Open trophy, the third-round antics of Phil Mickelson are still garnering plenty of discussion.

Mickelson became a lightning rod of opinion after he intentionally hit a moving ball on the 13th green Saturday at Shinnecock Hills, incurring a two-shot penalty but not a disqualification. In the aftermath, he explained that he made a conscious choice to take the penalty to avoid playing back and forth across the crispy putting surface, and he tied for 48th after a final-round 66.

Speaking Tuesday on "Morning Drive," Golf Channel analyst Brandel Chamblee shared his view that Mickelson would have been well-served to disqualify himself ahead of the final round. He also compared it to Tiger Woods' incident at the 2013 Masters, when he took an incorrect drop and, like Mickelson, received a two-shot penalty but not a disqualification.

"I think Tiger, at least it's my opinion that his year would have been less distracting if he had done so," Chamblee said. "And I think the same of Phil Mickelson. If he had withdrawn from the championship and said, 'Look. This is a little sketchy. It didn't play out the way I thought. I've given it some thought and it's in the best interest of the championship that I withdraw.'"

Chamblee added that Mickelson's antics were "really distracting" on a day filled with drama as the USGA lost control of course conditions, noting that Mickelson and playing partner Andrew "Beef" Johnston were the only tee time where both players failed to break 80 despite the difficult conditions.

But having had time to review the situation and having surveyed a number of peers, Chamblee is as convinced as ever that Mickelson made a mistake by showing up for his final-round tee time.

"What Phil did, I haven't run into a single person that hasn't said he deserved to be disqualified," Chamblee said. "Under any interpretation, a serious breach - if gaining an advantage is not a serious breach, I don't know what is. And he clearly said he was gaining an advantage and doing it for strategic reasons."

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Norman to pose in ESPN's 'Body Issue'

By Grill Room TeamJune 19, 2018, 2:05 pm

Professional golfers have, from time to time, appeared in ESPN's "Body Issue," which features athletes strategically posed in the nude. The list includes: Belen Mozo, Carly Booth, Gary Player, Camilo Villegas, Sandra Gal, Christina Kim, Anna Grzebien, Suzann Pettersen and Sadena Parks.

And now, Greg Norman.

Modesty has never been an issue for Norman, who has an affinity for posing without a shirt (and sometimes without pants) on his Instagram account.

He joins a list of athletes, in this year's edition, ranging from professional wrestlers (Charlotte Flair) to Olympians (Adam Rippon) to WNBA stars (Sue Bird). Click here for a full list of the athletes to appear.


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DJ listed as betting favorite for The Open

By Will GrayJune 19, 2018, 2:00 pm

With the U.S. Open officially in the books, oddsmakers quickly turned their attention to the season's third major.

Minutes after Brooks Koepka holed the winning putt to successfully defend his title at Shinnecock Hills, the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook published its first set of odds for The Open. Jordan Spieth, who opened at 14/1, will defend his title as the tournament shifts to Carnoustie in Scotland for the first time since 2007, when Padraig Harrington defeated Sergio Garcia in a playoff.

Joining Spieth at 14/1 is 2014 Open champion Rory McIlroy, but they're both listed behind world No. 1 Dustin Johnson. Johnson, who was a runner-up at the 2011 Open at Royal St. George's and just finished third at the U.S. Open, opened as a 12/1 betting favorite. Koepka, now a two-time major winner, is listed at 20/1 alongside U.S. Open runner-up Tommy Fleetwood.

Here's a look at the first edition of odds, with The Open just five weeks away:

12/1: Dustin Johnson

14/1: Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy

16/1: Justin Rose, Rickie Fowler, Justin Thomas

20/1: Brooks Koepka, Tommy Fleetwood, Jon Rahm

25/1: Jason Day, Henrik Stenson, Tiger Woods

30/1: Sergio Garcia, Patrick Reed, Hideki Matsuyama

40/1: Phil Mickelson, Branden Grace, Paul Casey, Alex Noren, Marc Leishman

50/1: Adam Scott, Louis Oosthuizen, Tyrrell Hatton

60/1: Matt Kuchar, Patrick Cantlay, Bryson DeChambeau, Ian Poulter, Francesco Molinari, Rafael Cabrera-Bello, Matthew Fitzpatrick

80/1: Tony Finau, Zach Johnson, Thomas Pieters, Daniel Berger, Xander Schauffele, Bubba Watson, Shane Lowry

100/1: Charl Schwartzel, Webb Simpson, Brandt Snedeker

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Golf Channel, Loch Lomond Partner on Claret Jug Tour Ahead of 147TH Open

By Golf Channel Public RelationsJune 18, 2018, 9:35 pm

Award-Winning Independent Scotcb Whisky Sponsoring Tour to Select U.S. Cities; Will Include Special Tastings and Opportunities for Fans to Engage with Golf’s Most Storied Trophy

Golf Channel and Loch Lomond Group are partnering on a promotional tour with the Claret Jug – golf’s most iconic trophy, first awarded in 1873 to the winner of The Open – to select U.S. cities in advance of the 147TH Open at Carnoustie Golf Links in Scotland. Loch Lomond Whisky’s sponsorship of the tour further enhances the brand’s existing five-year partnership with the R&A as the official spirit of The Open, initially announced in February.

“We are proud to partner with Golf Channel to support this tour of golf’s most iconic trophy,” said Colin Matthews, CEO of Loch Lomond Group. “Whisky and golf are two of Scotland’s greatest gifts to the world, and following the news of our recent partnership with the R&A for The Open, being a part of the Claret Jug tour was a perfect fit for Loch Lomond Group to further showcase our commitment to the game.”

“The Loch Lomond Group could not be a more natural fit to sponsor the Claret Jug tour,” said Tom Knapp, senior vice president of golf sponsorship, NBC Sports Group. “Much like the storied history that accompanies the Claret Jug, Loch Lomond’s Scottish roots trace back centuries ago, and their aspirations to align with golf’s most celebrated traditions will resonate with a broad range of consumers in addition to golf fans and whisky enthusiasts.”

The tour kicks off today in Austin, Texas, and will culminate on Wednesday, July 11 at the American Century Championship in Lake Tahoe one week prior to The Open. Those wishing to engage with the Claret Jug will have an opportunity at one of several tour stops being staged at Topgolf locations in select cities. The tour will feature a custom, authentic Scottish pub where consumers (of age) can sample Loch Lomond’s portfolio of whiskies in the spirit of golf’s original championship and the Claret Jug. The Claret Jug also will make special pop-up visits to select GolfNow course partners located within some of the designated tour markets.

(All Times Local)

Monday, June 18                    Austin, Texas              (Topgolf, 5:30-8:30 p.m.)

Tuesday, June 19                    Houston                      (Topgolf, 5-8 p.m.)

Wednesday, June 20               Jacksonville, Fla.        (Topgolf, 6-9 p.m.)

Monday, June 25                    Orlando, Fla.               (Topgolf, 6-9 p.m.)

Wednesday, July 4                 Washington D.C.        (Topgolf, 5:30-8:30 p.m. – Ashburn, Va.)

Monday, July 9                       Edison, N.J.                (Topgolf, Time TBA)

Wednesday, July 11               Lake Tahoe, Nev.       American Century Championship (On Course)

Fans interacting with the Claret Jug and Loch Lomond during the course of the tour are encouraged to share their experience using the hashtag, #ClaretJug on social media, and tag @TheOpen and @LochLomondMalts on Twitter and Instagram.

NBC Sports Group is the exclusive U.S. television home of the 147TH Open from Carnoustie, with nearly 50 live hours of tournament coverage, Thursday-Sunday, July 19-22. The Claret Jug is presented each July to the winner of The Open, with the winner also being given the title of “Champion Golfer of the Year” until the following year’s event is staged. The Claret Jug is one of the most storied trophies in all of sports; first presented to the 1873 winner of The Open, Tom Kidd. Each year, the winner’s name is engraved on to the trophy, forever etched into the history of golf’s original championship. It is customary for the Champion Golfer of the Year to drink a favorite alcoholic beverage from the Claret Jug in celebration of the victory.