Las Vegas, Nev. (July 6, 2016)–Las Vegas is known for its glitz and glamour. Whether it’s the posh hotel/casinos, the elegant dining establishments or the world-class shows, expect over-the-top experiences every day and night. It’s the same with some of its finest golf courses…like Bali Hai Golf Club.–By Bill Bowman
Bali Hai is a Schmidt/Curley designed layout. Reaching 7,002 yards from the tips, the course is a tree-lined, lush masterpiece. And the ambience in and around the course is just as impressive. Start with seven acres of water features, add in 4,000 trees along the fairways and top things off with more than 100,000 tropical plants and you’ve got a stunning South Pacific-themed course.
The course features a three-hole finale that will test and impress even the best golfers. The 16th is a short par-3 to an island green while the two final holes are par 4s that stretch to PGA Tour lengths (484 and 486 yards from the tips).
But it’s the 18th that is the coup de grace. Playing from an elevated tee, this is one hole that can (and will) make or break the round. The tee shot has to avoid a bunker on the left while the second shot is one to remember…both for the challenge and for the beauty. The shot will be hit right at the Monte Carlo sign as the backdrop. Then comes the bigger challenge, the approach shot. A lake is on players’ right while the green has a beach-like bunker that guards the front, right and back. The good news is there is a bailout area to the left.
And that’s just on the outside. Inside, there’s the famed Cili Restaurant that features divine cuisine (everything from burgers to sandwiches to salads…and they haven’t forgotten the vegetarian items) and an impressive atmosphere. But there’s more to it than just the food. There’s luxury everywhere…from the huge fish tank to the bar to the pro shop to the outside dining areas.
Whether it’s just lunch before or after the round or a group gathering for that special occasion, this golf/dining destination sets the bar high when it comes to elegance.