The GOLF LIFE crew hit the road again and this time we were in Las Vegas. We went for a few days to work with our partners at Walters Golf. Walters Golf is a golf management company that oversees three amazing golf courses in the Las Vegas area; Bali Hai, Desert Pines and Royal Links. All three courses are spectacular and all three courses are very different. We brought four guys together to play 3 rounds of golf, and enjoy a few days in Sin City. One of the guys from Florida had never even visited Las Vegas so everything was a brand new experience for him. The weather was great, we weren’t in the office and we were in Las Vegas. Great week.
Desert Pines, a Pete Dye-design, was the first golf course that we visited was renovated as recently as 2007; the greens were rebuilt as well as other aesthetic enhancements were made to the course creating a TOUR quality aspect to your round. Desert Pines, playing 6,810 yards from the tips was recently awarded as a GOLF DIGEST Top 50 Resort Course. Good course management is required to keep your score low and the course is playable for all skill levels. Desert Pines is set up and designed to make you feel like you are playing golf in the Carolinas. This was a great start to our three-day golf journey in Las Vegas.
For our next stop we only had to go minutes off the Strip to find Bali Hai Golf Club. Bali Hai had a much more tropical feel to it compared to Desert Pines’ Carolina feel. The skyline of the Las Vegas Strip is never far away but you feel like you are worlds away from the commotion of the Las Vegas Strip. This 7,000 yard, par-71 layout designed in 2000 features 4,000 trees including 2,500 towering palms and 100,000 tropical plants.
The trees, layout, design, water, fairways and everything else makes you feel like you took a 10-minute cab ride from the Las Vegas Trip to a tropical golf course far away. The two holes that most stood out to me was the #3 that they call “shipwreck,” a long par-4 with a creek running the entire right-side with a bunker on the left. The other hole that also stood out was the #16, par-3 with an island green going towards the clubhouse. Two beautiful courses, both Golf Digest Top 50 Resort Courses, were both very different but both highly recommended.
Finally, we ended our round at Royal Links, a throwback to honor the rich history and tradition of the game of golf. This links-style course features holes inspired by eleven different British Open rotation courses and holes inspired by the “Road Hole” and “Hell Bunker” from the old course at St. Andrews and the “Postage Stamp” from Royal Troon. Holes inspired by famous golf holes including Carnoustie, Tumberry, Royal Liverpool, Prestwick and many other of the most famous Links-style golf holes. There are monuments throughout the course, and yardage books in the carts that explain the history and influences of the golf courses. Royal Links was awarded the “America’s BEST Courses” by GolfWeek in 2006.
All three of the courses are less than a twenty-minute drive from the Las Vegas Strip, offer a great distraction from the hustle of Las Vegas and are amazing golf resort destination. Highly recommend all three next time you are in Las Vegas for work or pleasure.