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Las Vegas Golf Course Review
Bali Hai Golf Club is the premier layout of the 2 Walters Golf designs in the Vegas area, which also includes Royal Links. Just as importantly, Bali Hai is the ONLY golf course
located directly on the Strip - adjacent to the beautiful Mandalay Casino Resort. This is truly Vegas Golf - completely upscale facilities, impeccable conditioning, and a tough but
enjoyable layout - all designed with a South Pacific theme. Crushed granite from California lines many of the lush green fairways, and the 45 large white sand bunkers
strategically placed in the fairways and green-side compliment the 2,500 strands of tall palms to create an intensely tropical setting. 7 acres of water in the form of ponds and
streams plus over 100,000 tropical plants and flowers add to the aesthetic beauty. Click here to visit the Bali Hai website.
The 32,000 square foot clubhouse is also plush, and includes an award winning pro shop stocked with the latest in golf fashion and apparel, as well as equipment and
accessories. Need to rent clubs or shoes? Bali Hai features Callaway golf clubs and Footjoy rental shoes. The Cabana restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and on
course beverage/snack carts are on duty daily. The Cili Restaurant & Bar serves gourmet cuisine for lunch and dinner Monday though Saturday with spacious indoor and outdoor
patio seating that can accommodate 450 people. This is a great place for a classy dinner, and the atmosphere in the lounge is completely conducive to an after round beverage or
meal. With the spectacular views of the course and wonderfully landscaped grounds, Bali Hai is a great place to host tournaments, banquets, wedding receptions or special events. Click here to visit this course's website.
The golf course itself is an interesting design. With 4 sets of tees measuring 7002, 6601, 6156 and 5511 yards, all golfers should be able to select a tee that suites their game.
The fairways are quite generous, but the rough, though short, is hearty and challenging. The slopes rate 130, 125, 113 and 122 (for ladies from the forward tees). It is quite
noteworthy that from the 6156 yard silver tees, there are 6 par fours that measure over 400 yards. With the 202 yard (from the silvers) 14th being the exception, all the par threes
are quite short. Three of the five feature formidable water hazards, and all are beautiful. Only 1 par five surpasses 500 yards from the silver tee areas - which indicates that to
score well here you must manage the par fours, and score well on the 5 par threes and 4 par fives. Water hazards come into play in some shape of form on nine of the holes, and
the lush palms, though beautiful, create the need for some accuracy. The reward for good shots are par and birdie putts on finely conditioned and true rolling putting surfaces,
many with challenging undulations. These surfaces have been recently re-planted with Tiff Eagle Burmuda. Place the ball on the correct portion of the fairways, and you will be
most often rewarded with fairly even lies. Be sure to pay attention to pin placement, as ridges and double tiers are common. Some of the greens also feature grass swales on
one or both sides All considered however, it is very possible to score well here! Click here to visit the Bali Hai website.
Sprinkler heads are measured to the center of the green, and pin placement info is provided to players prior to their round. 150 yard stakes (100 yard stakes on holes 1 and 4)
serve as directional and measurement tools. A Par View GPS is now standard on all carts - providing valuable, accurate information from tee to green. Hole diagram booklets with
great tips on how to play each hole are also available. Caddies and forecaddies are at your service for an additional fee - but are not mandatory. There is a warm up area, with
nine automatic teeing stations positioned towards a net (no driving range), and an ample putting green is also on property. Ice chests and ball and club washers are provided for on each cart.
The opening hole invites a tee shot just past the 100 yards marker, and an approach shot with 1 club extra as it plays uphill - great opportunity to score right out of the gate! The
second is a reachable par five with rolling terrain and mounds that will funnel slightly off line tee shots towards the middle of the fairway. The approach to a well bunkered green
complex is a tough one. The fairway slopes toward the creek that runs all along the right side on number three, so stay left center off the tee. Avoid this hazard and the airplanes
that are coming at you off the runways of McCarron International Airport, and this hole can be had. A shot placed to the left side of the green will funnel towards the center. The
fourth is a short par four, that plays uphill on the approach. A pond short left does a nice job of protecting the putting surface. Stay left off the tee on five, which has another pond on
the right side, about 50 yards away from the green. The short par three sixth plays over water with bail out room to the left. This 3 hole sequence is one of the easiest on course.
The seventh is a challenging par five that can be reached in two by long hitters favoring the left side. A smarter play is to hit short left of the green, taking the treacherous green
-side bunker on the right out of play. The 8th is one of many holes that feature the beautiful Mandalay Bay Casino Resort as a backdrop. It is a long and challenging par four, with
lay up room short left of the green. The front side closes with a gorgeous par three, featuring a water hazard left and in front, with bail out room right.
Number ten, though not overly long, is another challenging par five. The fairway is quite rolling and the uphill putting surface is well protected by bunkers. Water left, lots of sand
and a ridged, undulating green provide some challenge on 11, though as the # 18 handicap this is the easiest hole at Bali Hai. Grip it and rip it on twelve - and aim towards the top
of the Luxor pyramid. Pay attention to pin placement on this ridged green. Thirteen plays extremely long, as it bends to the right to a slightly elevated green complex. This precedes
the most challenging par three of the layout. If the prevailing wind is up, this shot will play longer than the 202 advertised yards from the silver tees (250 from the tips). The 15th is
a dogleg left par five that plays as the number eight handicap. Accuracy off the tee and distance on the second shot are important here. Another extremely pretty par three follows
on sixteen, which plays over water with some room long. The two finishing holes rate as the 2nd and 4th handicaps, and can make or break your round. Seventeen plays tough if
the wind is up. Only the longest of hitters will be able to negotiate the right fairway bunker off the tee to cut off some yardage on this long (484 from the tips) dogleg right par four.
Eighteen is a spectacular and also long par four (486 from the tips, 448 from the silvers). Average golfers will play to approach the green in three, and hope for an efficient up and
down. The water hazard short right does a great job of protecting the putting surface.
Bali Hai is a great round of resort golf. It provides everything one is normally looking for on a vacation - or on a business round of golf. Booking a round in prime season can be
expensive - but those familiar with Vegas know that you get what you pay for here. Being on the Strip, the acreage is tremendously expensive. You will not find more spectacular
views of Vegas Boulevard on any other course in the Valley. Packages are available at select Las Vegas hotels with cost scaled according to the quality of the casino/resort
property. Bali Hai is conveniently located on the far southern end of the Strip past the Luxor and next to Mandalay Bay - certainly the cheapest taxi ride available from the Strip to any
course in the area. It is also just 5 minutes from McCarron International Airport and only 20 minutes from Summerlin via the freeway. To clear up any questions on availability of
play on the Walters Golf Properties - Bali Hai is a PUBLIC COURSE, as is Royal Links Golf Course. WALTERS GOLF has an incredibly efficient web site, with tons of info on the
courses, memberships, packages, online reservations and more.
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