Golf The Las Vegas Strip
Sin City or Golf City?
By Brian Weis
Tension fills the air as the dealer hits his 16. The Black Jack table erupts in cheers as the dealer busts, again. The table is hot and my once diminished piles start replenishing. Conversation breaks out with the real estate attorney to my left. The typical casual table conversation occurs at the table like where are you from? What brings you to Las Vegas?
The Chicago counselor shares he is on a guys golfing weekend. He follows up that his group is actually on the course now. Puzzled I inquiry why he is hitting soft 17's instead of the links.
He shook his head, "Las Vegas really isn't a golf destination."
I almost fell out of my chair. I shared I had come to Las Vegas solely to golf and so far played some phenomenal courses along the strip - Bali Hai, Desert Pines, The Wynn course and looked forward to my round Royal Links.
Out of the corner of my eye I see my first card dealt is an ace. My fellow table mates wish me good luck and then the ten hits. Black Jack!
A few hands later the attorney wanted to correct himself, as he felt he kind of misspoke. He absolutely loves golf and thus far has enjoyed his trip. He just needed a break from golf to partake in some gaming and entertainment.
While Las Vegas is known as Sin City, I feel it would be a Sin if you didn't golf a round on your next trip.
Where To Play
If you hit the strip, you won't have an issue finding a place to gamble? If you looking for golf you might be amazed that their are four amazing courses along the strip (or within a short drive)
Wynn Golf Club
The Wynn Golf Club is located in the heart of the Wynn Casino Resort on the north end of the strip. The Tom Fazio design, Steve Wynn inspired, course occupies the land that was once the storied Desert Inn Golf Club. When you step on the first tee you will forget you are playing desert golf. Over 7,000 trees line the fairways and perimeter 137 acre course. The Wynn Golf Club is 18 memorable holes with great views of the Wynn Resort and the Las Vegas strip. The resort lines the final hole that features a magnificent waterfall.
The course was once closed to hotel guest only but recently opened to the public.
3 Tees: 7,042, 6,938, 6,464 yards
Green Fees: $500 includes caddie, cart and rental clubs
3145 Las Vegas Blvd S
Las Vegas, NV 89109
Bali Hai Golf Club
The upscale, Lee Schmidt and Brian Curly design, course is a must play on your Las Vegas golf excursion. Conveniently located at the south end of the strip, Bali Hai is a lob wedge away from McCarran International Airport, the famous "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas" sign and Mandalay Bay.
The par-71 layout plays just over 7000 yards with panoramic views of The Las Vegas Strip. Every hole is a South Pacific postcard featuring 2,500 towering palm trees, 100,000 tropical plants and Augusta white sand. The signature par 3 16th island green is a short iron test. Your shot will be witnessed by those dining on the clubhouse's patio. Bali Hai is a world class golf course. My opinion aside, the course has received almost every accolade imaginable including "Top 50 Public Course", 2009 Readers Choice Golf World and "One of America's Top Resort Courses;" GolfWeek: 2004.
4 Tees: 7002, 6901, 6156, 5511 Yards
Green Fees: $295 Forecaddies are available upon request. Club Rental: $55 (Callaway X-22's)
5160 Las Vegas BLVD. South
Las Vegas, NV 89119
Desert Pines Golf Club
Just a few minutes from downtown Las Vegas lies Desert Pines Golf Club, the 18-hole championship course designed by Perry Dye.The lushes Carolina sandills setting features thousands of mature pine trees, colorful flowerbeds, rolling greens, four lakes and dramatic railroad fanned bunkers.
Host of Golf Channel's Big Break II, Desert Pines will test your golf skills. Shot selection is important as water comes into play on 9 of 18 holes. In 2009, Golf Digest has recognized Desert Pines as one of the best new upscale courses in the country. Desert Pines Golf Club is a public, daily fee course. Reservations are accepted 180 days in advance. Rates begin as low as $45.
Also on property is a 58 bay, two-tiered climate controlled practice facility.
3 Tees: 6810, 6494, 5873 Yards
3415 East Bonanza Road
Las Vegas, NV 89101
Where To Stay
Walters Golf, the parent company of Bali Hai, Desert Pines and Royal Links, offers numerous Las Vegas stay and play packages. Save significant money when you play their courses and stay at one of their partnered casinos like Mandalay Bay, The Luxor, Stratosphere, etc, View www.waltersgolf.com for their latest packages.
The Wynn Casino offers a golf getaway package for two nights stay and a round of golf for two. View current promotions at www.wynnlasvegas.com/#packages/golf_getaway/ or call 866-770-7929.
How To Get Around
Traveling with your golf clubs can be a challenge. Renting a car is an option. If you want hassle free transportation, find a limo at the airport. Ask for the driver's business card or better yet discuss you schedule and book pick up/drop offs. Having a driver is relatively inexpensive when you spread the cost over your fore-some.
If traveling light is your preference, rent clubs at each of the courses and hail a cab.
Spa and Golf
Traveling with your significant other? Does your wife (or husband) not golf? Send them to one of the dozens of spas in Las Vegas. I had the ultimate couple's getaway with my wife. She likes to sleep in so I booked the earliest tee time and she slept in and went to the spa. We met up shortly after lunch each day both refreshed and ready for gaming, great food and amazing shows.
Speaking of shows, Le Reve is a must see show at The Wynn. The show is an describable experience that will mesmerize you from the moment the show starts.
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Revised: 12/13/2010 - Article Viewed 20,833 Times - View Golf Course Profile
Written By: Brian Weis
Brian Weis is the Publisher of GolfTrips.com, a network of golf travel and directory sites including GolfWisconsin.com, GolfMichigan.com, ArizonaGolfer.com, GolfAlabama.com, etc. Professionally, Brian is a member of the Golf Writers Association of America (GWAA), International Network of Golf (ING), Golf Travel Writers of America (GTWA), International Golf Travel Writers Association (IGTWA) and The Society of Hickory Golfers (SoHG). In 2016, Brian won The Shaheen Cup, an award given to a golf travel writer by his peers.
All of his life, Brian has been around the game of golf. As a youngster, Brian competed at all levels in junior and high school golf. Brian had a zero chance for a college golf scholarship, so he worked on the grounds crew at West Bend Country Club to pay for his University of Wisconsin education. In his adult years, his passion for the game collided with his entrepreneurial spirit and in 2004 launched GolfWisconsin.com. In 2007, the idea for a network of local golf directory sites formed and GolfTrips.com was born. Today, the network consists of a site in all 50 states supported by national sites like GolfTrips.com, GolfGuide.com and GolfPackages.com. It is an understatement to say, Brian is passionate about promoting golf and golf travel on a local, regional, national and international level.
On the golf course, Brian is known as a fierce weekend warrior that fluctuates between a 5-9 handicap. With a soft fade, known as "The Weis Slice", and booming 300+ drives, he can blast it out of bounds with the best of them.
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