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Bali Hai Golf Club is named after the fictional island immortalised by Perry Como’s No.1 single, Some Enchanted Evening, taken from the musical, South Pacific. The golf course is located at the southern end of the Las Vegas Strip, a mere 10-minute taxi ride from the main strip hotels. Designed by Lee Schmidt and Brian Curley in 2000 all of the holes have been created with a verdant tropical theme. To that end, they planted a total of 4,000 trees with 2,500 stands of towering palms, 100,000 tropical plants and created seven acres of lush water features.
The par 71 Bali Hai measures 7,002 yards from the tips, but there are three other sets of tees measuring 6,601, 6,156 and 5,511 yards, so golfers of all abilities will find a tee that suits their game.
As you might expect with a course aimed at businessmen and vacationers whose main focus is gambling, the course starts you off gently with a relatively easy hole – where many golfers might make par – but don't be deceived and get overconfident, things subtly get tougher as the round unfolds.
Worthy of particular mention is the 16th a pretty par three where you have to play over water in full view of the restaurant. Additionally, beware of the last two par fours which could ruin your card. The 17th is a 484-yard dogleg (SI2) and the 18th is a 486 yard (SI 4) with the green well-defended by water.
Bali Hai is bounded by Mandalay Bay Hotel on one side, Las Vegas (McCarran) Airport on the other and a freeway and railway line complete the boundaries, but it's no worse for that. Bali Hai is a surprising oasis of tranquillity amidst the hustle and bustle of Las Vegas and the strip… assuming you can ignore the aeroplanes taking off and landing, especially when you're playing the 3rd.
Bali Hai Golf Club regularly features in American magazine lists of the best courses you can play, so we’re pleased to have it as one of our Gems. The club is owned by the Walters Golf Group who also own Royal Links, located just outside Vegas. Bali Hai has a large clubhouse, and pro-shop which is well versed to renting clubs to visiting gamblers who need to take a break from losing money to get their golfing fix!
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Schmidt-Curley Design has worked quite a bit in the United States and the neighbouring countries of Canada and Mexico but the vast majority of its output has occurred in China and other Asian countries.