Authenticity is not a Vegas strong point. As a visitor it’s hard to differentiate between fantasy and reality in “The Entertainment Capital of the World”.
I’m going to be a tad kinder in my assessment of Royal Links than my friend Mr. Ward. In Vegas things are not cut and dry. I think it’s fair enough to call your facility “Links” when you’ve tried to faithfully reproduce eighteen holes from famous Scottish and English Open Championship links courses in a completely alien landscape. Heck, they’ve even built a Swilcan Bridge. Where else can you play a Postage Stamp and a Road Hole during a single round?
Calling your facility Royal is a tad disingenuous, but sincerity is maybe pants down in Vegas. The cost to play Royal Links is around 100 bucks so it’s not robbery with violence. If you don’t have the time or money to travel across the pond to experience the real thing, then why not try Royal Links and follow it up with a meal at the Eiffel Tower restaurant?
Playing Royal Links was one of the most surreal experiences I’ve ever had on a golf course. The juxtaposition between weirdly familiar looking links holes and the searing heat with an arid desert backcloth was bizarre in the extreme.
If you know real links golf, then I’d suggest you take a look if you're in town and judge for yourself. If you’re not familiar with links golf just enjoy the illusion. There’s only one real Paris after all.
Date: September 13, 2019