A Guide to Golfing in Las Vegas
When you think of Las Vegas, you probably think of the many things grand casinos, neon lights, show business, poker and desert sunshine.
You can find almost anything you could ever imagine in Las Vegas, as it is a city filled with much more than blackjack, roulette and Texas Hold ‘em or Omaha Hi-Lo. You’ll find great night clubs, world-class entertainment, opportunities to drive supercars, shooting ranges, roller coasters, base jumping and much, much more, including an excellent game of golf. Golf is perhaps not something that many associate with Sin City, but perhaps they should.
For those who love golf, Las Vegas is full of incredible courses, offering breathtaking views and unique challenges. Like everything in Las Vegas, the golf offerings come with world-class service and facilities, rivalling many of the more famous golf clubs in the country (or even the world).
Bali Hai Golf Club
Located right on the Las Vegas Strip, Bali Hai Golf Club is quite unique. It doesn’t have its own hotel, so if you want one, you’ll need to stay somewhere else. However, it does offer several golf and hotel packages, with options to cater for almost all budgets and preferences. Although there’s no on-site casino, you’re not far away from some of Las Vegas’ biggest casinos, so if you’re looking to play a few games of roulette or 7 card stud, then you won’t have to travel far.
As a golf club, it is unique being surrounded by the awe-inspiring skyline of Las Vegas while possessing beauty in its own right. It has over 4,000 trees and more than 100,000 native Balinese plants. Undoubtedly, the unique and picturesque course will be one of the most memorable places you’ve played a few rounds.
For those looking to get the full Las Vegas experience, the Bali Hai Golf Club also offers fine dining and wedding packages at the Cili Restaurant.
Topgolf is not a golf course but an indoor entertainment complex built around a driving range. More than a place to practice your driving, Topgolf is an entertainment destination for any and every occasion, as their website claims their venues are great for family days out, birthday parties, bachelor and bachelorette parties and a night out with friends.
This philosophy is evident in the design of the driving range area, with comfy sofas and a table that is a combination between a booth in a bar and the seating area in a bowling alley. It creates an intimate feel among a small group of friends while being able to cater for a much larger party as well.
Unlike traditional driving ranges, Topgolf has several game types thanks to some clever technology. These games include being tasked with hitting a specific target on the range, hitting the ball the furthest or hitting the targets in a specific order. Tracking chips in the balls help the system to keep score. Prices for a bay start from around $32 per hour, with each bay able to accommodate up to six players.
The Las Vegas Topgolf features over 100 bays, five bars, two pools, free parking, a concert venue and a gaming lounge. It’s at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino, providing a one-stop shop for those looking to mix casino and card games like poker with something more unique.
Eagle Crest Golf Course
The Eagle Crest Golf Course is an 18-hole, semi-private course that is open year-round. First opened in 1995, the course features a driving range and putting range, in addition to the main course. Billy Casper, a PGA Hall-of-Famer, designed the Eagle Crest with Greg Nash, along with two other courses in Vegas.
Carved into the hillside, players at the Eagle Crest enjoy spectacular views of the Las Vegas skyline while also offering variety and a challenge that’ll test the skills of even the most seasoned of golfers. The Eagle Crest is a short distance from Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, on the outskirts of Las Vegas, offering patrons a break from the bright lights and poker rooms of the Strip.
Bear’s Best is a course designed to mimic the 18 of the best holes from other golf courses around the world. Personally chosen by Jack Nicklaus, who many consider the greatest golfer of all time given he’s won 18 major championships, including the Masters, US Open and the PGA Championship. Along with his playing, Nicklaus has designed golf courses for five decades, with 299 courses open for play in the mid-2000s. Bear’s Best is a “greatest hits” golf course, taking Nicklaus’ favourite 18 holes from all his courses and features perfectly manicured bent grass greens and immaculate fairways right across this selection of challenging designs.
Like the Bali Hai Golf Club, Bear’s Best offers its venue for weddings, boasting that they specialise in providing “all-inclusive weddings” and that they make the process of planning the big day easy. Dining options are also available but with a more casual offering through two outlets: Jack’s Place and Bear’s Den BBQ, which offer sandwiches, burgers, hot dogs, salads and soups. Unlike some other options, Bear’s Best is around 20 miles from the Las Vegas Strip, so players are far from the hustle and bustle of the city as well as the slots, poker and roulette of the casinos.
While not the first association many have with Las Vegas, it offers some excellent options for golfers. It’s a little-known fact that the city is quite versatile and offers way more options for entertainment beyond Elvis Presley impersonators and games of Omaha Hi-Lo. Whether you’re after a leisurely 18 holes or something different like that of Topgolf, Las Vegas has got you covered.
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