Bali Hai Golf Club - hole 6
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Bali Hai Golf Club - hole 6
A waterfall and a great mountain backdrop highlight the 168-yard sixth hole at Bali Hai Golf Club in Las Vegas. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
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Bali Hai G.C. - 3rd
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Bali Hai G.C. - 3rd
A creek wanders up the right side of the par-4 third hole at Bali Hai Golf Club in Las Vegas. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Bali Hai golf course - 5th hole
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Bali Hai golf course - 5th hole
Water lurks right of the fifth green at Las Vegas' Bali Hai Golf Club. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Bali Hai G.C. - 4th
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Bali Hai G.C. - 4th
The 324-yard fourth hole at Bali Hai Golf Club probably should be played conservatively off the tee. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Bali Hai golf course - 7th
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Bali Hai golf course - 7th
Bunkers surround the par-5 seventh green at Bali Hai Golf Club in Las Vegas. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Bali Hai G.C. - 9th
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Bali Hai G.C. - 9th
A sucker pin in the back-left portion of the ninth green at Las Vegas' Bali Hai Golf Club brings the water more into play. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Bali Hai golf course - 14th
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Bali Hai golf course - 14th
At 250 yards from the tips, the 14th hole at Bali Hai Golf Club can inflict damage on your scorecard. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Bali Hai G.C. - 15th
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Bali Hai G.C. - 15th
The par-5 15th hole at Las Vegas' Bali Hai Golf Club plays toward Delano and Mandalay Bay. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Bali Hai golf course - 16th
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Bali Hai golf course - 16th
The island green on the 141-yard 16th hole at Bali Hai Golf Club is big enough to hit, even for high handicaps. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Bali Hai G.C. - 18th
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Bali Hai G.C. - 18th
Cut the corner of the dog leg on the 486-yard finishing hole at Bali Hai Golf Club for a shot at a well guarded green. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Bali Hai Golf Club - ParMates caddies
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Bali Hai Golf Club - ParMates caddies
The ParMates caddies are some of the main stars at Bali Hai Golf Club. Courtesy of Walters Golf

Bali Hai Golf Club: A tropical paradise near the Las Vegas strip

LAS VEGAS -- A simple taxi ride from the Strip transports golfers to the South Pacific. Bali Hai Golf Club, one of two excellent themed courses owned by Walters Golf, has all the sand, water and palm trees of an exotic tropical island.

Bali Hai is one of the premier Las Vegas golf experiences, mixing great service with wonderful amenities and a well conditioned, scenic course that's fun to play.

The backdrop alternates between faraway mountains and the golden towers of the Delano Las Vegas and Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino and the Luxor pyramid.

For the ultimate round, hire a caddie, either a grizzled veteran or a gorgeous female ParMate.

The par-71 Lee Schmidt and Brian Curley design opened in 2000. Wide fairways, gentle elevation changes and five gorgeous par 3s make Bali Hai interesting and enjoyable for all. Water comes into play on the most challenging holes. A creek meandering up the right side of the par-4 third hole and a pond at the potentially drivable fourth hole are perfectly placed in harm's way. Ponds guard the par-3 ninth hole and island green at no. 16 near the clubhouse. No. 18, one of the most intimidating holes in Las Vegas, bends left around a grove of palm trees to reveal a daunting approach shot over water and sand.

The food and drink at the Cili Restaurant inside the clubhouse live up to Sin City's reputation as a foodie's dream.

Jason Scott Deegan has reviewed more than 700 courses and golf destinations for some of the industry's biggest publications. His work has been honored by the Golf Writer's Association of America and the Michigan Press Association. Follow him on Twitter at @WorldGolfer.
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