Bali Hai Golf Club in Las Vegas - hole 9
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Bali Hai Golf Club in Las Vegas - hole 9
The ninth green sits near the Bali Hai Golf Club clubhouse. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
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Bali Hai Golf Club in Las Vegas - hole 11
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Bali Hai Golf Club in Las Vegas - hole 11
The 11th hole at Bali Hai Golf Club is nicknamed "Lagoon." Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Bali Hai Golf Club in Las Vegas - hole 12
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Bali Hai Golf Club in Las Vegas - hole 12
Bunkers line the left side of the 12th green at Bali Hai Golf Club. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
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Bali Hai Golf Club in Las Vegas
Like a lot of courses in Las Vegas, the mountains make for an impressive backdrop at Bali Hai Golf Club. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Bali Hai Golf Club in Las Vegas - hole 14
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Bali Hai Golf Club in Las Vegas - hole 14
Sand is the main obstacle on the 14th hole at Bali Hai Golf Club. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Bali Hai Golf Club in Las Vegas - hole 16
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Bali Hai Golf Club in Las Vegas - hole 16
The island green comes into play on the 16th hole at Bali Hai Golf Club. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Bali Hai Golf Club in Las Vegas - hole 18
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Bali Hai Golf Club in Las Vegas - hole 18
Aim at the Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino to beat the 18th hole at Bali Hai Golf Club in Las Vegas. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
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Bali Hai Golf Club in Las Vegas - hole 10
The mountains shine off in the distance of the 10th green at Bali Hai Golf Club in Las Vegas Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
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Bali Hai Golf Club in Vegas - 15
The 15th green at Bali Hai Golf Club in Las Vegas. Courtesy of Bali Hai G.C.
Bali Hai Golf Club in Las Vegas - Cili
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Bali Hai Golf Club in Las Vegas - Cili
The clubhouse at Bali Hai Golf Club contains the popular eatery Cili Restaurant & Bar. Courtesy of Bali Hai G.C.

Tour the tropics at stunning Bali Hai Golf Club on the Las Vegas Strip

LAS VEGAS -- At most courses, the aiming point off the tee is to the left of a certain bunker or toward a tree off in the distance.

At the Bali Hai Golf Club , the points of reference are wildly more dramatic, like the giant "M" atop the golden Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino or the tip of the Luxor pyramid.

What makes Bali Hai great is its ideal location on the Las Vegas Strip. The backdrop looks amazing, and the convenience of getting here trumps most rival golf courses in Sin City.

Bali Hai, one of three theme courses owned by Walters Golf, tours the tropics in the heart of the Nevada desert. The clubhouse introduces the South Pacific with exotic fish in tanks and masks hanging on the walls. Outside, the palm trees, white sand bunkers, tropical bushes and water features of the 7,002-yard course really set the tone.

Architects Lee Schmidt and Brian Curley created this Indonesian fantasyland for golfers in 2000. The two-tiered island green on the par-3 16th hole and the narrow green of the demanding par-4 finishing hole serve as highlights.

Five-star service remains another guilty pleasure of playing Bali Hai, whether it's from the beautiful female caddies called Parmates or the boys at the bag drop.

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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