The 2015 Las Vegas ParMate Classic at Bali Hai Golf Club: Time to plan your trip!

By Bill Bowman, Contributor

LAS VEGAS -- This is Vegas, where we're known for going over the top with everything, including on the golf course with tournaments.

18 Holes | Resort | Par: 71 | 7002 yards
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The ParMates will help ensure players have a great time -- and play better golf.
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Welcome to the 2015 Las Vegas ParMate Classic. Set for Feb. 28, 2015 at Bali Hai Golf Club, the tournament offers a world-class golf experience, Las Vegas style -- from start to finish.

The list of extras the event offers is endless. Start with the tournament round of golf at Bali Hai. Add in two nights' accommodations at The Mirage. Throw in a limo bus ride to the course. A ParMate caddie will be provided for each foursome. Top it off with complimentary drinks as well as on-course contests and prizes. And after the event, there will be a post-round party.

"You're not going to find an event like this anywhere else," said Josh Hill, vice president of marketing for Walters Golf. "The ParMate Classic is pure Vegas: It has the all the decadence, excitement and energy you'd expect from a Sin City getaway."

The cost starts at $299 per player (golf only). If you're going to make a weekend of it and take in the complete experience and stay at The Mirage, it's $409 per player for double occupancy and $529 per player for single occupancy. And, if you're looking to get in a practice round or two, there are special prices at Bali Hai ($149) and Royal Links Golf Club ($99) for tournament players.

Bali Hai Golf Club

At Bali Hai, players will find the ultimate golf destination. The Schmidt/Curley design is conveniently located at the south end of the Strip. The par-71 course is 7,002 yards of pristine turf. The 18 holes will take players on a trip out of Vegas and put them in a South Pacific paradise. More than 4,000 trees frame the course and its holes. About 100,000 tropical plants add to the atmosphere of the course, along with sparkling white-sand bunkers, volcanic rock outcroppings and deep-blue ponds.

While playing the course, golfers will get the chance to take on some of Vegas' most demanding holes, including the finishing three.

The par-3 16th measures just 141 yards from the tips. The tee shot is to an island green with the clubhouse, and a gallery of diners, situated in the background. The final two holes are PGA Tour-length par 4s. The 17th, at 484 yards, plays uphill and the drive is key. Avoiding a bunker on the right side of the landing area is paramount to a good score. A bunker short and right of the green and one on the left again will test players' accuracy.

Then comes the finale, a 486-yard beauty. The 18th is a must-find-the-fairway-off-the-tee hole. That will set up an approach to a green that is both beautiful and diabolical. With sand and water everywhere around the green, finding the putting surface will be a challenge. Hardy nerves and a smooth swing are a must. Walking away with par here (or possibly a birdie) is a great way to finish your round.

The ParMates

And then there are the ParMates. These female caddies are more than just pretty faces. They know their way around the course and they will lend a helping hand. Whether it's raking bunkers, fixing divots or ordering that next round of drinks, the ParMates are there to help players enjoy each and every outing -- and always with a smile.

"The ParMates do an outstanding job of boosting the fun level during a round, adding to the ultimate Vegas vacation," Hill said. "But don't be surprised if you've shaved a few strokes off your score by the end of the round -- these ladies are legitimate loopers."

So if you're thinking this is just another golf tournament, think again. This is one that players will be talking about at the water cooler when they get back home. Don't be left out.

"It's so much more than a golf tournament," Hill said. "It's an electric, entertaining Vegas experience that can't be missed."

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Bill BowmanBill Bowman, Contributor

Bill Bowman is a Las Vegas-based writer who has more than 40 years in the sports-writing business. He's spent the past 16-plus years covering the golf scene in Vegas and has teed it up for magazine profiles with celebrities including comedian Bill Engvall, actor Jeffrey Donovan (USA's Burn Notice), ESPN personality Colin Cowherd, NASCAR's Kurt Busch, Collective Soul's Ed Roland, the Baltimore Ravens' Jonathan Ogden and many others.


 
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