Las Vegas bachelorette parties: Let the good times begin, on and off the golf course

By Bill Bowman, Contributor

LAS VEGAS -- Okay girls, it's your turn. What? You didn't think we'd tell the guys about all the great places to be, courses to play, places to eat and entertainment options in Vegas for their bachelor parties and leave you ladies out, did you?

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Well, it's time for you gals to pack your bags and your shoes (as well as swimsuits and golf clubs), and get ready for a great time. So, with a little help from my wife, here's a rundown of some of the places to go for the bride-to-be's final days of freedom.

As we told the guys -- fun needs to be taken in moderation. (We're just kidding -- have a blast. We won't tell).

Las Vegas bachelorette parties: Shopping

While it's the golf and strip clubs that might be on the top of the men's to-do list (don't worry, you'll get your chances later), we'll start the trip with a little shopping-spree advice in just five words: Fashion Show Las Vegas mall.

Believe us, there's enough shopping options in Vegas to put a huge dent in that platinum credit card. But right on the Las Vegas Strip, it's the Fashion Show Mall that will attract you girls right from the start. More than 250 shops and restaurants will do their best to sway you into stepping inside.

Saks Fifth Avenue? Of course. Neiman Marcus? Yep. Nordstrom? Oh, yes. We could go on ... and on ... and on, but that would spoil the fun. We'll let you find you way inside, and shop to your heart's content.

And don't worry about getting hungry. There are enough dining options to satisfy your needs, from sushi to burgers to pizza and everything in between. But pace yourself. Even if you start at 10 a.m. when it opens, you'll run out of time (closing is at 9 p.m. most days) before you run out of shopping. And remember: Woman does not live by shopping alone.

Las Vegas bachelorette parties: The spas

Maybe just as important as the shopping are the spa treatments available.

Again, the options are plentiful. There are no less than 50 world-class spas in Las Vegas to choose from. You'll be pampered from head to toe as you unwind in luxurious surroundings after a long night of partying or an even longer day of shopping.

Check around the various spas for the treatments you're looking for.

Las Vegas bachelorette parties: The entertainment

Start with the men of Chippendale's (at the Rio) and go to The Thunder from Down Under (at the Excalibur Hotel Casino), and you've got two of the hottest male dance revues around (or so we've heard).

Choreographed dance routines and hard bodies are the name of the game in these two favorites for bachelorette party stops with hundreds of women attending each show. Make sure you're in the party mood, because these guys will bring out the animal in you.

After the dance revue, you might want to check out the nightclubs that are, surprise, plentiful and action-packed. From Tao (at the Venetian) to XS (at Wynn Las Vegas) to PURE (at Caesars Palace) and many others, the club scene is high-octane, pulse-pounding action that doesn't stop until the last partier calls it a night (or a morning).

Or, if your group is a little more laid-back (or wants a change of pace), the shows in Vegas are second-to-none. The Cirque Du Soleil shows (there are plenty of choices here as well) -- along with Jersey Boys, Celine Dion, Beatles LOVE and many others -- are sure to ramp up the entertainment meter.

Las Vegas bachelorette parties: Off the beaten path

It's not all partying, all the time in Vegas -- although it can be for some.

Hit the golf courses, some of which are minutes away from the Las Vegas Strip. More and more women are hitting the links, so here are a few options.

Right on the Strip are two impressive golf courses, Wynn Las Vegas on the north side and Bali Hai Golf Club on the south side. Both are high-end, world-class courses that will treat you and your group like queens.

There's also Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort (three courses) and the Lexington Course and Concord Course at Revere Golf Club. And the list doesn't stop there as there are more than 50 golf courses in Las Vegas and the surrounding area that will fit your style and pocketbook.

Take some time to soak in the rays at one of Vegas' luxurious pool settings. Beautiful bodies (men and women) will make a splash in and out of the pool. Sit back, read a book, relax and get ready for that night's fun and games.

The thrill rides atop The Stratosphere are also very popular stops (of course, this may be more of a guy-thing, but the options are still there).

Remember, Las Vegas is one of the best places in the world for entertainment. Is there a better place to bring the bride-to-be for her farewell-to-single-life party? No way.

It will be a couple of days of fun, food and shopping that will leave memories that will last a lifetime.

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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