Plenty of holiday cheer at Walters Golf's two-day Las Vegas Holiday Shootout Dec. 8-9

By Mike Bailey, Senior Staff Writer

If you haven't played in the Walters Golf Tournament Series yet, here's an opportunity for a new event, and it comes at a perfect time.

Bali Hai Golf Club - No. 18
Located right on the Strip, Bali Hai Golf Club will host day 2 of the Las Vegas Holiday Shootout.
Bali Hai Golf Club - No. 18Royal Links Golf Club - Road HoleParmates female caddies at Royal Links

The first ever Las Vegas Holiday Shootout will be conducted Dec. 8-9 at Walters Golf's two signature courses, Bali Hai Golf Club and Royal Links Golf Club. The tournament is a two-person scramble, and it's one of the few multiple day events on the schedule.

Josh Hill, director of marketing for Walters Golf, said the tournament promises to be a good time for a number of reasons, not the least of which is the timing.

"The weather is really nice that time of year, not too cold yet," Hill said. "It's going to be an extremely fun event with a barbecue lunch, prizes and pictures for all players. The courses will be in stellar condition."

Competitors can either team up with a buddy or come as an individual and get paired up with someone else.

Royal Links and Bali Hai

The first day of the tournament will be conducted on Saturday, Dec. 8, at Royal Links, a Dye design that pays tribute to the holes of the British Open rotations.

Courses such as the Old Course at St. Andrews, Royal Troon and Carnoustie are represented, and the theme continues at the clubhouse, which resembles a castle and serves the finest scotches, ales and beers from the United Kingdom.

The Sunday round will be at Bali Hai, a Pacific-themed golf course located right on the Strip next to Mandalay Bay Casino Hotel and Resort. This is one of President Bill Clinton's favorite courses, and Hill said he likes to visit right around this time of year. (No truth to the rumor that he'll team up with President Barack Obama in the tournament.)

The cost to play is $369 per player, which is less than it would cost to play these two courses on their own. Even better is that it comes with a few extras.

Besides lunch after the final round, there's also a prize fund of $5,000 (based on a full field, which Hill expects), tournament gifts, half off practice rounds and savings on accommodations.

Those who are interested can book the tournament as a complete package, but Hill said Walters Golf can hook them up with just about any hotel on the Strip for about half off or perhaps even less.

"People like to be flexible where they stay," Hill said. "And we've found that we do better in these tournaments by not including the hotel."

Another winter tournament option: The Las Vegas Winter Par-Am

If you can't make the Holiday Shootout, not to worry. Right around the corner in January is another popular event, the third-annual Las Vegas Winter Par-Am golf tournament.

The Par-Am will be played Jan. 19 at Royal Links and is open to all amateurs. The best part, perhaps, is that each team gets a special caddie called a Parmate, which differ from regular caddies in several significant ways, not the least of which is appearance. These beautiful women keep the mood light and the golf festive, plus they provide the usual services of yardage, keeping the clubs clean and generally helping the players get around the course.

The fee to play in the Par-Am is $349 and does include two nights of accommodations as well as some other special events and bonuses.

For more information on both events, or to register, click here.

Mike BaileyMike Bailey, Senior Staff Writer

Mike Bailey is a senior staff writer based in Houston. Focusing primarily on golf in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and Latin America with an occasional trip to Europe and beyond, he contributes course reviews, travel stories and features as well as the occasional equipment review. An award-winning writer and past president of Texas Golf Writers Association, he has more than 25 years in the golf industry. Before accepting his current position in 2008, he was on staff at PGA Magazine, The Golfweek Group and AvidGolfer Magazine. Follow Mike on Twitter at @MikeBaileyGA and Instagram at @MikeStefanBailey.

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