Upcoming Las Vegas ParAm golf tournament: Where golf meets VIP fun

By Mike Bailey, Senior Staff Writer

In Las Vegas, golf tournaments often get their own special touches. The first Las Vegas ParAm golf tournament, to be played Saturday, Aug. 13 at Bali Hai Golf Club, is such an event.

Parmates - female caddies
Foursomes will have a chance to bid on their Parmates for the Las Vegas ParAm event at Bali Hai.
Parmates - female caddiesBali Hai Golf Club - hole 18

The event includes two nights at the MGM Grand Resort & Casino as well as limousine transportation to and from Bali Hai Golf Club.

It's called the ParAm, because instead of pros, teams get one of the fabulous Parmates, who are special female caddies that can be hired at Bali Hai Golf Club or Royal Links Golf Club. Parmates are not only helpful with yardages, keeping score and keeping hydrated, but they're also beautiful and great company, which is perfect for a festive event such as the four-person Las Vegas ParAm golf tournament.

You don't have to get a team together to play. You can play as an individual, with a buddy or with a couple of friends if you like. At the end, there will be prizes for the winners and plenty of other bonuses for all participants.

Part of the festivities will include a Parmate auction before the round of golf. Teams can bid on their Parmate caddies, which is for gratuity purposes only. Then they will have their Parmate for the rest of the round.

Bali Hai Golf Club: a trip to the South Pacific

Bali Hai is unlike any other golf club in Las Vegas.

First, it's located right on the Strip, next to Mandalay Bay.

The Schmidt-Curley design, which can be stretched to 7,000 yards, has more than 2,500 palm trees, acres of crystal white sand and plenty of water features, including streams and fountains. It's also in impeccable condition. Memorable holes include the island green par-3 16th and the 486-yard par-4 finishing hole. The 18th features a green that's guarded by a huge bunker and pond.

In addition to the golf, tournament participants will have a chance to continue the fun after hours by partying with VIP access to Studio 54 and the Tabu Ultra lounge at the MGM Grand.

Studio 54 is a modern interpretation of the original Studio 54 in New York, featuring state-of-the-art sound, video and lighting, and chart-topping dance music. The 22,000-square-foot nightclub offers four dance floors and bars, an exclusive area on the second floor for VIPs, and several semi-private lounges capable of accommodating up to 400 people.

Tabu, as its name might imply, is mighty hot. Internationally renowned DJs conjure a cool and casual vibe as interactive projections mesmerize with sensual images and stunning models/servers deliver cocktails.

Cost to play in the tournament, including the two-night stay at the MGM Grand, is $295 per golfer. Entries are limited to the first 144 players.

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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