Welcome to golf in Las Vegas, high-roller style

By Bill Bowman, Contributor

LAS VEGAS -- Ah, this is the trip you've been waiting for -- a Las Vegas golf trip with no budget. We're usually looking for the best deals on everything, from dinners to rooms to entertainment to golf. But this time is different.

Bali Hai golf course in Las Vegas
Bali Hai Golf Club is a tropical paradise on the south end of the Las Vegas Strip.
Bali Hai golf course in Las VegasShadow Creek golf courseTPC Las Vegas golf course -  No. 18Wynn Las Vegas

What if price was no object? You want it, you got it. Well, here's just that trip with all of the bells and whistles and, of course, incredible golf.

Let's get you checked in. Remember, prices for everything we're about to tell you about are subject to change depending on season, day and events in town. But not to worry, your black AmEx card will cover the costs.

High-end Las Vegas golf

Let's open up with why you're here: world-class golf. But while some of these impressive layouts are very affordable (double digits), the cost can rise up to mind-blowing (mid-triple digits -- that's right, the cost to tee it up is $350 to $500).

When players talk golf and Las Vegas, one name comes immediately to mind -- Shadow Creek Golf Club. Stay at an MGM property (a must for players to play the course), and you can be whisked by limo to a playground to the stars. This Tom Fazio-Steve Wynn layout is secluded and more than lives up to the hype. Creeks, rolling fairways and 18 individual picture-postcard holes await players. If this one isn't on your bucket list, your list isn't complete.

On the south end of the Strip is Bali Hai Golf Club, a Schmidt/Curley-designed layout. This tribute to the South Pacific features acres and acres of water features, more than 100,000 tropical plants, 4,000 towering trees and brilliant white-sand bunkering. It's a tropical paradise right in the heart of Las Vegas.

TPC Las Vegas is the PGA Tour players' golf home away from home. Many former and current players make this a place to play and/or practice any and every time they are in Vegas. In fact, a number of them call Las Vegas home, and at least one PGA Tour pro has a home right on the golf course.

Wynn Las Vegas is on the north end of the Strip, and if you're staying here, playing here is a natural progression. After all, you're just an elevator ride from the first tee of this Fazio design. It is a par-70 course featuring rolling hills and impressive green complexes. The 18th hole is anchored by a 38-foot waterfall that feeds a pond that adds to the difficulty of this impressive finishing hole.

The Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort features three Pete Dye-designed layouts in one stop. Take time out of your trip to play at least one of them (The Wolf is the hands-down most talked about of the three). Or spend the day and play as many of the 54 holes as you can.

Getting around Las Vegas in style

How about a high-profile rental car? You got it.

Once you land (after your first-class flight, of course), check out Royalty Exotic Car Rental. Whether it's an Alfa Romeo 4C Spyder ($599 for 24 hours) or a Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder ($999 for 24 hours) or a Ferrari Spider ($1,099 for 24 hours), you'll drive to and from the course in high (and speedy) style. But that's why you're here. Oh, and one more thing: Don't forget to have your golf clubs shipped to the course and your luggage shipped to your hotel because fitting them in the car along with you is going to be more than a little troublesome.

Oh, and if you're looking to beat the traffic if you're heading out to Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort, you're covered. The resort is about a 30-45 minute drive from the Strip, but there is an alternative. How about getting there with a helicopter charter? The charters from Maverick Helicopter run about $2,200 per hour with a wait time of $550 per hour.

Your home away from home

We've got more than enough room choices. In fact, 15 of the world's 25 largest hotels are right on the Las Vegas Strip. That adds up to more than 60,000 rooms.

But we're not looking for just any hotel room. Not when money is no object. For many of these upper echelon suites, you'll have to call to get pricing.

The choices start at Aria Sky Suite. If you're looking for space to stretch out and relax, look no further. With 2,060 square feet these one-and-two bedroom penthouse suites give new meaning to the term elegant. There are separate living areas, spa-like bathrooms and well appointed bedrooms.

As with most high-end suites and villas, you've got to call to check on pricing and availability.

There's also the Wynn Executive Suites, complete with 933 square feet of elegance. A large living room and bedroom area welcomes guests, and there's not just one but two bathrooms -- each with its own 13-inch TV.

Then we come to the piece de resistance, called simply The Mansion. The MGM Grand's beauty houses 29 Mediterranean-themed residences. There are one-, two-, three- and four-bedroom villas ranging from 2,400 square feet all the way up to a jaw-dropping 12,000 square feet. The only thing missing here is, well, there's nothing missing here. It's got everything including personalized menu preparation, limo service, butler and concierge service. And too much more to even start to list. If pampering is your goal, this is your destination.

Time to dine

We'll head back to Wynn for a stop at SW Steakhouse. Steakhouses are everywhere, but once you find one that satisfies your taste buds, it becomes a favorite. This is one of just three U.S. restaurants (two are located at Wynn) that offers certified authentic Kobe beef. We know price is no object, but hang on here: For the Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture beef, it's a four-ounce minimum -- and it's $220. Additional ounces are available for $55 per ounce. Enjoy.

Or for those with a taste for elegance, try the 18-course tasting meal at Joe Robuchon at the MGM Grand. The over-the-top menu includes a main course (the fifth service overall) that features Chateaubriand beef topped with foie gras and rolled in black truffles with a Porto sauce. It is served with Robuchon's famed mashed potatoes. The cost for the extravagant dining experience: $445.

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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