Hot loan: Walters Golf in Las Vegas teams up with Callaway to offer X Hot rental clubs

By Jason Scott Deegan, Senior Staff Writer

You can leave your clubs at home and still have a great golf getaway in Las Vegas.

Bali Hai Golf Club - No. 18
No need to pack golf clubs next time you're flying to Vegas and want to play Bali Hai!
Bali Hai Golf Club - No. 18Desert Pines golf course - 12th holeRoyal Links Golf Club - Road HoleCallaway - X Hot driver

Walters Golf, which owns and operates a trio of Sin City golf courses, has teamed up with Callaway to offer the ultimate bag of rental clubs. Callaway's new X Hot clubs are now available for use by traveling golfers at Bali Hai Golf Club, Royal Links Golf Club and Desert Pines Golf Club.

The rentals, which retail for more than $2,000, will cost $75, a fair price considering the hassle and the extra cost of baggage fees when flying with your own clubs. Footjoy shoes are also available.

Callaway touts the irons as its "longest ever." PGA Master Professional Mike Davis, director of instruction for Walters Golf, said they are the hottest clubs he's ever hit. Davis is a top 100 teacher according to Golf Magazine.

"You can hit a seven iron when you used to hit a six iron," Davis said.

The sets include X Hot irons (4-iron through sand wedge), an X Hot driver, X Hot fairway woods, X Hot rescue hybrids and a Metal X putter. In its Club Test issue, Golf Magazine wrote of the X Hot driver: "One of the highest-rated clubs in its class. Top marks for feel and playability. Progressive draw bias through the lofts helps slicers keep more drives in play."

Having good equipment will prepare you for the challenges of playing any of the Walters Golf courses. Golfers can use the rental opportunity to test the Callaways before they buy or just enjoy them for the day.

Walters Golf's premiere course is Bali Hai, a tropical oasis right on Las Vegas Boulevard. The clubhouse impressively looks transplanted from the South Pacific with its tropical fish tank, Balinese decor, the Cili Restaurant & Bar overlooking a blue lagoon and a golf shop annually recognized among the top 100 in the country.

The course, designed by Lee Schmidt and Brian Curley in 2000, is a visual delight, showcasing more than seven acres of water, 2,500 towering palms and 100,000 acres of tropical plants and flowers, all offset by white Augusta sand and black volcanic outcroppings.

Royal Links could not be more different than Bali Hai. Royal Links features replica holes from British Open venues. Blind shots, pot bunkers and firm conditions attempt to enhance the British Open feel. The castle-style clubhouse is a great spot for a post-round beer and meal.

Desert Pines remains the shortest and most affordable of the three. It's just a short $30 cab ride from most hotels on the Strip.

Architect Perry Dye did a nice job routing the 6,800-yard layout. Transplanted pines line the fairways, and the gentle contours of the land establish a look reminiscent of the Carolinas. A two-tier driving range that automatically tees up a ball after every hit is just another first-class amenity players can expect when visiting a Walters Golf course.

Jason Scott DeeganJason Scott Deegan, Senior Staff Writer

Jason Scott Deegan has reviewed more than 700 courses and golf destinations for some of the industry's biggest publications. His work has been honored by the Golf Writer's Association of America and the Michigan Press Association. Follow him on Twitter at @WorldGolfer.

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