Sold-out Summer Las Vegas ParAm tournament at Bali Hai featured golf, girls and Sin City fun

By Bill Bowman, Contributor

LAS VEGAS -- Okay, it was a golf tournament. There are thousands of them everywhere around the country on any given day.

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Parmate Abigail, Alyssa, Brittni and Eve were in on the action during the Summer Las Vegas ParAm at Bali Hai.
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But, the Summer Las Vegas ParAm golf tournament at Bali Hai Golf Club, held Aug. 9, was so much more than just a golf outing.

Start with the fact that it's held in fabulous Las Vegas. Add in a round of golf at Bali Hai, throw in two nights lodging at The Venetian or The Palazzo, massages, drinks, cigars and top it off with one of the best night-life cities anywhere and players were treated to a serious Vegas vacation.

"It's my third time and it's just one of those fun outings for the guys to get away," said golfer Mark Swift, who made the journey down from Lincoln City, Ore. "I've just always had a blast here.”

What makes it so special? Well, it might be the fact each group is paired with a Parmate. The Parmates are female caddies with plenty of golf knowledge and experience to help guide players around the course.

"The Parmates is a really cool concept," said Eve, one of the 72 Parmates (one per group) on hand for the tournament. "Most of these girls really like golf and it's just great to be outside working and being with the guys. And with a beautiful course like this and being right on the Strip, it's perfect."

Host course Bali Hai G.C. is a Schmidt/Curley designed layout at the south end of the Las Vegas Strip. The par-71 course stretches out to 7,002 yards from the tips. Between the first tee shot and the final putt on 18, players take a trip through a South Pacific paradise complete with more than 4,000 trees, 100,000 tropical plants, white-sand bunkering, volcanic rock outcroppings, deep-blue ponds and a three-hole finishing stretch that will test even the best players.

Richard Berman made the trip from Chino, Calif., for the tournament.

"I come to Vegas quite a bit and a friend of mine said this is a great tournament to play in," Berman said. "What more can you ask for? You're in Las Vegas, you're playing golf at a great course, you've got the Parmates and you've got prizes galore and 18 great golf holes. They do everything really well."

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The event is only going to get bigger and better, according to Josh Hill, vice president of marketing for Walters Golf, the company that owns Bali Hai, as well as Royal Links Golf Club.

"This was our most successful ParAm to date," Hill said of the 144-player sellout. "We had players come from all over the country and even a group from Australia."

Swift said he's already making plans to play in the event again.

"This is the one I plan to play in every year,” Swift said. "It's got it all."

If you missed out on the first four tournaments, fear not -- there are more ParAm events to come.

"The positive feedback was so overwhelming that we will be adding a ParAm this coming February," Hill said.

That gives players two chances to tee it up with the Parmates at Bali Hai in 2015. For more information, see www.vegasparam.com.

Bill BowmanBill Bowman, Contributor

Bill Bowman is a Las Vegas-based writer who has nearly 40 years in the sports-writing business. He's spent the past 15-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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