Live it up, Las Vegas style, at the Walters Cup golf tournament

By Mike Bailey, Senior Staff Writer

LAS VEGAS -- There are golf tournaments, and there are Las Vegas golf tournaments. The latter – like the third annual Walters Cup -- are events. They embody the pizazz, entertainment and big-time feel unique to Sin City.

Bali Hai golf course in Las Vegas
The third annual Walters Cup will embody the pizazz, entertainment and big-time feel unique to Sin City.
Bali Hai golf course in Las VegasDesert Pines Golf Club - No. 15Aria Resort and Casino2009 Walters Cup participants

Played on three golf courses, the Walters Cup culminates at Bali Hai Golf Club on the Las Vegas Strip.

The Walters Cup also features accommodations at one the city's newest and grandest, Aria Resort and Casino in CityCenter.

Sponsored by Walters Golf and Aria Resort and Casino, the Walters Cup will be held Nov. 14 to 18. It uses best-ball format among fivesomes led by a pro, counting one low gross ball and one low net score on each hole.

Entry fee is $1,995 per amateur, while golf pros play for free.

The entry fee includes four nights at Aria Resort and Casino, rounds of golf at
Bali Hai, Royal Links Golf Club and Desert Pines Golf Club, an opening ceremony at Aria Resort and Casino's View Bar and a final awards ceremony presented by Cili Restaurant at Bali Hai.

The package also includes an off-site party, daily breakfast at each golf course, transportation to and from the golf courses on a luxury coach, daily gifts valued at $700, a $20,000 pro-am purse and a 25-percent discount for practice rounds. Forecaddies and caddie gratuity are included.

"The Walters Cup is sure to be the most exciting pro-am of the year," said Brian Dyke, Walters Golf's director of leisure sales. "Being played on three of Golf World magazine's top 50 golf courses, it will be a great event for the professionals and amateurs alike."

Three distinctly different golf courses

Walters Cup competitors receive a different experience on each of the three golf courses.

Desert Pines Golf Club, near downtown, showcases a tight Dye design with bentgrass greens. The golf course imported thousands of Carolina pine trees, providing a look and feel unlike anything else in Las Vegas.

Royal Links offers one of the most unique golf experiences in Vegas. It includes holes inspired by the Old Course at St. Andrews, Prestwick Golf Club, Royal Troon and Turnberry, to name a few. Plus, there's a castle-like clubhouse and Stymie's Pub, designed to create a feel for the history of British Open golf.

At Bali Hai Golf Club, you get a taste of the tropics with thousands of palm trees, white sand and the cascading water throughout the golf course. The tropical-themed clubhouse features Cili, the five-star restaurant.

"As a PGA Professional, I have played in many pro-ams," said Michael Seiden, head professional at Bali Hai G.C. "I can promise that this will be the best of the year."

Aria Resort is all that

Competitors in the Walters Cup enjoy a world-class, state-of-the-art experience at the 61-story Aria Resort and Casino, the central feature of the $11 billion CityCenter. The hotel includes 4,004 rooms and a 150,000-square-foot casino in addition to an 80,000-square-foot spa, fine dining and a 300,000-square-foot pool deck.

The accommodations feature all the bells and whistles technology can offer. When guests enter their rooms, curtains open, lights flash on and the television glows, displaying a menu of services.

Other options include a morning musical greeting, opening of the drapes and the powering of the lights to a preselected level. And wireless-Internet service, faster than anything most other hotels offer, is also available throughout the resort.

For more information on the Walters Cup, click here or call (702) 450-8159.

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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