For Memorial Day, Walters Golf remembers veterans at Bali Hai, Desert Pines and Royal Links

By Mike Bailey, Senior Staff Writer

LAS VEGAS -- For Mike Davis, the director of instruction at Royal Links Golf Club in Las Vegas, the club's offer of free golf for veterans before Memorial Day certainly has a personal connection.

Bali Hai Golf Club - Hole 16
Bali Hai is one of three Walters Golf courses offering free golf to veterans.
Bali Hai Golf Club - Hole 16Royal Links Golf Club - 10th GreenDesert Pines Golf Club - 18th hole

His late father, Dr. Esley Davis, served during the Korean War. And Davis, though he never saw combat, was a member of the Air National Guard and Army Reserve, and he certainly knew many veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Se when you ask him about the promotion from Walters Golf, he knows it's more than just a gimmick to create more play on the course.

"The veterans gave so much to our country," Davis said. "It just seems disrespectful if we don't give as much as we can. It's really is a little thing to give them to show our gratitude."

Royal Links is just one of the three Las Vegas-area clubs owned and operated by Walters Golf that will take part in the promotion on May 26. The other two are Bali Hai Golf Club and Desert Pines Golf Club. The way it works is that all veterans with military-issued IDs will be entitled to one free round of golf at any of Walters' three properties on the Sunday before Memorial Day.

"In honor of your service, we are at yours" said Bill Walters, CEO and founder of The Walters Group. "We wanted to find a special and unique way to thank our veterans and active duty personnel for their service to our country. We hope this shows our gratitude to everyone who has served."

A gesture of respect

It's an attitude that permeates throughout the staff at all three courses. Lee Morton, the first assistant at Bali Hai Golf Club, for example, recalled when "Harmon's Heroes" came to play his club a couple of months ago.

The Harmon's Heroes Foundation -- led by noted instructor Butch Harmon -- develops, operates and supports a series of golf-based events that encourage wellness and quality of life for combat-wounded veterans.

At the Harmon Heroes outing, Morton saw first-hand the sacrifices the wounded veterans had made.

"I was really touched," he said. "It was an honor to meet these people. What we're doing is giving a little back to people who have given us so much."

Pick one of three

While Walters Golf is modest about its contribution, the pickings are anything but slim between the three courses.

Bali Hai Golf Club, which is located right on the world-famous Las Vegas Strip, is a championship golf course with a South Pacific-tropical theme. Royal Links Golf Club is a collection of holes that pay tribute to the best of the British Open, including St. Andrews, Turnberry and Royal Troon. And Desert Pines Golf Club, which was created by Dye Design, offers a feel of the Carolina Pines in the desert with thousands of imported trees, bentgrass greens and plenty of water features.

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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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