Not too early to book golf for March Madness in Las Vegas
Now that the Super Bowl is over Las Vegas golf courses are looking forward to their next sold out period, the NCAA playoffs. Good tee times are going to go fast.
"We had a terrific Super Bowl," said Mike Watchman, golf director at the Bali Hai Golf Club. "Morning tee-times Friday, Saturday and Sunday went fast and we expect the same phenomenon during March Madness weekends."
"Historically the NCAA playoffs draw huge crowds to Vegas to bet on the games. It becomes a party environment and golf with buddies is an integral part of the weekend for many guys coming to town," said Michael Levine, director of marketing for Walters Golf. "We're even seeing more ladies getting caught up in the betting action and out on our courses."
There is a great selection of courses offered and if you want to play one unlike any experience you might find at home, check out the Walters Golf properties, all three of which are located less than nine miles from the heart of the Strip.
You can take a break from the sports books and be transported "across the pond" to experience 18 of the best holes from 11 different British Open rotation courses at the Royal Links Golf Club. Here you can enjoy holes inspired by the like of the "Postage Stamp" at Royal Troon and the "Road Hole" and "Hell Bunker' from the Old Course at St. Andrews. There are also two holes from Royal Birkdale.
Perhaps a Carolina sandhills experience in the middle of the desert tickles your fancy? Then you'd enjoy Desert Pines Golf Club. Desert Pines was host to the Golf Channel's very popular Big Break II and also is home to the area's only two-tiered, climate controlled Practice Center, featuring automatic ball delivery so you don't have to bend over to tee up each new ball and it is climate controlled with heaters and lit for nighttime use until 11:00pm all week. You can even sneak in a lesson by PGA Professionals who can be sworn to secrecy about your "improvement" so when you return home, well let's just say your friends might be underestimating your "new" game.
And if you want to enjoy golfing where the high rollers play and bet, then you need to play the Bali Hai Golf Club. It is the only public championship course located directly on the Strip so you spend the least amount of the time traveling away from the sports book to the course. Recognized as one of the "Top Resort Courses in America" by GolfWeek, "Best High-end Resort Course" by VegasGolfer, Bali Hai was Host course for the inaugural "High Stakes Golf Tour" and ranked as one of "America's Top Golf Courses" by Zagat.
The challenge for the visiting golfer is to get good tee times that best fit their schedule, budget and level of play, so they can enjoy the golf as well as all the other "enjoyable" things Las Vegas has to offer. If you know you are coming to Vegas for the playoffs, you are going to be better off booking your tee times now, rather than waiting until the week or so before and taking the chance of being shut out.
March 15, 2008