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Walters Golf counters desert-golf feel of Vegas

Las Vegas excels in replicating other parts of the world – with Venice, New York, Paris and other famous settings emulated by the city’s casino resorts.

The theme also applies to golf. Two such examples are Bali Hai, which brings the feel of Indonesia to the south end of the Strip, and Royal Links, which draws upon the feel of Scottish Links golf.

Built by sports-betting syndicate co-founder Bill Walters, Bali Hai’s South Pacific setting includes seven lakes, bunkering that simulates beaches and foliage that helps provide a stark contrast to the stereotypical desert-golf experience.

“This will be a fun course … You’ll know you’ve been tested, but it won’t beat you to death,” course co-designer Brian Curley says via the Bali Hai website. And the location on the Strip is hard to beat, with views of nearby casinos from fairways.

Royal Links, on the other hand, offers mountain views in its location removed from the fast-paced heart of Vegas’ casino resorts. Its style of play, however, hearkens to the British Isles.

With replica holes of St. Andrews’ Road Hole and Royal Troon’s Postage Stamp part of its layout, the Dye International design ranks No. 14 on Golfweek’s Best Courses You Can Play in Nevada. Rates for the two Walters Golf properties begin at $59 with packages starting at $169.

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