October is Las Vegas' golfing sweet spot, with temperatures in the low 80s and off-peak green fees and hotel rates. Plus, college football and NFL games fill the weekends just in case you want to, um, make a wager.
is making it easy to book a one-stop three-day golf trip in Sin City with its Rock Star Golf Package. You can get three nights at the Hard Rock Hotel and two rounds at Bali Hai Golf Club or Royal Links, two of Vegas' top-rated daily fee courses, starting at $399 per person. The offer is available for trips scheduled between now and December 31.
The Hard Rock isn't on the Strip, but it's a five-minute cab ride if you're determined to see the other casinos. Stay on property and you can eat sushi at Nobu or people-watch and margarita-consume at the Pink Taco. It'll also still be warm enough to spend an afternoon at Paradise Beach, the Hard Rock's 21-and-over pool/round-the-clock nightclub. If the UV rays don't age you, the looks you'll get from the 22-year-old socialites will.
Bali Hai and Royal Links are owned by the same group, but they're completely different experiences. Bali Hai sits on the south end of the Strip, and offers an opulent, well-conditioned Florida-type challenge, complete with palm trees and giant powder-sand bunkers.
Royal Links is a 20-minute drive from the Hard Rock and strip area, and is a "theme course" in the best sense of the phrase. It features reproductions of holes from 11 courses in the Britsh Open rotation, including the Old Course, Carnoustie and Turnberry. They even have a hole from Muirfield, where you can reenact your own version of this weekend's Ryder Cup.
Bali Hai is convenient, but Royal Links is the more memorable of the two. The package lets you play a round at both, so you won't be forced into a choice.