Challenging Conestoga Golf Club is the new kid on the block in Mesquite, Nev. (Courtesy of Conestoga G.C.) One of golf's legends and a world-class destination come together on the Palmer Course at Oasis G.C. in Mesquite. (Courtesy of Oasis G.C.) Falcon Ridge Golf Course is well known for amazing elevation changes. (Courtesy of Falcon Ridge G.C.) Designed by Keith Foster, Coral Canyon Golf Course provides exquisite challenges and scenic beauty. (Courtesy of Coral Canyon G.C.) Mesquite's casinos offer top-flight gaming and sports book action. (Courtesy of Eureka Casino Resort )

Meet Mesquite, Nevada: Your next great golf vacation getaway

MESQUITE, Nev. -- Admit it, you need to get away from it all. We all do. It's time to find a nice, tranquil spot to put down roots for a week and just relax. Oh, and there has to be world-class golf in the area -- and lots of it.

Welcome to Mesquite, one of the best golf destinations you'll find. Mesquite, located an hour northeast of Las Vegas, is home to seven golf courses that will amaze players of all skill levels. Add in fine dining, gaming options galore and plenty of off-the-course choices for the whole family, and you've got just what the doctor ordered.

Golf in Mesquite

From lush tracks to desert-style target golf, you'll find just the course, or golf courses in Mesquite, to fit your game.

"What sets our destination apart from other places is that six of our championship courses are all within a two-mile drive," said Cody Law, executive director of Golf Mesquite Nevada. "Plus, you're going to pay a fraction of the price you'd pay elsewhere to play the same type of courses."

The new kid on the block, Conestoga Golf Club, weaves its way through the canyons of north Mesquite with a front nine that players will never forget. Elevation changes, including a 60-foot drop from tee to green on the par-3 second hole, make it a golf course that is as beautiful as it is challenging.

Oasis Golf Club features two layouts -- The Canyons Course and The Palmer Course -- that offer a variety of challenges and some of the best views in the area. Both courses features holes that will test even the best player in your group.

Players will wind their way through natural wetlands at CasaBlanca Golf Club, a lush course with dramatic water features from start to finish.

Hang on for the roller-coaster ride of a lifetime at Falcon Ridge Golf Club. This 18-hole masterpiece will have players facing elevation changes of epic proportions off the tee.

The Palms Golf Club is two courses in one: A traditional front nine with lush wide fairways, and a desert-style back nine where accuracy is key both off the tee and into greens.

There are also some impressive golf courses just a short drive away, including Coyote Springs Golf Club, a Jack Nicklaus signature design located between Mesquite and Las Vegas (about 45 minutes from the Strip). There's also Coral Canyon Golf Course and Sand Hollow Golf Resort, located 40 minutes up the road in St. George, Utah. All three are exceptional and well worth the trip

Mesquite off course

The CasaBlanca Resort is a driver and a wedge away from the CasaBlanca Golf Club and has all the amenities guests could want in a golf vacation destination. Spa? Yep. Great dining? You bet. One of the best spots around is Katherine's Steakhouse. Pick a steak -- any steak -- and enjoy a meal fit for a king. And, like most of the resorts, there are enough gaming options to satisfy your needs, from cards to slot machines to sports books.

There's also the Eureka Casino Resort (six different types of rooms to fit any price range), the Virgin River Hotel and Casino (great gaming and a bowling center that has to be seen to be believed) and the Falcon Ridge Hotel (including a Jacuzzi and luxurious one-bedroom suites along with awesome views), which offer visitors a wide variety of accommodations right in the middle of the golf action.

There's more. Mesquite guests can also check out horseback riding, mountain biking, old-fashioned hiking or roar down ATV trails in places such as Zion National Park, Snow Canyon State Park, Bryce Canyon National Park and Lake Mead, which are all just a short drive away.

Mesquite golf vacation packages

From start to finish, the folks in Mesquite want you to have the ultimate getaway.

"We truly have an oasis in the desert here," Law said. "With live entertainment, Vegas-style gaming and full-service spas, there's something for everyone to enjoy."

Guests can customize their packages to include as much -- or as little -- golf as they can handle. Throw in a spa treatment or two, a little bowling, great dining experiences and maybe even a trip to a national park, and you've got a golf getaway you won't soon forget.

Dec 09, 2010

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Bill Bowman


Bill Bowman is a Las Vegas-based writer who has more than 40 years in the sports-writing business. He's spent the past 16-plus years covering the golf scene in Vegas and has teed it up for magazine profiles with celebrities including comedian Bill Engvall, actor Jeffrey Donovan (USA's Burn Notice), ESPN personality Colin Cowherd, NASCAR's Kurt Busch, Collective Soul's Ed Roland, the Baltimore Ravens' Jonathan Ogden and many others.