National Golf News
Mesquite Can’t Be Beat as a Golf Destination
Once one of Nevada’s best kept golf and vacation secrets, Mesquite has emerged as a world-class golf and casino escape. Once in the shadow of nearby Las Vegas, Mesquite has been using this proximity to its advantage. The town now shines with a vitality of its own and is a popular alternative to Vegas. Situated in the Virgin River Valley, it is a veritable oasis for the golfer-gambler who doesn’t want to wait for tee times, table games, sports book bets, poker buy-ins, fine or casual dining, and traffic. Mesquite offers what are arguably both the best packages in desert golf and the best values in hotels/casinos. From table game minimums to green fees to restaurants to lodging, the prices are much more reasonable, and, just as importantly, the small-town atmosphere comes with all the big city amenities that guests expect.
Live High in Luxury Hotels
GMN customizes the golf vacation so that you spend your days on the golf course and your free time and evenings either exploring the unique environs or resting in luxurious accommodations at one of their three hotels: Eureka Casino Resort, Rising Star Sports Ranch Resort, and Holiday Inn Express Inn and Suites. All three resorts are spacious and modern venues that specialize in both luxurious settings and personal service for golfers. The Eureka, an annual recipient of the Mesquite “Best Hotel” and “Best Casino” awards, has newly remodeled rooms, suites, and swimming pool, and it also has an award-winning collection of restaurants and bars. The casino philosophy is to afford its players games with the highest limits and the best odds. Nearly 1,200 slot and video poker machines, all the prerequisite table games, and the live poker room will deliver all the action anyone could ask for.
Rising Star Sports Ranch Resort is just that, a hotel for sports activities with the emphasis on golf. The resort is designed to house larger groups with room configurations that can hold as many as 12 people and has exceptional meal plans for everyone. The backyard is the center of attention as it includes basketball, volleyball, pickleball courts, horseshoe pits, barbecue grills, swimming pool, and hot tub. Just the place to wind down and relax after a day on the links.
Championship Courses At Your Fingertips
Coyote Springs Country Club, a Nicklaus Signature Golf Course, is a visual delight. A short drive from Mesquite into Nevada’s hinterland, the layout sprawls throughout the desert and is extremely playable and picturesque. The greatly undulating greens are the real challenge and push the player to putt like Jack—or to keep putting. With yardage on the five sets of tees ranging from 7,471 to 5,288 yards , Coyote Springs has all the real estate a golfer can desire. It also has water and water falls throughout the layout, an unusual aspect for the desert locale.
Falcon Ridge, which overlooks the Holiday Inn Express and the Walmart shopping center, presents spectacular roller-coaster topography, with elevated tees and greens and twisting/turning ribbons of fairway on almost every hole. True to its name, the course gives a falcon’s view of all of Mesquite and the Virgin River Valley for as far as the eye can see. It is a fun course from its four sets of tees—ranging from the 6,569-yard tips to the 4,440-yard forward tees—and should not be missed.
Just to the north of Exit 122 is the Oasis Golf Club, a residents’ favorite and a most popular tourist stop. Arnold Palmer designed the 18 holes that bear his name and routed his par-71, 6,468 to 4,226 yards and five sets of tees through what the website describes as “some of the most scenic desert panoramas in Southern Nevada.” The Palmer sports rugged canyon fairways, huge elevation changes, and meticulously contoured greens that have earned it a “Top 10 You Can Play” by Golf Digest. The King has always maintained that this course is one of his own top-ten favorite designs.
On the other side of 29,000 square-foot Oasis Golf Clubhouse is The Canyons, another par-71 layout with five sets of tees but a little shorter at 6,403 to 4,787 yards. These 18 holes are a combination of the remodeled Vistas nine and the recently completed Arroyo nine. It complements the demanding Palmer layout with its large fairways and large, true Bermuda greens. With its 67 fairway and green-side bunkers and elevation changes, The Canyons has a particularly scenic front nine—hence its original “Vista” name—and a back nine sculpted from the canyon walls of the Mesquite landscape.
Coral Canyon, which measures from 7,200 to 5,052 yards on four sets of tees, is located in what is called “Color Country” because the course meanders around the most brilliant red-rock formations in the area. With this unusual backdrop and with the lush conditions of the course itself, playing Coral Canyon is always a treat. The generous fairways keep most drives in play and allow for some flat-out power off the tee, but the enormous greens, which are designed to allow you to run the ball up to the pin or fly it all the way there, require accuracy to minimize the dreaded three putt.
Sand Hollow Resort is located just 15 minutes up I-15 from Coral Canyon and is only 25 minutes from Zion National Park. Designed by former BYU star and PGA Tour player John Fought, The Championship Course has perfectly blended a mixture of Blue and Bent grasses across the large expanse of native red sand. Spanning from 7,315 to 5,306 yards in its five sets of tees, the tees, fairways, greens, and indigenous sand bunkers seamlessly flow through the natural terrain, utilizing the natural slopes and gradations. The routing also incorporates an impressive series of holes that Fought has carefully perched along the length of the red sandstone ledges that exist along the ridge of the property. According to the website, “With its dramatic elevation changes across a towering ridge line, The Championship Course’s last nine are unlike anything in the West.” It has been recognized as Utah’s “Best Public Course” for the second straight year.
Along with the elegant spas and salons, the exceptional restaurants, and the headliners and top talents on stage, Mesquite has just about everything you could possibly want in a world-class sojourn.