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Meet Mesquite, Nevada: Your next great golf vacation getaway

By Bill Bowman, Contributor

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.

Conestoga Golf Club in Mesquite - 6th hole
Challenging Conestoga Golf Club is the new kid on the block in Mesquite, Nev.
Conestoga Golf Club in Mesquite - 6th holeOasis Golf Club - Palmer Course - 8th holeFalcon Ridge GC in Mesquite - 15th holeCoral Canyon G.C. in Washington, UtahEureka resort - Mesquite, Nevada

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.

Bill BowmanBill Bowman, Contributor

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.

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  • Mesquite

    Rick McGill wrote on: Dec 14, 2010

    I go to Mesquite every fall and have been for the past 8 years. The best course in the whole area is Wolf Creek and you don't even mention it. This is a course you will talk about for the rest of your life. If price is a problem, book twilight as far in advance as possible. Go early because no one books the 1/2 hour before twilight and you can usually get off a little early. It's a 5 hour round because of the elevation changes and the spectacular scenery. Sand Hollow is also great, but Conestoga greens need another year. (But it will be a great course)


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    Redmond Walsh wrote on: Dec 14, 2010

    You must play Wolf Creek when you are in Mesquite


  • Love Mesquite golf!

    Scott B. wrote on: Dec 11, 2010

    I've been to Mesquite twice for golf vacations and can't tell you how much I enjoyed gorgeous golf courses. The views are spectacular. On my first trip, I only played the Palms and loved it, but when I returned, I found some of the others to be even more beautiful. You didn't mention Wolf Creek, but it's definitely worth seeing once. The Oasis and Falcon Ridge were also on my favorites list.


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      MYRONWMR wrote on: Dec 14, 2010

      i also find it absolutely amazing that none of the articles, especially this one mentions Wolf Creek, an absolute must play at least once. Spectacular and scary.
      Some of the others in Mesquite are really pretty ho-hum, not much more than anyplace else.
      Wonder why the writer doesn't know about Wolf Creek? paid not to mention it!!!!! Or just blind.


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