Last Updated on Monday, 26 March 2012 06:41
Tuesday, 20 March 2012 10:52
Mesquite, Nevada may be known more for hosting the annual World Long Drive Championships every year than anything else but the small town, an hour north of Las Vegas, is home to much more than a big hitter’s grid – it also boasts a number of outstanding golf courses that more and more Western Canadians are lining up to play.
While attending the Edmonton PGA of Alberta Golf Show a week ago, Rob Krieger, from the Conestoga Golf Course one of those gorgeous layouts that has been carved out of the desert, said Canucks are welcomed with open arms to the sprawling spaces of northern Nevada, as they seek a bit of sun during the winter months.
“What we’ve got is nine different golf courses in Golf Mesquite Nevada,” Krieger said of their marketing branch. “Six of them are right in Mesquite itself. They’re all within 10, 15 minutes of each other as there’s very little traffic in Mesquite.”
Another thing in Mesquite’s favour is the fact it’s so easy now to get to, Krieger pointed out about it being an hour north of Vegas on an interstate highway, or even less than that from the newly opened airport in St. George, Utah.
“A lot of people fly into St. George which is about a half-hour from here. You can fly Delta from Salt Lake into St. George or United from LA to St. George.”
The thing about setting down in St. George first, if you choose to come that way rather than flying into Vegas, is there are two great courses there Krieger pointed out, Sand Hollow and Coral Canyon, saying “Both have gotten rave reviews.”
As for Mesquite, their courses are already world renowned and time only makes them better.
“In our portfolio we’ve got Coyote Springs, who are high up on the list of 'Where To Play' in Golf Week; Conestoga is high up, ranked No. 11; Oasis Palmer was No. 12. We’ve got all these great golf courses that are the best you can play in the State you’re visiting.”
Also included on that list are the Canyons at Oasis, CasaBlanca, Falcon Ridge and The Palms, all must-play destinations in this quieter part of the Nevada landscape especially considering it isn’t hard to find space to play on these courses.
“Tee times are easy to come by, especially when you go through Golf Mesquite Nevada. They can go and look at all nine golf courses, see what’s available and get you fit in, whether you’re just a couple going out or a group of 100.
“That’s what’s really neat about our group,” said Krieger.
The thing is, he mentioned, if you’re looking for some nightlife to go along with your golfing days, you can find action in Mesquite – it’s just not quite at the same frenetic pace as that spot to the south.
“It’s very relaxing to come to Mesquite. You don’t have the hustle and bustle. We have four hotels, resorts, casinos that have all the amenities. It’s very reasonable to come here and that’s why so many people like it.
“You can come here, golf, relax, gamble and have fun.”
photo courtesy golf mesquite nevada
The 17th Green At Beautiful Conestoga Golf Course In Mesquite, Nevada
The playing season in Mesquite works well for Canadians who may be tired of their winter weather. The peak season is March through May and the shoulder season is the end of May and into June.
“Then once you get back into October, November, that’s peak season again,” Krieger explained. “December, January, February are a little bit quieter months.
“We want people to come because once they get there, we know they’re going to be able to enjoy great golf, they’re going to have a relaxing atmosphere, it’s very nice. We want people to come.
For more on golf in Mesquite and area and to see packages put together by Golf Mesquite Nevada, go to their website at www.golfmesquitenevada.com
About the writer: Gord Montgomery is the sports editor of two weekly newspapers in the Edmonton area and is a member of the Golf Journalists Association of Canada. He has written for Inside Golf for the past four years with the majority of his coverage in north and central Alberta.