I thought it would be a good time to cover a great winter golf destination course for this month's Killer Course, since most of North America is cold and not golf-able right now. That great winter golf destination is the Oasis "Palmer" Course in Mesquite, Nevada. Where you ask?
Mesquite is a border town in southeastern Nevada, about an hour's drive up I15 from Las Vegas. It borders Arizona, but also happens to be a 40 minute drive from the southwestern corner of Utah. In Mesquite there are a few resorts/hotel/casinos and several great golf courses, including today's Killer Course, the Oasis Palmer.
The Oasis Palmer is one of the first courses in the town of Mesquite. It gets its name because, yes, it was designed by none other than the King, Arnold Palmer. When not called the Palmer, the course is often referred to as Arnold Palmer's "magnificent masterpiece in the desert."
The Palmer winds in and out of the northeastern hillside of the small town of Mesquite. Holes feature drastic elevation changes up and down the desert plateaus and through the canyons between them. The contrast between the lush green grass and the Nevada desert is quite breathtaking, as well as the fantastic desert panoramas which can be seen from several high points on the course.
"Mr. Palmer" did a fantastic job routing the course through the rugged desert area without compromising the quality of the golf. Golf purists love the track, unlike more "crazy" desert golf designs.
The Palmer features five (six with the combo men's/women's gold tees) sets of tees to insure playability and fun for golfers of all levels. From the tips the course measures out at 6,633 yards, but don't let that fool you. The course is "killer" and will provide a strong challenge for the better golfer.
Rating from tips: 71.5
Slope from tips: 133
Big Break Mesquite
You may have been wondering where you've heard of the Oasis Palmer in Mesquite. Perhaps you may recall that the Golf Channel's Big Break Mesquite TV show was contested on the Palmer course. The series premiered back in October of 2007.
The Palmer is one of two courses on the property, the 2nd being the "Canyons" course. This makes the Oasis the only 36 hole facility in Mesquite.
Inside the spacious clubhouse is a very well stocked pro shop. The clubhouse is also home to two restaurants, the Grill Room (breakfast, lunch, dinner) and the Redd Room (fine dining after 5:00PM). The Grill Room is spacious and can handle large groups or banquets.
The Oasis has fantastic practice facilities with a driving range, practice green and short game areas.
If you need help with your game, PGA instructor and head golf professional Adam Schwartz covers group and individual lessons.
Oasis Golf Club
100 Palmer Lane
Mesquite, NV 89027
Photos courtesy of Adam Schwartz, Oasis Golf Club