SPORTS - The Canyons at Oasis Golf Club in Mesquite



By Jeff Alexander

Most of our Las Vegas courses are fairly flat with a few hilly holes—but nothing like what you’ll experience at The Oasis Golf Club.

So rent a car! Any of the Casino-Hotels in Las Vegas can get you one in a jiffy. It’ll only cost you the equivalent of a couple hands of Blackjack and the one-hour trip to Mesquite—and will be well worth it. You get on Route 15-North toward Utah and it’s freeway driving all the way. Why drive an hour when there are so many great golf courses in the Vegas Valley? I guess just for a taste of something different. Most of our Las Vegas courses are fairly flat with a few hilly holes, but nothing like what you’ll experience at The Oasis Golf Club.

If you’ve ever played The Boulders in Carefree, Arizona (the Phoenix, Scottsdale area), you’ll remember the many holes that have highly elevated tees for breathtaking shots to greens way down there below you. The Canyons at Oasis is very reminiscent of the Boulders. There are no outcroppings of rocks and boulders, but the height of some of the tees make for some really interesting shots to the greens. In fact, just driving your cart up to these tees is an adventure. Driving down would be a Mario Andretti episode, if it weren’t for the governors on the carts. You won’t want to walk this course, unless you’ve got a cardio specialist with you.

The Canyons plays as a par 36/35 course with just one par 3 on the front nine, while the back nine has 3 par threes. The 8th on the front and 13th on the back are par three’s with really high elevated tees, which seem to have at least a hundred foot drop to the green. The three par fives are moderate in length, even from the back tees. So a straight drive will put you in position to score well on each of them. The Canyons challenges your golf game immediately at the first hole, since it’s the number one handicap and is a difficult 435-yard par 4 hole. Two other par 4’s are listed at 394 yards long, but play longer, because you are shooting uphill. The 5th hole is a 435-yard par four that is narrow, with a rising fairway culminating at a large undulating green. It’s rated the 3rd hardest hole on the course and rightfully so. Straightness off the tee is always the key to good desert golf and this layout requires you to “stay the course” if you expect to score well, and it is The Canyons’ quartet of long par fours that will set the tone for the success or failure of your round. 

But then, you’re here to frolic, to enjoy the incomparable 3 G’s of Las Vegas (golf, gambling and girls), so your day at the Oasis Golf Club will assuredly be a pleasure, since after all, you’re playing golf and you’re on a course where the professional staff is one of the friendliest and most accommodating I’ve ever experienced. You’ll be treated as an honored guest at a great course, at a fair rate, at a serenely beautiful mountain setting, and after your round, a short hour’s ride gets you quickly back to the other exciting two G’s. I think you’ll find it exhilarating to get away from the Strip for a few hours and The Canyons at Oasis Golf Club is a perfect course to which to escape. You’ll be glad you did.

The Canyons at Oasis Golf Club • 100 Palmer Lane Mesquite, NV 89027
888-367-3386 • 702-346-7820 •

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