March means golf in Nevada’s happening border town.
(Above: Wolf Creek Golf Club)
March is a sports fan’s month of madness. College hoops tournaments are in full gear. Major League Baseball swings into spring training. And Colorado golfers go to Mesquite.
Offering ideal early season weather, Mesquite is a turnkey escape. Celebrated for its close proximity to St. George and Las Vegas airports, the desert oasis has its own casino gaming, premier entertainment, top-shelf accommodations, and a spectacular array of must-play golf courses.
Leading the pack is Wolf Creek Golf Club, ranked the 37th best public course in America by Golf Digest. Alchemist architects Dennis and John Rider created golf gold when they reshaped the site’s ubiquitous moonscape topography of plunging ravines and sandstone canyons into a one-of-a-kind, 6,939-yard masterpiece.
Next to be played is highly ranked Conestoga Golf Club (above), a sizzling 7,232-yard Gary Panks layout that sweeps in and out of colored canyons and arroyos similar to but less penal than Wolf Creek’s hallowed grounds. Troon Golf manages the entire affair, injecting head-turning customer service with dynamic, eye-candy conditioning that, collectively, has been locally voted the best golf experience in Mesquite.
We also highly recommend 6,550-yard Falcon Ridge Golf Club (above), co-designed by Kelby Hughes and Cresent Hardy; venerable Oasis Golf Club, 36-holes of pulse-quickening Arnold Palmer golf; Coyote Springs Golf Club (below), the 7,471-yard Jack Nicklaus Signature located 50 minutes west of Mesquite; and CasaBlanca Golf Course’s 7,011-yard Cal Olson-crafted routing.
After a big day on the links, rest up and refresh at one of Mesquite’s alluring resorts. Newly remodeled CasaBlanca Hotel & Casino is an all-in choice, as is luxurious Eureka Casino Resort, golf package mainstay Virgin River Hotel and family friendly Holiday Inn Express & Suites.
For non-golf, consider taking a day trip to explore the region’s resplendent landscapes like Cathedral Gorge State Park, Cedar Breaks National Monument, Hoover Dam, Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Valley of Fire State Park, Zion National Park and the Virgin River Gorge Recreation Area.
Chris Duthie is a Durango-based contributor to Colorado AvidGolfer, the state’s leading resource for golf and the lifestyle that surrounds it. It publishes eight issues annually and proudly delivers daily content via www.coloradoavidgolfer.com.