Mesquite, Nevada's Canyons Course at Oasis Golf Club lives up to its name

By Bill Bowman, Contributor

MESQUITE, Nev. –- Golfers always have to be aware when golf courses have the word "Canyons" in their name. It's a sure sign there's trouble ahead and they will need to bring their best game to the first tee.

18 Holes | Resort | Par: 71 | 6403 yards
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Oasis Golf Club's Canyons Course will force players to think before they swing -- on every shot.
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So it is with the Canyons Course at Oasis Golf Club.

The Oasis Golf Club has two 18-hole designs, the Canyons Course and the original Palmer Course. This trip, we'll highlight the Canyons Course.

The new front nine, designed by David Druzisky, and the back nine (the original Vistas nine), designed by Arnold Palmer, make up the par-71, 6,408-yard layout. It may not be a long golf course, but it will force players to think before they swing -- on every shot.

"The Canyons Course has some very challenging holes, especially on the front nine," said Randy Tickner, director of operations at Oasis Golf Club. In fact, the first six holes will leave players in awe as they weave their way over, around and through canyons.

The Canyons Course starts with a dynamic opening hole. It plays just 378 yards from the tips, but a narrow landing area forces players to be accurate off the tee as a pond on the left side comes into play. Huge and very deep bunkers front a deep green. Get in one of these and you may need help getting out -- both with your shot and climbing out after your shot.

There are amazing views on one of the shortest holes on the golf course, the 163-yard, par-3 third. The green is some 60 feet below the tee box, so take at least one less club (or two less if there's a breeze at your back) and watch your shot soar. It's a deep green from front to back, so just hitting the putting surface doesn't mean you're going to walk away with a par.

That sets the stage for the ultimate tests on the golf course -- holes No. 5 and No. 6.

"The fifth and sixth holes will stick in their minds," Tickner said. "They aren't long, but they are tough to play."

The fifth hole plays just 379 yards from the tips, but it looks much longer. There is plenty of trouble as the fairway narrows down to 20 yards wide at one point. A bunker in the landing area is a good aiming point, but stay right as a huge bunker guards the front left of the green, making for a dangerous approach.

That sets the stage for the most devilish hole on the golf course, the 394-yard, par-4 sixth. From the tee, all players can see is a mountain to the left and the fairway some 50 feet below. The best plan of attack is to take a utility club and aim at the 150-yard stake. The big hitters may take a swing at driving the green, but one look at the yardage book and you will see the risk is much too great. (Buy a yardage book to use during your round. You'll be glad you did, especially on this hole).

On the back nine, players will see a more traditional layout with wider fairways and more open approaches to the greens. But one hole on the back will stand out.

The par-3 17th hole, playing 180 yards from the tips, is certain to take your breath away. With the green some 80 feet below, proper club selection can be tough. Add in a little breeze and it just got a little tougher. Two bunkers, one short right and the other to the left, add to the test. It's a great looking golf hole that can be as dangerous as it is beautiful -- just like the rest of the golf course.

Oasis Golf Club: In the clubhouse

Whether it's a drink after the round or dining before or after the round, The Grille Room at Oasis Golf Club offers dining excellence. A full-selection menu and just about every beverage option are available. So grab a seat and enjoy the sports action on the TVs or chat about your upcoming round the next day. For fine dining, there's also The Redd Room, with food and views that are both amazing.

Two rounds? Why not

At the 36-hole Oasis Golf Club, playing both golf courses is a favorite pastime. "It really works well for us," Tickner said. "We can store their clubs overnight and have them ready for the players the next day. That way they don't have to pack them back and forth to the course."

Golf Mesquite Nevada

The Oasis Golf Club is part of the Golf Mesquite Nevada group, which also includes CasaBlanca Golf Club, Coyote Springs Golf Club, Falcon Ridge Golf Course and the Palms Golf Club as well as Sand Hollow Resort and Coral Canyon Golf Course (both in St. George, Utah). Whether you're heading up for the day, or an extended vacation, the folks at Golf Mesquite Nevada can set you up with a golf package at any or all of the courses.

Oasis Golf Club: The verdict

Let's see, there are 36 golf holes, great customer service, immaculate conditions and more than enough challenges on both golf courses. What more could golfers want? One visit here and you'll be back. The only question is which golf course to play. No problem. Tickner and his staff will be happy to set you or your group up on both golf courses.

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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