The Mesquite Amateur featured on seven golf courses

May 24, 2016 3:08 AM


In Southern Nevada, almost any time is a good time for golf. The 40-plus luxurious courses in our beautiful valley and nearby communities are a testament to that fact.

But on Memorial Day, May 30, the spotlight will be on six courses in Mesquite and one in nearby Coyote Springs, as the Mesquite Amateur, a five-day, 54-hole, tournament begins.

The scenery in this Virgin River valley community, just a short 80 miles north of Vegas off Interstate 15, can’t be beat and the tourney courses are full of challenging styles of desert, arroyo, vista and canyon play.

Marking its 14th year, the event has drawn more than 490 entrants, representing 37 states, including Texas, Washington and Colorado, along with international participation coming in from Canada, England and Thailand.

The captivating course lineup includes the CasaBlanca Golf Club, which features an 18-hole, 7,011-yard championship course, designed by Cal Olson; Falcon Ridge Golf Club, which boasts a 6,550-yard par 71 desert layout with several elevated tee shots from high plateaus; the Palms Golf Club, the Canyons at Oasis Golf Club, an 18-hole, par 71 course; Coyote Springs, a Jack Nicklaus Signature course with a challenging par 72, 7,471-yard layout; the Arnold Palmer-designed Oasis Golf Club and the Gary Panks-designed Conestoga Course.

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See you around town.

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