Photo courtesy of John Collins
Formerly known as the Oasis Golf Course, the Palmer Course is Arnold Palmer's magnificent masterpiece in the desert.
This par-71 course offers you a choice of five different tees and some of the most scenic desert panoramas in Southern Nevada. It's rugged canyon fairways and meticulous contour greens set this course apart as one of the best 18 holes you can play. The Palmer Course has been rated among the "Top 10 You Can Play" by Golf Digest. All but one episode of the Big Break Mesquite was hosted by the Oasis Golf Club.
A grand opening hole. Standing on the back tee box feels like standing on an elevated stage. This converted par 4 was changed from a par 5 when the clubhouse was built in 2000. The approach shot is difficult due to an elevated, rather small green. We recommend an extra club length to help you hit the green in regulation.
Favor the right side of this huge, undulating green. Any shot hit on right side of green will funnel towards center of green. Hole location will dramatically change club selection for the shot. Missing the green long is not a viable option.
The toughest hole on the course. They didn't label this as the #1 handicap hole for nothing! The only par 4 on the front 9 of Palmer course over 400 yards. A blind tee shot hit into the fairway will leave a second shot over water from a downhill lie. The further right on the fairway, the flatter lie for your approach shot.
The second blind tee shot in as many holes. A straight tee shot to a plateau fairway will leave an approach shot to a long and narrow green. River on the left and OB on the right can make the tee shot demand precision.
One of the most beautiful holes on the course with its elevated tee box looking down into a narrow canyon fairway. A great tee shot can yield an opportunity to hit the green in two with few consequences.
One of Arnold Palmer's favorite holes on the course. You won't want to use a driver unless you can bend it around the dogleg to the right. The green lies at the back of a dead-end box canyon so be careful on your approach shot.
One of the more difficult par 3 holes, you'll be hitting across a canyon that eats a lot of golf balls. Get your camera ready, one of the more beautiful spots on the golf course.
Most golfers will need at least three shots to hit the green on this hole. All of the tee boxes are elevated so you'll get beautiful views of the canyon and the water to the right of the green. A lay-up second shot will leave hopefully an angle where you won't have to carry the water hazard.
The flattest par 3 on the course with a shallow, but wide green. The prevailing wind makes this hole a lot longer than expected.
This may seem like a short par 4 but it's all uphill with a slight dogleg to the left. The shallow green atop a steep hill makes a player's approach shot hard to judge actual distance and also makes it harder to hold the green.
Beautiful view from atop the elevated tee box. Accurate tee shots will land in the narrow fairway between two bunkers. Your second shot needs to clear the water on the left. Most golfers will want to stay right on the second shot to the green.
It's all uphill on this reachable part 5. A long, narrow, green with a false front forces most players to carry shot onto a two-tiered green.
A great chance for birdies on this short par 4 that doesn't have much trouble until you face the bunkers surrounding the front of the green.
Accurate tee shots are critical to get a flat lie to a tough green. Errant tee shots will be on a side slope that will challenge your second shot to an elevated green. It's tough to see the green from the fairway because of the perceived tilt from front to back.
You'll definitely want to shoot for the middle of the fairway off the tee with an iron or fairway wood. Definitely hit an extra club to clear the bunker short of the green.
Another beautiful view from a par 3 tee box. The elevation change from tee to green requires less club than the yardage indicates.
The pond can come into play from the tee and on approach shot on this short, but difficult hole. Out of bounds guards the entire right side as well. Try approaching from the right side so you'll have a straight-in shot to a slightly elevated green.
A picturesque finishing hole with elevated tees and water to the right. Stay on the left side of the fairway and you'll have an easier shot to a green surrounded by water on three sides.