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.
As of January 2022
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. Utilizing an extra club to this false front green will be necessary.
Favor the right side of this huge, undulating green. Any shot hit on right side of the green will funnel towards the center of the green. Hole location will dictate club selection. Hitting tee shot over the green is not a viable option.
The toughest hole on the Palmer according to the course raters. The only par 4 on the front 9 over 400 yards. A blind tee shot aimed to a downhill fairway will leave a 2nd shot over a pond from a downhill lie. The further right of the fairway, the flatter the lie for your approach shot.
The second blind tee shot in as many holes but a more gratuitous landing area. A straight tee shot to a plateau fairway will leave an approach shot to a wide, shallow green that is uphill. Be cautious of the river on the left side of fairway and OB on the right.
The beginning of the most beautiful 4-hole stretch in Mesquite. An elevated tee box over 100 feet high looks down into a narrow Canyons fairway. An aggressive tee shot will lead for a chance to go for the green in two.
One of Mr. Palmer’s favorite holes on the course. You won’t want to necessarily use a driver unless you can fade the ball around the dogleg-right. The green lies at the back of a box canyon so be accurate with the approach shot.
The most visually intimidating par 3 on the course. Each shot will be necessary to carry a canyon that’s short, left and right of the green. Get your camera ready, one of the more picturesque place atop the highest point on the course.
Like #5, a 100 foot elevation change between tee box and fairway. The first half of this hole demands hitting the fairway as both sides are surrounded by canyons until the hole opens out about 200 yards from the green. The pond on the right dictates a player’s fortitude to hit the green in two or lay up left of the green to an angle that doesn’t require carrying the pond.
The flattest par 3 on the course with a firm green makes the tee shot harder than it looks. The prevailing wind makes this hole a lot longer than the yardage.
This may seem like an innocent short, drivable par 4, but the topography is all uphill to a well protected green. The shallow green atop a steep hill makes the approach shot hard to judge the actual distance and can be difficult to hold the green.
A magnificent view from atop the elevated tee box. Accurate tee shots will land in a narrowing fairway between fairway bunkers on both sides. The second shot is demanding and misleading as the surrounding areas around the fairway block prevailing winds, however the green is exposed to these conditions. Aiming towards right side of green is advised.
The longest hole on the golf course as this par 5 plays opposite the other Par 5 on the Palmer. It’s all uphill with desert and OB surrounding the fairway. The green has a false front and is two tiered so precision is key to score a birdie.
The somewhat benign hole starts with the most generous landing area of all the Par 4’s on the course. Aim towards left side of fairway for a flat lie to attack the very shallow and firm green. Avoid the right greenside bunker.
Accurate tee shots are critical to get a flat lie to the most exposed green on the golf course. Errant tee shots will lead to uphill or sidehill lies to an elevated green. The hole typically plays longer than the yardage dictates.
This narrowing fairway gives the option of a fairway metal or hybrid off the tee. Definitely advisable to hit an extra club to the clear the bunker short of the elevated green.
A visually appealing view from atop the tee box. The elevation change from tee to green is usually 1-2 clubs less. It is necessary to carry the green as the ball will not roll onto green normally.
The pond definitely comes into play from the tee box as well as the boundary rock wall on the right. Key is fairway to a relatively flat green that has a false front.
One of the best finishing holes to play in the desert. Elevated tees to a very demanding tee shot with houses on the left and a fairway that slopes into the pond. Staying on the left side of the fairway will yield an easier approach shot to a green surrounded by water short, right, and beyond the green.