Conestoga Golf Club: The "Thinking Man's Choice" in Mesquite, Nevada
MESQUITE, Nev. – Plenty of Vegas-bound golfers make a day trip to Mesquite to play the most famous course in town, venerable Wolf Creek. I know; I’ve done it myself, with 11 other equally ill-informed golf buddies.
Wolf Creek is certainly epic, but a far better value and a course with nearly the same “Wow!” factor is Conestoga Golf Club; about 25 percent less expensive than Wolf Creek and a more playable course for the average golfer.
While Wolf Creek is recognized as one of the most visually impressive (and intimidating) golf courses in America, Conestoga, managed by Troon Golf, is just as spectacular. Architect Gary Panks did a great job in designing the routing of the course through the bluffs and cliffs of the natural terrain. The holes are notched into the hillsides of the lunar like topographical area yet offers a level playing surface throughout the course. The elevation changes occur mainly between green and tees. The most dramatic elevation changes that come into play are located on the par 3s. Holes 2, 5 and 14 showcase drops in elevations from 20 to 80 feet from tee shots perched on top of knolls and cliffs.
Next time you want to road trip out of Vegas, try Conestoga. It’s a thrill ride from start to finish, and the money you save on green fees will come in handy at the buffet line.
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