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Falcon Ridge Golf Club in Mesquite, Nevada

Falcon Ridge Golf Club is located at Falcon Ridge Resort in Mesquite, Nevada (just 1 hour north of Las Vegas),which is the Two Guys favorite golf destination in the U.S.A.  The original 9 holes at Falcon Ridge opened in February 2004, and the final nine were added in September of the same year.  The property features a beautiful clubhouse with  restaurant/bar, banquet facilities and top notch golf shop. .Packages are available through the CasaBlanca, Virgin River and Eureka Casino resorts.

Falcon Ridge Golf Club
Falcon Ridge Golf Club

The golf course is spectacular in design and challenging in nature. The front nine presents some pretty golf holes, and the back nine is simply outstanding golf. A word of caution , there are some complicated, devious par fours that are short in distance yet tough on the scorecard. Holes nine, eleven and thirteen present blind tee shots off the tee, with white/black striped barber poles providing good targets on the fairways.  Keep in mind that these poles have nothing to do with yardage, but rather serve to indicate recommended landing areas.  Just three sets of tees are utilized, with the tips measuring 6546 yards (slope 131/rating 70.3), the Silver tees 5976 yards, and the Golds 4821 yards. On course yardages are provided on cart paths and also on sprinkler heads and color-coded flags indicate the day's hole locations. Boulders are situated on either side of the fairway in the 150 yard area. Bunkering is understated but effective, and although water is not often in play - when it is, the environment is spectacular.

Falcon Ridge Golf Club
Falcon Ridge Golf Club

The front side is much shorter (3011 yards from the tips compared to 3535 on the back side) and affords golfers with an opportunity to get off to a good start. Number one is a pretty dogleg right par five that can be reached in two by long hitters whose tee shots approach the fairway bunkers on the left side . Those hitting short tee shots will have to arc their second shots over the corner of the mountain on the right side, leaving a reasonable uphill approach. Number two is a gorgeous par three that plays to a green surrounded by canyon walls. From here the terrain becomes increasing undulating, with frequently elevated tee boxes directed towards narrow fairways with mounding, moguls and swales framing the landing zones. Holes 6 and 7 are a good par four/par five combination that begin from extremely elevated tee areas. Golfers will also be confronted with challenging uphill tee shots and approaches - especially on number nine as it climbs steadily up a mountain from tee to green.

Falcon Ridge Golf Club
Falcon Ridge Golf Club

 The back side features even greater elevation changes, beginning with the 462 yard par four 10th. This number two handicapped hole features a fairway split by a cascading stream that results from a beautifully landscaped waterfall situated atop the hill. Golfers can choose to cut some distance by risking a tee shot to the left fairway, or to play it safe with a lay-up to the wide landing zone on the right side. In either case, the approach is quite uphill, with the water hazard on the right and hillsides to the left squeezing the fairway - a very tough golf hole! The barber pole on the 11th fairway is situated about 85 yards from the tremendously uphill green complex, and indicates a good landing area. Twelve is one of the most gorgeous golf holes in the Vegas area - as an elevated tee area plays to a sculpted fairway flanked by a water hazard short left and another one long right. A fairway wood that stops just short of the lake will afford good players with an opportunity to carry the hazard and reach this par five in two. A safer bet is to lay up in the ample landing zone along the left side of the fairway, and approach the green with a wedge or short iron on the third shot, effectively taking the water hazard out of play. Keep in mind that the extreme elevation change means added distance off the tee, making the water hazards very reachable.

Falcon Ridge Golf Club
Falcon Ridge Golf Club

Thirteen presents another blind tee shot, with the area just right of the directional stake providing the best location for the downhill approach to a putting complex that is well guarded by a water hazard short and left. On these four holes (numbers 10-13 prior course knowledge can definitely save some strokes. Number 15 is one of the toughest 14th handicapped holes you will find, as it climbs steeply uphill all the way, with the approach demanding 2 - 3 clubs more! Holes 16-18 present a good deal of room and provide an opportunity to finish the round strongly.

Falcon Ridge Golf Club
Falcon Ridge Golf Club

We found Falcon Ridge to be an incredibly exciting and fun round of golf. Don't miss out on this one! As these photos indicate - this is a picturesque golfing experience! For more info, visit our page for Falcon Ridge, with direct link to their website by clicking here

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