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Mesquite Golf Club Review

Texas Outside Rating: 7.0

Golf - Public Course · 18 Holes · Par 72
Mesquite
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· Discounted Tee Times
Date Last Played: January 23, 2009

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Mesquite Golf Club Review

If you're looking for a course where you don't have to pay an arm and a leg, don't mind average conditions, and you want to have a relaxing round and score well, then head on over to Mesquite Golf Club. This city owned course has three sets of tee boxes, is short at 6280 from the tips, and it's easy to shoot a great round here.

 

The fairways are flat to gently rolling, generally wide and forgiving, and a few are side by side with a line of trees down the middle. When we played in January the fairways and greens were dormant and not in very good condition. The good news was you got a lot of roll which helps your drives. We asked a couple people if these were normal conditions and the answer in both cases was "it's generally in a little better condition."

 

The layout of Mesquite Golf Club is "ho hum" and lacks character and variety. In fact, the holes start to look and play the same as you hit your way through the course. For example, on the back nine all of the par 4s are within 40 yards of each other ranging from 332 to 378 yards. The back nine does seem a little better and the last three holes are fun - 16 is a good par 5 dog left that heads gently up hill, 17's tee box is elevated giving you a long downhill drive to the green straight ahead, and then 18 takes you straight back up the hill.

 

If you can hit the ball fairly straight, then you can score well here. There are no traps, no hidden gotchas, and the small creek that crosses the fairway on 4 holes is pretty easy to avoid. If you do spray the ball, it's easy to find and a chip will get you back to the fairway. You don't have to worry about course management or target golf here - go out and smash the ball and have a good time. Because it's easy, the pace of play was excellent - we had to wait a little bit on a couple holes but were finished in 3 and a half hours.

 

The greens are a different story and can be a challenge. They seem a little smaller than normal, most have some steep slope, and they don't want to hold your chip shots - so you need to play the roll. When we played they were not in good condition - rough and bumpy and slow - is this the normal condition? Although the greens have a lot of slope, it's not hard to read how the putt will break and 3 putts were uncommon for us.

 

Bottom line, if you don't need great conditions, want to save some money, and just need to get out and enjoy a relaxing round where you can walk into the bar boasting about a good round, then Mesquite Golf Club is where you need to play. By the way, I was 3 over on the back - very unusual for this hacker! Mesquite Golf Club also has a great deal for lunch - $6.50 for a burger, fries, and a large drink.

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Course Slope & Ratings

Tee Box Yardage Rating Slope
Blue 6,280 69.1 116
White 5,933 67.3 112
Red 5,153 67.4 112

Course Information

Greens Condition
5.0
Greens Difficulty
6.0
GPS:
No
Walkable:
Very
Beware of water on 7 holes and the 0 sand traps.

Texas Outside Rating

Overall Rating:
7.0 out of 10
Beauty:
6.5
Difficulty:
6.5
Variety:
6.5
Fun to Play:
8.0
Value:
10.0
Condition:
6.0
Front Nine Rating:
7.0
Back Nine Rating:
8.0
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FEES & AMENITIES

Approximate Weekend
Rates:
$23.00 to $36.00

Service is ok and the pro shop has a variety of gear.

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Here's How Texas Outside Determines the Scorecard Rating

The Texas Outside rating scale ranges from 1 to 10 – a perfect 10 course would be something like this:  links along a cliff overlooking the Pacific ocean and bordered by tall trees; lush fairways on rolling hills with lots of natural hazards; water (which is crystal clear) on most of the holes; immaculate greens (but they are undulating and tough); lots of variety and character (each hole is completely different and includes blind shots, elevation changes, doglegs, and significant challenges); perfectly manicured traps with the whitest and prettiest sand you’ve ever seen; a nice club house with great food and a 19th hole; a GPS; plenty of beverage carts or your own cooler and ice; and it only costs $40 bucks! What this means is that you probably won’t find any 10s in Texas – try Cabo San Lucas, Pebble Beach, or some of the Hawaii courses! 
Texas Outside rates courses on the following:

  • Beauty – tall trees, rolling hills, beautiful houses, waterfalls, and similar stuff would score high; a 1 would be flat, bushes or cactus instead of trees, and some grass but mostly weeds
  • Difficulty – a straight, 300 yard par 4 with no traps or hazards, no out of bounds or water would probably get a 1; if it is a 460 yard par 4 over two ravines, with water along one side, natural hazards on the other, strategically placed traps or that dreaded tree right in the middle of the fairway, we are talking a 10. 
  • Variety – what would you give a course where all the holes looked and played exactly the same (“I thought we just played that hole!”); were side-by-side, which is good for finding or dodging other people’s balls, but not much fun; and you can see the flag from every tee box?  That’s right, it gets a 1.
  • Fun Scale – a 10 is where you walk off the course and say “now that was fun” and you can’t wait to get back, or you immediately turn around and play another 18 holes
  • Value – a 5 is $50 to $60, a 10 is $20 to $30, and 1 is $200 or so – of course all of this is dependent upon how you liked the course.  For example, if a run down, boring municipal course, with six players on each hole was only $10; it would still get a value rating of 1.
  • Condition – this one’s pretty easy – what condition are the fairways. A 10 commands very lush perfectly manicured fairways, compared to a 1, which has fire ants, weeds, and more dirt than grass!
  • Condition of Greens and Difficulty – very hard to read greens with lots of undulation and tough pin placement, rate very high on the difficulty scale.  Condition is self-explanatory.  

All of the above determines the overall score for the golf course.  In other words, we like courses that are pretty, fun, very challenging with a lot of variety, and fairways and greens in excellent condition – all for $40.  We also tend to play the courses that are affordable for the masses, which means in the $30 to $80 range. We rate hard and we haven’t found a 10 in Texas yet – don’t worry we haven’t given up and we’re still looking.