Wind Sculptured Resort Golf
Adjacent to the Avi Indian Resort & Casino, the Mojave Resort Golf Club is a championship resort course with wide, congenial fairways and four sets of tees, allowing golfers their own challenge.
The terrain combines native vegetation and wind-sculptured sand dunes. The natural water features ebb and flow with the topography. Many of the fairways are bordered with indigenous desert sand, shrubbery and wild life. The greens are a bit courser and truer than most others in the Southern Nevada area. This reporter assumes the combination of lower elevation and watering patterns make this phenomena come about, thus providing a suitable level of difficulty for an enjoyable and challenging round of golf. The course itself is eclectically well-designed with bunker sand traps and water hazards on a relatively flat, but undulating plot of real estate. A small new housing tract of modest homes is perking-up (as they were advertised) on the lengthy road (Aha Macav Parkway) coming in to the resort from Highway Route 163. These new dwellings are located on holes #12 and #13.
Another thing that strikes the devoted golfer as their round of golf begins is the pin placement illustration system employed on each cart. The commonly used 1-2-3 checked flag system pictorially maps-out the full dimensions of the forthcoming green.
A very evident factor of Mojave Golf Resort is the serene setting provided by Mother Nature. Temperatures are a bit more comfortable in the winter months (approximately 10 degrees warmer than Las Vegas). Winds can be a prevalent factor too, but on particular days, this locale seems to be able to escape winter's wrath by being peacefully nestled in its own little carved-in piece of land to provide golfers with a pleasant and relaxed experience.
Hole #2, appropriately named "the Crater", right away tests the golfers patience. It is a short par 4, 299-yard hole from the Championship (yellow) tee boxes, which is best played with a long iron or fairway wood from the tee to clear the first bunker some 178 yards straight out. This tactic will leave a petite wedge shot over a sand dune to an elevated green, but at the same time this creates a difficult, blind approach due to the height of the putting surface. The green is very diminutive in depth, but long in width, making it imperative to stop the ball on line to the pin once it reaches the putting surface.
The Hole #9, a par 4, 438-yard test is appropriately named "The Brute". It is the number one rated or handicap on the course. With its length and protective bunkers, a draw (right to left) shot is preferred, but not mandatory. A very difficult approach to the green is upon the golfer with a steep collection area to the right of the putting surface if the shot is missed there. A sand trap and "dunish" mound of sand lies directly behind the green if the shot is long. Water (out-of bounds) and tall grass growing from the moister ground confronts the golfer if they are too far to the left.
Although nothing was created unfairly, the golfer will find some fairways a bit unduly trecherous, such as Hole #11 (named "Entrapment"), with a non-conspicuously placed sand bunker in its middle where a longer drive may be able to reach it. Whether or not the drive makes the trap, it leaves a tricky climbing approach to arrive on the green in regulation.
Holes #17 ("Crap Shot"), and #18 ("Double Cross"), bring the golfer in with two of the prettiest holes of the day. Both tee-off shots will necessitate the carry over small lakes. Hole #17, a par 3, 145 seven iron to a peninsula green is protected by a sand trap if you bail out to the right. Hole #18, a par 4, 388-yard trial requires a perfectly-placed drive to the fairway which runs parallel to the river-like lagoon to the right, and thoughtfully-positioned sand traps to the left, some 200+ yards out. From here, and to advance your ball to make the green in regulation, the golfer is faced with another shot over the stream to an angulating green that is well protected by bunkers on the right and behind it (in case you used an extra club length to ensure dryness).
With a four-star rating by Golf Digest, and voted the "Best Course" in the tri-state area (Arizona, California, Nevada), Mojave Golf Resort provides the finishing touches to a total entertainment venue that keeps fun-seeking visitors coming back to Laughlin, Nevada and Bullhead City, Arizona. Numerous Laughlin resorts offer special packages especially for the Mojave Resort customers. Please check with reservations or group sales when calling for prices and amenities. The Mojave Golf Resort provides the leading rental clubs manufactured by the top golf club companies. Cart and range balls are included in the green fees. For details about this captivating golf resort, please contact Chris Stewart Head Professional and General Manager, at (702) 535-GOLF (4653).
By Mel Barosay, Golf Correspondent.