Tom Fazio is course design brilliance personified, hands down. The Nevada Desert is a golden paradise of canyons and boulders that glow under the usually unforgiving sun, no doubt. Now to put the two together on the same sentence, any golfer’s imagination could go wild. But when it hits reality, it is not as wild. Though a bit rugged on the edges where the desert is most present, the course is a beautiful haven, a golfers’ retreat in the middle of the desert. Anyone who has played the Desert Course of the Prim Valley Golf Club in Nevada definitely knows this. And it does not take more than a single golf vacation to fall madly in love with it.
The design of the Desert Course seemed like a most appropriate ode by the designer to nature. Fazio, as excellent as he is, managed to create a course that highlights the desert the way spotlights would a superstar onstage. And he made it in a way that makes golfers feel like the desert and the golf vacation destination are one and nothing stands in his way to be with it. On top of that, there are seemingly endless stretches of sand bunkers, cactus, palm trees, native desert vegetation, and some of the most stunning water features to give the golfer something to think about when playing this course.
With a length that measures up to 7,131 yards from the longest tees, par 72, there is indeed a LOT to think about at the Desert Course. It is the seamless combination of what golf course architecture could give and what nature has already gifted us with. Needless to say, golf trips here are unequaled.