Remember those crazy golf calendars from 20 years ago?
Well, you will when you play Wolf Creek in Mesquite, Nevada!
Wolf Creek is located in the desert some 75 miles from the strip in Las Vegas - it is quite a journey to get there.
The land is most inhospitable- barren hills and canyons exposed to strong winds- all in the middle of nowhere.
Yet brothers Dennis and John Ryder sculpted something from less than nothing when they designed Wolf Creek GC back in 2000.
Wolf Creek is ridiculous!
It is the craziest golf course I have ever seen or played.
But it is great fun- at some stages the tee is 100 ft above the fairway....
The course winds it's way through, over, up and down a succession of canyons and hills with tees, fairways and greens often placed in the most unlikely places.
First time players climb to crazy tees and locate a sliver of fairway and laugh in delight at the incredulity of it all.
The course is exposed and we played in strong winds- it made judging the length of those elevated tee shots nigh on impossible.
Our rounds as a two ball in the middle of groups of 4 took 5 hours 15 minutes...
But it would be hard to do better - such is the challenge for the visiting golfer.
The environment is so tough the course cart paths need to be replaced every 5 years or so- they are the steepest, most dangerous cart paths I've seen....
However Wolf Creek is an amazing place to play golf- everyone should let their hair down and play this course once in their lifetimes- it is that crazy you will never forget it.
The challenges from the tee keep coming each hole- I have to hit it there???- you say..
You have to hand it to the Ryder brothers- they have been very creative in routing this course.
I will never forget the tee shots on holes like two and five where you are so far above the fairway and have to pick a line and a length and then just launch your drive into space.
Notable holes include:
- hole 2, a short dogleg par 4 from a very high tee- it takes a while to get up there. And then you face the most incredible tee shot. It's exhilirating!
- hole 4, another short dogleg par 4- this one has a mass of bunkers on the inside of the dogled that must be avoided
- hole 5, a spectacular par 5 from another elevated tee where the blood is really pumping. Carry the creek or it will be a very long hole..(see pic top of page)
- hole 8, a pretty downhill par 3 to a green oasis surrounded by water and rock
- hole 12, a pictureque downhill par 5 with water in play down the length of the hole (see pic mid page)
- hole 14, a unique dogleg par 4 heavily protected by bunkers (see pic mid page)
- hole 17, a ripping par 5 where decisions need to be made and executed. Longer hitters can get home with two strong blows
The pictures don't really do Wolf Creek justice.
You have to play it, experience it- at least once in your life.
But it won't suit everybody- it is a world away from the classic courses we love, and totally unwalkable, and takes too long to play
But if you want to let the hair down and have a bit of fun, you won't come away disappointed..
We rate Wolf Creek as a "Travelling Golfer must play!"
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