Wolf Creek- hole 5Wolf Creek- hole 5- Peter on the tee 

Remember those crazy golf calendars from 20 years ago?

Well, you will when you play Wolf Creek in Mesquite, Nevada!


Wolf Creek- Welcome! 


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- hole 14Wolf Creek- hole 14


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.


Wolf Creek- hole 12Wolf Creek- hole 12


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


Wolf Creek- hole 4Wolf Creek- hole 4


- 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


Wolf Creek- hole 8 from tee Wolf Creek- hole 8 from tee

Wolf Creek- hole 8 greenWolf Creek- hole 8 green



- 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


Wolf Creek- hole 17Wolf Creek- hole 17


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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