Since opening in 2000, golfers from all over the world have traveled to Wolf Creek Golf Club in Mesquite, Nevada to experience a one of a kind golf adventure. With regularity, Wolf Creek is mentioned as a bucket list course with other courses such as Pebble Beach, Black Wolf Run, and Bandon Dunes. Wolf Creek Golf Club is in the Top 10 in Nevada.
Lush green fairways wind through the rugged desert terrain and elevated tee boxes greet players with immaculate views of the course. Wolf Creek’s stunning layout and the staff’s attention to every detail make a round of golf here memorable.
The opening hole affords the opportunity for a good start, as it plays from an elevated tee area to a generous fairway. The approach narrows with bunkers on both sides of a green tucked between rock outcroppings. The par four second is the course’s number one handicap, bit is a do-able hole if you can get some distance and accuracy off the tee. Greenside bunkers short left and long right, along with a two-tiered putting surface are the obstacle to par here. You will need two clubs extra on the tremendously uphill par three 3rd, which precedes one of the easier holes of the layout.
The fourth provides an ample landing area on the left, which provides the best vantage point for reaching the small, bowl shaped and noticeably undulating green. Players from the top tees will have a difficult tee shot on five, as you must carry the mountains without driving your ball through the narrow fairway. It is difficult to cut too much off from the Challenger and Champion tees. From the lower tee boxes, this is can be easy hole. Aim over the foothills left of the fairway bunker and you may have a short iron/wedge approach and a possible eagle opportunity. A lay up off the tee is the preferred play on the dogleg right par four sixth. Wolf Creek crosses about 130 out, and the approach is uphill. Another strategic lay up is called for on seven, which features a layered fairway. The approach, which demands a carry over a water hazard, may be anything from level to severely uphill depending upon how much distance you cover off the tee. A 200 yard tee shot from the Master tees will leave the most advantageous positioning.
The Par three 8th plays a whopping 248 yards from the tips, and is challenging enough from the mid tees at 152 yards. There is no room long or left for error. The only possible bailout on this absolutely gorgeous hole is short right, as the Wolf Creek winds its way all around the hole. The closing hole on the front is a short par four with a carry over water necessary of the tee. There are fairway bunkers on both sides and the uphill approach is tight.
The back side plays a bit longer and features water hazards on 3 of the first 4 holes. Ten presents a narrow fairway that slopes right to left, towards the bunkers. The approach is even tighter. From an elevated tee, you will appreciate the surrounding vistas on number eleven. Take one club less to reach on this pretty par three.
Another elevated tee on 12 leads to a narrow fairway with desert canyons to the right and water left. At 554 yards, it is one of three 550 yards plus par fives on the course. A third consecutive elevated tee area awaits on 13. A shot placed on the fairway in front of the bunker on the left will leave a good lie to a well bunkered putting complex that plays extremely uphill. Four in a row – you guessed it – an elevated tee on 14 provides a great view of the fairway that bends left around six traps that serve to prevent slightly offline tee shots from reaching the desert. Reaching in two is a chore here, as the approach plays extremely uphill. A simple downhill par three on fifteen is followed by a carry over a desert ravine off the tee on the par four 16th. The green is well guarded by bunkers, and “long is gone” here.
The gorgeous fairway on 17 lies between desert canyon walls, with a water hazard left and Wolf Creek posing dangers. The second shot must navigate the creek, which is about 160 yards out, and the approach bends to the left over another hazard. There are many ways to get your ball wet on this beauty of a golf hole. A tee shot over a grass ravine to a wide fairway confronts you on the final tee. The approach is uphill to a two-tiered green with bunkers short right. Take enough club and figure in the wind here. A good finish is quite possible.