Wolf Creek Golf Club

Golf Course Review by: Billy Satterfield

Quick Facts

The Takeaway:  Wolf Creek feels like a video game that has come to life. It is hard to believe a course like this exists until you experience it for yourself. The views, elevation changes, and drama throughout the round are virtually unmatched. If Wolf Creek were private, I'm convinced it would be one of the most sought out invitations to play in golf. The majority holes are a ton of fun and quite unique, but there are a couple of holes that need a design mulligan. Including Wolf Creek as part of a trip to Las Vegas or St. George is an absolute no-brainer.   Grade A-

Designer:  Dennis Ryder in 2000

Cost:  $85.00 - $200.00 (Twilight rates from $55.00 - $140.00) Click for current rates

Course Website:  Wolf Creek's official website    Phone Number:  (866) 252-4653

Directions:  Get here! - 403 Paradise Pkwy, Mesquite, Nevada, 89027

Signature Hole:  12th - 560 yards - I have to admit that I roll my eyes whenever I here some golf course declare, "At our course there are 18th signature holes, not just one." Blah, blah, blah. But never has that statement been closer to reality than at Wolf Creek. At virtually every tee box golfers will step up onto the tee box and declare, "Wow!" There are several favorite holes at Wolf Creek that could qualify as the signature; holes like #2, #5, #8, #12, #14, and #17 come to mind. However, if I had to pick just one it would be the 12th. The back nine is the better side at Wolf Creek and the 12th kicks off an impressive stretch of holes and vistas. The elevated tee offers panoramic views of many holes at Wolf Creek and is worth the price of admission on its own, but playing this hole is even more fun. A nearly 100 foot tumble in elevation is experienced from tee to green and sets up a towering drive where the biggest fear is reaching the pond on the left side of the landing zone. Players that find the fairway will have a shot at reaching this green in two since the drive should provide up to 50 extra yards of carry and roll. The approach shot plays to a green that is more narrow than wide and features water short left and another pond long right. Every shot is fun on this hole which begs for you to play it again and again.

12th Hole at Wolf Creek Golf Club (560 Yard Par 5)
12th Hole at Wolf Creek Golf Club (560 Yard Par 5)

Panoramic views from the 2nd tee at Wolf Creek Golf Club
Panoramic views from the 2nd tee at Wolf Creek Golf Club

Photos:  See additional photos of Wolf Creek Golf Club

Accolades:  Ranked 3rd in Nevada on Golf Course Gurus' best in state list. Ranked 41st on Golf Digest's 2015-16 Top 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses in America and 2nd in the state of Nevada. Ranked 3rd "Best New Upscale Public Golf Course" by Golf Digest in 2001.

What to Expect:  Wow, wow, wow. If you looked up the definition of "Wow Factor" in a golf dictionary you are sure to find several photos of the Wolf Creek Golf Club in Mesquite, Nevada. This spectacular course looks like a fantasy course designed for a video game with huge forced carries, stunning arroyos, brilliant white bunkers, attractive water features, and some of the best views Nevada offers. In fact, Wolf Creek could probably make a sizeable amount of money charging admission to spectators looking to simply drive through the course like a national park. The course features gas powered carts and plenty of speed bumbs on the cart paths to handle the extreme terrain Wolf Creek is carved through and caution should be taken while driving. Without question, Wolf Creek enjoys some of the most spectacular holes in Nevada and even the nation. However, there are also a few holes that are head scratchers and hold it back a bit. In the end, Wolf Creek will "wow" you - guaranteed.

By the Numbers:

Tees Par Yardage Rating Slope
Challenger (Black) 72 6923 75.4 154
Champions (Gray) 72 6358 70.9 138
Masters (White) 72 5780 68.2 134
Signature (Yellow) 72 5247 65.7 125
Classics (Red - Women) 72 4169 61.0 106


Individual Hole Analysis

Best Par 3:  8th - 248 yards - This hole epitomizes everything that Wolf Creek represents; difficult and beautiful. A creek comes into the hole from the left and runs to the front of the green before wrapping around to the left and behind the green where it waterfalls and heads off to the 9th hole. From the tee it doesn't look like there is any forgiveness outside of the putting service, but there actually is some unviewable room to the right of the green. It is a long, spectacular hole with a gorgeous green site that is a ton of fun to play from the white tees but brusing from the black tees.

8th Hole at Wolf Creek Golf Club (248 Yard Par 3)
8th Hole at Wolf Creek Golf Club (248 Yard Par 3)

Best Par 4:  14th - 444 yards - Welcome to the most photographed hole at Wolf Creek and one of my favorite par fours in the West. This swooping right to left hole capes along top the Mesquite desert and features a series of six bunkers that hug the inside of the dogleg. Anything left of the fairway is virtually guaranteed to produce no better than a bogey and the further right you can be of the vertebrae humps in the fairway the better angle you have at the green and thus chance at par. A great visual hole that is fun and challenging to play.

14th Hole at Wolf Creek Golf Club (444 Yard Par 4)
14th Hole at Wolf Creek Golf Club (444 Yard Par 4)

Best Par 5:  17th - 562 yards - The final par five at Wolf Creek embraces everything that makes Wolf Creek great; big elevation changes, stunning views, and a dramatic hole design. This excellent risk/reward hole tests players going for the green in two by requiring players to hit a towering approach shot over a river to a peninsula green. Eight bunkers are scattered throughout hole that plays from an elevated tee down through a chute between the natural Nevada mountains and is not only a sight to be seen, but one to be played.

17th Hole at Wolf Creek Golf Club (562 Yard Par 5)
17th Hole at Wolf Creek Golf Club (562 Yard Par 5)

Birdie Time:  15th - 125 yards - With a slope of 154 from the tips, it is obvious that there aren't many easy holes at Wolf Creek. But the course lets up for a brief moment at the 15th and you better take advantage of it. With a guaranteed perfect lie from the tee box and a wedge in your hand there is virtually no excuse to miss this green. So knock it close and roll in your birdie putt.

15th Hole at Wolf Creek Golf Club (125 Yard Par 3)
15th Hole at Wolf Creek Golf Club (125 Yard Par 3)

Bogey Beware:  3rd - 227 yards - I've played plenty of difficult holes, but none that are quite as crazy as the 3rd hole at Wolf Creek. 227 yards is a solid length par three, but when you need the loft of an 8-iron and the distance of a 5-wood to reach a green you can't really see you almost don't know what to do, especially since there isn't a layup area. To add to the misery, there are three bunkers surrounding the difficult green. Par isn't a good score here, it is flat out phenomenal! Frankly, this hole needs blown up and redone to make playable for more skill levels.

3rd Hole at Wolf Creek Golf Club (227 Yard Par 3)
3rd Hole at Wolf Creek Golf Club (227 Yard Par 3)

Virtual Flyover Tour:  Course Flyover by EA Sports - Take a flyover tour, hole by hole, as depicted in the Tiger Woods video game by EA Sports.