LAS VEGAS, NV (Nov. 12, 2020)–One of the Vegas area’s hidden golf secrets is also one of its oldest golf courses–Wildhorse Golf Club. This layout, located in Henderso and about 20 minutes from the Las Vegas Strip, may not have the bells and whistles of the newer layouts but what it does have is plenty of history along with an impressive, challenging–and fun–design. Intrigued? We thought you might be. –by Bill Bowman, Las Vegas Golf Insider staff.
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Wildhorse, which is managed by Elite Golf, has been around for more than 60 years. It’s been through name changes (opening as Paradise Valley before moving on to Showboat Country Club, Los Verdes, Royal Kenfield and, since 1994, Wildhorse).
It was redesigned in 2004 by renowned architects Lee Schmidt and Brian Curley who have an impressive array of layouts in the Vegas area.
It’s a straight-forward par-70 layout reaching just over 6,500 yards from the tips. But don’t let that length fool you. There are enough challenging holes and shots during the round to keep players on their toes.
It’s also played home to the PGA Tour once-upon-a-time as one of the layouts in the famed Sahara Invitational in the 1970s.
On the course, there are risk/reward holes, scenic views and an impressive array of challenges.
One of those challenges comes midway in the round at the par-4 9th hole (transitioned from the 18th). It has always been looked at as one of Vegas’ toughest tests. At first look, the 398-yard hole (from the tips) would seem like an easy hole. But, and here’s the kicker, add in water left and right off the tee as well as water left and fronting the green and you’ve got a hole that requires pin-point accuracy. It’s one of those holes that can make or break a round.
The course is also environmentally friendly. It is one of just three courses in the area to be recognized as an Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary by Audubon International.
Add in an impressive practice facility, a variety of dining options and a friendly staff and you’ll see why locals keep coming back.
The price to play Wildhorse is also easy on the wallet as Las Vegas residents can play the course for as little as $25 depending on day of the week and time. And if you’re visiting Vegas, don’t fret as it’s possible to tee it up for $50.
Visit the official Wildhorse website for a closer look at one of Vegas’ oldest golf courses that fits the bill when players are looking for that challenging, yet affordable, layout.
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