Long ago, Scottish polo players longed for a game where they could explore scenic terrain, ride an obedient mechanical horse, and wear more courageously plaid knickers. Marvel in their subsequent invention with today's Groupon: for $30, you get 18 holes of golf with a golf cart at Wildhorse Golf Club in Henderson (up to a $110 value).
Redesigned in 2004, Wildhorse Golf Club challenges golfletes with 18 winding holes sporting a variety of beautiful yet treacherous obstacles. Golfers can smack their spheroid and then follow it down picturesque fairways or into the rugged beauty of the rough with the help of a motorized golfer-conveyance module. Each hole presents a new set of challenges calling on players' reserve stores of cunning, bravado, and argyle, from the scenic fourth hole, which sidles up to a winding water hazard, to the obstacle-ridden ninth, a par 4 once rated the toughest hole in Las Vegas. Sharp doglegs, carefully placed bunkers, and strategically located stands of trees keep golfers performing the ritualistic mulligan dance as they swing their way through the par-70 course.
Imbued with more history than Bobby Jones's lucky sand wedge, Wildhorse Golf Club counts Howard Hughes among its past owners and was once a regular stop on the PGA Tour.
Wildhorse's rates fluctuate throughout the week and season; plan ahead to make sure you're redeeming your Groupon at the most opportune time.
Wildhorse Golf Club
Framed by the amber peaks of distant mountains, Wildhorse Golf Club's 18-hole course winds through rugged desert wilderness for 6,525 yards of challenging tee-to-green terrain. Eight ponds loom at the edges of seven holes, including the majestic ninth, where water hazards occupy both sides of the fairway as it draws nearer to the green, luring wayward approaches and contributing to the hole's rating as the course's most difficult. Sands, rocks, and tumbleweeds with dreams of becoming golf balls await misguided orbs in the unsown desert that flanks each pristine fairway, offsetting the course's lack of imposing tree lines.
Imbued with more history than Gene Sarazen's divot-tool time portal, the course counts Howard Hughes among its past owners and was once a regular stop on the PGA Tour, where players enjoyed its beautiful scenery and the compassionate waterfowl that helped earn the course honors as an Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary.
Course at a Glance:
18-hole, par-70 course
Length of 6,525 yards from the farthest tees
Course rating of 71.4 from the farthest tees
Slope rating of 136 from the farthest tees
Four tee options
Green Valley North
2100 W Warm Springs Rd.
Henderson, Nevada 89014