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 Wild Horse Golf Club in Henderson (up to a value of $108).
Redesigned as recently as 2004, Wild Horse Golf Club features 18 challenging holes covering up to 6,525 yards. Smack your 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, from sharp doglegs to beautiful but treacherous water hazards, making each journey from tee to green a Homeric tale of cunning, bravado, and argyle. Carefully placed bunkers—which golf balls often mistake for upscale desert spas—trees, and other obstacles keep golfers performing the ritualistic mulligan dance as they swing their way through the par-70 course.
One of southern Nevada's oldest courses, Wild Horse Golf Club was once owned by Howard Hughes, who was known to refer to a birdie as a "spruce goose" and an eagle as a "super spruce goose." At one time, the course was a regular stop on the PGA Tour, whose players enjoyed its beautiful scenery and friendly but misunderstood resident ogres, who appear occasionally to find errant balls and make club suggestions. Call to schedule a tee time.
Reviews are limited, but Wildhorse Golf Club gets a 3.5 owl-eye average from seven TripAdvisors.
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