Historic Wildhorse Golf Club in Henderson continues to bring a rugged desert challenge
HENDERSON, Nev. -- Located just 10 minutes from the Las Vegas Strip, Wildhorse Golf Club was one of the first golf courses in southern Nevada and has remained a favorite among both locals and visitors.
The course, once owned by Howard Hughes, dates back to 1959 but the layout was redesigned in 2004. Eight water hazards provide contrast to the rugged desert terrain. It is one of only three golf courses in the area that is a certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary.
The landscape is not just scenic though, it provides a challenging round as well. Wildhorse Golf Club is home to one of the Las Vegas area's toughest holes, the treacherous par-4 ninth. Two winding lakes wrap around the right and left sides, leaving the small green almost entirely surrounded by water. The layout has plenty of tricky holes but it is still quite playable, thanks to the absence of heavy bunkering and traps. In addition to the golf course, Wildhorse also boasts a large practice facility that includes a natural-turf range, a putting green, and chipping and pitching greens with a sand bunker.