With all of the golf courses I have photographed or played in my life, I am frequently asked which is my favorite. My favorite course to play is Wing Point, my home course on Bainbridge Island, but my favorite course to photograph is unquestionably Wolf Creek, in Mesquite, Nevada.
If you were to build a golf course on Mars or the Moon or Afghanistan, what would it look like? Probably something like Wolf Creek. With it’s barren, rugged canyons surrounded by red mountains, dramatic elevation changes, rocky outcroppings, strategic water hazards, and lush green fairways, it is a visually stunning but challenging test. Wolf Creek opened in 2000 and has received many awards, including Golf Digest’s Fan’s Choice award as the #1 course to play in the U.S. The fact that someone could look at this piece of property and think “this looks like a good place to build a golf course” shows imagination, courage, and foresight. And at 7018 yards, a slope of 154, and a rating of 75.4, it’s a monster.
Mesquite, Nevada is nestled in the Virgin River Valley near the edge of the Nevada/Arizona/Utah border. A town of approximately 18,000, it’s 80 miles north of Las Vegas, and 35 miles from St. George, Utah. There are a number of other outstanding courses in the area, as well as Zion National Park.