Badlands Golf Club - Las Vegas
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Badlands Golf Club - Las Vegas
Badlands Golf Club is home to three nine-hole courses that will test any level of golfer. Oleg Volovik/Golf Advisor
Badlands Golf Club - clubhouse
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Badlands Golf Club - clubhouse
A front view of the clubhouse at Badlands Golf Club in Las Vegas. Oleg Volovik/Golf Advisor
Badlands Golf Club - practice area
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Badlands Golf Club - practice area
The practice area is nice at Badlands Golf Club in Las Vegas. Oleg Volovik/Golf Advisor
Desperado Course at Badlands Golf Club - hole 1
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Desperado Course at Badlands Golf Club - hole 1
The par-4 first hole on the Desperado Course at Badlands Golf Club is the easiest of this nine. Oleg Volovik/Golf Advisor
Desperado Course at Badlands Golf Club - hole 1
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Desperado Course at Badlands Golf Club - hole 1
Another view of the par-4 first hole on the Desperado Course at Badlands Golf Club in Las Vegas. Oleg Volovik/Golf Advisor
Desperado Course at Badlands Golf Club - hole 1
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Desperado Course at Badlands Golf Club - hole 1
A closer look at the green on the par-4 first hole on the Desperado Course at Badlands Golf Club in Las Vegas. Oleg Volovik/Golf Advisor
Desperado Course at Badlands Golf Club - hole 3
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Desperado Course at Badlands Golf Club - hole 3
There is a sand bunker and water hazard on the right of the third green on the Desperado Course at Badlands Golf Club in Las Vegas. Oleg Volovik/Golf Advisor
Desperado Course at Badlands Golf Club - hole 3
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Desperado Course at Badlands Golf Club - hole 3
Another look at the par-4 third hole on the Desperado Course at Badlands Golf Club in Las Vegas. Oleg Volovik/Golf Advisor
Desperado Course at Badlands Golf Club - hole 6
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Desperado Course at Badlands Golf Club - hole 6
A look at the par-4 sixth hole on the Desperado Course at Badlands Golf Club. Oleg Volovik/Golf Advisor
Desperado Course at Badlands GC - hole 7
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Desperado Course at Badlands GC - hole 7
Luxury condos are in the background of the seventh green on the Desperado Course at Badlands Golf Club in Las Vegas. Oleg Volovik/Golf Advisor
Desperado Course at Badlands Golf Club - hole 8
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Desperado Course at Badlands Golf Club - hole 8
A look at the green on the par-3 eighth hole on the Desperado Course at Badlands Golf Club. Oleg Volovik/Golf Advisor
Desperado Course at Badlands Golf Club - hole 8
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Desperado Course at Badlands Golf Club - hole 8
Another look at the par-3 eighth hole on the Desperado Course at Badlands Golf Club. Oleg Volovik/Golf Advisor
Desperado Course at Badlands G.C. - hole 9
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Desperado Course at Badlands G.C. - hole 9
A wooden bridge crosses over the par-4 ninth hole on the Desperado Course at Badlands Golf Club. Oleg Volovik/Golf Advisor
Desperado Course at Badlands Golf Club - hole 9
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Desperado Course at Badlands Golf Club - hole 9
Another view of the par-4 ninth hole on the Desperado Course at Badlands Golf Club in Las Vegas. Oleg Volovik/Golf Advisor
Diablo Course at Badlands Golf Club - hole 1
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Diablo Course at Badlands Golf Club - hole 1
The Diablo Course at Badlands Golf Club also starts off with an easy par 4. Oleg Volovik/Golf Advisor
Diablo Course at Badlands Golf Club - hole 2
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Diablo Course at Badlands Golf Club - hole 2
The par-5 second hole on the Diablo Course at Badlands Golf Club plays 520 yards from the back tees. Oleg Volovik/Golf Advisor
Diablo Course at Badlands Golf Club - hole 3
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Diablo Course at Badlands Golf Club - hole 3
A look at the long par-4 third hole on the Diablo Course at Badlands Golf Club in Las Vegas. Oleg Volovik/Golf Advisor
Badlands - Diablo golf course - No. 3
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Badlands - Diablo golf course - No. 3
Another look at the long par-4 third hole on the Diablo Course, the longest of the three nines at Badlands Golf Club in Las Vegas. Oleg Volovik/Golf Advisor
Diablo Course at Badlands Golf Club - hole 6
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Diablo Course at Badlands Golf Club - hole 6
A look at the par-4 sixth green on the Diablo Course at Badlands Golf Club. Oleg Volovik/Golf Advisor
Diablo Course at Badlands Golf Club - hole 8
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Diablo Course at Badlands Golf Club - hole 8
The par-5 eighth hole on the Diablo Course at Badlands Golf Club plays 551 yards from the back tees. Oleg Volovik/Golf Advisor
Outlaw Course at Badlands Golf Club - hole 1
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Outlaw Course at Badlands Golf Club - hole 1
The Outlaw Course at Badlands Golf Club is the newest of the three nines. Oleg Volovik/Golf Advisor
Outlaw Course at Badlands Golf Club - hole 5
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Outlaw Course at Badlands Golf Club - hole 5
The par-4 fifth hole on the Outlaw Course at Badlands Golf Club plays just 300 yards from the back tees. Oleg Volovik/Golf Advisor
Outlaw Course at Badlands Golf Club - hole 6
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Outlaw Course at Badlands Golf Club - hole 6
Watch out for trouble on the par-5 sixth hole on the Outlaw Course at Badlands Golf Club in Las Vegas. Oleg Volovik/Golf Advisor
Outlaw Course at Badlands Golf Club - hole 9
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Outlaw Course at Badlands Golf Club - hole 9
The Outlaw Course at Badlands Golf Club closes with a tough par 5. Oleg Volovik/Golf Advisor
Outlaw Course at Badlands GC - 9th hole
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Outlaw Course at Badlands GC - 9th hole
Another look at the par-5 ninth hole on the Outlaw Course at Badlands Golf Club in Las Vegas. Oleg Volovik/Golf Advisor
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Badlands Golf Club in Las Vegas defines desert golf

LAS VEGAS -- Before there was golf on the northwest side of Las Vegas, there was rugged desert landscape, uninviting to most and challenged by only the toughest hombres. In golf terms, that relationship holds true today at the appropriately named Badlands Golf Club, a mix of three nines that defines true desert golf and tests all levels of players.

Designed by the unlikely partners of Johnny Miller and Chi Chi Rodriguez, the Badlands, the original 18 of which opened in 1995, is target golf. Keep on the plush green surfaces and all will be right with your scorecard, but stray from the manicured path and untamed desert awaits.

The names of the first two nines (the Desperado and the Diablo) reflect the terrain, while the last nine, (the Outlaw) opened in 1998. The original nines are probably the toughest with at least half the golf course left natural. Trying to overpower the golf course is not a recommended strategy. The Outlaw nine is a little more forgiving with wider fairways that tend to funnel tee shots back toward the middle.

Born and raised in the former Soviet Union, photographer Oleg Volovik moved to the United States in 1992 and now lives with his wife and two children in Los Angeles. He joined the TravelGolf editorial team in 2010. Originally graduated with a Masters Degree in Civil Engineering he continued to dedicate his time and energy to his passion for visual arts and photography. Oleg has extensive experience in fine arts, fashion, event, architecture and journalistic photography. His work has been exhibited in Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Moscow, where he also taught a master class, sponsored by Hewlett-Packard, in April 2007. He may be a novice golfer, but Oleg always wears a white leather glove during photo sessions. "Golf photography is my own 'game' with the beauty of nature and human creativity.
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Badlands Golf Club in Las Vegas defines desert golf
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