Wolf Creek Golf Club - hole 1
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Wolf Creek Golf Club - hole 1
The elevated tee at No. 1 introduces the dramatic Wolf Creek Golf Club. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
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Wolf Creek Golf Club - hole 2
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Wolf Creek Golf Club - hole 2
The drive off the elevated second tee is one of the most intimidating at Wolf Creek Golf Club. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Wolf Creek Golf Club - hole 7
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Wolf Creek Golf Club - hole 7
The seventh hole at Wolf Creek Golf Club is fraught with peril. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Wolf Creek Golf Club - hole 5
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Wolf Creek Golf Club - hole 5
The par-5 fifth at Wolf Creek Golf Club flies off an elevated tee box then climbs to the green. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Wolf Creek Golf Club - hole 6
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Wolf Creek Golf Club - hole 6
The sixth fairway dances downhill to the creek that gives Wolf Creek Golf Club its name before climbing uphill again to this green. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Wolf Creek Golf Club - hole 8
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Wolf Creek Golf Club - hole 8
There's not many safe landing zones on the par-3 eighth at Wolf Creek Golf Club. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Wolf Creek Golf Club - hole 9
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Wolf Creek Golf Club - hole 9
A waterfall trickles near the ninth green at Wolf Creek Golf Club in Mesquite, Nev. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Wolf Creek Golf Club - hole 11
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Wolf Creek Golf Club - hole 11
The 215-yard 11th crashes downhill at Wolf Creek Golf Club in Mesquite, Nev. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Wolf Creek Golf Club - hole 12
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Wolf Creek Golf Club - hole 12
The par-5 12th at Wolf Creek Golf Club offers quite a vista from its elevated tee. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Wolf Creek Golf Club - hole 14
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Wolf Creek Golf Club - hole 14
The 444-yard 14th fairway boomerangs left at Wolf Creek Golf Club in Mesquite, Nev. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Wolf Creek Golf Club - hole 13
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Wolf Creek Golf Club - hole 13
Canyons surround the elevated 13th green, seen here from the 15th green, at Wolf Creek Golf Club in Mesquite, Nev. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Wolf Creek Golf Club - hole 17
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Wolf Creek Golf Club - hole 17
The par-5 17th at Wolf Creek Golf Club finishes over water. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Wolf Creek Golf Club - hole 18
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Wolf Creek Golf Club - hole 18
The finishing hole at Wolf Creek Golf Club is a dandy, short par 4. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor

Wolf Creek: A grand canyon turned into a golf course in Mesquite, Nevada

MESQUITE, Nev. -- Wolf Creek Golf Club , a tribute to modern course architecture, dances through a maze of canyons, ridges and cliffs of red rock 90 miles from the famous Las Vegas Strip. It might be the most picturesque inland course on the planet.

Wolf Creek General Manager Joel Villanos brags that 16 of the golf course's 18 holes would be signature holes on most other courses. Golf Digest ranks the 6,932-yard course No. 28 among the country's best public courses in its 2011-12 ratings.

Wolf Creek, which opened in 2000, plays tough. It's especially intimidating to first-timers clueless on how to attack its dizzying elevation changes. Anybody with a 9 handicap or higher is encouraged to play the white tees, a laughably short 5,798 yards long.

What isn't funny is the score most players shoot from those tees trying to maneuver safely over a creek, bunkers and ponds, all while avoiding that unforgiving rocky terrain.

Bring the camera. Bring a few extra pellets. But leave your ego at home. That's the best way to enjoy one of the world's most unique golf experiences.

Jason Scott Deegan has reviewed more than 700 courses and golf destinations for some of the industry's biggest publications. His work has been honored by the Golf Writer's Association of America and the Michigan Press Association. Follow him on Twitter at @WorldGolfer.
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