The Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort

Historically, Las Vegas’ casino bosses did not want golf in their gambling mecca. They were afraid that their hotel patrons would have a reason to leave the premises for a number of hours and pass by other properties that could lure them away. They w re terrified that their slot reels would stop turning that their black jack dealers would be standing stoically at their tables with no players to deal to.

That being known, it’s easy to understand why golf in Las Vegas was like Cinderella, kept hidden and restrained by jealous government officials and hotel owners who were afraid of what they might lose if they let her appear in her glorious beauty. But try as they might, the emerald fairways and blue shimmering lakes could not be kept out of the otherwise brown, barren desert forever.

In 1995, a small tribe of indigenous Paiutes decided to take the matter into their own hands, and have turned it into a great American success story…a great NATIVE American success story. With little regard for civic pressures, they pooled their minimal resources into an alluvial fan of land about 20 miles northwest of downtown Las Vegas in between the Sheep and Spring mountains, and the Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort was born.

Showing ingenious foresight, they hired Pete Dye himself to sculpt the first of three world-class courses, and constructed a majestic, PGA West-style clubhouse to preside over their expansive terrain. Their resounding success has led to the Golden Era in Las Vegas golf.

The Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort is now a world-class 54-hole, Pete Dye–designed golf facility, and duing the past decade has gained beaming accolades from golfers around the world. The Snow Mountain and Sun Mountain courses have hosted U.S. Amateur Qualifying, the Nevada State Amateur Championship, and the Nevada State High School Championship. And with an excellent service attitude, the Paiute golf experience is pure golf delight.

With momentum building through the late 1990s, the Las Vegas Paiute Tribe decided to construct the third of four planned courses, and The WOLF opened for play in November of 2001 by hosting Shell’s Wonderful World of Golf competition between Annika Sorenstam and Karrie Webb. Already cited as one of Dye’s best works and one of the “Top new courses you can play” by Golf Magazine, WOLF is gaining renown as one of the top courses in Nevada and the world.

The WOLF combines extreme length (four par-4s over 490 yards and another only 486 from the Tournament tees*) with great scoring opportunities, and blends lush wide-open fairways with disastrous must-not-miss-here areas.

Playing the WOLF is like being stalked by one. The tribal leaders had this in mind when naming it, as Paiute tradition appoints a name according to personality. They did a tremendous job, as the WOLF seems to lurk at every turn, lying in wait for the first sign of weakness.

The 15th hole is the second par-3 signature hole, a short 156 yards from the black tees. The challenge here is…it’s surrounded by water! The Dye signature island green.

If WOLF has not taken its prey before reaching its final holes, it comes at it with two headlong attacks. The par-4 17th hole plays only 486 yards, but a hidden ravine dissects the fairway and the only choices are a long risky carry or lay up for a long iron approach shot to a diagonally slanting green. Then the 18th, a par-4 that plays 496 yards from the front of the Tournament teeing ground with water down the right side, will demand the last remaining element of resolve to successfully elude WOLF’s hungry jaws.

The Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort is proving to be one of the finest golf destinations in the world, and the WOLF’s howl is being heard among the calls of our nation’s greatest golf courses.

* According to Dick Huff, the Paiute Golf Resort’s General Manager, the USGA is in the process of extending their yardage limitations on par fours to accommodate the length of today’s golfers.


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