LAS VEGAS -- Playing the Wolf Course at Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort can leave players howling with delight.
Considering how good the Sun Mountain and Snow Mountain courses are at Paiute, it's quite an accomplishment that the Wolf gets the nod as the best course at this remote desert outpost.
All three offer stunning panoramic views of the stark desert landscape and the Spring and Sheep Mountain ranges. Golf Digest ranked the Wolf sixth among the top 25 courses in Las Vegas in 2011.
The Wolf can stretch to 7,604 yards, playing as the longest layout in Nevada. Karrie Webb and Annika Sorenstam celebrated its 2001 opening with a match on Shell's Wonderful World of Golf.
Mounding along the perimeter of the wide fairways helps keep the ball in play but can be penal by creating some tough lies. Even straight tee shots can find trouble in bunkers in the middle of the fairway at holes No. 1 and No. 10.
The island green at the 182-yard 15th hole looks eerily similar to No. 17 on the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass. That shot alone makes any round on the Wolf worthy of the half-hour drive from the Las Vegas Strip.