The Powder Horn Golf Club
You could take three golf vacations to hit three different kinds of courses – Scottish-style links, target golf, and wide-open fairways – but why when one place has them all? Powder Horn Golf Club has taken 900 acres of flat Wyoming grassland and massaged and manicured it into the No. 65 course on America’s Top 100 Courses list. The surprise is that it isn’t ranked higher. Mountain 9 resembles a typical links course, complete with a life-size replica of St. Andrews’ famous Swilcan Burn Bridge. Stag 9 features target golf with tricky shots over natural hazards to greens tucked into the woods. On Eagle 9, added in 2001, fairway bunkers call for premium shots off the tee to avoid the many wetlands and creeks meandering through the course.
The hilly, 18-hole public course is an oldie but goodie. Built in 1930, recent times have seen it rated as one of the state’s top 5 courses by Golf Digest. While all of the courses around Sheridan focus on views of the Big Horn Mountains, Kendrick one-ups them with vistas of historic Sheridan as well (from the higher holes at least). Keeping with its vintage feel, walking is welcomed here, if you can handle the 6,800-yard length.
Buffalo Golf Club
It’s no wonder people travel from far and wide to play the 18-hole, up-and-down Buffalo Golf Club course. In a single season, the pros see players from nearly every state and a dozen foreign countries. And it seems everyone hears about the course through word of mouth. But, having opened in 1928, Buffalo Golf Club has had a few years to generate a buzz. Recently, the par-71 course received four out of five stars from Golf Digest and was featured in USA Today. Players comment on the water features running through 11 of the holes as well as the course’s “fun factor.”
Sheridan Country Club
The area’s original course, dating back to the presidency of Calvin Coolidge (1923 – 1929 for those not up on their Presidential timeline), Sheridan Country Club is a vintage, 9-hole jewel with separate tee boxes for 18-hole play. And, even though it’s right within city limits, there are still Big Horn views from every hole.