Our destination today was the Powder Horn Golf Club which is located just outside Sheridan in Wyoming. We had booked a round of golf in the afternoon and were staying in one of the houses in the Powder Horn community.
The centerpiece of The Powder Horn community is the nationally recognized 27-hole championship golf course. The original eighteen holes opened in 1997, followed by the addition of a new nine holes that opened in 2002. There are three distinct nines – the Eagle nine, the Stag nine and the Mountain nine. We played the Stag and Eagle nines.
With a nod to the game’s mecca, St. Andrews, the Mountain Nine features a small replica of the famous Swilcan Burn Bridge, as well as large greens, 30 sizeable sand bunkers and the open rolling terrain of a Scottish links course. Woods and wetlands surround the Old Red Barn to create target golf with Old West flair on the Stag Nine. The Eagle Nine rounds out the course, offering surprising length and creative shots within a mix of meadow and creek-side terrain.
The Powder Horn Golf Club is managed by Troon Privé, the world’s leader in private club management.
PS – A powder horn was a container for gunpowder, and was generally created from a cow, ox or buffalo horn.
Sheridan has a population of about 18,000. The city was named after General Philip Sheridan, Union cavalry leader in the American Civil War. Travel book information describe Sheridan as the scene of many fierce battles between US Cavalry and the Sioux, Cheyenne and Crow Indian tribes.
Like many towns in the western United States, Sheridan’s early industries included cattle ranching, logging, coal mining, railroading, agriculture, and small factories including a flour mill, brewery, and sugarbeet refinery. Residents today find employment in many fields including nearby coal mines; education; coal bed methane extraction; health care; retailing; banking; law firms; city, county, and state government; National Forest; home construction; and a large number of small businesses; farming; and ranching.