Park City Area Golf

By Joel Zuckerman, The Vagabond Golfer

Park City Golf The single most popular golf course in the state of Utah, in terms of number of rounds played, is the Park City Golf Course. Not hard to understand, considering how lively this classic ski town remains in the incredibly beautiful summer months. It also might have something to do with the fact that this scenic, challenging and modestly priced municipal facility is practically the only game in town for the visiting golfer.

This hasn't always been the case. When it first opened several decades ago, the nearby Jack Nicklaus-designed Park Meadows Golf Course was public-access, but it's been a private club now for many years. And continuing that same theme, in the last decade Park City has quietly become perhaps the most alluring private golf destination in the Intermountain West. Fabulous high-end golf-centered real estate destinations have been proliferating. For those with the requisite dollars and desire, there is nowhere in the Rockies that offers the same array of quality choices.

Promontory has just opened its second golf course, another Jack Nicklaus design called Painted Valley. While this newcomer is strictly private, visitors can rejoice in the fact that Promontory's original course, the only course in Utah created by the legendary Pete Dye, accepts some limited outside play throughout the summer months.

Not so at ultra-posh Glenwild, which features a dazzling Tom Fazio design, considered the finest course in the entire state and available only for privileged members and their lucky guests. Unfortunately, the same scenario is in place at Tuhaye, the newest development in this illustrious trio. Their course, with unforgettable views of Deer Valley ski resort, was designed by two-time Major champion and part-time local resident Mark O'Meara.

More private enclaves are in the works. Jack Nicklaus is coming to town again, with a development called Red Ledges.

So what other options exist for the daily-fee player, the person who doesn't have a spare million for the mountain house? There's long been talk about a resort course at The Canyons Ski Resort, though those plans have been in a holding pattern for several years.

The best bet is to stray from the city limits just a short ways, for truly fun, affordable golf. Just west of Park City, down I-80 towards Salt Lake City, is Mountain Dell, 36 holes of public-access golf. And heading east on Highway 40, the town of Heber offers no less than five separate golf options (2 at Wasatch Mountain, 2 more at Soldier Hollow and 1 at The Homestead).

In addition to the ever-popular Park City Golf Course, there are more than a half-dozen options within a 20 or 30 minute drive. These are the visiting golfer's best bets. And don't be surprised if, after sampling some of this delightful terrain, enjoying the crisp summer golf weather and the length advantages off the tee due to the higher elevation, one doesn't begin scrimping and saving for a mountain golf home of his/her own.

Park City Area Golf Courses:

Glenwild Golf Club and Spa - private
This campionship course, designed by Tom Fazio, features a natural layout in the rolling countryside near Park City. The golf course is one of many ac... more

Park City Golf Course - public
Mountain golf course at an elevation of 6700 feet. Surrounded by trees with beautiful, clear streams and lakes. more

Park Meadows Golf Course - private
This Jack Nicklaus course designed in the Scottish links tradition has 105 sand bunkers and water on 12 holes. Excellent catering services & banqu... more

Promontory Ranch Club- Jack Nicklaus Course - private
Set against a mountain backdrop in Promontory's scenic Painted Valley, the course, designed by Jack Nicklaus, has been carefully planned to delig... more

Promontory Ranch Club- Pete Dye Course - public
Course designed by Pete Dye. Named as Golf Inc. Magazine's "2003 Golf Development of the Year. more

The Jeremy Golf & Country Club - private
An Arnold Palmer designed course. The fairways are dressed in pine, aspen trees and low brush; almost all are bunkered. Beautiful mountain course with... more

The Outlaw Golf Club at Hideout Canyon - public
Located on the Eastern foothills of the Jordanelle this newly opened 9 hole public golf course offers a scenically unrivaled golf experience. The... more

Tuhaye - private
Designed by Masters and British Open Champion, Mark O'Meara. All-bent grass fairways, greens and tees nestled into the rugged beauty of the high... more

Nearby Park City

Mountain Dell Golf Course- Canyon Course - public
Challenging mountain course set in beautiful, scenic canyon overlooking reservoir. Halfway between Salt Lake City and Park City more

Mountain Dell Golf Course- Lake - public
The Lake Course designed by Mike Reid has rolling fairways and dramatic tee shots over deep ravines and water. more

Near Park City- neighboring Heber Valley

Soldier Hollow Golf Course - public
A mountain course with significant elevation changes throughout the course and within each hole. The vegetation on the course mirrors the surrounding... more

Crater Springs Golf Course at Homestead - public
Tucked up against the Wasatch Mountains, the Homestead Resort Golf Course provides a beautiful backdrop for play. The front nine takes you up a mount... more

Red Ledges - private
The stunning natural terrain at Red Ledges provided the ideal palette for Jack Nicklaus to work his magic in golf course design. more

Soldier Hollow- Silver Course - public
Course design by Gene Bates boasting Utah vegetation. Slightly shorter and narrower fairways than the Gold course. more

Wasatch Mountain- Lake Course - public
Midway, Utah is the site of one of the state's most popular public golf courses. Voted one of the "Best Places to Play" by Golf Digest,... more

Wasatch Mountain- Mountain Course - public
Classic Mountain-style layout requiring shots played from downhill, uphill and sidehill lies. Enjoy occasional sightings of roaming deer, elk, wild t... more

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