Park City, Utah, USA
Architect: Rees Jones (2009)
7,599 Yard, Par 72
My Quick Review: Thrilling shots, elevation changes and stunning vistas make for an exciting round of golf, though the course is dull architecturally.
1) No picture of the routing anywhere (if someone could find one please post it or send it to me to post). Course routing is a modified figure 8 routing, with holes 2-4 playing away from the clubhouse and holes 5-8 playing back toward it. Holes 10-12 make a triangle. Holes 13-17 go back and forth up the side of the mountain, making for some really cool holes, that are also unwalkable.
2) I really enjoyed this golf course. It may not be the kind of course that GCA.com likes, but I think it's the kind of course the general golfing public loves - lots of dramatic views and heroic shot opportunities. It deserves a place on a top 100 you can play list without a doubt.
3) The greens have very bold internal contouring, generally in the form of tiering.
4) I don't get the 'waves' in the fairway cuts. I know runway fairway cuts are boring and ugly, but random waves (in my opinion) are worse.
Black Tees: 7,599 74.9 / 133
Blue Tees: 7,153 73.0 / 129
White Tees: 6,726 71.2 / 125
Green Tees (M): 6181 68.9 / 123
Green Tees (W): 6181 74.3 / 131
Red Tees: 5422 70.2 / 123
Holes to Note
Hole 1: Par 4, 440 Yards
A gentle, downhill opener (remember, Utah is at elevation so the ball travels farther). If the wind is blowing, there is not a ton of width, but there's enough. The fairway runs out at about 330 yards. Oddly, the bunker guards the right side of the fairway, while the ideal approach is from the left.
|1st from Behind|
Hole 4: Par 4, 404 Yards
On the 4th tee you get a look at the amazingly dramatic 5th and can't help but wonder "hole sh*t, is that really a hole over there?!"
Though the hole is only 400 yards, it plays long as it is uphill and into the wind. Anything missed to the right of the bunker will find a canyon (you ain't hitting out of there). Most of the interest in this hole is found on the green.. unfortunately, the green's surface is blind from the fairway and only a player who has played the course before will know where he can miss on this green.
|4th Green with Increased Contrast|
|4th from Behind|
|4th from 5 Fairway|
Hole 5: Par 5, 630 Yards
Standing on the 4th tee and the whole time playing the 4th hole, it is hard not to look to the right and stare at the hole on top of the canyon. The view of the 5th from the 4th looks like this:
|5th as seen from 4 Tee|
The tee shot is thrilling, with the back three sets of tees requiring a forced carry over the gorge to reach the fairway. How much do you cut-off? It is very difficult to judge with no yardage guide and a significant wind (downwind, luckily). I was fortunate I pulled my tee shot well left of my intended target over the bunker to find the middle of the fairway. I am not sure the bunker is necessary.
|5th Second Shot|
|5th from Behind|
Hole 6: Par 3, 235 Yards
I could not imagine playing this hole from 235 - fortunately, the tees were all moved up. The blue tees I was playing were at about 180, which is were this picture is taken from. Another thrilling shot over a gorge to a significantly contoured green.
|6th Tee Zoomed-In|
Hole 14: Par 3, 170 Yards
GULP! This is a scary hole. Though some may not like the hole because it is somewhat all-or-nothing, it is another heart-rate rising tee shot. The green is quite large and slope significantly from left-to-right. Miss it way right and it's lost. A bit right and it's gobbled up by the Colt-esque U bunker, or the crazy-deep pot-looking bunker. Or miss it left and hope you can keep your chip on the green.
|Green from Left|
|Green from Back-Left|
|14th from Behind|
|14th as seen from 15th Fairway|
Hole 16: Par 5, 555 Yards
These last three holes are tons of fun. 16 plays straight downwind. One is tempted to take it up the right to minimize distance into the green and have a shot to reach it in two.
|16th Second Shot from Right|
|Second Shot from Centre|
|Approach to the Skyline 16th|
|16th Green from Left|
|16th from Behind|
|The View Beyond the 16th Green|
Hole 17: Par 3, 242 Yards
There are tees everywhere on this hole, 13 by my count, from all different angles.
|17th from 260 Yard Back Tee|
|17th from 220 Yard Tee|
|Another Phenomenal View|
|17th from Behind|
|17th Green from Behind|
Hole 18: Par 4, 520 Yards
|18th from 520 Yard Back Tee|
|18th from 475 Yard Member Tee|
|Approach to the 18th|
|18th Green from Left|
|18th from Behind|