Foliage and the meandering Snake Creek provide challenging play at the Homestead Resort in Midway.
Cool temps, thin air (just wait to see how far your ball goes) and a second-to-none mountain backdrop make it easy to see how Park City—known for mountain biking, hiking and special events—boasts a fourth summertime claim to fame: golf.
And despite being located in one of the state’s priciest zip codes, greens fees at most of the courses still fall well below the national average.
Mountain Dell is located just shy of Parleys Summit in between Salt Lake and Park City. Spanning two 18-hole courses—the Mountain and Canyons—the first couple holes here are admittedly a bit boring and freeway noise is an issue. Have patience. The course soon spreads out, play moves away from the Interstate and frequent sidehill lies keep things interesting.
The obvious crème de la crème of Park City’s thriving golf scene is the Park City Golf Club, nestled in town near the base of Park City Mountain Resort. The “muni,” as locals call it, is anything but a target course. Players use all the clubs in their bags to make their way through this tough, but fair, 18 holes. (Be forewarned: On weekends and summer holidays, a six-hour round at this popular course is not uncommon.)
Just 20 minutes from Park City in Euro-esque Midway is the Homestead Resort and Golf Course. This postcard picturesque, 18-hole course meanders up into the mountains giving players sweeping views of Wasatch Mountain State Park and the Heber Valley. Generous fairways and tight approaches are the general rule here where the greens are small and tucked into thick foliage or the Snake Creek.
In the summer, Soldier Hollow’s extensive cross-country ski trail network transforms into one of the state’s most enjoyable golf courses.
Also in Midway is the Wasatch Mountain State Park golf course compendium, spanning the 36-hole, former Olympic venue Soldier Hollow Golf Course and the Lakes and Mountain courses. The two Soldier Hollow courses—fittingly dubbed the Gold and Silver—feature treeless fairways separated by long-grass bunkers typical of links-style play. Book tee times for the morning as this course’s open topography gets breezy by early afternoon. The mostly flat and open Lakes course is very user friendly, offering the best scoring opportunities while still allowing players to get out their “big dog” driver on most holes. With its classic mountain-style layout, the Mountain course is more challenging, requiring shots played from downhill, uphill and sidehill lies. (Motorized golf carts are mandatory on the Mountain Course.)
For a members-only experience minus the steep annual fee, the Promontory Ranch Club’s Pete Dye course offers eight non-member foursomes per day. After just one round you’ll see why this course is sometimes called the Pete “Diabolical.” Greens fees here are $200, which includes a cart.
Melissa Fields is a Utah-based freelance writer. Her blog is utahvagabond.com.