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#1 bradski

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Posted 07 August 2017 - 06:04 PM

I wanted to start a discussion about the courses I have played in Utah and get opinions on them.   These are just my opinions based on my golfing experience.. Tiers Top, middle, and bottom

St George

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Sand Hollow- Likely the best public course in the state as it has many very unique and scenic holes.   Best Par 3 in the state from between the rocks https://goo.gl/images/aJ4WJ8

Middle

Sunbrook- played the Pointe to Woodbridge which I understand is the better 18 and was really impressed with the variety of holes.   Not at the top tier like sand hollow but very fun municipal course.  Lots of elevation change on the Pointe 9. https://goo.gl/images/FVwdYT

The ledges- All the review will say the front is ok and the back is awesome . I think the front has some good holes but the back has some great holes.   The par 5 16th should be almost complete now and will round out this course as a solid track.   While course staff is amazing,restaurant service is the worst I have ever had though.   https://goo.gl/images/b3Eyub

Coral Canyon-  Very good golf course and considered by many the 2nd best in Southern Utah.  It just isn't as dynamic as Sand Hollow.   Very good course and the staff was friendly. https://goo.gl/images/aSyNPD

Sky Mountain- It's my least favorite of these, but it is in good shape usually and has the lowest rack rate.   the back nine starts boring through houses and finishes with a few good holes. https://goo.gl/images/4chCBW

Utah county

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Hobble- on of the best courses you will find and in Utah and the best scenery in the fall by far. If it was 7k yards it would be one of the best on the west coast .   Very top notch turf conditions and winding through trees with some tight holes that make you work the ball.   https://goo.gl/images/Jx9P9P

Gladstan- The back nine IMO puts it in the top tier and the front nine is decent.   there are some great holes running up the canyon and back down.   The staff has been hit or miss IMO.  The current Utah PGA book deal is way worst than past years. https://goo.gl/images/dAe1ki

Thanksgiving Point-  This is likely the only traditional tournament course in the area. Long, Challenging off the tee, severely tiered greens.   I really like this course but many locally do not.   I recommend playing the proper tee's and it is a good play.  Green conditions and turf conditions can get a little under par at times here.

Middle

Cedar hills-  Front is ok and the course is short,  The back has some great holes starting at the par 3 and crossing the street.   very fun course and worth the play https://goo.gl/images/okQxMk

Sleepy ridge-  Good course and fun layout.   links style but avoid in summer mornings due to bugs. Right next to the lake

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Bottom-  

The ranches-  Conditions have me on the edge of middle and bottom when I have played.   could be a really good course.  Dislike the holes through neighborhood's https://goo.gl/images/eD22Xu

Eastbay-  Built over landfill from my understanding.   not the worst course ever and a course for college students that are on a budget.  The water is a bit swampish and can smell. https://goo.gl/images/QsU9LG

I will continue tomorrow.

Edited by bradski, 08 August 2017 - 09:50 AM.


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Posted 07 August 2017 - 07:31 PM

I will jump at the opportunity to share my thoughts on a few of the courses here in Utah.

Sand Hollow is a great course, I seem to like it less every time I play it though.  

Ledges will be good once the last few touches are done.

I really like Sunbrook, Point and Woodbridge are the way to go.

Sky Mountain might be the best value course of the bunch you listed so so far for Southern Utah,

Of all the Northern Utah courses listed your pretty spot on.  Hard to beat Hobble Creek.

Looking toward to see how you view the other courses in the state.

Edited by Mnalette, 07 August 2017 - 11:35 PM.


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Posted 07 August 2017 - 10:34 PM

I played bountiful ridge earlier in the year, beautiful!
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Posted 08 August 2017 - 10:29 AM

Salt Lake county Courses

Middle(I can't really say any of these courses are the best in Utah, some are very good though)

South Mountain- a good track and a little bit of target golf.   If you are good off the tee then it can be a low round.  Conditions are usually solid and if you like target golf courses then it is a good one to play. https://goo.gl/images/hBUExj

River Bend Golf- I would rate this middle to low because there are many holes that are just ok.   However, there are a few holes that stand out and I plya here from time to time as it is convienent, wouldn't be a destination course. https://goo.gl/images/L8JKxY

River oaks-  This course is a love/ hate since the front nine is likely the most targety(if this is a word) golf in Utah.  The first time I played I thought I hit a few decent tee shots to find them in the weeds.   I have grown to love this course and the front nine just helps to know where you can hit/miss.   There is a huge difference between the black tee's and others so if you are playing for the first time move up so you can see where you are hitting. https://goo.gl/image...ages/fMbuJM  in this picture you see hole 10.   it is a dogleg right where you can't see the landing area and you have to hit blindly over tree's.

Old mill- This is a good course but not great,   many open back and forth holes on the first 14 holes.  The last 4 are a great set of risk reward and one of the best finishing stretches in Salt Lake county.  https://goo.gl/images/dbrfwU


Bonneville-  Bonneville has some good and some boring.   They can have some of the best and firmest greens in the area which can make it worth the play.  

Murray parkway- not exciting and very back and forth wide open.  I do believe it plays 6800 yards which is why I slightly consider it a real course.   very bottom of the middle courses though.  https://goo.gl/images/ykNEBi

Stonebridge-  I really like this course and think it is a good play.   Long enough and links style golf.  The course was designed relatively well considering the boring land they had to work with.   The only downside can be some of the effects of the marsh around it like birds and bugs. https://goo.gl/images/Nchn6v

The Ridge-  I would put this near the top if it was 500 yards longer.   There is a stretch 12-18 that are all fun holes.   This course has drivable par 4's, 100 yard par 3 from 50 ft of elevation, Long par 3 12,   solid par 5's.   https://goo.gl/images/84zxv9

bottom

Glendale- This could be a middle course because they can have awesome greens in the spring.   But it is soo much flat and wide open back and forth.    
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Mountain view-  flat, boring,  not much more to say about this course  https://goo.gl/images/eT3SN6

Pebblebrook- poor layout and super short course.   it is between a par 3 course and a normal course in length.   I keep trying to play here since I live a couple of miles away but it is never a great experience.  Plus the driving range has you hitting directly into the sunset.   Basically there is no design here for layout of the entire course.  https://goo.gl/images/17goxN

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Posted 08 August 2017 - 10:43 AM

Northern Utah( I haven't played many up here so please fill in)

Middle

Valley view- some great holes and good greens.   Valley view is a mix of good holes and some boring older style golf.   Starts off fun with a dogleg over a pond down hill.  and then has a reachable par 5 with a creek in front of the green.   very good par 3's here (elevation change, longer, water) https://goo.gl/images/ydPgpJ (this is a shortish par 3 175 yards but bunkers left and water short and right)    

Bountiful Ridge- a very good golf course that has some great holes with elevation change, blindish shots, and a good variety of holes. Not the hardest course but fun https://goo.gl/images/kz8982 ( this is a good example of the elevation changes throughout the entire course)

Eaglewood -  I like this course but many are just ok with it.  Some of the back nine goes through houses and gets tricky but I think it is a fun play.   https://goo.gl/images/pBsNJ5


Bottom-

Lakeside- not much here to say other than very average course and boring  https://goo.gl/images/QqYoc1


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Posted 08 August 2017 - 11:26 AM

Mountains

Top

Soldier Hollow Gold- Likely the best Challenge in this part of the state.  Many tricky fairways to hit and bunkers to hit over, short and between.  Great condition in mid summer and a contender for best public in the state for sure.  Way more difficult off the tee than the silver course IMO. Front 9 is better than back 9 also.
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Middle

Soldier hollow Silver- Very good course and in the summer the fairways are green and the course is in tremendous shape.  Some very good holes and close to the Top ranking.  Just not as dynamic as the gold course and very forgiving.  I played at the very start of august and was impressed by turf conditions.   https://goo.gl/images/cewUix

Wasatch Mountain-  Good course and my favorite or the two courses.  mostly forgiving off the tee but there are a few holes that aren't (4, 18)  good elevation change and generally great conditions.   Another good fall course as it is right up in the colorful tree's and you will see wildlife when you play here.  https://goo.gl/images/ugFzWs

Wasatch lake-  Good course but some weird holes like 9 where you can go right over the tees and play the next fairway.   This is a great 36 hole course and recommend a day of it. https://goo.gl/images/Fc3lsb

Crater Springs-  Very good course and a fun play,   good holes and conditions.   you kind of wind through neighborhoods and they are building on some of the holes...   https://goo.gl/images/G6juDr

Mountain Dell Canyon-  Good course, starts off boring but as it goes up and down the canyon there are some awesome holes.  12 gets tight with a short forced carry,  13 has extreme runoff's, 14 is a reachable par 5 if you carry 250 yards to a tight fairway.   https://goo.gl/images/ysphoZ

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Posted 08 August 2017 - 02:28 PM

View PostMnalette, on 07 August 2017 - 07:31 PM, said:

I will jump at the opportunity to share my thoughts on a few of the courses here in Utah.

Sand Hollow is a great course, I seem to like it less every time I play it though.  

Ledges will be good once the last few touches are done.

I really like Sunbrook, Point and Woodbridge are the way to go.

Sky Mountain might be the best value course of the bunch you listed so so far for Southern Utah,

Of all the Northern Utah courses listed your pretty spot on.  Hard to beat Hobble Creek.

Looking toward to see how you view the other courses in the state.

Sand hollow is great.   I have had service issue there and that can be well known.  It is still a must play for anyone visiting within an hour of that area.

I'm excited to see ledges get finished.   I played 3 months ago and the greens were rolling awesome.  fastest of any of the courses in the area that week.

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Posted 08 August 2017 - 02:31 PM

If I had to rate the Top Public courses I have played in Utah... IMO

1. Sand Hollow
2. Soldier mountain Gold
3. Hobble
4. Gladstan
5.  a bunch of ties for 5th spot.   Maybe Thanksgiving if conditions are top notch.

Gladstan is the only controversial one of these as it is a personal favorite.

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Posted 08 August 2017 - 02:33 PM

View Postqwetz, on 07 August 2017 - 10:34 PM, said:

I played bountiful ridge earlier in the year, beautiful!

This course has some cool holes from start to finish.   8 is a fun short par 4 with a blind shot if you want to get aggressive,  9 has a severely 3 tiered green,  18 is a good go for it in 2 risk reward.  There are some boring holes mixed in but some very memorable ones also.

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Posted 08 August 2017 - 04:22 PM

Subscribed, as UT is one of the candidate states for retirement.

Any chance of appending the original post(s) to indicate if walking is permitted / doable?

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Posted 08 August 2017 - 05:02 PM

View Postp3ga, on 08 August 2017 - 04:22 PM, said:

Subscribed, as UT is one of the candidate states for retirement.

Any chance of appending the original post(s) to indicate if walking is permitted / doable?

Thanks

some others might help with this. but walking is permitted at all likely but south mountain.    although many are up and down a bit so I wouldn't recommend.    


easy walks.

Ledges,
Sky mountain
Hobble
Eastbay
river oaks (flat mostly)
Murray parkway
Stonebridge
glendale
mountain view
lakeside

Medium
Coral canyon- (some distance between holes and a little up and down)
Sunbrook (pointe has a bit of up and down)
thanksgiving pointe
cedar hills (about 3 holes of tough walk but the rest is flat)
sleepy ridge ( some spread out but flat)
Riverbend(front nine is easy but back nine has a little up and down)possibly easy
Old mill( walk it all the time and only bad spot is from 8 to 9)
Bonneville-
the ridge
pebblebrook
valley view
bountiful ridge
eaglewood
Soldier hollow Silver
Wasatch Lakes(some up and down but not a ton)
Crater(walkable but will take work)
Mountain dell

Difficult
Soldier hollow gold
South Mountain(hence only cart price)  
Gladstan( back nine going up a bit)
Ranches(hills and between some holes)


I would say you can walk most courses here.  But many are built on the sides of hills/mountains so many do go up and down a bit.   the flat ones are i the easy section and valley bottom courses mostly.

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Posted 08 August 2017 - 09:07 PM

Again Bradski is spot on with walking.  Only course I know that won't let you is South Mountain, other than that there are some tough walks but most will let you.

I'm gonna list my top 5 in Utah:

Soldier Hollow Gold
Wasatch Mountain Mountain Course
Hobble Creek
Sunbrook Point Woodbridge
Valley View

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Posted 09 August 2017 - 03:15 PM

View PostMnalette, on 08 August 2017 - 09:07 PM, said:

Again Bradski is spot on with walking.  Only course I know that won't let you is South Mountain, other than that there are some tough walks but most will let you.

I'm gonna list my top 5 in Utah:

Soldier Hollow Gold
Wasatch Mountain Mountain Course
Hobble Creek
Sunbrook Point Woodbridge
Valley View

This is a good list.   I like Valley view a bit but one of my friends thinks it is top 3 in the state also.   That is what I am hoping this thread does, sharing peoples opinions and gives insight into one of the best golfing states in the West.

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Posted 11 August 2017 - 09:16 AM

View Postbradski, on 08 August 2017 - 10:43 AM, said:

Northern Utah( I haven't played many up here so please fill in)

Middle

Valley view- some great holes and good greens.   Valley view is a mix of good holes and some boring older style golf.   Starts off fun with a dogleg over a pond down hill.  and then has a reachable par 5 with a creek in front of the green.   very good par 3's here (elevation change, longer, water) https://goo.gl/images/ydPgpJ (this is a shortish par 3 175 yards but bunkers left and water short and right)    

Bountiful Ridge- a very good golf course that has some great holes with elevation change, blindish shots, and a good variety of holes. Not the hardest course but fun https://goo.gl/images/kz8982 ( this is a good example of the elevation changes throughout the entire course)

Eaglewood -  I like this course but many are just ok with it.  Some of the back nine goes through houses and gets tricky but I think it is a fun play.   https://goo.gl/images/pBsNJ5


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Lakeside- not much here to say other than very average course and boring  https://goo.gl/images/QqYoc1

I'll add a couple Northern Utah courses that I've enjoyed ...

Eagle Mountain.  Some may not like the quirky routing of the front 9, but this was my home course growing up and I really enjoy getting back and playing it.  Usually in good condition, affordable, the back 9 is an easy walk ... what is not too like?

Hill AFB.  If you can get access, it is a great course.  Long, challenging greens, typcially in nice condition.

Logan River.  Target golf in the Utah mountains. I improved by 18 strokes from my first to second round since I knew where to hit it (and where to miss it)!

Smithfield.  Been a long time since I've played there, but another gem in the Cache Valley

Glen Eagle.  South and West of Ogden.  A good, fun, easily walkable layout.  Played it a couple times, have enjoyed it each time.

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Posted 31 August 2017 - 03:26 PM

Just based on what pro shops are saying today.  This could be wrong but this is what I have been told for the greens being punched.

course                             Aerification Schedule

Mt Dell -MTN                   not known yet
Mt Dell Lake                    Tuesday  sept 5th
Old Mill                            Sept 11th,12th   
Bonneville                        End of september   
Stonebridge                     July- done for year   
The Ridge                        last week of sept
Valley view                       sept 16th 17th   
bountiful ridge                  done for year
Eaglewood                       done greens for year
Murray parkway               Just did them,   
river oaks                         spring only
River bend                       spring only
Cedar Hills                       Looking at early october no date yet   
T Point                              not until end of fall likely   
saratoga springs              early october say they only minimal slice?
Sleepy Ridge                   Early october
Soldier Hollow                 both 1st week of oct   
Crater                              early october   
Hobble Creek                  spring only   
Spanish                           haven't heard

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Posted 01 September 2017 - 11:09 AM

Up North in Logan you have both Logan River and Birchcreek which are both great and different courses.  Logan River is tight while BirchCreek you can let it rip but are both very scenic.

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Posted 08 October 2017 - 05:46 PM

Because of this thread, I played Valley View last week while on a trip to Ogden for work. Thank you! Was a fun course, some tight areas, and some holes with the sloping fairways and elevated greens, you had to think a little instead of just putting it out there on a handful of holes.

Hooked up on the front nice with three locals and had a great time. Played the back in an hour just before sunset. Pretty much the only one out there *(played through a twosome) on that Wednesday afternoon.

Being a guy that plays sea level, my 1st time playing at elevation, I had to adjust a bit. Had to dial back a whole club. :lol:

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Posted 10 October 2017 - 10:53 AM

View PostImp, on 08 October 2017 - 05:46 PM, said:

Because of this thread, I played Valley View last week while on a trip to Ogden for work. Thank you! Was a fun course, some tight areas, and some holes with the sloping fairways and elevated greens, you had to think a little instead of just putting it out there on a handful of holes.

Hooked up on the front nice with three locals and had a great time. Played the back in an hour just before sunset. Pretty much the only one out there *(played through a twosome) on that Wednesday afternoon.

Being a guy that plays sea level, my 1st time playing at elevation, I had to adjust a bit. Had to dial back a whole club. :lol:

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We almost played there yesterday but they punched 3 weeks ago.  It is an interesting course and has some cool holes.  usually some of the top greens in the state IMO.  How did the green roll?

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Posted 11 October 2017 - 07:44 PM

Greens rolled great. Didn't even know they were punched. May have used the thin blade type.

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