Eaglewood Golf Course
Eaglewood Golf Course offers a unique, championship golf experience for players of all levels. Set in the foothills high above the Great Salt Lake and just minutes from downtown Salt Lake City, this challenging course has incredible diversity, and will suggest the use of every club in the bag. Dramatic elevation changes, inner battles over risk and reward, blind shots, right and left doglegs, a diversity of hazards, 4 sets of tee boxes, and an astonishing ability to alter course difficulty by regulating the length of the rough, mandates a fantastic combination of shots and a truly enjoyable golf experience.
HOLE 1 (Par 4):
The highest elevation among all 18 holes gives the golfer a great first impression with awe-inspiring views of the Great Salt Lake, Antelope Island, and panoramic vistas of the surrounding mountains and valleys. A slight dogleg-right offers plenty of fairway forgiveness and allows for first-swing-of-the-day-stiffness. A drive to the right edge of the fairway provides a much shorter route to a large, but well protected green-a sand trap collects any approach shots that are long and left, and a sharp slope on the front right mandates that any attempts to run-it-up-and-on must be hit to the left side. It plays 355 leisurely yards from the whites, and 430 challenging yards from the tips.
HOLE 2 (Par 4):
The well-deserved #1 handicap hole prompts the first of many "tee box decisions" regarding club selection. Clear thinking is difficult as the back tee box is 200 breath-taking feet above the fairway. A perfect hourglass design requires a well-placed shot with the correct club. A conservative stroke to the widest part of the fairway will result in a 250-yard approach shot to a sharply left-to-right sloped green. A solid stroke with the driver will demand pinpoint accuracy as the fairway narrows to about 25 yards. An aggressive attempt to crush the ball through the bottleneck yields few pardons as steep sloping rough garnishes each side of the fairway.
HOLE 3 (Par 5):
The most difficult and intimidating of the three par 5's on the course. Depth perception is tested as an extremely elevated fairway slashes driving distance. The fairway elevates to its maximum height roughly 225 yards from the green, encouraging one's biggest "rip" with a driver to the fairway' right half to avoid a blind second shot. Too far right offers a horrendous right kick as long rough slants steeply away. While reachable in two with a massive drive, a perfect approach shot must find the left side of the green. Slightly errant approach shots to the left will feed down to the green, but errant shots short, right, or long will find trouble and very difficult up-and-down opportunities.
HOLE 4 (Par 3):
A fairly straightforward-appearing par 3 requires the golfer to keep it right. Slightly errant shots to the right will feed left, while errant shots to the left will feed further left and find thick stands of scrub oak trees, with no playability. 232 yards from the tips again reiterates the need for proper tee box selection. This green demonstrates the tendency of most of the greens to break to the valley.
HOLE 5 (Par 4):
A chance to relax and potentially add a circle to the scorecard. An elevated tee box to a generous fairway dictates the last obvious driver selection for several holes. Two large fairway bunkers encourage length and reasonable accuracy off the tee. Left-hand O.B. will rarely come into play for most golfers. A back-to-front sloping green is protected on the front left and right by uncomplicated bunkers. Very little forgiveness is offered left and long of the large green.
HOLE 6 (Par 4):
The second of several holes that questions the intelligence of driver off the tee, is the first to tempt the aggressive long-hitter. A reachable (336 from the tips and 307 from the whites), slight dogleg right, presents O.B. on the left, and unplayable scrub oak brush all the way to the green, on the right. This, along with a well-placed fairway bunker on the left corner, suggests to the conservative player, the use of the straightest club in the bag in an effort to leave an easy approach to the green. A deep green mandates an awareness of pin placement in determining length of approach.
HOLE 7 (Par 4):
Good judgment in club selection again becomes paramount, as a tight, elevating fairway calls for prudent length and direction. Proximity to the 150-yard stake on one's drive provides a carefree approach to the green. Failure to reach the fairway's crest causes a blind shot to the green, while extreme right and left shots will find the scrub oak brush.
HOLE 8 (Par 3):
An unforgettable test of nerves, the par 3 eighth, presents the first true water hazard of the day. An elevated tee box drops 100 feet to an extensively guarded green, necessitating thoughtful discretion in club selection. Two deep bunkers guard the left side of the two-tiered green, while a large, kidney-shaped pond wraps its way around the right and back edges. "Miss it short" should be the skeptic's cautious attitude. A green in regulation on this hole is a major victory, but does not secure a par as three-putts are common.
HOLE 9 (Par 5):
Deliberate golf is the key to a great front 9 finishing hole. A split-elevation fairway, a daunting water hazard, and the most difficult green on the front should cause careful considerations to be made from tee box to green. The first 300 yards of fairway are flat, as are the final 200 yards. However, a sharp 40-foot drop splits the 2 sections in dramatic fashion. Generally, the best play is to keep to the right half, all the way to the green. Long hitters need to stay further left in an attempt to reach the lower fairway, however, a large bunker lies in wait at the bottom of the drop-off. Those attempting to reach the green in two, need to take plenty of club, as a direct path to the green makes it difficult to land short and still roll on. A spacious green slopes hard to the large pond that protects it all along the front, left side, and is guarded by three bunkers; two on the right, and one in the back.
HOLE 10 (Par 4):
The longest of the par 4s emphasizes the importance of as excellent tee shot. O.B. extends along the entire right side, and several fairway bunkers are strategically placed to encourage concentrated effort. A large, rounded, elevated green requires special attention to pin placement. Take enough club to hit it to the flagstick.
HOLE 11 (Par 4):
The first of two target-golf style holes again requires proper club selection off the tee. A downhill, slight dogleg left calls primarily for fairway accuracy, as O.B. runs along both sides. Length is also of significant importance, as the green is only visible from within 165 yards. Compensation for change of elevation needs to occur on the approach shot as no forgiveness exists beyond the green.
HOLE 12 (Par 4):
One of golf's rare "do-over" opportunities. If you scored well on #11, use the same scheme. If not, #12 gives you a "mulligan" opportunity on a hole very similar to the previous. Another downhill hole offers very little forgiveness beyond the green. O.B. again lines both sides of the fairway. A large green presents many pin locations; back-right is the most difficult.
HOLE 13 (Par 4):
Tee it high, and let it fly! A very elevated set of tee boxes and fairly generous landing area offers the potential of the day's longest and most ego-boosting drive, and a short iron to the green. However, a drive hit short or right can quickly transform the hole into a very difficult chance at par. If you can reach the two left fairway bunkers, you are probably playing the wrong tees.
HOLE 14 (Par 4):
From the tips, one of Utah's most challenging holes! An uphill par 4 plays longer than the listed distance, and places huge emphasis on a well-struck tee shot. Consider pin placement and take an extra club on your approach. The large green does not sit immediately beyond the bunkers as it appears from the fairway, so pay close attention to yardage markers. The large green slopes fairly sharply from back to front.
HOLE 15 (Par 3):
A picturesque, uphill challenge is the first non-par-4 hole on the back. Take enough club to carry the protective front bunker. A green in regulation should provide a great opportunity for par. Up-and-downs from around the elevated green are difficult.
HOLE 16 (Par 5):
Arguably, the best overall hole on the course, #16 requires a big drive and proper club selection, offers risk/reward , difficult pin placements, and a protective, picturesque water hazard. While staying in the fairway is a prerequisite to a good score, proper club selection on one's second shot is the paramount detail. A long drive provides the option of going for the green in two, but the water hazard wrapping the left and front sides of the green should make the choice a difficult one. An enormous green allows for a great variety of pin placements.
HOLE 17 (Par 3):
A difficult, uphill par 3 requires enough club off the tee to carry all the way to the flag. Running it up on is improbable as the face of the elevated green pushes all shots to the right. One of the more difficult greens on the course slopes back to front and left to right. A forward pin placement is almost impossible to aggressively approach. Hit it to the middle of the green and hope for a challenging two-putt.
HOLE 18 (Par 4):
This short, attractive finishing hole presents a great chance to finish well. However, caution should be exercised as well-placed fairway bunkers and a narrowing landing area can quickly lead to trouble. Hit your approach shot to the flag to account for a deceptively elevated green.
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