The Takeaway: Grade A-
Designer: Tom Fazio in 2001
Cost: Private Private Club (Forecaddie provided)
Phone Number: (435) 615-9988
Course Website: Official Website - Visit Glenwild Golf Club's official website by clicking on the link provided.
Accolades: Ranked 1st in Utah on Golf Digest's 2013-14 Best in State list.
What to Expect: The perennial number one ranked course in the Beehive State. Despite several new courses that have opened in Utah since Glenwild did in 2001, this Park City club continues to be the standard by which all others are judged. Representing Tom Fazio's only design in Utah, Glenwild features numerous elevation changes, beautiful conditioning, majestic mountain views, and championship length. The playing corridors are generous and the greens well protected, but not overbunkered. Wild tee shots will find their way to the fescue/weed combination bordering the grass that in some cases also houses young evergreen trees. The course is part of a residential development but the homes are located well off the course on the hills surrounding the links. Moutain views are available in every direction with ski slopes being cut into the most prominent peaks. Amenities at the club are absolutely top notch with an extensive men's locker room which has attracted members such as Mike Weir and Michael Jordan.
By the Numbers
|Yellow Lupine (Women)||71||6266||75.5||137|
|Purple Lupine (Women)||71||5413||70.2||134|
Individual Hole Analysis
Signature Hole: 17th Hole – 245 Yard Par 3 – In classic Fazio fashion, the final par three of the round is a stunning display of challenge and beauty. Nearly 250 yards from the back tee, this one-shotter requires a heroic carry over fescue and water before finding the putting surface. If the pin is tucked in the back left portion of the green then you'll also have a bunker to carry before finding the shallowest part of the green. It is a jaw dropping, downhill hole that will surely get your blood pumping!
Best Par 3: While the 17th hole is the par three that most people won't forget; the 11th hole will always have a special place in my heart. On a beautiful July day in 2006, my well struck 4-iron carried the 200 yards of fescue protecting the green before landing less than a foot from the hole, hopping, and then spinning back and finding the bottom of the cup. The yardage to the pin that day was 227 yards; I was more than excited to card my first ace from such a lengthy distance. The green is protected by a bunker and short boulder retaining wall in the front and two bunkers in the rear. The attractive hole plays downhill to a saddle green that slopes off both sides to tightly mown chipping areas that presents a formidable challenge when trying to get up and down.
Best Par 4: This short par four is an exciting hole to play as it offers a great risk/reward opportunity. Big hitters can take advantage of the thin mountain air and challenge the water and bunker front the green and try to reach the putting surface with one towering shot. Conservative players are allowed ample space to layup to before attacking the pin from the fairway below. A spine bisects the green which will create a significant challenge while putting if your approach shot ends up on the wrong side of the short grass.
Best Par 5: Glenwild's most exciting hole on the front nine is this lengthy par five that is reachable in two for long hitters due to the hole playing downhill and the extra carry you get at Park City's elevation. A barranca cuts through the fairway and becomes a factor on the second shot when trying to decide whether to carry it to the second fairway or whether you want to stay short of it for a longer third shot. A ripped second shot that stays right of the green can utilize the contours in the fairway to filter down on the putting surface with a chance at eagle. But strokes under par won't happen too often due to the difficulty of navigating the undulated green.
Birdie Time: The shortest par five on the course also plays downhill and creates a golden opportunity to go under par. Distance can be taken off of this hole by challenging the fairway bunker on the inside corner of this dogleg right which will open up the whole with a great angle and possibly mid-long iron into the green. The relatively small green features three bunkers, but none of them front the green which will allow for a low chaser to work its way up on to the putting surface. We relatively little trouble to contend with and a bowled fairway, this hole is ripe for the taking and should have you licking your chops!
Bogey Beware: There is no way around it; this is a TOUGH finishing hole! Even at 7000 feet elevation, a 518 yard par four is intimidating to look at. Add in the water that runs the entire left side of the hole combined with the trio of fairway bunkers that come into play off the tee and you are left with the toughest finishing hole in Utah. There is no opportunity to cut some length off this hole and water will sink approach shots that finish short and left of the green. Put on your big boy pants and string together some great shots here, otherwise you'll be begging to walk away with bogey.