Sun Valley Resort (Trail Creek Course)

Golf Course Review by: Bill Satterfield

Quick Facts

Designer:  William P. Bell in 1937 and then redesigned by Robert Trent Jones Jr. in 1980

Cost:  $89.00 - $155.00 Click for current rates

Phone Number: (208) 622-2251

Course Website:  Official Website - Visit Sun Valley's official website by clicking on the link provided.

Directions:  Get here! - 1 Sun Valley Rd, Sun Valley, Idaho

Photos:  See additional photos of Sun Valley's Trail Creek Course

Accolades:  Ranked 9th on Golf Digest's 2013-14 Best in State list for Idaho and received 4 1/2 stars on Golf Digest's Place to Play list.

Signature Hole:  15th - 244 Yard Par 3 - This long par three plays well downhill and over a creek to a green protected by two bunkers. Sun Valley's other signature hole is the 197 yard 17th which plays over a pond and offers stellar views of the famous ski hill on Baldy Mountain.

What to Expect:  Sun Valley opened in 1937 and was Idaho's premier golf course for over 60 years due to the excellent service, strong layout, and beautiful mountain setting and views of Baldy. The course features some significant elevation changes and an excellent variety of holes and strategies.

By the Numbers:

Tees Par Yardage Rating Slope
Championship (Option 1) 72 6938 72.5 141
Championship (Option 2) 72 6813 72.1 139
Middle 72 6318 70.3 130
Resort 72 5889 68.6 125
Forward (Women) 73 5408 70.7 127


Individual Hole Analysis

Best Par 3:  The 244 yard 15th provides the most exhilarating tee shot of the day as it plays well downhill and over the water to a large green.

Best Par 4:  The deepest tee box at the 460 yard 6th hole rests next to a rickety old water tank located well above the fairway. A creek crosses the fairway and runs the left side of the hole while OB lurks up the right side. It is a fun tee shot and a pretty approach to a green tucked back into the trees.

Best Par 5:  The 555 yard 9th hole plays back toward Baldy Mountain and features two separte water hazards up the left side of the hole along with a trio of small bunkers. Two other bunkers protect the right side of the green which makes for a difficult approach due to the pond left of the green.

Birdie Time:  At just 312 yards, the driveable 7th hole offers a excellent chance at birdie if you can avoid the water hazard and trees up the left side.

Bogey Beware:  The 446 yard 2nd hole crosses a river twice, features a blind tee shot, plays downhill over a grove and trees, and finishes at a green that is completely fronted by a bunker. Sound tough enough?

Final Cut:    Grade B-

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