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Birch Creek Golf Course (Smithfield, Utah)

Birch Creek Golf Course logo Golf Course Review by: Bill Satterfield

The Takeaway:  Grade C+

Quick Facts

Designer:  Bill Hall and Ray Howard in 1979

Cost:  $26.00 - $28.00 (cart is $12) Click for current rates

Phone Number:  (435) 563-6825

Course Website:  Official Website - Visit Birch Creek Golf Course's official website by clicking on the link provided.

Directions:  Get here! - 550 East 100 North, Smithfield, Utah  84335

Accolades:  Rated 4 ½ starts on Golf Digest’s Places to Play list.

What to Expect:  Birch Creek is a great municipal course that somehow manages to stay under the radar, potentially due to its location ten miles north of Logan, UT. The course is always in excellent shape and presents itself as one of the best courses you can play for less than $30. The opening few holes are somewhat benign before the course cranks it up with some adrenaline inducing holes that play over and around a canyon. The back nine features more elevation changes than the front, none more severe than the finishing hole that plays up to a severely elevated green. The course offers average length that is still a test without being punishing. The fairways are relatively wide and you are often afforded a decent chance to recover and save par if your tee shot sprays out into a neighboring hole. In the end, Birch Creek is the best course in Northern Utah and is well worth playing if traveling between Southeastern Idaho and Northern Utah.

By the Numbers

Tees Par Yardage Rating Slope
Blue 72 6792 72.2 124
White 72 6503 70.8 122
Red (Women) 72 5505 70.7 117

Individual Hole Analysis

Signature Hole:  18th Hole – 495 Yard Par 5

Best Par 3:  7th Hole – 195 Yards

Best Par 4:  6th Hole – 362 Yards

Best Par 5:  13th Hole – 502 Yards

Birdie Time:  2nd Hole – 310 Yard Par 4

Bogey Beware:  4th Hole – 462 Yard Par 4

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