The Takeaway: The Canyons is a classic case of trying to do too much with too little. The extreme terrain, and not enough of it, creates some silly holes that struggle to reach par 70. There are a couple of good holes, but the course is built better for a scramble format than stroke play. Grade D+
Designer: Gene Bates in 2015
Cost: $60 - $100 Click for current rates
Phone Number: 435-615-4728
Course Website: Official Website - Visit Canyons Golf's official website by clicking on the link provided.
Directions: Get here! - 4000 Canyons Resort Drive, Park City, Utah 84098 – UNITED STATES
What to Expect: The Canyons is the most unique, and newest, course in the Park City area. Unfortunately, being the newest also means there isn't as much property to work with which is exactly what The Canyons deals with. The Gene Bates design uses just over 6000 yards to create a par 70 layout when the amount of land, and the extreme terrain, lends itself much better to an executive par three course. Players are taken on a wild ride up and down the Utah mountains at nearly 7000 feet elevation where the ball carries longer but unfortunately the fairways are designed too tight for the elevated tees and extra carry that is common. Greens are often perched on the side of hills where missing on the wrong side can quickly result in a penalty and/or a lost ball. The views are plentiful and the drama virtually unlimited, but if you are trying to score well you can plan on leaving your driver in the cart and just keep hitting irons into the fairways. Ultimately, The Canyons is a fun course to play a scramble in where there is little repercussion for hitting high risk shots, but if I had to play it as my home course I'd probably pick up a different hobby.
By the Numbers
Individual Hole Analysis
Signature Hole: 4th Hole – 405 Yard Par 4 –
Best Par 3: 16th Hole – 170 Yards –
Best Par 4: 5th Hole – 327 Yards –
Best Par 5: 3rd Hole – 500 Yards –
Birdie Time: 10th Hole – 503 Yard Par 5 –
Bogey Beware: 7th Hole – 594 Yard Par 5 –