Designed by the award-winning golf architect Gene Bates and co-architect Casey Bates, together they created a unique collection of high-flying golf holes, stunning views, perplexing greens and some of these cool golf holes are actually built right on the ski runs of Park City Mountain Resort. Now that’s unique!
“From the opening hole, you can tell you are in for quite an adventure, as the the first five holes play through the ski runs of Park City Resort, and offer beautiful mountain views and towering tee shot opportunities.”
While the golf course is quite spread out and feels massive in scale, the holes themselves only encompass a minimal 97 total acres, which is a very small footprint for the average golf course, and a forward thinking concept for modern golf courses.
In addition to the smaller size, the course features a state of the art irrigation system known as “Fertigation” which will allow fertilizer to be injected directly into the irrigation pipes rather than using broadcast spreaders. This modern method of irrigation allows water and fertilizer to be placed exactly where it is needed resulting in much more efficient use of resources.
Perhaps one of the most interesting details of the course – from a design and aesthetics standpoint – is the use of bunkers as cart paths in many areas in play. This idea may sound a bit crazy, but it works very well here, it saves a ton of space and cost, plus they just look downright cool adding to the “wow” of the design!
During construction Bates used crushed rock from the site as fill material, and doubled as cart path material for the bunker-paths, not only did this save costs and playable space, but the bunker-paths also catch errant shots from going out of bounds in some of the tighter portions of the routing.