With mountain views to die for, the golf course at 3 Creek Ranch is a Rees Jones-designed layout that’s set out within a large 710-acre residential property on the largely level landscape of Jackson Hole valley.
Opened in 2005, the size of the layout might at first appear absolutely massive, measuring in at 7,777 yards from the back tees but, given an altitude of 6,200 feet above sea level, the course has actually been constructed in proportion to its environment.
Notable holes at 3 Creek Ranch include the short par four 4th (“Mosquito Creek”), where sand flanks the fairway on the right with water to the left of the green, and a couple of strong par fours which are laid out on either side of a small lake at holes 11 and 12.
The views of the Grand Tetons in the nearby distance are the main benefit when playing the course. The unfortunate aspect is that the land the 18-holes occupy is just forgettable. Totally flat with little in terms of memorability and compelling architecture since so many of the holes blend into one another. The reality is that the golf course is an added element in order to bolster the adjoining homes that dot the perimeter. Enough said.
by M. James Ward