The Golf Club at Devils Tower lies close to the first US National Monument of the same name. The original 9-hole course was renovated and an additional nine constructed by Kevin Atkinson over a two-year period, starting in 2004.
Local sawmill owner Jim Neiman Jr. established the original layout as a recreational outlet for his employees with just three holes carved from a bluff overlooking Devils Tower but the project just grew legs after such a modest start – to the extent that a runway was built nearby for those wishing to fly in for a game!
Occupying a property of approximately 150 acres, the course now stretches to 7,111 yards from the tips, playing to a par of 72. Water comes into play on five of the holes, but forced carries are required on only two of those.
There’s also an “Amen Corner” of three holes (11, 12 and 13) which play to the canyon rim with clear views of Devils Tower in the distance. The 457-yard 17th is a formidable par four to face so late in the round, teeing from a tree-lined chute to a narrow fairway then playing an approach to a difficult raised green with little bailout room.