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.
A really nice course with some amazing views. It is a good distance from The Devil's Tower but you can see if very clearly from several of the holes on the back 9. The course was in great condition when I played (September) with greens rolling smooth and very fast. For the most part, the greens didn't have a ton of undulation with the exception of a few holes but that didn't make the course play boring. There are many picturesque holes throughout the course, however I'd say most of those are going to be on the back 9. The back 9 is up on the top of the hill there are is extremely windy so expect for your best 9 to be played on the front side.
You get to play this course once without being a member so try to plan that for a nice weather day. I recommend getting an early tee time so you can get as many holes in before the wind kicks up and then finish with time to go visit The Devil's Tower, which is definitely worth the trip.
Quality layout in close proximity -- roughly 11 miles away -- to the famed Devils Tower. The design is done well but the overall impact of the architecture is mostly ordinary. The course is playable and the overall turf condition is usually very good.
Would someone book a visit primarily to play the course? No. But if you happen to be in the northeast corner of Wyoming and your desire to see the Devils Tower is front and center then a visit to stop by will be an added plus.
M. James Ward