Although the course at Glenwild Golf Club measures an imposing 7,541 yards from the back tees, because it is situated at an altitude of 7,000 feet above sea level, it really only plays to a length of around 6,800 yards.
Laid out within a large residential development, the course offers players of all ages and abilities a challenging round of golf, particularly at the par fives (at 3, 7 and 16) where two of these holes measure in excess of 600 yards from the back markers.The four short holes on the card are also worthy of mention, particularly the two par threes on the back nine at holes 11 and 17, both of which call for tee shots to be played across wetlands and water from tee to green.
Tom Fazio is clearly one of the truly gifted architects in golf. He has created a collection of courses that certainly showcase their overall beauty. Much of that comes from Fazio's considerable skills at emphasizing the "how it looks" philosophy over the more meaningful and lasting "how it plays" core.
Glenwild is much more than simply your usual Tom Fazio eye candy par excellence course. Glenwild has plenty of beef and the design details really accentuate shotmaking. Although the elevation of 7,000 can propel golf balls a long ways -- the key at Glenwild is not being seduced in enjoying the impressive mountain views.
The outward nine is good but mostly it provides your basic Fazio approach. Good golf but nothing that elicits emotional excitement. The inward half is far, far different. The short par-4 10th is especially well done and the par-3 11th provides an excellent counterpoint. The routing is well done -- moving golfers from one situation to another and always keeping the pressure on players to think clearly and execute flawlessly.
The ending trio is easily among the best closing holes not only in Utah but through the entire Mountain Time Zone. The par-5, par-3 and par-4 combination is certainly among Fazio's finest that I have played.
For many years Park City was the sole domain for ski aficionados. The golf equation has clearly made its mark with big scale properties where golf was included. A number of these course additions did not really add much to the golf equation. Glenwild clearly has much to offer and those able to access it when in the area will clearly enjoy a Fazio layout that really shines brightly.
by M. James Ward
I thought I might have been in Brora. On the third hole, two course workers were surrounding the green with an electrified fence. It seems a herd of elk like to use the bluegrass as a midnight snack and the fence at least keeps them off the greens. The fence will come down later in the season, but for now it’s Brora in Park City.
Tom Fazio moved a lot of dirt to create the course including creating an artificial stream that runs through the back nine—complete with a little waterfall. Fazio also built some fine holes, especially on the back nine where every green is receptive to various types of approach shots. And every green but the first two has plenty of contour to challenge one’s green-reading and putting skill. There are three greens that are quite similar, wide, but not deep and bisected by a ridge. Unfortunately they’re bunched together at holes 10, 11 and 14 so the repetition is magnified.
The view of the mountains doesn’t hurt either. Either late or early in the season the white of the ski trails of (left to right) Deer Valley, Park City Mountain and canyons provides a panoramic contrast with the evergreens.