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.
Date: September 28, 2017