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
Date: April 29, 2018