Jackson Hole is a hard course to review because a good portion of the joy in playing it is because of the simply spectacular views of the Tetons. I can’t even begin to describe those, and I would say they are worth the price of admission, but it’s not like you can’t see the mountains from pretty much everywhere else in the valley. Playing golf at 6,000+ feet elevation was a cool novelty for a young man who had only one or two rounds in similar conditions under his belt at the time, but the course itself here just wasn’t much to write home about.
The course conditions were excellent, but it’s such a mundanely flat piece of land that the holes themselves were nearly completely unmemorable. I do recall a cool dogleg left par five along a river that I had to look up the course’s website to tell you it was hole #11, but nearly all of the rest of the course just blends together. There was a photogenic but otherwise bland par three over a pond on the back nine as well, #13. The flatness makes it difficult for there to be much definition to the holes, and even the ones that are defined well are all very similarly and heavily bunkered.
Perhaps subsequent renovations and additional housing added a little something extra to the course, but overall the experience was a bit disappointing.
Date: July 08, 2020