The best word to describe golf at Mammoth Dunes is options. On the short par 4 sixth hole, my playing companion had a 30 yard approach shot and commented that he had three different ways he could play the shot……“and with at least three different clubs” was my rejoinder. Options are also in vogue away from the green. Seventeen times the golfer is asked to land a shot in the fairway and on 13 of those there are strategic options to choose from. The fairways are extremely wide, but there is always a better side to be on, usually one challenged by a bunker or other hazard. There are also options on approach shots, as most greens will accept either an aerial or a running shot and finding the right part of the green adds to the challenge. Mammoth Dunes’ greens have some wild contours but green speeds are kept manageable making the often huge breaks great fun.
The holes run in all directions, challenging the player with a variety of wind conditions and the routing is completely intuitive, unlike Sand Valley where numerous signs are need to direct golfers to the next tee. Many prefer the original course here, and while I enjoyed Sand Valley, if I had 4 rounds to play, 3 would be on Mammoth Dunes.
Date: May 28, 2021