In 2002, Pete Dye’s Canyon course became the first of two 18-hole layouts to open for play at the Promontory Club. Another five years would pass before the Jack Nicklaus-designed Painted Valley layout completed the 36-hole complex.
Up to five 18-hole courses have been ear-marked for The Promontory Club property and there are firm plans in place for a third course – a Tom Weiskopf design – to make an appearance but that particular venture’s been on hold for a while.
The front nine holes on the Pete, Perry and Cynthia Dye-designed course are laid out on open terrain overlooking Park City and Deer Valley whilst the shorter back nine climbs into more undulating territory, with holes playing through a number of protected canyons."I have never worked on a property of this nature," said Dye, when the course first opened. "This is the highest elevation I have ever worked on, and it is a totally unique experience. And, the surroundings are so great, they're so big. It looks to me like the fairways are just flowing down these valleys."
A quality layout from Pete Dye. However, there's nothing here that climbs to the high altitude -- no pun intended -- of courses that Dye is famous for in creating.
The front side is fairly basic because of the sameness of the terrain. The inward side does better because of the flow of the land.
Fortunately, Pete did not get carried away with the insertion of a whole host of man-made elements as he was wont to do for many of his later life efforts.
The Park City area has a number of worthy golf options -- Canyon certainly has its moments but if you're a real Dye devotee then you will find the experience somewhat lacking.
M. James Ward