Midway in Utah is known as one of the 2002 Winter Olympic venues but it’s also home to a 36-hole facility at Soldier Hollow Golf Course. Occupying a beautiful part of the Wasatch Mountain State Park, the longer and hillier Gold layout is rated the tougher of the two tracks.
If you ask most people who play Solider Hollow the common talking point starts with the modest fees to play. The architecture is sound but far from riveting. Yes, the facility did host the USGA's now defunct Public Links Championship. But even with a yardage that tops out at over 7,700 yards it's important to point out the impact of the elevation and how golf balls can fly obscene distances when struck solidly.
Gene Bates is a quality architect but his better work in the Beehive State is found at places such as Thanksgiving Point in Lehi. Although one is led to believe it's the sole handiwork of Johnny Miller.
The layout of the Gold features ample width fairways but it's more of a grip and rip experience.
Yes, there's no question the beauty of the surroundings makes for an enjoyable day.
No question, the Gold is worth checking out for the affordable fees to play. And, if Solider Hollow were located in either Aspen or Vale the costs woud easily be double or triple during peak playing months. However, with that said, for architectural bloodhounds you'll quickly lose the scent and wish to seek more thought provoking designs elsewhere.
M. James Ward
Soldier Hollow is a wonderful public recreation facility. Two golf courses, skiing, biking, a tremendous community asset.
The Gold course is the mountain course and is riding only. I do disagree with this position. It would be a tough walk, but the hilliest part is the front side. The first hole is a welcoming par 4. Take an extra club on this uphill approach. The 2nd is a long downhill par 4. I would favor the left off the tee. Big hitters can reach the par 5 3rd in two. For the rest of us, favor the left off the tee and the right for your second shot to set up a flip wedge. Not sure why this has the number one handicap moniker. The 4th is a good birdie oppty, dogleg left. You can cut the corner to set up an attack approach. The first par 3 is mid-length and while you do have to carry a ravine, it really shouldn’t come in to play. Well, unless you chunk it like I did. The 6th is a big boy hole, 511 yard par four from the tips. The 7th is a long downhill par 3, take one less club than you think. The 8th is a reachable par five for even normal golfers. Favor the left off the tee. If you go for it, I would also suggest starting your second shot left as it lists right and the front bunker eats lots of golf balls up. The 9th is a slight dogleg left. Favor the right off the tee.
The back starts with four scoring holes. The 1oth bends a wee bit right, favor the left side off the tee and you may be rewarded by hitting a speed slot on your drive. The 11th is a reachable downhill par 5. Favor the left off the tee. This is a well guarded green. The 12th is a forgettable mid-yardage par 3. Favor the left on the 13th to set up the best approach angle. The 14th and 15th are long par fours and to add to the difficulty we are starting back up hill. The 16th is a 3 shot par 5. Favor the right side off the tee and you definitely need to be right on the second shot. The hole falls off to the left. The 17th is a long down-hill par 3. If you do not hit the green, par will be difficult. The 18th is a good finishing hole. Long with a water hazard right and a stream in front of the green.
A good course and a great value.
Brought a group of 8 So Cal golfers on a buddies trip to Utah and everyone raved about Soldier Hollow Gold. No one could believe it was only 50 bucks.
Hosted a US Pub Links a few years ago which tells you it’s big boy golf at its best. It’s at top of my must play list every time I come to Utah