A round of golf is more than just completing 18 holes in the fewest number of strokes. It’s about the camaraderie of spending time with friends, challenging yourself, and enjoying the natural beauty of the course. It’s about creating a memorable experience while playing the sport you love—and Utah’s Heber Valley is the perfect spot to do so. Located less than an hour from Salt Lake City, the beautiful Heber Valley features five award-winning golf courses that are among the best in the state.
You’ll find top-notch golfing opportunities in a picturesque setting, with options for any type of golfer. Whether you’re part of a competitive foursome looking for a new, challenging course or a family looking to spend time together on the links, the Heber Valley offers a course for you—all while surrounded with postcard-worthy views. It won’t take long to discover why Heber Valley has become a premier mountain golf destination—while still remaining in touch with the average golfer. Sound like something you want to see for yourself? Here are the basics of what Heber Valley has to offer:
Crater Springs Golf Course at the Homestead Resort
Located in Midway, Utah, the Crater Springs Golf Course is part of the iconic Homestead Resort, which has been serving the area for 127 years. The course isn’t quite that old (it opened in 1989), but it has become another major draw for the region. Surrounded by the Wasatch Mountains, the course has always been known for its stunning natural beauty. A recent facelift included adding some additional water features, re-paving cart paths, and repositioning tees that have made the course even more attractive.
The par 72 course measures 7,017 yards from the back tees and 5,091 yards from the forward tees, with a course rating is 73.0 from the back, 68.2 from the front. In layman’s terms, the course is definitely challenging from the back tees, and the undulating greens are known for being fast. You can practice before your round on a putting green, chipping green, and driving range, and the pro shop features club rentals for those who need them.
After golfing, you can enjoy lunch or a snack at The Sandwich Trap on the premises. Fanny’s Grill, part of Homestead Resort, offers a full menu if you’d like to sit down for a bigger meal.
Soldier Hollow’s Gold and Silver Courses
Located in the Wasatch Mountain State Park, Soldier Hollow was a major venue for cross-country skiing during the 2002 Olympics, and it remains a popular spot for Nordic skiing, tubing, and snowshoeing in the winter. But with the snow gone, Soldier Hollow becomes focused on its two excellent 18-hole courses that take full advantage of the spectacular setting. The Gold Course is a mountain course that sits high up in the hills, offering stunning views of the Heber Valley and featuring significant elevation changes from hole to hole. The course blends in with the native vegetation, taking advantage of scrub oaks and native mountain grasses. This is the tougher of the two courses.
The Silver Course is a bit shorter, flatter, and features wider fairways. It’s considered a parkland/meadowland style course, with native grassland separating the holes. You’ll also find excellent views of Mount Timpanogos in the distance. As with the Gold Course, the Silver has five tees to choose from, with a difference of about 1,800 yards between the back and front tees. Each set of nine holes loops back to the clubhouse, so playing nine holes from either course is easy. Also, each set of nine holes for both courses offers three par-3s, three par-4s, and three par-5s.
After golf, you can enjoy the impressive clubhouse, which features floor-to-ceiling windows and an onsite restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Wasatch Mountain Golf Course
The Wasatch Mountain Golf Course, which celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2017, features two of the state’s most popular mountain courses. Like the Gold and Silver Courses at Silver Hollow, the Mountain and Lake Courses of Wasatch Mountain blend into their natural setting, taking full advantage of their setting among the canyons and native forest. Both courses are known for their cool summertime temperatures and abundance of wildlife.
The original 18-hole course opened in 1967, and in 1973 an additional 9 holes were added. In 1998, a final nine holes were created on the mountain, and the two full 18-hole courses were complete, and renamed the Mountain and Lake Golf Courses.
The Lake Course is considered the easier of the two, with several shorter par-5 holes. Accuracy, however, is rewarded, as many holes feature fairways lined with mature trees. You’ll also find eight lakes on the course, although for beginning golfers, it’s not hard to avoid the water playing from the shorter tees.
The Mountain Course features a classic mountain-style layout, with the first 9 holes traveling two miles up the mountain and the back 9 bringing players back to the clubhouse. Golf carts are mandatory to help golfers navigate the elevation. Throughout the course, you’ll find holes with dramatic elevation changes and beautiful vistas of the Heber Valley. Don’t be surprised if you see deer, elk, turkeys, moose and other wildlife out on the course with you.
Ready to hit the links? You won’t be disappointed. Click on the individual courses above for information on tee times and greens fees. You can also find more information about golfing in Heber Valley here, including lodging options for a weekend trip.
Originally written for Utah Office of Tourism.