Ah, summer. The crush of crowds that defines winter has thinned out. Locals can breathe a little, right? So what to do? Something slow, for sure, something outside, something meditative. Golf, anyone?
Wasatch Mountain Golf Course (975 W Golf Course Dr, Midway, 435.654.0532,) is set among the stunning unspoiled scenery of Wasatch Mountain State Park with two public courses and low fees that take the pressure off. Duff away an afternoon with the kids, or all by yourself.
Up for a challenge? Canyons Golf at Park City Mountain’s Canyons Village (3720 N Sundial Ct, Park City, 435.615.4728, parkcitymountain.com) is an 18-hole course on the ski hill that drops 550 feet in elevation. You’ll play from top to bottom puzzling over long, tricky downhill shots. Don’t worry if your game sucks; the views won’t.
Soldier Hollow’s Olympic-themed course (1370 W Soldier Hollow Lane, Midway, 435.654.7442, soldierhollowgolf.com) offers a unique configuration with two courses: Gold and Silver. Of the two, the Silver is naturally more forgiving. But don’t you want to go for the gold?
For singles ready to mingle, Park City Golf Club (1541 Thaynes Canyon Dr, 435.615.5800, parkcity.org) hosts Happy Hour League, featuring monthly four-person scramble tournaments through September. Beats Tinder. And for golfers not seeking a mate, PC Muni has leagues for all ages and stages, plus open tee times on its mountain-flanked 18 holes.
Not into all the irons, drivers, and pricey little white balls? Trailside Park Disc Golf Course (1388 Center Dr, Park City, 435.655.0999) offers nine holes amid the sagebrush hills above the park, with challenges for masters of the disc and easy sight lines for beginners.
And for that really short game, head to Park City Mountain (parkcitymountain.com) grab a putter, and swing away at either of the two 18-hole mini-golf courses, one at each base.